Professor Attipalli Ramachandra Reddy, senior faculty in the Department of Plant Sciences has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa for a period of three years.

Professor Attipalli Ramachandra Reddy, who was born in Gudur, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, obtained his Master’s and PhD Degrees in Botany from Sri Venkareswara University, Tirupati. He was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Hyderabad; Scientist, Department of Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad; UGC Research Scientist-A at Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He joined Pondicherry University as the founder faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences and later joined the University of Hyderabad. He was DBT-overseas Research Associate at the Mississippi State University, USA, Visiting Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA. Visited several countries including USA, Moscow, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia for academic research collaborations.

Awards and Honours:

Ramachandra Reddy is recipient of:

Ø Young Scientist Award from AP Akademi of Sciences

Ø ISCA-Prof. HiralalChakravarthy Award in Botany

Ø Biotechnology Overseas Associateship Award

Ø Honour Society of Agriculture Award, Mississippi State University, USA

Ø Visiting Scientist at Johns Hopkins University, USA

Ø Fellow of A.P. Akademi of Sciences

Ø Fellow of National Academy of Sciences.

Teaching and Research Expertise:

Professor Reddy has 28 years of teaching and research experience. Guided several PhD and M Phil students and published about 110 research publications in reputed National and International Plant Science journals with high impact. Professor Reddy also is a Principal Investigator for several major research projects funded by DBT, DST, CSIR, UGC and ICFRE.

Academic and Research Achievements:Professor Attipalli Ramachandra Reddy has made significant research contributions to the area of photosynthesis and Plant productivity. In recent years, he extended his research to understand the physiological, biochemical and molecular responses of plants under changing climate with particular reference to increasing global carbon dioxide levels. His most recent studies dissect out the changes in growth and productivity of biofuel tree species to the changing climate.Professor Reddy’s research findings clearly demonstrate that certain fast growing tree species including Gmelina, Jatropha, Mulberry and Pongamiaare highly suitable for agroforestry projects for efficient long term carbon sequestration and to mitigate elevated CO2 levels in the near unprecedented global climate change.

Administrative experience:

Ø Head, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad for Four years.

Ø Dean, in charge, School of Life Sciences.

Ø Warden, University of Hyderabad Hostels.

Ø Chairman, Campus Amenities Development, University of Hyderabad.

Ø Vice-Chairman, University of Hyderabad Health Facility.

Ø Professor in-Charge, Horticulture Department, University of Hyderabad.