VOLUME 16 NO. 1
January - March 2015
FOCUS ON UNIVERSITIES EVENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Prof M.C. Varshneya
Dr K.S. Khokar
Dr K.M. Bujarbaruah
Dr N. C. Patel
Dr V.S. Tomar
Dr A.R. Pathak
Dr A.K. Gahlot
Dr R.P. Singh
Dr Kirti Singh
Dr C.S. Cbakrabarti
Ex-President, IAUA (2013)& Ex-VC,WBUAFS, Kolkata
Dr Ramendra Singh
Ex-Chief Agronomist, FAICAR
Mr R.S. Gupta
Mr Ex-Editor (English), T-9, ICAR
Prof. Singh started his career as Assistant Professor and rose to the position of Secretary, DARE, and Director-General, ICAR. He served as Director IARI, New Delhi; and VC, Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, Jabalpur. VC, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Prof. Singh also served as Regional Plant Production and Protection Officer in Food and Agricultural Organization at Bangkok (Thailand). He is presently President, Foundation for Advancement of Agriculture and Rural Development and Advisor, RKDF group of institutions.
Prof. Singh is the elected Fellow of four scientific societies; and was President of five scientific societies. He was the Chairman or Member of various national and international scientific bodies, board of governors, board of management and advisory boards both at national and international levels. He had been consultant to the FAO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank etc. Prof. Singh is also decorated with D.Sc.(honoris causa) by six universities, viz., Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore (T.N.); V.B.S. Poorvanchal University, Jaunpur (U.P.); Narendra Deva University of Agriculture and Technology, Faizabad; Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur; and Rajendra Agricultural University, Samastipur (Bihar). Prof. Singh is bestowed with distinguished liT, Kharagpur Alumunus Award, Life-Time Achievement Awards of Indian Society ofAgronomy and Range Management Society of India.
Prof. Singh has also been Chairman/Member of, Search Committee for senior position like VCs of State and Central Universities, Chairman, UGC, Committies for Directors of National Level Institutes, National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI), Hyderabad and others.
Prof. Singh has also served as memberon the ScientificAdvisory Committee to the Cabinet (CSAE-C) for two terms and is presentlyAdvisor (Agricultural and Rural Technology) in the office of Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India, New Delhi.
Prof. Singh made significant scientific contributions in the fields of water management and in crop production and management systems besides providing leadership in shaping up of national and state level education and research institutions and universities.
Focus on Universities: Events and Achievements
Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies was established under an Act of the Government of Kerala on 20 November 2010; it started functioning on 1April 2011. It is the first Fisheries University in India under the Ministry of Fisheries and fifth in the world. It has its headquarters at Panangad, Cochin, in the erstwhile campus of College of Fisheries sprawling over 80 acres. The academic faculty of the university also caters to the needs of the industry and research in fisheries and ocean studies.
It initiated many programmes in fisheries and ocean sciences. Its postgraduate programmes are in tune with the goal fixed in "Vision 2020" document. At presentit has one UG and 33 PG programmeswith 610 students. There are Massive open Online Courses (MOOCs) in 23 disciplines. In infrastructure development a five-storied academic complex has been developed along with Ocean Science campus at the Fisheries Station in Puduveypue. There are swimming pool, state-of-the-artlaboratoriesetc.
The university introduced the farming of Vannamei shrimp for the first in Kerala, suited to the ecosystem of the state. To help usher in the Second Blue Revolution in the country, the university is organised an International Conferenceon Blue Economyat Kochi during 6-8 February.
Prof. (Dr.) B. Madhusoodan Kurup, was the founder VC, the vibrant force behind all these remarkable achievementsof the Varsity.
Recognizing the importance of Horticulture and its growth potential in Telangana, the Government of Telangana while adopting Dr YSR Horticultural University Act (Act No. 30 of 2007) to the State of Telangana established the Sri Kondan Laxman Telegana state Horticultural University, with head quarters at Rajendranagar, Hyderabad. The university started functioning on 23 Dec. 2004.
