Programmes - 2018

The 25th Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) of the Academy was held on June 05, 2018 at A.P. Shinde Symposium Hall, NASC Complex, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Prof Panjab Singh, the President of the Academy. It was attended by 221 esteemed Fellowship including two Past Presidents, Prof V.L. Chopra and Prof R.B. Singh, EC members, New Fellows and Associates.

Foundation Day lecture ‘The Future of Food and Farming: Ideas for a Changing World’, delivered by Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment.

Presidential address on Agriculture: The Driver of Inclusive Growth was deliverd by  Prof. Panjab Singh, President, NAAS

Scientific Presentations by Fellowship: The presentations made by 30 newly elected Fellows including 2 Pravasi Fellows and 1 Foreign Fellow highlighting their accomplishments are as follows:

Strengthening Food and Nutrition Policy Systems in the Developing World by Dr Suresh Chandra Babu; Recent Advances in Breeding for Salt Tolerance in Rice by Dr Rakesh Kumar Singh; Plant Genetic Resources – from Conservation to Innovation by Dr Andreas Graner; Phosphorylation-dephosphorylation based Switch by Regulates K+ deficiency Signaling in Plants by Dr Girdhar Kumar Pandey; A Journey in Creating Variations for Rice Improvement by Dr Sharat Kumar Pradhan; Development of Wheat Varieties with High Water Use Efficiency and Heat Tolerance to Combat the Effects of Climate Change in Central India by Dr Sakuru Venkata Sai Prasad; Development of Short Duration, Photo-thermoinsensitive High Yielding Pulses Varieties for Diversification of Cropping System for Sustainable Development by Dr Brij Bhuwan Singh; Creation and Utilization of Useful Genetic Variation for Wheat Improvement by Dr Vinod; Abiotic Stress Signalling Pathway for Improvement of Climate Resilience of Crops by Dr Chinnusamy Viswanathan; Genetic Improvement of Cucurbitaceous Vegetables by Dr Sudhakar Pandey; Breeding for Triple Disease Resistance in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) by Dr Avverahally Thammanna Sadashiva; Genetic Improvement of Mango and Grape:Biotechnological Interventions and Future Strategies by Dr Sanjay Kumar Singh; Towards Innovation in Development of Biomaterials in Bone and Soft Tissue Engineering: Recent Advances & Future Scope by Dr Samit Kumar Nandi; Innovations in Development of Methods for Assessment of Chemical Quality of Milk by Dr Rajan Sharma; Innovative Processes for Shelf Stable and Functional Dairy Foods by Dr Ram Ran Bijoy Singh; Nutritional Strategies to Improve Animal Production and Health by Dr Putan Singh; Marine Bioactive Molecules and Development of High Value Products for Health Management by Dr Kajal Chakraborty; Control of Pathogenic Vibrios in Shrimp Aquaculture using Antiinfectives from Marine Bacteria by Dr Joseph Selvin; Integrated Remediation of Pesticide Contaminated Soil for Sustainable Development by Dr Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash; Novel Approaches for Managing Pollutant Elements and Micronutrients in Soil-Plant-Human Continuum by Dr Siba Prasad Datta; Significant Contributions and Perspectives on Future Research in Soil Science by Dr R. Dinesh; Efficient Input Management under Intensive Cropping Systems for Higher Resource Use Efficiency by Dr Vinod Kumar Singh; Microbial Degradation, Biovalorization, Detoxification and Risk Assessment of Natural and Organic Pollutants in the Environment by Prof Indu Shekhar Thakur; Technological Interventions for Enhancing Sustainable Agricultural Productivity by Dr Dharam Pal Abrol; Tackling the Global Tyranny of Wheat Rusts-Indian Success Story, Challenges and Preparedness by Dr Subhash Chander Bhardwaj; Some Plant Based Products as Botanical Pesticides against Aflatoxin Synthesis and Storage Insect Pests by Dr Nawal Kishore Dubey; Ecological Chemistry of Insect-Plant Interactions by Dr Pagadala Damodaram Kamala Jayanthi; Application of Chemical Engineering Principles for Food Processing and Biotechnology by Dr Navin Kumar Rastogi; Innovative Technologies for Doubling Farmers’ Income by Prof Virendra Kumar Tewari; Experimental Designs in the Presence of Neighbour Effects by Dr Seema Jaggi; Time Series Modelling and Forecasting in Agriculture by Dr Ranjit Kumar Paul.

NAAS organised 5th Meeting of Global Technology Watch Group- Sustainable Agriculture (GTWG-SA) Validation Workshop of TIFAC.  The GTWG – SA Validation Workshop organized under the aegis of Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) was organised jointly by  National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi  on 5th April, 2018.

Brainstorming Sessions/ Strategy Workshop

  • Strategic Workshop on “Harnessing Full Potential of A1 and A2 milk in India” (Convener: Dr. A. K. Srivastava) held on May 19, 2018.
  • Strategic Workshop on“Rumen Microbiome and Amelioration of Methane Production” (Convener: Prof. D.N. Kamra) held on June 25, 2018.
  • Strategy Workshop on “Renewable Energy: A New Paradigm for Growth in Agriculture” (Convener: Dr O.P. Yadav) held on September 25, 2018
  • Save the Harvest: Experts’ Meet (Convener: Prof Anupam Varma) held on September 26, 2018
  • Development and adoption of novel fertilizer materials (Convener: Dr (Ms) Chandrika Varadachari) held on October 5, 2018