Dr. Praveen Rao Velchala is the First Vice Chancellor of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, the youngest State Agricultural University in India,
since April, 2016. Dr. Rao is a prominent contributor to micro-irrigation. A strong believer in digital technology outreach to end users, his work in agro knowledge management contributed to developing digital knowledge material on 142 drip irrigated agri-horticultural crops that helped in creating new capabilities, decision criteria for diffusion and adoption, and enhanced stakeholder value.
A dedicated academician, he has to his credit over 164 research papers in peer reviewed national & international Journals, several field irrigation practical manuals, books, crop growing manuals, project documents, DVD films, invited international and national presentations etc., covering different aspects of micro-irrigation and fertigation management. Mentoring budding agronomists is a favorite past time and he stands as an inspiration to many of his students who worked for their masters and doctoral programs.
Several Educational, Research and Extension reforms and Inter-institutional collaborations both in India and abroad initiated by Dr. Rao as VC enabled the PJTSAU achieve top Rank in 2018.