Valedictory function of training Programme.

ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora organized 10 days high end workshop on “Hands-on training workshop on plant pest/pathogen diagnostics associated with hill agriculture” under Accelerate Vigyan Scheme sponsored by DST- Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), New Delhi. The workshop was specifically designed for Post-Graduate and PhD students to impart contemporary pest/pathogen diagnostics technique associated with hill agriculture. The 10 days course has been developed with different lectures on insect pest, nematode and disease diagnostic technique followed by hands on practical by the experts. Twenty M.Sc. & Ph.D. research scholars from different states viz. Himachal Pradesh, Orrisa, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, Uttara Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu, Rajasthan are participating in the workshop. These were screened from total 112 applicants.

The programme was inaugurated on 20.12.2022 at ICAR-VPKAS Experimental farm, Hawalbagh. The valedictory function held at auditorium of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora on 30/12/2022.  The function was chaired by chief guest Dr Sunil Nautiyal, Director, G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, Almora in the presence of Dr Lakshmi Kant, Director, ICAR VPKAS, Almora, Dr J. K. Bisht, Head, Crop Production Division, Dr B M Pandey, Head, Social Science Section and event organizer, Dr Ashish Kumar Singh. The valedictory function commenced with formal welcome and briefings of the ten days workshop presented by Dr Ashish Kumar Singh. Participants (Mr Rishi Nath Pandey, Ram Kumar, Ms. Sangeeta and Suman) of the workshop delivered their feedback on day to day activities and their experiences of the workshop in form of power point presentation. The participants listed out the activities days to day wise and appreciated the value of training workshop.

Dr Lakshmi Kant addressed the gathering and congratulated the organizers for taking lead and successful conduction of the ten days workshop. He insisted to participants to carry out the research activities effectively and apply the skill in their research programme. He also encouraged the participants to develop collaboration and conduct real time problem based research to solve farmers problem. The chief guest, Dr Sunil Nautiyal, Director, G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, Almora addressed the gathering and gave insights on the Himalayan ecosystem. He congratulated participants for their 10 days learning efforts and enthusiasm to learn on pest/pathogen diagnostics in Himalayan agriculture. He encouraged the research scholars to harness various opportunities of hill agriculture and excel in life with problem solving attitude. The chief guest of the function and dignitaries, Dr Lakshmi Kant, Dr J K Bisht and Dr B M Pandey presented the certificates of participation to the participants.

In the end, Dr Gaurav Verma (training coordinator), proposed vote of thanks to all invited dignitaries, participants for gracing the occasion by their solemn presence. He also thanked DST-SERB for providing funding to conduct high end workshops. Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh, Dr Gaurav Verma and Dr KK Mishra were the coordinator of the event.