Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra
The Union Minister of Agriculture is the President of the ICAR. Its principal officer is the Director-General (DG). He is also the Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE). The General Body, the supreme authority of the ICAR, is headed by the Minister of Agriculture, Government of India. Its members include the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries and senior officers of the various state governments, representatives of the parliament, the agro-industries, scientific organisations and farmers.
The Governing Body is the chief executive and decision making authority of the ICAR. It is headed by the Director-General. It consists of eminent agricultural scientists, educators, legislators and representative of farmers. It is assisted by the Standing Finance Committee, Accreditation Board, Regional Committees and several Scientific Panels. The Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Director-General of the ICAR functions as the Principal Advisor to the Government of India in all matters concerning research and education in agriculture, and allied fields.
The Director-General is assisted by eight Deputy Directors-General – one each incharge of Crop Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Animal Sciences, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Extension, Fisheries, Horticulture and Agricultural Engineering. In administration, the Director General (DG) is assisted by the Secretary, ICAR, who is also the Additional Secretary to the DARE, Government of India. In financial matters, the DG is assisted by the Financial Advisor (FA).
Agricultural Scientists’ Recruitment Board (ASRB) is an independent recruiting agency of the ICAR for its Agricultural Research Services (ARS) and equivalent technical posts and also for research management positions. The Council has a National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), which provides required training to new entrants to the Agricultural Research Services.
This vast network of ICAR which includes Institutes, Bureaux, National Research Centres and Project Directorates has a manpower of about 30,000 personnel out of which nearly 7000 are engaged in active research and its management. Thirty eight Agricultural Universities (SAUs) employ about 26,000 scientists for teaching, research and extension education; of these over 6000 scientists are employed in the ICAR supported coordinated projects.