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The Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), T Nanda Kumar has been appointed as the chairman of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He takes over from Magsaysay Award winner and social worker Deep Joshi, whose three-year term ended in November.
IRMA is a rural management institute founded by the father of white revolution, Verghese Kurien, who also helped set up NDDB and served as its chairman between 1965 and 1998.
In March 2014, Nanda Kumar took over as the chairman of the NDDB from Amrita Patel who served the institution since 1998. He is the first IAS officer to hold the post. NDDB is an institution credited with increasing milk production through Operation White Flood which carries out the Rs 17,000-crore National Dairy Plan, an ambitious project of the Indian government to raise India’s milk production to 200 million tonne by 2020-21.
Nanda Kumar, who joined the Bihar cadre of Indian Administrative Service in 1977, has in the past served as the member of the National Disaster Management Authority and chairman of Spices Board situated in Kochi.
He is credited with helping increase India’s spices exports during his tenure with the Spices Board. He was also on an assignment with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Bangladesh for three years.
He was appointed the food secretary of Government of India in 2006 and agriculture secretary in 2008.