Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) – Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums (IINRG) celebrated its 96th foundation day on Friday. Chairman, Jharkhand Public Service Commission, Sudhir Tripathi, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
A large number of distinguished scientists from Central Tasar Research and Training Institute, ICAR-Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Regional Center of ICAR-Research Complex for Eastern Region and regional station of ICAR-NBPGR, dignitaries from NGO, Chhattisgarh, Sahabhagi Samaj Sevi Sanstha participated in the programme.
While welcoming the Chief Guest, Director of the Institute, KK Sharma apprised them of the achievements of the institute in terms of various technologies developed and transferred by the institute especially value added products from natural gums such as hydrogels, dietary fibers and gum based nano-particles for disease control in plants. He also mentioned how lac cultivation played a significant role in increasing farm income.
Speaking on the occasion Tripathi congratulated the institute for its significant contribution in research and development of natural resins and gums. He also wished the institute to receive more laurels during its centenary celebration.
Addressing the gathering as Guest of Honour, Inspector General of Police (HR), Navin Kumar Singh delivered the 9th Dorothy Norris Memorial Lecture on “Digital India, Cyber Crime Issues, Challenges and Way Forward” in which he explained the importance of digitization, cyber crime issues in the digital era and the precautions to be taken to safeguard from cyber crimes. A memorial lecture was delivered by Singh, in honour of the Founder Director of the erstwhile Indian Lac Research Institute Dorothy Norris.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ICAR-IINRG and Sahabhagi Samaj Sevi Sanstha working on strengthening lac value chain in the State of Chhattisgarh in which the institute will provide technical support to the NGO.
On this occasion, distinguished workers of the institute like Scientist, Arnab Roy Chaudhury, Technical Officer, P Patmajhi, Janki Devi and Chaitu Kachhap, skilled supporting staff were awarded with certificates and trophies for their commendable contribution in their sphere of work.
Saturday was declared as an open day for the public in which over 800 students from 12 schools visited the institute. They were shown the Museum, Lac video film, Short video on Swachh Bharat Mission of Government of India and Institute Research Farm. A cultural function was also organized in the evening for the participants and the employees of the institute.
Retired staff of the ICAR-IINRG also attended the event.