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ICAR-CISH, Lucknow organized an awareness programme for school children under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on Future Career Opportunities through Horticultural Research on 27th April 2023 at Vidyasthali Inter College Kanar Lucknow. Dr T Damodaran Director ICAR-CISH Lucknow in his address stressed that horticultural research and education have a tremendous potential for bringing out transformative improvements in the lives of Indian farmers. He said that education during formative years plays a critical role in shaping the young minds. While exhorting the school children to pursue higher studies in horticultural sciences he remarked that cutting-edge horticultural research in frontier areas such as biotechnology nanotechnology, hydroponics artificial intelligence internet of things and business development is the best way forward to ensure the food nutrition income employment and environmental security of a burgeoning global population. Citing relevant examples from India, he said that horticultural research is increasingly opening up vast opportunities for employment entrepreneurship and start-ups creation of value chains and wholesome nutrition while also sustaining our precious natural resources. While interacting with the school children, he requested them to inculcate a sense of responsible citizenship and to contribute proactively to the nation building. He also informed the school children about recent initiatives under National Education Policy including the upcoming ICAR education hub at Lucknow and various activities under India’s G20 Presidency and the International Year of Millets. Earlier Mrs. Shipra Verma Principal Vidyasthali informed about educational and extra-curricular activities at the school. Dr. P. L. Saroj Head Crop Production Division presented a detailed account of research and education infrastructure under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He informed about various graduate and post-graduate courses being offered in Central and State Agriculture Universities. He also highlighted the vast career opportunities through horticultural research including positions such as Researchers, College and University Professors, Subject Matter Specialists in KVKs Officials in Central and State Governments and various positions in the agribusiness industry in addition to emerging opportunities for start-ups and horti-business development. The programme was attended by about 120 school children and school staff. Dr. Anshuman Singh Senior Scientist and Dr. Karma Beer Scientist coordinated the programme.

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