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Dr Akanksha Shukla

Associate Professor, Centre for PG Studies and Distance Education , Head(i/c) for Centre for Development Documentation & Communication

Educational Qualifications: MMC(Mass Communication)MPA (Public Administration), Ph.D Public Administration & PhD Mass Communication, Post Doctoral Fellow (ICSSR), Post Doctoral Fellow (UGC).
Areas of Specialisation : Development Communication, Opinion making, Political Communication, Communication theories and Administrative Theories, Behaviour change Communication, Women Empowerment.
Email : akanksha.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : 040-24008572
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Dr Anjan Kumar Bhanja

Associate Professor, Centre for Panchayati Raj

Educational Qualifications: M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Areas of Specialisation : Comparative Politics, Indian Administration, Democratic Decentralisation, Panchayati Raj.
Email : anjankumarb.nird[at]gov.in
Phone :
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Dr Aryashree Debapriya

Associate Professor, Centre for PG Studies and Distance Education

Educational Qualifications : MA (Economics), MBA, Ph.D
Areas of Specialisation : Rural Product Marketing, Rural Credit, Micro Finance, WTO & International Business, Product & Brand Management, Cooperative Management.
Email : debapriya.nird[at]gov.in
Phone :
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Dr C Dheeraja

Associate Professor & Head, Centre for Social Audit

Educational Qualifications : Ph.D(Social work)
Areas of Specialisation : Gender Issues in Rural Development, Gender Budgeting, Impact of MGNREGS on women and other vulnerable sections, impact assessment studies.
Email : dheeraja.nird[at]gov.in
Phone :
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Dr C. Kathiresan

Associate Professor, Centre for Panchayati Raj

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc (Agri), Ph.D (Horticulture)
Areas of Specialisation : ICT for Agriculture and Rural Development (ICT4ARD), Knowledge Management through Digital Technologies (Web Portals, e-Learning, Mobile Applications), Precision Agriculture, Internet of Things (IoT) Applications in Agriculture, Partnership Building, Training and Capacity Building.
Email : kathiresan.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : 040-24008547
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Dr Ch Radhika Rani

Associate Professor & Head, Centre for Agrarian Studies

Educational Qualifications: Ag MSc. Ph.D(Agrl Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Institutions in Agriculture, Agrarian Relations, Agriculture and Nutrition Security linkages and Natural Resource Management.
Email : radhikarani.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008559
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Dr Digambar A Chimankar

Associate Professor, Centre for Wage Employment

Name : Dr Digambar A Chimankar
Educational Qualifications: M.A (Economics); B.Ed. MPS (Population Studies); PhD (Population Studies).
Areas of Specialisation : Rural Livelihoods, Labour Issues, Internal Migration, Population and Development, Public Health, Participatory Training & Development.
Email : digambar.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : 040-24008588
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Shri D S R Murthy

Assistant Professor(Sr. Scale), Centre for Geoinformatics Application in Rural Development

Educational Qualifications: M.A.(Econ.), MCA
Areas of Specialisation : Information Technology; Electronic Data; Processing; Software Development; Management Information Systems; Database; Management; Project Management; GIS and Web based GIS;
Phone : (+91) 040-24008461
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Dr G Venkata Raju

Professor & Head, Centre for Planning Monitoring & Eavluation

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc. (Marine sciences – Marine Biology); Ph.D. (Marine Living Resources); Diploma in Computer Applications
Areas of Specialisation : Application of project management in agriculture and allied sector programmes / schemes for sustainable production'; Action research projects for developing technologies for need based issues in fisheries; Seasonal variations and adoptability of farmers level interventions in coastal livelihoods.;
Email : gvraju.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008508
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Dr G V Krishna Lohi Das

Assistant Professor (Sr.Scale), Centre for Livelihoods

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D(Agriculture)
Areas of Specialisation : Integrated Farming; Rainfed Farming; Participatory Rural Development; Natural Resources Management; Farm based Livelihoods.
Email : gvklohidas.nird[at]gov.in
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Shri G V Satya Narayana

Assistant Professor (Sr. Scale), Centre for Information and Communication Technology

Educational Qualifications: M. Sc (Applied Statistics), M.Tech(IT)
Areas of Specialisation : ICTs and its Applications
Email : gvsatyanarayana.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008461
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Dr Gyanmudra

