ICAR –IIRR celebrated foundation day
Hyderabad: The ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR), Hyderabad celebrated its 3rdFoundation Day here on December 15, 2018.
Prof. Gummadi Nancharaiah, Emeritus Professor, University of Hyderabad and former Vice Chancellor, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Central University, Lucknow, marked his presence as the Chief Guest and delivered foundation day lecture. He emphasized on the problem of benefits of agricultural technologies not being fully reaped and utilized by the farmers belonging to lower strata, tenant farmers and agricultural labourers and suggested various measures to deal promptly with the situation. Prof. P. Anand Kumar, Emeritus Scientist, ICAR-IIRR attended the function as the Guest of Honour.
Dr. S.R. Voleti, Director, ICAR-IIRR, in his welcome address, briefed about the historical progress made by the institute from AICRIP to Directorate of Rice Research culminating to present upgradation to IIRR. He also discussed about receiving of Padma Shri Awards by two Ex-Directors of the institute – Dr. S.V.S. Shastry and Dr. E.A. Siddique.
The theme for the Foundation Day was kept “Agrarian Change and Agrarian Crisis in Rural India: A Perspective”. On the occasion four scientists namely Dr. M. Sheshu Madhav, Principal Scientist (Crop Improvement); Dr. A.P. Padma Kumari, Principal Scientist (Crop Protection); Dr. B. Sailaja, Principal Scientist (Crop Production) and Dr. B. Nirmala, Senior Scientist (Social Sciences)who were conferred with the ‘Best Research Paper Awards’ by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries.