The ICAR – DFR organized the Research Advisory Committee meeting on 26th March 2016. The RAC comprised of Dr. V. A. Parthasarathy as the Chairman and Dr. A. Deshpande, Dr. T. M. Rao, Dr. T. Janakiram, Mr. Jaffer Naqvi as the members. The RAC made very valuable suggestions for the overall improvement of ICAR-DFR.
The IRC meeting of ICAR-DFR was held on 12th May 2016 at 11.00 am. Dr. S. B. Gurav, ADR, NARP, College of Agriculture (MPKV), Pune was invited as the External Expert for IRC. In his opening remarks, Dr. K. V. Prasad, Director informed the house that IRC is an introspection of what we have done in the last year and formulation of future programme based on the learnings from last year. He added that IRC is a platform for each scientist to celebrate their research achievements and introspect their shortcomings. For this the individual presentations will boost self confidence of the scientists. All the scientists presented their previous work done for last year and proposed technical programme for the next year.
ICAR-DFR and NRC-Grapes jointly organized a brainstorming session on Phytochemicals and Neutraceuticals on 17th June 2016 at NRC-Grapes. Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG Horticulture was the Chief Guest of the function. Many experts working on phytochemicals and neutraceuticals across the country gave lectures on various aspects of neutraceuticals and their applications.
Team DFR has actively participated in the International Floriculture Expo held at Pune from 26th to 28 th February 2016. The event was organized by the Confederation of Horticultural Societies of India and Media Today group.
Team ICAR-DFR has participated in Dutch Floral Design workshop held by Netherland Embassy in association with Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries & Agriculture on 29th April 2016. The workshop began with a flower arrangement competition and followed by lecture and demonstrations of floral designing by experienced faculties from Wageningen University, Holland.
The ITMU of the institute has organized a sensitization workshop to sensitize about the ITMU, ITMC and intellectual property rights and technology management in ICAR on 23rd May 2016. Ms. Shephalika Amrapali incharge ITMU made a presentation on ITMU and its role and Dr. K.V. Prasad delivered lecture on IPR Issues in Floriculture.
The 4th meeting of Institute Management Committee of ICAR - Directorate of Floricultural Research was conducted on 4th June, 2016 in Conference Hall, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture (MPKV), Pune. Dr. K. V. Prasad Director, ICAR-DFR welcomed all the members of IMC and subsequently, all the members visited the research field at Shivajinagar campus. Dr. K. V. Prasad briefed about the initiatives being taken. The members appreciated the efforts of the scientists in maintaining the research material. Director also presented the initiatives being taken for developing and proposing a vibrant website, dynamic logo and a futuristic master plan for the physical infrastructure to be developed by ICAR-DFR, Pune. Dr. Prasanna Holajjer (Scientist) presented the agenda of the IMC meeting.
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