Professor & Head, Centre for Human Resource Development

Educational Qualifications: MA, D.Phil Course & Ph.D(Psychology)
Areas of Specialisation : Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources; Research and Training Methods; Participatory Methods and Quantitative Techniques; Psychometric Techniques Involving Personality Assessment, Recruitment etc.; Educational Psychology/Gender issues and Entrepreneurship; Community Health;
Email : gyanmudra.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 40-24008406
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Er H K Solanki

Assistant Professor(Sr. Scale), Centre for Geoinformatics Application in Rural Development

Educational Qualifications: B.E (Agriculture), M.Tech(Remote Sensing)
Areas of Specialisation : Open Source GIS, Mobile GIS, Root Level Planning and Development, IT Administration, Language Localisation, Technical / Design, Planning, Execution, Monitoring aspects of Watershed / NRM / MGNREGS works
Email : hksolanki.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr Krishna Reddy Kakumanu

Associate Professor, Centre for Natural Resource Management

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D (Agricultural Economics), Justus Liebig University, Germany
Areas of Specialisation : Agricultural Economics, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Economics, Water and Land management, Climate Change and Adaptation in Agricultural and Water sectors
Email : kkrishnareddy.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr K Prabhakar

Assistant Professor, Centre for Good Governance & Policy Analysis

Educational Qualifications: M.A, Ph.D (Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Inventing new tools and techniques to strengthen better service delivery and Good Governance Practices (Developed FMA & SET tools); Using different Social Accountability Tools in different contexts; Testing the applicability of different Social Accountability Tools for different flagship programmes/schemes of the Government;
Email : kprabhakar.nird[at]gov.in
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Shri K Rajeshwar

Assistant Professor & Team Leader-IT, Centre for Information and Communication Technology

Educational Qualifications: M.Tech (CS), Microsoft Certified Professional
Areas of Specialisation : ICT – Infra Development,Applications & Management, Web Technologies & Applications, e-governance, Big Data, IoT, Management Information Systems, Cyber Security and Cloud Computing.
Email : rajeshwar.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : 040 – 24008560
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Dr Lakhan Singh

Assistant Professor, Centre for Human Resource Development

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D(Population Studies), MPS, MA (Psychology), UGC-NET for lectureship.
Areas of Specialisation : Social-psychological aspects of change and development, behaviour change theories- Indian context, women health - issues of accessibility, availability, affordability to health care services, nutrition and Rural Development programmes, psychosocial health of disadvantaged people, Indian demography, demographic dividend, social science research methods, large-scale surveys-NFHS series, Census of India.
Email : lakhan.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr M Srikanth

Associate Professor & Head, Centre for Financial Inclusion & Entrepreneurship

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D(Financial Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Banking, Micro-Finance, Rural Credit, Financial Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Business Models, Risk Management, Financial Markets, etc.
Email : msrikanth.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008548
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Dr N.S.R.Prasad

Assistant Professor, Centre for Geo-informatics applications in RD

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc(Geology); M.Tech (Remote Sensing & GIS); Ph.D (Earth Sciences)
Areas of Specialisation : Geospatial Technologies (GIS, Remote Sensing and GPS); Application of Geospatial Technologies for Planning and Management of Watersheds; Natural Resource Management; Infrastructure Planning; Environmental Studies ; Rural Water Supply; LIS; Terrain Modelling and Change detection studies; Large scale Mapping; Web GIS and Village Level Planning.
Email : nsrprasad.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008539
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Dr R Murugesan

Professor & Head, Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership & Peoples Action

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D(Economics), MBA, LL.B
Areas of Specialisation : Rural Micro Enterprises Development, Skill Development (NRLM), Rural Marketing, Franchise Development and Networking, SHGs, Women / Youth Empowerment, Panchayat /Local Finances, Micro-Finance, Project Management, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) , Village Adoption (SAGY): Inclusive Village & Infrastructure Development, PURA – Public-Private Partnership, Technology Transfer, Energy Resources Management, Rural Electrification and Environmental Concerns
Email : murugesan.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008445
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Dr M V Ravibabu

Associate Professor, Centre for Geoinformatics Application in Rural Development

Educational Qualifications: M.Tech (Remote Sensing), PhD (Geomatics Engineering) - IIT Roorkee; Post-Doctoral Fellow (Monash University ) – Australian Endeavour Awards
Areas of Specialisation : Geospatial Applications towards Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Rural Development.
Email : mvravibabu.nird[at]@gov.in
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Dr Nithya V G

Assistant Professor, Centre for Agrarian Studies

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc (Agricultural Economics) IMRD (International Master of science in Rural Development), Ph.D (Agricultural Economics), Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Areas of Specialisation : Agricultural Economics, Agricultural value chains, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, Food and Nutritional Security issues in Rural Development and Policy Advocacy.
Email : nithyavg.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008564
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Dr N V Madhuri

Associate Professor & Head, Centre for Gender Studies and Development

Educational Qualifications: MA (Sociology), MA (Social Anthropology) PhD(Sociology)
Areas of Specialisation : Promotion of Micro-Enterprises and Entrepreneurship Development; Rural Women Based Livelihoods; SHG as a strategy for Rural Development ; Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Development; Gender Budgeting;
Email : nvmadhuri.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008488
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Dr Palla Anu Radha

Assistant Professor, Centre for Wage Employment

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D(Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Wage Employment, Gender studies, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of watershed Development and sustainable livelihoods.
Email : panuradha.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr P Kesava Rao

Associate Professor & Head, Centre for Geoinformatics Application in Rural Development

Educational Qualifications: B.E. (Civil); M. Tech (Remote Sensing); Ph.D (Remote Sensing)
Areas of Specialisation : Remote Sensing; GIS; GPS; Digital Image Processing applications to Land use Planning; Watershed development and Monitoring; Rural Infrastructure development; Resource planning; Large scale Mapping; LIS; Terrain Modelling and Change detection studies.
Email : kesava.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008449
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Dr P Raj Kumar

Assistant Professor, Centre for Livelihoods

Educational Qualifications: M.A; M.Phil; Ph.D(Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Development Economics; Participatory Rural Appraisal, Sustainable Rural Livelihoods; Socio-Economic Impact Assessments of Rural Development Programmes, Poverty, Agriculture, Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Watersheds.
Email : prajkumar.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr Partha Pratim Sahu

Associate Professor, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D(Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Enterprise and entrepreneurship development, Labour and employment, small industry.
Email : ppsahu.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : 040-24008453
Mobile No : 9871324924


Dr P Sivaram

Professor & Head, Centre for Livelihoods

Educational Qualifications: M.A (Sociology); M.Phil; Ph.D; MBA (HRM)
Areas of Specialisation : Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation, Rural Livelihoods, HRD, Participatory Training & Development and Social Security.
Email : sivaram.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008541
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Dr Pratyusna Patnaik

Assistant Professor, Centre for Panchayati Raj

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D (Sociology)
Areas of Specialisation : Decentralised Local Governance, Gender and Politics, Tribes and Forest Governance
Email : pratyusna.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr R. Aruna Jayamani

Assistant Professor, Centre for Planning Monitoring & Eavluation

Educational Qualifications: M.A (Development Administration); M.A (Human Rights); Ph.D (Women Agricultural Labour)
Areas of Specialisation : Intensive Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.
Email : arunajayamani.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008561
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Dr R. Chinnadurai

Associate Professor, Centre for Decentralised Planning

Educational Qualifications: M.A, M.Phil, Ph.D
Areas of Specialisation : Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
Email : chinnadurai.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008553
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Dr Ravindra S. Gavali

Professor & Head, Centre for Natural Resource Management

I/c Professor & Head, Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management Disaster Mitigation

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc., Ph.D. (Environmental Science), JNU New Delhi
Areas of Specialisation : Natural Resource Management and Conservation, Watershed Management, Water Pollution Monitoring and Assessment, Climate Change, Geoinformatics application in Natural Resource Management.
Email : ravindrasg.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008487
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Dr Rajesh Kumar Sinha

Assistant Professor, Centre for Research and Training Coordination & Networking

Educational Qualifications: Ph. D. (International Relations), PGD (Advertising & Public Relations)
Areas of Specialisation : Panchayati Raj, Decentralised Governance, Social Audit, Social Accountability, MGNREGA, Decentralised Planning, GPDP, Fourteenth Finance Commission, SDGs, Training Management
Email : rajeshksinha.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : 040-24008439
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Dr R Ramesh

Associate Professor, Centre for Rural Infrastructure

Educational Qualifications: M.A., Ph.D
Areas of Specialisation : Drinking Water and Sanitation, Proposal Writing, Strategic Planning, Logframes, Development Research, Communication for Development, Development Reportage.
Email : rramesh.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr S Ramesh Sakthivel

Associate Professor & Head, Centre for Innovations and Appropriate Technology

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D (IIT Delhi)
Areas of Specialisation : Water Supply and Sanitation, Land and Water Management, Housing, Innovations and Appropriate Technology, Technology and Development.
Email : rameshsakthivel.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : 040-29702061
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Dr Ruchira Bhattacharya

