A Legendary Leader, Former Vice Chancellor of UAS-Dharwad, Padma Bhushan Dr. M. Mahadevappa Passes Away

On behalf of IAICC Board of Directors and Members, I extend my deepest condolences to Dr. M. Mahadevappa’s wife Mrs. Sudha Mahadevappa, son Rajashekar, daughter Mamata, his grandchildren and their family members. We sincerely pray to the almighty to give strength to the bereaving family during these difficult times.

I am fortunate to have known Dr. Mahadevappa for over four decades. I first met him and his family in Manila, Philippines when he was with International Rice Research institute and at that time I was on loan from the World Bank to the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Mahadevappa was a great friend, trusted advisor, and the kindest person one could have ever met. The fond memories of our times spent together will be etched in me and my family’s hearts forever.

Dr. Mahadevappa was the topmost agriculture scientist of India and his invaluable contributions in the field have significantly enriched Indian farmers, and the country to a great extent. His commitment to farmers and the country is second to none and is reflected in the wide range of academic and research missions he pursued tirelessly in the field of agriculture.

As such, Dr. Mahadevappa, was bestowed with Padma Shri, and Padma Bhushan – India’s fourth, and third-highest civilian awards, respectively, in recognition of his extensive work in the field of Agriculture. A testament to his talent, the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad received the prestigious title “Sardar Patel Outstanding Institute,” in 2000, during his time as Vice-Chancellor. He also served as the Chairman of Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board of India. He was also an advisor In the Ministry of Agriculture in India.

Dr. Mahadevappa’s pioneering research led to the release of several rice varieties, and his contributions at the International Rice Research Institute in Manila, Philippines, were widely recognized around the world. He was also credited with developing a biological eco-friendly Integrated Parthenium Weed Management (IPWM) Technology, a novel technology for curtailing Parthenium menace.

Dr. Mahadevappa was 83-years old and breathed his last on March 06, 2021, in Mysuru, India.

Respectfully submitted by:

KV Kumar
President & CEO