The North East Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology (DBT-NECAB) hosted its first International Symposium at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat
The North East Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology (DBT-NECAB) operating through Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat organized the first International Symposium on Biotechnology for Food-Nutritional Security & Organic Agriculture. The two-day long scientific meet from March 25th to 26th 2019, was inaugurated by the Honorable Vice Chancellor Prof. K. M. Bujarbaruah as the Chief Guest and Prof. N K Singh, ICAR- National Professor (B P Pal Chair) and Director, NRCPB, New Delhi, was the Guest of Honour, in presence of well-known educationist and scientist Padmashree Prof S K Sopory, Ex. Vice Chancellor, JNU, New Delhi and eminent scientist Prof Douglas Cook, Director, Feed and Future Innovation Lab, U C Davis, USA. In his inaugural address, Chief Guest Prof. K M Bujarbaruah emphasised that the symposium has been designed as a promising platform for interaction of students, researchers, faculty members, scientists and leaders in the field of Agricultural Biotechnology. He also said it is an opportunity to initiate new avenues of collaboration for the scientific community to meet food and nutritional security as well as promote organic agriculture. On the other hand Prof S K Sopory, in his keynote address, enlightened the audience about biotechnological solutions to develop stress-tolerant crops to alleviate the impact of climate change on agriculture. Prof B K Sarmah, ICAR National Professor (Norman Borlaug Chair) and Director DBT-NECAB, gave his welcome address in the inaugural ceremony and expressed that it is extremely encouraging for scientific research to have over hundred competing abstracts from across India including the North East and around the globe including the USA, Australia and Europe. Prof Sarmah immensely thanked the Department of Biotechnology, GoI, New Delhi for generously allocating funds for organizing a symposium of this scale and hoped a global perspective to pressing issues of hunger and malnutrition could help address the issues scientifically.
The symposium was carried out with discussions and brainstromming sessions of various issues of Food Nutrition and Organic Farming. Also the research works of invited speakers enlightened the participants. Along with technical sessions, a competition of Poster Presentation was organised where more than eighty participants presented posters related to their research work.