Assistant Professor, Centre for Gender Studies and Development

Educational Qualifications: M.Phil, Ph. D (The Public Distribution System and Household Welfare in India), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Areas of Specialisation : Food security, nutrition, gender Issues in Rural Development, social protection for women and other vulnerable sections, impact assessment for social interventions, cost analysis of social interventions.
Email : ruchirab.nird[at]gov.in
Mobile : 9811516840
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Dr Srinivas Sajja

Assistant Professor, Centre for Social Audit

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D. in Sociology (University of Hyderabad)
Areas of Specialisation : Democratic Decentralisation; Participatory Natural Resources Management; Public Policy analysis; Rural Transformation; Social Audit;
Email : sajja.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr S Jyothis

Professor & Head, Centre for Wage Employment

Education Qualifications: Ph.D. (Economics) Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, M.Phil (Economics) University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
Areas of Specialisation : Wage Employment and Natural Capital (Biodiversity, Fishery, Forestry).
Email : jyothis.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : 040-24008463
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Dr S K Sathyaprabha

Assistant Professor, Centre for Good Governance & Policy Analysis

Educational Qualifications: MA (Public Administration), Ph.D (Public Administration)
Areas of Specialisation : Development Administration, Local Governance, Public Policy.
Email : sksathyaprabha.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr Sonal Mobar Roy

Assistant Professor, Centre for PG Studies and Distance Education

Educational Qualifications: M.A. (Social Anthropology), Ph.D(Sociology)
Areas of Specialisation : Sociology of Education and Health; Culture and Tribal Studies; Social Exclusion and Inclusion related to Gender; Research Methods and Methodology, IT in Education and Health; Monitoring and Evaluation; Social networks and Crowdsourcing.
Email : sonalmobarroy.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008540
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Dr Sucharita Pujari

Assistant Professor, Centre for Gender Studies and Development

Educational Qualifications: M.A (Sociology), Ph.D(Population Studies)
Areas of Specialisation : Gender Inequities in Healthcare in Rural India; Gender Norms and Gender Violence within private and public sphere; Women and Empowerment; Programmes and Policies related to Women and Children; Gendered Nature of Infertility;
Email : sucharitapujari.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008540
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Dr Surjit Vikraman

Associate Professor, Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership & Peoples Action

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D (Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Agrarian Studies, Development Economics, Value Chain Analysis and Development, Food and Nutritional Security Analysis, Farming Systems and Agriculture – Nutrition Linkages, Agricultural Policy and Impact Assessment.
Email : surjitvikraman.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr T Vijaya Kumar

Associate Professor, Centre for Human Resource Development

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc(Psychology), M.Sc(Zoology), M.Ed(Edln. Admn. & Mgt), M.Phil, Ph.D(Education)
Areas of Specialisation : Psycho – Social dimensions of Rural Development, Social Sector Development (Poverty, Literacy, Education and Health); Organizational Behavior & Development, Human Resource Development; Development Management; Community Psychology.
Email : tvijayakumar.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr U Hemantha Kumar

Associate Professor, Centre for Livelihoods

Educational Qualifications: M.A; M.Phil; Ph.D(Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Development Economics; Sustainable Rural Livelihoods; Participatory Irrigation Management; Natural Resources Management; Wage Employment
Email : hemanthakumar.nird[at]gov.in
Phone : (+91) 040-24008486
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Dr V K Reddy

Adjunct Faculty, Centre for Research & Training Coordination & Networking

Educational Qualifications: M.A, Ph.D(Sociology)
Areas of Specialisation : Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, Training Methodology, Training of Trainers, Community Organisation, Team Building.
Email : vkreddy04[at]@yahoo.com
Phone : (+91) 040-24008452
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Dr V Suresh Babu

Associate Professor, Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management Disaster Mitigation

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc.(Agri.), Ph.D
Areas of Specialisation : Climate Resilient Agriculture, Management of Rainfed Agriculture, Integrated Farming System, Agro-forestry Systems, Natural Resource Management, Convergence with Flagship Programmes
Email : vsureshbabu.nird[at]gov.in
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Dr Y Bhaskar Rao

Professor & Head, Centre for Decentralised Planning

Educational Qualifications: MA, Ph.D, Political Science and Public Administration
Areas of Specialisation : Panchayati Raj – Development Administration; Financial Management in PRIs; Decentralised Planning; Gram Panchayati Development Plan; Empowerment of women in Rural Local bodies; Empowerment of Marginalised sections such as SCs, STs in PRIs;
Email : bhaskarrao.nird[at]gov.in

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