AgrInnovate India Ltd. Celebrated Foundation Day
19th October 2013, New Delhi
AgrInnovate India Ltd. celebrated its 2nd foundation day and conglomerate on innovative partnerships at NASC complex here today.
Prof. Abhijit Sen, Member, Planning Commission, while delivering the foundation day lecture as Chief Guest, said today knowledge and technology are becoming the intellectual property rights and it brings benefits for those who own it. He appreciated the ICAR and AgrInnovate India Ltd. for encouragement of entrepreneurship and innovations and further urged that ICAR should concentrate on development of intellectual properties for the nation for better utilization of resources and to create entrepreneurships among farmers. Prof. Sen also launched the website of AgrInnovate India Ltd. (http://agrinnovate.co.in) and inaugurated the exhibition for showcasing the promising NAIP technologies on the occasion. The showcasing was organized by Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture in collaboration with NAIP.
In his remark, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR and Chairman, AgrInnovate India Ltd. emphasized upon the need of harnessing the synergies with industries for transfer of technologies by pooling resources collaboratively. He said that Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and Business Planning and Development (BPD) units play an important role in IP transfer and AgrInnovate is providing platform to promote development through IPR protection, commercialization and partnerships both in the country and abroad.
Shri Arvind Kaushal, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR and Vice-Chairman, AgrInnovate India Ltd. lauded the role of AgrInnovate in research and development, production of seed and vaccine, IPR, entrepreneurship and capacity building to secure the livelihood of farmers.
Dr. D. Rama Rao, National Director, National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), highlighted the achievements and role of NAIP in technology transfer and commercialization of new technologies. He said that NAIP and AgrInnovate are playing an important role for attracting and retaining youth in agriculture through different capacity building programmes.
Shri P.K. Pujari, Additional Secretary, DARE and Financial Advisor, ICAR also graced the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. M.M. Pandey, CEO, AgrInnovate India Ltd. welcomed the dignitaries and briefed the gathering about the mission and objectives of the company. AgrInnovate has been established with a vision to stimulate, foster, enhance and catalyze innovation and capacity driven agricultural development through partnerships.
Dignitaries released the logo and brochure of the company. Eight entrepreneurs were facilitated on the occasion. Scientists and officials from ICAR, NAIP and BPD units participated in the event.
AgrInnovate India Ltd. (AgIn) was incorporated on 19th October, 2011 as a “for profit” Company owned by DARE, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. It is to act as an effective interface between ICAR on one side and the Stakeholders of agricultural sector on the other side, for a significant purpose of securing, sustaining and promoting global agricultural development.
Dr. S. Mauria, ADG (IP&TM), ICAR proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, ICAR)