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The world’s agricultural landscape is confronting unprecedented challenges driven by the rapidly changing climate. Escalating temperatures, capricious rainfall patterns, and a surge in extreme weather events are exerting immense pressure on global food production systems. In this critical juncture, plant breeding emerges as the linchpin to shield humanity from impending agricultural threats posed by climate fluctuations, evolving pests, and diseases. A fundamental facet of this endeavor lies in unlocking the genetic diversity stored within plants, particularly in wild germplasm, which is indispensable to every crop improvement initiative. With a burgeoning global population, ensuring food security is imperative. To meet this monumental challenge, it is essential to develop agricultural practices that exhibit resilience to the shifting climate. This necessitates the development of climate-resilient crop varieties, achieved through the utilization of smart breeding tools and techniques. Smart Breeding represents a revolutionary approach, capitalizing on cutting-edge technologies and data-driven insights to expedite the development of climate-resilient crop varieties. This paradigm shift harmoniously combines traditional breeding methodologies with contemporary genomic tools, precision agriculture and artificial intelligence, forging a formidable arsenal to combat the multifaceted challenges posed by climate change. Hence, to impart knowledge in the younger plant breeders, this training programme is being organized.
This training programme will be useful in learning about the recent advances in genomics, high throughput phenomics, sequencing and breeding methodologies, cutting-edge genome-editing tools integrated with artificial intelligence and will provide hands on experience to the trainees.
This course is designed for young plant breeders who wish to incorporate modern innovative
breeding approaches in their work. Areas covered include the following:
1. Innovation and Technology Integration for
mitigating the needs of climate resilient crops
2. Tapping the genetic diversity stored within plant
3. Application of Genomics for biotic and abiotic stress
tolerance for climate change
4. High throughput phenotyping and genotyping
5. Climate-resilient varieties for ensuring food security
for a growing global population.
6. To develop agricultural systems that are resilient to
climate change and sustainable with environment
About the training
The training will comprise lecture and practical sessions handled by experts from this University and also by invited experts from other Universities / Institutions.
Date and Venue
The training programme will be organised for 21 days from 22.11.2023 to 12.12.2023 

Accommodation and Travelling Allowance

Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. Accommodation and Travelling Allowance Boarding and lodging will be provided to the participants during the training period at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Campus, Coimbatore according to the budget provided by the ICAR. Travel in the train (other than Shatabdi or Rajdhani) by AC II tier or AC III tier will be reimbursed to the concerned by the CAFT centre, the subject to the proof of travel and availability of funds.

Participants reaching Coimbatore by road or by rail (Railway Station) can use the State Transport Buses (1A, 1D, 70 & 1C) plying to Vadavalli and get down at Botanical Garden, University gate. Alternatively, for information, they can make use of auto rickshaws/ call taxies available at the outside of bus stand/ railway station. During November – December, the weather at Coimbatore will be slightly cool and pleasant. Number of participants The number of participants is restricted to 25.
The training programme is open to faculty working not below the rank of Assistant Professors from SAU’s / ICAR Institutes. The candidate should possess M.Sc.(Ag.)/Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics / Genetics with a minimum of two years of teaching or research experience. The age of the participants should not exceed 45 years as on 06.09.2023.
How to apply
The participant should submit application in the prescribed format given below only online using CBP portal through Before filling the online application, Principle approval of competent authority may be obtained by the individual. After filling the online application, take a printout of the application and get it approved by the competent authority of the organization. Upload the scanned copy of application through CBP portal”
on or before 10.11.2023.

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