The university has 2 horticultural polytechnics and 2 horticultural colleges (with 424 students in UG programme, 48 in Master programme, 16 in Ph.D. and 100.in Polytechnics). Besides, the ICAR (JRF/SRF) students from different parts of the country are also pursuing their degree programme inthe university.The university has 1 KVKand 11 research stations in the state, looking after horticultural research and extension.
AchievementsBesides its role in imparting education, the university has 11 Research Stations located in Telangana state which conduct basic location-specific, problem-solving and applied research for overall developmentof horticultural crops inthe state ofTelangana. Its contributions and achievements in the field of Education, Research and Extension areasfollows:
Regional Agriculture Fair 2015-16
More than 800 farmers from all districts of Mizoram and other NEH states actively participated inthe fair.There were 36 stalls set up by26 representatives from ATMAs, KVKs, NGOs, SHGs and Farmers' Clubs across the NEH states. Some of the innovative products displayed in the exhibition included scented black rice of Manipur improved breeds of pigs and domesticated birds along with fortified animal feed block from Aizawl, (Mizoram); budded plants of Khasi Mardarin and improved variety of vegetable seeds from Arunalchal Pradesh etc.
Shri Nirbhay Sharma initiated the forum by addressing the challenges faced by agricultural scientists and veterinarians in imparting knowledge to the farmers and explained how the initiatives like CAU RegionalAgri-Fair help in bridging the gap between the local farmers and scientists.A Kisan Goshthi, was held, chaired by Prof. M. Premjit Singh, VC; Dr A.K. Pandey, Dean, College of Horticulture and F?rest.ry, Pasighat; Dr Pramod Kumar Pandey, Dean, College of Fisheries, Lembucherra; Dr G.T. Patel, Assistant Prof., College of agricultural Engineering and Post-Harvest Technology, Ranipool, (Slkkim); and Dr. K. Momocha Singh, Dean, College of P.G.Studies, Barapani.
Prof. M. Premjit Singh, VC congratulated the farmers and scientists as well asthe students and Deans ofconstituent colleges, officers and all the delegates for successfully organizing the event, and also appreciated the co-operation of departments of govemmentincluding ATMAs, KVKs, SHGs, NGOs and Farmers' Clubs in Mizoram. A certificate of participation was handed over to each farmer and organization as atoken ofappreciation fortheir efforts.
Dignitaries present on the final day were -The chief guest offunction Mr. Liansailova, (lAS) Retd., Vice- Chairman, Planning Board, Government of Mizoram; Dr A.C. Varshney, VC, DUVASU, Mathura; Dr Abhijit Mitra, Director, National Research Centre on Mithun, Jharnapani, Nagaland.
The 54" Convocation of Post- Graduate School of the university was held on 5 Feb. 2016. H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, was the chief guest. Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, presided over the function. Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director-General ICAR- Dr V L. Chopra, former ";ember,' Plannig Commission; and Dr R.S. Paroda, Chairman, TAAS& former Direclor General, ICAR, also graced the occasion. Shri Pranab Mukhe~ee, presented the medals and awards to the students and faculty. In the convocation address, he emphasized that the globalization of agriculture has increased the prospects for processed food commodities manifold.The critical issuesthat hinderthe development of rural agri-businesses need to be addressed. Proliferation of the recently launched,'Start-up India'tothe ruralsector could providefillip to the setting up of agro-based enterprises. The "Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav" programmeof the IARI,underwhich each scientistwill adopt a Village,should aim atchanging agriCUlture from subsistence farming tocommercialfarming.
Dr T. Mohapatra, Director, presented his report on the significant research achievements of the institute during 2015. Shri Radha Mohan Singh, released 15 IARIvarieties of differentcrops. Duringthis convocation 242 candidates (120 M.Sc., 7 M.Tech. and 115 Ph.D.) were awarded degrees, including 16 (11 M.Sc. and 5 Ph.D.) Internallonalstudents. MsSupria Priyadarsani, M.Tech.,Post-harvest Technology; and Ms. Saritha M., Ph.D., Microbiology were awarded the 'BestStudentoftheYearAwards'.
Five students each in M.Sc. and Ph.D. received IARI Merit Medals. Five faculty members of the institute, viz., Dr DR Biswas (Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry), Dr Man Singh (Water Science and Technology), Dr A. Talukdar (Genetics), Dr V.K. Sehgal (Agricultural Physics), and Dr Dinesh Kumar (Agronomy) received 'Best Teacher Award -2015' fortheirachievements inacademics. The XVI Dr B.P. Pal Medal for the year 2015 was awarded to Dr G.P. Singh, Principal Scientist, Division of Genetics, IARI, New Delhi, for his outstanding research contributions on Wheat Breading and Genetics. The XVI Hari Krishna Shastri Memorial Award for the year 2015 was awarded 10 Dr Tirtha Kumar Dalla, Principal Scientist, Animal Biotechnology Centre, NDRI, Kamal, for his outstanding research contribution in the area of Animal Biotechnology; and the XIX Sukumar Basu Memorial Award for biennium 2013-14 was awarded to Dr R.Asoken, Principal Scientist, IIHR, Bengaluru, for his outstanding research contributions on Development of Pioneering MolecularTechniquesfor Pest Management.
46th Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture
12th Annual Convocation
The 12th Annual convocation of the university was held on 5 Feb. 2016 at sports complex of the university. H.E. Shri O.P. Kohli, Governor of Gujarat & Chancellor, presided over the convocation function. Shri Tapan Misra, Director, Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad, was the chief guest, who inspired the young graduates and post-graduates. Shri Chhatrasinh Mori, Minister of State, Food & Civil Supplies Consumer Affairs, was the guest of honor, who delivered the convocation address. Total 495 degrees were conferred to the students, in which 301 graduates and 194 post-graduate who had completed their studies and passed their examination from various faculties received their degrees. Total 20 gold medals, 52 medals and 13 prizes were awarded to these achievers.
Inauguration of Liquid Bio-fertilizer Plant and
Department of Microbiology Building
International Agrl-Hortl Show 2016
MOU for Food Products Technology
Dr S.S. Siwach, Director of Research on behalf of the university; Mrs. Babita Girdhar on behalf of Nutri Basket (India), signed the MoU in the presence of Dr Ram Singh, Director, Human Resource Management. Dr Singh said that a wide range of processing and value added technologies are available in the university.
Dr S.K. Sethi, Principal Scientist, Business Planning and Development Unit; Dr Pinki Boora, Head; and Dr Asha Kawatra, Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, were present.
Visit of U.S. Delegation
Visit Of Swaziland Farm Experts For Maize Technology
Training on Protection of Plant varieties and Farmers Right Act
Training for Farmers of Chamba District
Interdisciplinary Approach for Infectious Diseases and Food Safety
Dr A.S. Nanda, VC, laid stress on such collaborations among medical professionals, veterinarians, environmentalists and biologists for achieving the goal of One Health for efficient control of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases. Dr Ashok Kumar, ADG (Animal Health), ICAR, was the guest of honour who complimented the efforts put in by School of Public Health and Zoonoses, towards One Health through its collaborations with various international universities in Canada, Berlin, the UK and Australia.
Visit of Bangladesh Delegates
National Conference on Hill Agriculture
On 10 Mar. 2016 Dr Mohapatra, delivered a special lecture for the scientists and researchers of the university. He underlined the importance of research in biotechnology and climate change that causes stress on agriculture. He laid emphasis on research relating to environment-conservation processes like photosynthesis enhancement in plants for absorption of carbon from the environment, decreasing methane gas released by the animals, using micro-organisms through bio-technology to increase soil fertility etc., He advised that innovative area-wise research programmes should be developed.
1 - Convocation
retary, were present as the guests of honour. Total 316 students were awarded degree and 21 were bestowed with gold medals for excellence in their respective areas.
Visit of Prof. Peter Martens
On this occasion Maj. Gen. Shri Kant, expressed the hope that MoU with Pirbright Institute will help exchange the scientists and students between the institutes and more collaborated research projects on animal health will be started.
Paneer Making Demonstration
Experts from Israel
MOU with Andreas Stihl Pvt. Ltd., Pune
As a part of MoU, display centre of Stihl products was established at farm machinery testing laboratory, DrA.S. CAE, MPKV, Rahuri. Under Andreas Stihl scholarship programme, Andreas Stihl Pvt. Ltd. provided financial assistance in the form of scholarship of Rs 5000/- per month for 4 years B.Tech. (Agri. Engng.) students and Rs 7500/- per month for 2 years to M.Tech. (Agri. Engng.) students. M/S Stihl will also arrange 3-4 days training programme for scientists and technicians of the university on selection, operation, repair and maintenance of powertools.
Dr Kokate, Director, Extension Education, was the chairman at the inaugural function of Display Centre of STIHL Products. Other university officials, faculty members and students were also present. Dr. Kokate, in his presidential address stressed the need for collaboration of university and industry for upliftment of the farmers' community.
It is a program organized to promote talent and skills of NSS volunteers. All the subjects and themes of the competitions are based on the social issues and problems handled under various programmes of National Service Scheme, to solve the burning problems of the society, to find solutions & do social awareness programs of such solutions. Therefore, this program is called as "Utkarsha" Social Cultural Competition.
31" North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival
Annual Review Meeting of AICRP
AP Farmers at KVK, Hiriyur
Scientific Management for Cashew Cultivation
Dr C. Vasudevappa, VC, in his inaugural speech, told that a Cashew Development Centre will be established at Thumari village to encourage varietal development and scientific cashew cultivation for increased production, which will be a boon to cashew growers in future. He also released a technical folder on scientific management of cashew.
Dr T.H. Gowda, Director of Extension, released a folder on Integrated Management of Insects and Pests in Cashew and exhorted the farmers to adopt new technologies in cashew cultivation to get increased yield. Shri S. Chandrashekar, President, Cashew Grower's Association, Thumari village, presiding over the programme, expressed that Thumari is the major belt of cashew and the farmers can update the knowledge on scientific cultivation and protection of cashew and implement it.Dr Y. Vishwanath Shetty and Shri Arun Kumar, were the guests; and progressive farmer Shri Chandrashekara Udupa, Dr J. Dinakara Adiga, Shri H. Narayanswamy, Jayalaxmi N. Hegde, Shri Nagarajappa Adivappar were resource persons in the programme. More than 200 fanners or farm women were present during the programme. There was afarmerscientist interaction after technical session.
Foundation of Veterinary Colleges
Contribution to Genepool of MAP at NBPGR
The university scientists contributed planting material of several strains of various medicinal plants at National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources. The planting material and seeds contributed includes those of Digitalis lanata (tilpushpi), Digitalis purpurea (neeli tilpushpi), Hedychium spicatum (kapoor kachri), Rheum emodi (rhuburb arena), Picromiza kurrooa (kutki), Valeriana jatamansi (tagar) and Withania somnifera (ashwagandha). UIN is also being obtained for it.
Eminent Engineer Award To Dr D.C. Joshl
The Institute of Engineers (India) conferred Eminent Engineer award for 2015-16 to Dr D.C. Joshi, Dean, College of FPTBE, in recognition of his contribution in the profession of agricultural engineering in the country. Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya, Minister of State, presented him the plaque during NCAE-2016on Feb. 2016 at the university.
FISVPT award to Dr A.M. Thaker
H.E. Dr Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana, presented him the award in presence of Dr Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB, New Delhi and, Dr A.K. Srivastava, Director/VC, NDRI, Karnal, at the inaugural function of 15th Annual Convention of Indian Society of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology held at NDRI, Karnal, on 14 Jan. 2016.
ICAR Norman Borlaug Chair in International Agriculture
It was given for the project: "Development of cisgenic chickpeas resistant to pod borers. The project is for five years, which can be extendable by another 5 years if considered necessary by the committee.
