Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Prof. Haribabu Ejnavarzala

Department of Liberal Arts


  1. Science Technology and Society Interface
  2. Science Culture and Society
  3. Technology Culture and Society



Sri Venkateswara University
Tirupati (AP)
BSc Botany, Zoology, and Chemistry


Sri Venkateswara University
Tirupati (AP)
MA Social- Cultural- Anthropology


Indian Institute of Technology
PhD Sociology


  • 14 June, 1993 - 31 May, 2015 – Professor of Sociology – University of Hyderabad
  • 16 July, 1990 – 13 June, 1993 - Reader in Sociology - University of Hyderabad
  • 3 July, 1985 – 15 July, 1990 - Assistant Professor in Sociology - IIT, Kanpur
  • 22 September, 1980 – 2 July, 1985 - Lecturer in Sociology - IIT, Kanpur
  • 8 July, 1980 – 20 September, 1980 - Research Fellow - National Institute of Training in Industrial, Engineering (NITIE), Bombay
  • 16 May, 1980 – 7 July, 1980 - Sr Research Assistant - IIT, Bombay
Previous Positions Held
  • 28 January, 2015 - 31 May, 2015 - Vice-Chancellor-in-Charge - University of Hyderabad
  • 8 September, 2011 - 27 January, 2015 - Pro-Vice-Chancellor - University of Hyderabad
  • 1 August, 2006 - 31 July, 2009 - Dean, School of Social Sciences - University of Hyderabad
  • 1 August, 2000 - 31 July, 2002 - Dean, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and communication, University of Hyderabad
  • July 2007 - June 2012 - Adjunct Professor: International Programs - University of Iowa, Iowa city, USA
  • 2016 to 2022 - Adjunct Senior Fellow - Research and Information System (RIS) for Developing Countries, New Delhi

Research Interest

  • Science Technology and Society Interface
  • Science Culture and Society
  • Technology Culture and Society
Research Projects Completed
  • 1. Brain drain and Scientific Communities in Collaboration with NISTADS, New Delhi (Co-PI) - CSIR
  • 2. Status of S&T Manpower in AP GOI (Co-PI) - The DST
  • 3. Rice Biotechnology Research Community India (PI) - The Rockefeller Foundation, New York
  • 4. Research and Development (R& D) in Sociology and Social Anthropology - The DST, GOI
  • 5. Ethics in Science and Technological Responsibility - European Commission, Science in Society, 7th Framework Programme, collaborative project with 8 partners spread across Europe, Kenya and India
  • 6. Systems of Innovations for Inclusive Development: Lessons from Rural China and India - IDRC, Canada. Collaborative project with Chinese researchers. The project seeks identify innovations in agriculture and non-agricultural domains that provide employment to rural population in India and China.

Awards & Fellowships

  • Invited to the University of Iowa, Iowa city, USA as a visiting professor to the International Programmes and Global Health Studies programme for a period of one month during the years 2005, 2007 and 2008
  • 1990-91 - CSIR Visiting Associate: affiliated to National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi


  • Life Member - Indian Sociological Society
  • Life Member - Indian Academy of Social Sciences
  • Life Member - Indian Political Economy Association
  • Life Member - Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru
  • Life Member - Indian Anthropological Association
  • 2008 to date - Editorial collaborator - Science and Culture, published by Indian Science News Association
  • 2012 to date - Member, Editorial Advisory Board - Journal of Rural Development, published by National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad
  • 2007 - 2012 - Member, Editorial Advisory Board - Science Technology and Society, published by Sage, New Delhi
  • 2010 - 2013 - Member Scientific Committee of Innovation and Development, published by Francis Taylor


