Shankar joined Bioversity International in June 2014 as a Liaison Officer in the Bengaluru office.
He coordinates activities that focus on the exploration, collection, conservation, characterization and utilization of nutritious and underutilized fruit trees from tropical and subtropical regions. Shankar also supervises and coordinates ICAR-Bioversity International collaborative projects in the region.
In addition, he maintains the the Bengaluru office and supervises other activities held there.
Prior to joining Bioversity International, Shankar served as a founder Vice Chancellor of the University of Horticultural Sciences Bagalkot, Karnataka from November 2008 to April 2014. His other important assignments were: director at the National Silk Worm Seed Organization from 2000 to 2001; director at the Silk Worm and Mulberry Genetic Resources Centre from 1999 to 2000; and director at the Karnataka State Sericulture Research and Development Institute from 1989 to 1999. Shankar has been awarded the fellow of four academic bodies of country and is the life member of seven academic societies. He has significantly contributed to the field of genetic improvement of mulberry and silk worms.
PhD, Botany, Karnataka University, Dharwad
MSc, Botany, Karnataka University, Dharwad
BSc, Botany, Major and Zoology, Minor, Karnataka University, Dharwad
Post graduate diploma in French, Karnataka University, Dharwad
Dandin, S.B. and Mathur, P.N. 2015. Underutilized Fruit Crops of Tropical and Subtropical Regions of India. Abstract and Souvenir IIIrd International Symposium on Underutilized Plant Species. Edited by C. Ravindran et.al. PP 12-28.