Plant Health Management Symposium Award to Students
Best Poster Award for Research on Medicinal Plants
Laurels to NCC Cadets
Award to Athletes at Inter-Agricultural Sports Meet
National Recognition to Dr L.D. Singla
First Prize at Avishkar- 2015
Outstanding Research Paper Award
Ms Rajpreet Kaur Goraya, Ph.D. student, Department of Food Science & Technology, was awarded Prime Minister's Fellowship for Doctoral Research. Ms. Goraya, is amongst the 12 candidates declared successful by Confederation of Indian Industry. Ms Goraya would be partnering with Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers' Federation Ltd who will provide 50 percent of the fellowship as the sponsoring industry, and the balance 50 percent will be given by the government. The Prime Minister's Fellowship Scheme is a Public-Private- Partnership initiative for bringing the academia and the industry on one platform for industrial R&D.
Ms Mitaly Bansal, Ph.D. student, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, was awarded Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award, for her excellent research achievements. Ms. Bansal is carrying out her Ph.D. with Dr Parveen Chhuneja, Senior Molecular Geneticist, SAB, as her major advisor. At John Innes Centre, the U.K. with an International Fellowship under the supervision of Dr Cristobal Uauy, the topic of her doctoral research is : 'Rust disease in wheat'. The recipients of the Jeanie Borlaug Laube WIT award are invited to Annual Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Technical Workshop and at a training programme at CIMMYT in Obregon, Mexico.
Prof. Prasad held various positions including Acting Director-cum- Vice Chancellor, IVRI, Izatnagar; Assistant Director General (Animal Health), ICAR, New Delhi; founder Head, Department of Animal Biotechnology, CCSHAU, Hisar; Co-ordinator, Human Resource Development Programme funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India at CCSHAU, Hisar.
Prof. Gaya Prasad received numerous awards including Best Technology Provider Award of National Award of Technology Board (2013), Department of Science Technology, Government of India to IVRI; received Rs. 10 lakhs and a trophy as Acting Director, IVRI from H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India;
Dr P. Bhattacharya Memorial Award (2009-2010), from NAAS, New Delhi; Rafi Ahmad Kindwai Award (2008), ICAR, New Delhi; Prof. Vyas Memorial Award (2008), Association of Microbiologist of India, New Delhi; Dr. Richard Masillamony Oration Award (2008), Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology, Chennai; Dr C.V. Canan Memorial Award (2008), Indian Association of Veterinary Anatomists; J.B. Bhatt Memorial Award (in 2005 and 2006); Best Research Paper Award, Association of Microbiologists of India, New Delhi. Two patents were also granted in his name: Patent No. 261631, July 2014 granted to Prasad, G, Singh H. & Minakshi (2014). "Development of novel set of primer pair to detect the presence of buffalo tissue". Patent No. 261685, July 2014, granted to Prasad, G, Singh H. & Minakshi (2014). "Development of novel set of primer pair to detect the presence of cattle tissue". He was Fellow of National Academy of Veterinary Sciences (2002); Association of Microbiologists of India (2004); National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2008); Indian Association for Advancement of Veterinary Research (2012); and Indian Virological Society (2013). He published more than 200 works research papers, book chapters, review articles, popular science articles, books, national reports, etc.
During his service career of 39 years in Indian Council of Agricultural Research, he held positions, viz. Principal Scientist and Programme Leader (2011 onward), Director, CARI, Port Blair (2006 - 2011), . Principal Scientist and Programme Leader (1998- 2006), Senior Scientist (1983-1998) and Scientist (1978-1983).Dr Srivastava is a - Fellow National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; recipient of Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award (2003-04); Vasant Rao Naik Award (2001 and 2006), Rajendra Prasad Puruskar (2009 and 2010); He is also Fellow Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers; Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Fellow, Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists; recipient of Commendation Medal of ISAE, ASPEE Award of ISAE; Fellow, Confederation of Horticulture Association of India.
Dr Srivastava published 142 research papers in research journals, 27 invited papers in international and national conferences, 205 papers presented in conferences/ symposiums/ seminars, 16 books published on different subjects, 43 book chapters, 33 training manuals and 14 reports/ reviews