Journal Publications
    • 1. Ejnavarzala. B. With Katharina Najork, Susheel Gadela Padmarao Nadiminti, Sreeramulu Gosikonda, C. Raghava Reddy, and Markus Keck. ‘The Return of Pink Bollworm in India’s Bt Cotton Fields: Livelihood Vulnerabilities of Farming Households in Karimnagar District’ Progress in Development Studies 21, 1 (2021) pp. 68–85. (2022)
    • 2. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Epistemology- Ontology Relations: A review’, Sociological Bulletin, 68 (1), pp.94-104 (2019)
    • 3. Ejnavarzala. B. With Jacob Kalle ‘Moratorium on Bt Brinjal: Is evidence- based policy making an adequate framework? Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, vol. 18, No.2, pp.27-49 (2016).
    • 4. Ejnavarzala. B. With Devaraj, P. ‘Discontinuities in the Trajectory of Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) Technology Development in India’, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 14 (2015) 301-332.
    • 5. Ejnavarzala. B. Obsolescence of First-Generation GM Cotton Seed: Is It Planned? Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, Vol. 16 No.3, pp 47-60. (2014).
    • 6. Ejnavarzala. B. With Malini Bhargava ‘Education Technology Development: The SCOT Approach’, International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Vol. 20, Issue 4, November pp.19-26. (2014)
    • 7. Ejnavarzala. B. Obsolescence of First Generation Bt Cotton Seed: Is It Planned’? Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, Vol. 16, No.3, pp. 47-60. (2014).
    • 8. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Genetically Modified Food’, in George Ritzer (ed.) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization, Blackwell publishers.( 2012).
    • 9. Ejnavarzala. B. With Avvari V. Mohan, Nagalakshmi, C.N. ‘University Linkages in Technology Clusters of Emerging Economies - Exploratory Case Studies from Cyberjaya, Malaysia - a Greenfield Development and Cyberabad, India - a Brownfield Development’ World Technopolis Review, Vol.1, No.1 Issue 1January, pp. 42-50. (2012).
    • 10. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Institutionalization of Science Communication Education’, in Gauhar Raza et al (eds.) Construction of Culture of Science, National Institute of Science Communication and Resources (NISCARE), New Delhi and Chinese Institute of Science Popularization, Beijing. (2011).
    • 11. Ejnavarzala. B. with Mallick, S., and Reddy, B.B. ‘Industrialization of Seed Production: Implications for Agriculture in India’, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 10 (3-4): 441-57. (2011).
    • 12. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘DNA barcoding: access to biodiversity and benefit-sharing policy issues in the Indian context, Current Science, Vol. 99, NO. 5, 10, pp. 594-600. (2010).
    • 13. Ejnavarzala. B. with Ronnie Vernooy, Manuel Ruiz Muller, Joseph Henry Vogel, Paul D. N. Hebert, David E. Schindel, Junko Shimura, Gregory A. C. Singer. ‘Barcoding Life to Conserve Biological Diversity: Beyond the Taxonomic Imperative’, PLoS Biology, 8(7): e1000417. doi:10.1371/journal. pbio.1000417. (2010).
    • 14. Ejnavarzala. B. with Debasmita Patra and Katherine A McComas ‘Perceptions of Nano Ethics among Practitioners in a Developing Country: A Case of India’, Nanoethics, DOI 10.1007/s11569-010-0086-7. (2010).
    • 15. Ejnavarzala. B. With Sambit Mallick. ‘The Intellectual Property Rights Regime and Emerging Institutional Framework of Scientific Research: Responses from Plant Molecular Biologists in India’, Asian Journal of Social Science 38:79–106. (2010).
    • 16. Ejnavarzala. B. With Debasmita Patra and Prajit K Basu ‘Nanoscience and nanotechnology: ethical, legal, social and environmental issues’, Current Science, vol.96, No.5,10 MARCH, pp.651-657. (2009).
    • 17. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘The Social Construction of Biotechnology: Towards a Transdisciplinary Approach’ in Basarab Nicolescu (ed.): Transdisciplinary Research: Theory and Practice, NJ: Hampton Press, pp.191-200. (2008)
    • 18. Ejnavarzala. B. With J. David Reece, ‘Genes to feed the world: The weakest link?, Food Policy, 32 : 459–479. (2007).
    • 19. Ejnavarzala. B. [With Sambit Mallick and S. G. Kulkarni] ‘Debates on Science and Technology in India: Alliance Formation between the Scientific and Political Elite during the Inter-war Period’, Social Scientist, Volume 33, Issues 11-12, pp. 49-75. (2005).
    • 20. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Interests and Meanings: The Socio-Technical Process of Application of Biotechnology to Crop Improvement in India’, International Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 65-78. (2004).
    • 21. Ejnavarzala. B. [With C. Raghava Reddy] ‘Technology and Organization Control: A Study of Plant Tissue Culture Industry’, Management and Labour Studies, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 99-108. (2004).
    • 22. Ejnavarzala. B. [With Nagaraju Gundemeda] ‘Periphery in the Service of the Centre: IT Education and Training in India: A Case Study of Andhra Pradesh’, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Volume 18, No. 3, pp. 313-327. (2004).
    • 23. Ejnavarzala. B. [With Nagaraju Gundemeda] ‘IT Education and Training in the Era of Economic Reforms: Implications of Accessibility’ in B. Nagarjuna (ed.): Economic Reforms and Perspectives, pp. 506-532. New Delhi: Serials Publications. (2004).
    • 24. Ejnavarzala. B. [With C. Raghava Reddy] ‘Biotechnology and the Industrialization of Horticulture in India’, Outlook on Agriculture, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 187-192. (2002).
