29-OCT-2018: National Conference on Bio-intensive Approaches in Plant Protection and their Socio-economic Impacts, held at AMU
Aligarh, October 29: ‚??The value of plant protection and their Socio-Economic impact were well recognized by its founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan way back in 1875 when, the foundation stone of this great seat of learning was laid on a barren land. He ordered extensive plantation in the area. He himself planted a Banyan, a date and a palm tree around the area, still very much alive and preserved‚??, said the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Prof Tariq Mansoor in his presidential address during inaugural session of the first National Conference on ‚??Bio-intensive Approaches in Plant Protection Strategies and their Socio-Economic Impacts‚?? , organized by the department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences under the aegis of Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS), IARI, New Delhi held at JNMCH Auditorium , AMU.
Prof Mansoor expressed confidence that AMU has advantage of having multi-disciplinary facilities and the conference outcome recommendation when implemented would protect food and medicinal plants from pets and pathogens in order to improve productivity as well as to maintain safe quality with regard to contamination.
He said agricultural scientists should join hands towards research and development strategic management that put on priority research needs at all levels in the sector and ensure integrated approach from all partners.
The Chief Guest on the occasion Prof Appa Rao Podile (Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad) expressed his pleasure that AMU is equipped with all the ingredients like academics, research, and leadership to diverse culture. While throwing light on the topic he emphasized on sustainable strategies.
He said the National Conference on ‚??Bio-intensive Approaches in Plant Protection Strategies and their Socio-Economic Impacts‚?? has designed programme covering different aspects of diseases and pest management through bio-intensive approaches in ten distinct scientific sessions and plan to bring together the national plant pathology fraternity and other stake holders concerned with the health of crop plants , to discuss , evolve and recommend bio-intensive package of practice for pests and disease management.
Guest of Honour Prof (Dr.) R N Pandey (President IPS) briefed about IPS activities and appreciated the initiative of Department of Plant Protection (AMU) for jointly organizing the conference which provides a platform for academia, students, KVK personnel, farmers and other stake holders to share their experiences and knowledge about the latest development in aspects of plant protection in general and Bio-intensive approaches in particular and to draw a road map for future course of action.
Guest of Honour Dr. Dinesh Singh (Secretary IPS) said that the conference will pave way in recommendations for effective implementations of disease control strategies to save the crop. He showed confidence that the conference objective has focused on all the major diseases of agricultural crops with regard to Bio-intensive strategies of management, especially using biological and cultural practices.
Prof Saghir A Ansari (Dean Faculty of Agricultural Sciences), highlighted the contribution of faculty members in plant protection strategies and briefed about recent academic achievement in the faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
Prof Mujeebur Rahman Khan (Organizing Secretary and Chairman Department of Plant Protection) gave welcome address and briefed upon the Souvenir and Book which was on conference theme.
On the occasion life time achievement award was given Dr. Mohammad Shamim Jairajpuri (Ex-Director of Agricultural Sciences, AMU)
There were three Memorial Awards in the memory of Late Prof Abrar Mustafa Khan, who is known as the father of Indian Nematology, one in above 45 age group was conferred to Dr. Anil Kumar Saxena (Director, National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Mau (UP)) and two awards were conferred in the category of Junior (below 45 years of age), recipients were Dr. Prem Lal Kashyup (Scientist ICAR , Indian Institute of Wheat & Barley Research (IIWBR) Karnal) and Dr. Rashid Pervez (Principal Scientist, Division of Nematology IARI, New Delhi).
Dr. M R Siddiqui Memorial Award was conferred on Dr. Rakesh Pandey (Central Institute of Medicinal Aromatic Plants CSIR-CIMAP, Lucknow) whereas Prof M Wajid Khan Memorial Award was conferred on Dr. Rashmi Aggarwal (Principal Scientist, Division of Plant Pathology IARI, and New Delhi)
A souvenir and a book on conference theme were also released on the occasion by Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof MH Beg. They also presented mementos to the guests.
On the occasion Prof Akhtar Haseeb (Chairman Organizing Committee) and Prof Pervez Q Rizvi (Co-Chairman Organizing Committee) were also present on the dais.
Prof Mansoor A Siddiqui paid the vote of thanks. The program was conducted by Prof F S Sherani.
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