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Dr. Virender  Kumar

Principal Scientist & Head

Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension Education & Rural Sociology, College of Agriculture, CSK HP Agricultural University, Palampur,

Himachal Pradesh-176 062, India;

Phone: +91-1894-230313 (Off); Mobile:+91-94180-42509

Fax: +91-1894-230313


Field of Specialization and Research Interest

Agricultural Development

Educational Qualification

Ph.D (Agricultural Economics)

Employment Record alongwith Professional Experience (in years)

  1. 30 years in teaching, research and extension

  2. State Consultant (Himachal Pradesh) under Innovations in Technology Dissemination (ITD) component  of  NATP in the National Institute of Agril. Extension Management (MANAGE) Hyderabad w.e.f. June 1999-June 2000.

Research Projects handled

As PI :            11

As Co-PI:        17

Research Publications

Total publications published in Journals: 76

  1. Kumar Virender, Neha Jamwal and Divya Sharma (2020). Economics of Tea Growing in Himachal Pradesh. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 90 (6): 1107-9. 

(NAAS rating: 6.25)

  1. Kumar Virender and Shivali Masand (2020). Oilseeds Scenario in Himachal Pradesh: Analysis and Some Reflections. Indian Journal of Oilseeds Research, 37 (2): 150-153.

(NAAS rating: 5.02)

  1. Sharma, Divya and Virender Kumar (2020). Resource Use Pattern of different Crops under Existing Farming Systems in Himachal Pradesh. Indian Journal of Economics and Development, 16 (CC): 489-493.

(NAAS rating:4.82)

  1. Kumar, Virender, S.K. Chauhan, Harbans Lal, Rajesh Thakur and Divya Sharma (2018).  Farm Mechanization in Himachal Pradesh: Constraints, Status and its Role in Augmenting Farm Incomes. Indian Journal of Economics and Development, 14 (2):235-242.

(NAAS rating:4.82)

  1. Kumar, V. and R. K. Thakur (2015). Livelihood Diversity: Promotion and Protection. In: Technologies for Livelihood Enhancement, Eds: V.L. Chopra and Sanjay Kumar, New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi, pp 1-29. 

Books Published


Books Chapters






Published Reports


Teaching/ trainings

       Taught 84 courses at UG & PG levels

Conference/ Seminar/ Symposium

  • Have attended and organised National and International Seminars, Conferences and Workshops

Extension activity including Popular Articles/ Pamphlets/ Leaflets


Students Guided


PG:              10

Ph.D:           01

Awards/ Fellowships

  • Awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Appreciation Award-2002.

  • Gold Medal Recipient in M.Sc. (Agricultural Economics), IARI, New Delhi for highest OGPA.

  • Gold Medal Recipient during graduation i.e. B.Sc. (Ag), HPKV,  Palampur for highest OGPA.

International exposure/ visit abroad

  • ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal for collaborative research work

Miscellaneous achievements/ activities

  • Member, Quinquennial Review Team (QRT) of National Centre for Integrated Pest Management (NCIPM), New Delhi for evaluating the work done by NCIPM during the period 2008-2014.

  • Chairman, in a Technical Session in the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) sponsored National Seminar on “Agriculture: Trends & Technologies” organized by GGN Khalsa College Ludhiana, Punjab w.e.f. Jan 30-31, 2017.

  • Co-Chair of a session in 23rd Annual Conference of AERA at ICAR-CIFE Mumbai (2-4 Dec., 2015)

  • Nominated Member Screening Committee of Technical staff of ICAR. NIAP,(2014-2015) by ASRB, New Delhi

  • Member, of Board of Studies, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, District Sirmaur,  Himachal Pradesh.

  • Member, Executive Committee, Society of Economics and Development, Amritsar since 2014.

  • Member, Executive Committee (2013-2014), Agricultural Economics Research Association, New Delhi.

  • Nodal Officer, CSK HPKV, Palampur for Results Framework Document (RFD).

  • Member, Editorial Board (2011-12 & 2012-13), Himachal Journal of Agricultural Research, Palampur.

  • Member, Executive Committee (2012-2013), Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (ISAE), Mumbai. 

  • Member, Executive Committee (2008-2009), Agricultural Economics Research Association (AERA), New Delhi.

  • Theses evaluation, research paper reviewing and paper setting for prestigious national institutions.