Workshop I: “Current progress and future strategy of DBT-AAU centre for Agricultural Biotechnology”

A workshop on “Current progress and future strategy of DBT-AAU centre for Agricultural Biotechnology” was held in the department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Assam Agricultural University during Feb 27 - 28, 2012. The aim of this workshop was to bring international and national experts working in various fields of Agricultural Biotechnology, especially ones that were undertaken as R&D programmes of the centre, closer to the students, researchers and scientists of the department for a threadbare discussion. During the two days programme detailed deliberations by programme leaders of the centre as well as external experts were made in the area of Gene technology, Molecular breeding, Bioprospecting, Biocontrol and Biofertilizers which are the key areas under the DBT-AAU centre for agricultural biotechnology. The external experts included, Dr T J V Higgins and Dr Rohit Mago from CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia; Dr A Grover, Delhi University, Dr P Sar, IIT, Kharagpur, Dr H B Singh, BHU, Dr R Kaushal, Y S University of Horticulture, Himachal Pradesh.

Following the workshop the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting was held on 28th Feb, 2012 Conference Room of the Honorable Vice-Chancellor, AAU, Jorhat Dr. KM Bujarbaruah, under the Chairmanship of Dr. TJV Higgins, Honorary Fellow, CSIRO, Australia and Chairman of the SAC. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr K M Bujarmaruah, honourable Vice Chancellor and Dr S P Ghosh, Senior Consultant, NERBPMC, New Delhi. The honourable members from the funding organization (The DBT, Govt. of India) Dr T Madhan Mohan and Dr K Charak and all programme leaders also attended the meeting. Programme leaders presented the current progress of their research as per the specific milestones set for the year I and with the advice from Chair, co-chair and various members, future direction of the research was planned in the meeting. The chairman, co-chairman and members from DBT expressed their happiness with the progress being made by the centre in a one year period.

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