July 21 , 2009 Karnal
Two days Final Review and Planning Workshop of Indo-US AKI Projects on Water Management was inaugurated at CSSRI, Karnal on 21 July, 2009. In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Dr A.K Singh, DDG (NRM) expressed satisfaction with the achievements and success stories that emerged under AKI projects on water management. He mentioned that waste water will be an important resource for irrigation in the country and stressed the need for developing interventions for its safe use in agriculture. He also highlighted the need for developing effective rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge technologies for different agro-ecological regions of the country.
Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Director, CSSRI and Coordinator, Water Management, after a brief welcome note briefly presented the background and overall progress of the project. Dr R.K Mittal, ADG (EQR), ICAR informed that 13 projects were sanctioned under AKI in the identified four focused areas. He appreciated the success of e-learning systems operationalized in a project at three Indian agricultural universities in which US professors lectured two new e-courses to Indian students through video conferencing. Also, an interest was generated in the sandwich programme in which three post graduate students from India and two US students carried out their research work in US and India, respectively. Dr. R. S. Kanwar, Professor & Head, Ohio State University, USA & AKI Water Management Projects Coordinator from US side, addressed the workshop and highlighted major issues of water, food and energy crisis confronting the society in view of impending climate change. He hoped that collaboration between Indian and US universities and research institutes will continue to jointly tackle the global problems. Fifty five delegates including Principal Investigators of the Water Management projects under Indo-US AKI, from 14 Indian agricultural institutes and universities and five scientists and students from 3 US universities (Iowa State University, Purdue University and University of Illinois) participated in the workshop.
(Source: CSSRI, Karnal)