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ICAR–National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Baramati, successfully organized One Month of Inplant Training on “Abiotic Stresses in Agriculture, Management Strategies and Engineering Interventions” from September 4 to October 3, 2023. The main objective of the training program was to sensitize students, particularly those from SAUs, with cutting-edge knowledge in the field of “Abiotic Stresses and their Potential Management Solutions”. The course was enunciated in such a way that students would have hands-on experience with the latest climate-resilient technologies/strategies and their application for transforming and reorienting agricultural development under new realities of climate change through agricultural engineering interventions.  Total 22 students (UG, PG, and PhD) of different agricultural disciplines including agricultural engineering (17 No.) and horticulture sciences (5 No.) from MPKV, Rahuri and its affiliated Agricultural Engineering Colleges (Paniv and Karad); VNMKV, Parbhani and IARI–NIASM, Baramati were participated. The participation of girls and boys students was 63% and 37%, respectively. During the course more than 25 lectures and 25 practical’s sessions were covered by distinguished resource persons.

The valedictory session was chaired by Hon’ble Chief Guest Dr. K. Sammi Reddy, Director ICAR-NIASM, Baramati. He has highlights the importance of training topic and role of agricultural engineers for alleviating abiotic stresses particularly in rainfed regions. Dr. K. K. Pal, Head SWSM emphasized on the new realities for managing of abiotic stresses through modern microbial tools.

The brief report of Inplant Training Program was presented by Dr. G.C. Wakchaure, Course Director and Senior Scientist (AS&PE). Certificates were issued to the participants during the valedictory session. The feedback of the training was taken from student participants. The help provided by the Dr. A.K. Singh, HoS (SWSM); Course-coordinators (Dr. Aliza Pradhan, Dr. Vijaysingha Kakade and Dr R.N. Singh); Mr Bhushan Gawhale (SRF); Miss Jaya Choudhari (SRF) and all the staff ICAR-NIASM was highly appreciated.

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