    • 25. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Cognitive Empathy in Inter-disciplinary Research: The Contrasting Attitudes of Plant Breeders and Molecular Biologists towards Rice’, Journal of Biosciences, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 323-330. (2000).
    • 26. Ejnavarzala. B. [With D. Rama Rao and R. Vijaya Kumari] ‘Agricultural Education in India: A Sociological Perspective’, Outlook on Agriculture, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 177-184. (2000).
    • 27. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Scientific Knowledge in India: From Public Resource to Intellectual Property’, Sociological Bulletin, Volume 48, Issues 1-2, pp. 217-233. (1999).
    • 28. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘A Large Community but Few Peers: A Study of the Scientific Community in India’, Sociological Bulletin, Volume 40, Issues 1-2, pp. 77-88. (1991)]
    • 29. Ejnavarzala. B. [With M. Masilamani] ‘Correlates of Workers’ Participation in Trade Unions: A Study of the Structure of the Union and Socio-Economic and Demographic Characteristics of Workers’, Asian Profile, Volume 17, No. 4, pp. 327-336. (1989).
    • 30. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Sociology in India: Crisis of Theory and the Tasks Ahead’, Other Sociology, Volume 1, No. 3, pp. (1991).
    • 31. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Occupational Differentiation and Family Structure: A Case Study of Sri Vaishnava Brahmin Community in Andhra Pradesh’, Man in India, Volume 64, No. 1, pp. 21-34. (1991).
    • 32. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Migrant Labour and Labour Legislations in India’, Indian Journal of Social Work, Volume 44, No. 4, pp. 419-425. (.1991).
    • 33. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Urban Family Patterns and Rural Nexus: A Study of Rural Migrants from Andhra Pradesh in Greater Bombay’, National Labour Institute Bulletin, Volume 7, No. 1, pp. 72-82. (1989).
    • 34. Ejnavarzala. B. [With Vijaya Punekar] ‘Caste Associations in Urban India’, Man in India, Volume 6, Numbers 1-2, pp. 1-11. (1989).
    • 35. Ejnavarzala. B [With Vijaya Punekar] ‘Industrial Development and Commitment of the Indian Industrial Workers’, Indian Journal of Social Work, Volume 39, No. 2, pp. (1978).
    Contributions to Edited Volumes
    • 1. Ejnavarzala. B ‘Modern Genetics as an Opportunity for Inclusive and Sustainable Agriculture, in R.S. Raina and K. Das (eds) Inclusive Innovation: Evidence and Options in Rural India, Springer Nature India Pvt. Ltd., pp. 139-156. (2020).
    • 2. Ejnavarzala. B ‘Public Perception of Risk about LMOs: A Sociological Perspective’, in Sachin Chaturvedi and Krishna Ravi Srinivas (eds.), Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops: Global Implications based on Case-Studies from India, Springer Nature Singapore Pte. Ltd., pp. 61-77. (2019).
    • 3. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Ramakrishna Mukherjee on Fact–Value Relations in Social Research’ in PN Mukherjee et al. (eds.) Understanding Social Dynamics in South Asia: Essays in Memory of Ramkrishna Mukherjee, Singapore: Springer Nature, pp-
      51-65. (2019).
    • 4. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Dialectic of Basic and applied research:’ in I Ramabrahmam and Meena Hariharan (eds.) Globalization: contextualizing social science research, Allied publishers. . (2016).
    • 5. Ejnavarzala. B . With MVS Aparna ‘Actor-Networks in Technology Diffusion: A Case Study of Oil Palm Demonstration Project in Andhra Pradesh’ in Binay Kumar Pattnaik (ed.): Technology Transfer and In-house R&D in Indian Industry (In the Late 1990s), pp. 188-207. New Delhi: Allied Publishers. (1999)
    • 6. Ejnavarzala. B [With B. Sarkar] ‘Five-Year Plans: Science, Technology and Development’ in B. Sarkar, E. Haribabu and N. P. Chaubey (eds.): The Myth of Planned Development,. Allahabad: Indian Academy of Social Sciences. (1999).
    • 7. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Role of Communication in Tribal Development: Some Observations’ in L. Krishnan, B. N. Patnaik and N. K. Sharma (eds.): Aspects of Human Communication, New Delhi: Mittal Publications. (1999).
    • 8. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Economic and Political Dimensions of Pollution Control: Need for Political Action to Protect Environment’ in A. Sharma and R. Sharan (eds.): Social Responsibilities of Technologists, Scientists and Managers,. New Delhi: Gyan Publishers. (1991).
    • 9. Ejnavarzala. B .‘Safety and Health in Construction Industry in India: Some Managerial and Educational Aspects’ in K. N. Vaid (ed.): Construction Safety Management, pp. 135-139. Bombay: National Institute of Construction Management and Research. (1989)
    • 10. Ejnavarzala. B. ‘Development of Small and Medium-Size Towns in India: Experience and Policy Implications’ in H. D. Kammeier and P. J. Swan (eds.): Equity with Growth? Planning Perspectives for Small Towns in Developing Countries, pp. 549- 563. Bangkok: Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). (1984).
    Book publications
    • 1. Ejnavarzala. B [With Subodh Mahanti, VV Krishna, Vinod K. Jairath and Aparna Basu] Scientific Communities and Brain Drain. New Delhi: Gyan Publishers. (1995).
    • 2. Ejnavarzala. B [Edited with B. Sarkar and N. P. Chaubey] The Myth of Planned Development. Allahabad: Indian Academy of Social Sciences. (1989).
    Book Reviewer
    • Thirteen (in Eastern Anthropologist, Contributions to Indian Sociology, n.s., Indian Review of Books, Social Scientist, Sociological Bulletin)

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