Constitution day 2020 was celebrated at ICAR-CTCRI by organizing reading of preamble and two expert talks. The programme also marked the culmination of year long celebration of the 70th anniversary of adoption of THE CONSTITUTIONS OF INDIA from 26.11.2019 to 26.11.2020. Constitution day celebrations on 26.11.2020 was organised in virtual mode by following SOPs of COVID-19.The session started by preamble reading by Dr V. Ravi, Director (A), including all the staffs of the institute. Dr K. Sunilkumar, chairman of the Constitution celebration committee welcomed the guests. The Director of ICAR-CTCRI in his the presidential address has urged staff members to rededicate themselves for the well being of farmers especially tuber crop farmers during this occasion of constitution day. The Chief guest Justice M. R. Hariharan Nair, Former Judge, High Court of Kerala delivered an expert talk on “The Constitution and Social Inclusion”. The importance of various Articles in the constitution for the support and welfare of various community was also elaborated through his talk. The 103rd amendment of the constitution was discussed in detail which provided for upliftment of the Economically Weaker Sections among the forward communities who do not enjoy any other reservations. Dr. K. S. Ajay Kumar, Professor, Mar Gregorios College of Law and Former Principal, Government law college, Thiruvananthapuram delivered another expert talk on “A Common Man’s Approach to the Constitution of India”. In his lecture he has given thrust for the importance about the law which protect national – international relationship among the countries and the need to respect and follow the constitution of the country. The important role of constitution to ensure justice, liberty, equality and fraternity to all the citizens was elucidated through his lecture. He also narrated the significance of “Naturae vis maxima”, meaning the force of nature is greatest in world. The lecture was concluded by explaining some of the important basic rules and laws needed for every man’s daily life. There was also an interactive/discussion session arranged with the staff members of ICAR-CTCRI. All the staff members of ICAR-CTCRI participated in the session. The session was concluded by vote of thanks by Dr. H. Kesava kumar, Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI and member, Constitution day committee. The year long celebrations was organised by the committee constituted by the director for the purpose consisting of scientists Dr. Visalakshi Chandra, Dr H. Kesavakumar and Dr B.G. Sangeetha as members and Dr.K.Sunilkumar, Principal Scientist as chairman.
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