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ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun celebrated 7.04.2024 its  71st Foundation Day today.

The Chief Guest Dr. J.S. Samra, Former CEO, National Rainfed Agriculture Authority, and Former Deputy Director General, Natural Resource Management, ICAR, emphasized the massive changes and improvements in terms of infrastructure, research programs, and achievements visible at the Institute. He acknowledged the institute’s relentless contribution to soil and water conservation research and training.

Dr R.C. Srivastava, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University, Samastipur, Bihar, and Dr. Sanjeev Chauhan, Director Research, Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forest, Solan, Himachal Pradesh were the Guests of Honor during the occasion.

Dr. Srivastava highlighted that this institute caters to the needs of research students, scholars, farmers, and executives in the field of resource conservation.

Dr. Chauhan spoke about the significance of soil water conservation in having a balance in the nutrient cycle, and oxygen and carbon cycle that sustain our forests and agriculture production systems and propel the growth and development.

Dr. M. Madhu, Director, ICAR-IISWC, highlighted the Institute’s achievements and recent initiatives aimed at improving research outcomes, conservation of natural resources, farmer welfare, and societal development. He highlighted the financial support for young scientists, the use of drones in resource conservation and agriculture, and other timely institutionalizations to promote research output and outcomes.

Dr M Muruganandam, Head, PME&KM Unit, acknowledged the contribution of scientists and officials of the Institute for the successful organization of the event.

The progressive farmers spoke about the contribution of the Institute in uplifting their livelihood and food production avenues. A cultural evening and sports events followed the inauguration of the celebrations.

A total of 250 scientists and staff of the Institute, retired staff, and guests from various organizations, NGOs, press & media, and academia besides 50 online participants attended the programme.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun)

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