4th January 2013, Kolkata
Indian Council of Agricultural Research organized a Public Outreach Session on sidelines of 100th Session of Indian Science Congress at National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata. Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR chaired the Session and interacted with participants that included students, young researchers, farmers, extension functionaries and members of general public. During his address and interaction, Dr. Ayyappan emphasized upon ample career opportunities in agriculture and agricultural research, and also highlighted the important role of modern agricultural technologies in our daily life, especially in providing food and nutrition. We should be proud of being associated with agricultural research and allied pursuits as it provides food security to the nation, he added. He urged students to take up agricultural research as career which is as attractive as other streams.
Earlier, Dr. Rameshwar Singh, Project Director, Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture made an illustrative presentation on journey and milestones of ICAR. He also briefed on agricultural education, admission process and award of fellowships and scholarships. Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone-II, Kolkata called upon students and young researchers to undertake meaningful research for welfare of the common people who depend on agriculture for their livelihood, directly or indirectly. Dr. Jagdeep Saxena, Editor, DKMA outlined objectives of the programme and sketched research and institutional network of the ICAR system across the country.
Directors of NDRI, Karnal; CIFA, Bhubaneswar; NBFGR, Lucknow; Directorate on Cattle, Meerut; Directors of Extension Education from UBKV, Cooch Behar; WBUAFS, Kolkata and BAU, Sabour; Director, SAMETI, West Bengal and experts from local ICAR institutes also interacted with audience and answered their queries on various issues of agricultural education, career, extension and farming systems in English, Hindi and Bangla languages.
Young researchers, extension functionaries, farmers and members of general public participated in the Outreach Session. Participants were provided useful literature on ICAR and a film, Drivers of Change, was also screened to show a glimpse of various activities of the Council. The Event was jointly organized by the Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA) and Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-II, Kolkata.
Dr F. H. Rahman, Sr. Scientist, ZPD Zone II, co-ordinated the programme.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA)