Prof. Vijaya Khader

Prof. Khader has spent more than 30 years researching economic empowerment of Rural, Farm, Fisher and Tribal Women. Gender aspects underpins her research on livelihoods, food and nutrition security, growth and well-being of community.

Completed twenty two independent research projects on Economic empowerment of Rural, Farm, Fisher and Tribal Women. The aspects of my research on livelihoods, food, nutrition and health security of women emphasising  women’s supplementary income showed a positive impact on the socioeconomic status of the family contributing towards health security.

Areas of expertise: Economic Empowerment of Women; Health Security; Rural Development

Brief biography

Prof. (Mrs.) Vijaya Khader, Former Dean, Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University has been actively engaged in nutrition research and teaching for over thirty three years. Received M.Sc from S.V University with Mary Clark Memorial Scholarship from Canada, PhD & Post Doctoral Fellow from CFTRI, Mysore as a CSIR Fellow.

Worked as First Principal at College of Home Science, Bapatla and also at college of Home Science, Hyderabad. Headed the Department of Foods and Nutrition, PGRC, Rajender Nagar as the Director, Center of Advanced Studies in the field of Foods and Nutrition, which is the only one in the country. 

Instrumental in starting Inter-faculty P.G. Program in Food Science and Technology and worked as a Program Director.  

Completed 22 independent research projects on Socio Economic empowerment of rural, Farm, Fisher & Tribal Women.

The focus of my work as a researcher, teacher, trainer and social activist is driven by a commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Gender aspects underpins all my research on livelihoods, food and nutrition security, growth and well-being of community.

Received two patents Low cost ice Cream Freezer & Fresh Fish Vending & Display table. Licensed the technology twice.

Written 4 university level text books receiving Royalty till date.  Also worked as Dean P.G Studies, Director of Extension and Dean of Student affairs.

Visited four universities in U.S.A.;  Four universities in U.K. ; Seoul ; Malaysia ; Singapore ; Egypt; Netherlands ; Italy ;  Beijing ;Kunming ; Shanghai ;Australia  , Bangladesh , Taiwan , Cairo ,Kuala Lumpur  ,Kandy ( Sri Lanka ) and  Bangkok, Thailand

Received State Best Teacher Award; Appreciation Certificate from ICAR; Women of the year; Fellow of Association of Food Scientists and Technologists,(AFSTI); Outstanding Woman Professional Award ( FICCI); Eminent Women Scientist Award (WISE ,India) , 3rd Dr. Rajammal P. Devdas   Memorial award , Women Leadership in Science & Technology ( Vigynan Prasar Department of Science & Technology) and Oration Lecture award from Home Science Association of India .

Served as Member Board of Management of A.N.G.R.A.U. highest body of the University.

Involved in developing portal on Rice in Human Nutrition namely

Work on fisher women posted on the global website,, run by the Asian Fisheries Society.

Chair Person of the Task Force Committee on Biotechnology based program for Women for a period of 3 years(2014-2017).

Principal Investigator for ICT enabled Higher Education at National level on production of course ware –e-Content for P.G.   Food Technology by National Mission for Education & Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. Of India (2012-2019).

Advisor of the Agriculture, Food Processing& Dairy Committee of The Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Executive Board Member of Women in Science and Engineering, member of INWES a Canada based International network.Co-opted Member of Academic Council of ANGRAU, Guntur- 2018-2020. E.C. member of Indian Women Scientist Association (IWSA). Full Member Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) / Member, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW) since 2006.

Former Dean
Faculty of Home Science