About Vice Chancellor
Prof. Surendranath Pasupalak was born in village Badagada of Surada Block in Ganjam district on 1st May, 1956. After completing his high school study at the village and PU Sc at SKCG College, Parlakhemundi, he did his B.Sc. (Ag.) from OUAT in 1977, followed by M.Sc.(Ag) in Agronomy at GBPUA&T, Pantnagar. He got two Ph.Ds – one from GBPUA&T, Pantnagar (1986) and another from University of Saskatchewan, Canada (1991). He assumed the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar on 28th March, 2016.
Prof. Pasupalak was formerly the Professor and Head of Agrometeorology, OUAT, Bhubaneswar. He has served as the State Agrometeorologist under ICAR Agromet project and also the Principal Nodal Officer for Gramin Krishi Mausam Seva of India Meteorogical Department. He has rich experience in preparation and wide outreach of agromet farm advisory in the state for more than two decades. His operational farm advisory is quite popular among the farming community in nook and corners of Odisha. Due to his endeavours, Odisha became the first state in the country to initiate several new things like operational district level farm advisory, piloting block level farm advisory and bulk SMS to farmers.
Prof. Pasupalak has wide and varied exposure to principles and practices of agriculture in several states of India during his study and service period as well. He was recipient of scholarships all through his studies including Commonwealth Fellowship of Canada. As to several awards and recognitions, he was the recipient of Prana Krushna Parija Award in 2016 for his contribution in life science. He has served as a member of several state level committees of the Odisha Govt. including the Climate Change Action Plan for the state. He is also an avid learner of technologies and under his leadership OUAT became the first State Agricultural University in the country to establish University Website, LAN and WAN. In his spare time, he is involved in educational development in rural areas of Odisha. His book ‘Agroclimatic Atlas of Odisha’ is of immense interest to planners, researchers, extension workers and above all the farmers of the state.