25th Institute Research Council (IRC) Meeting held at ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana
The 25th Institute Research Council Meeting was held during May 17-19, 2016 at ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana under the Chairmanship of Dr. R.K. Gupta, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana. Dr. S.M. Ilyas, Former Director, ICAR-NAARM Hyderabad, Prof. B. S. Khatkar, Dean & Chairperson, Deptt. of Food Technology, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hissar and Dr. WS Dhillon, Former Director, PHPTC, PAU, Ludhiana were the invited experts for the meeting. Dr. Sangita Bansal, OIC, PME Cell & Member Secretary, IRC formally welcomed the experts, Director, Project Co-ordinators, Head of Divisions and scientists to the IRC meeting. Dr. R. K. Gupta, Director ICAR-CIPHET welcomed the experts and all scientists in the meeting. He informed the house that the new project concepts were presented in the RAC Meeting held during 21-22 March, 2016 and further refined as per the suggestions given by the RAC Chairman and Members. He mentioned that the pre-IRC meetings were conducted at divisional level, wherein the new and on-going projects were thoroughly discussed. He highlighted the importance and need of inter-institutional research and pointed that some of the new projects were framed in collaboration with different crop based ICAR institutes. Dr. S.M. Ilyas, expressed his happiness towards the progress of the Institute and said that the Institute has grown enough to take up challenging research in the country. He said that it’s high time to put concerted efforts for establishment of ICAR-CIPHET as a brand nationally as well as internationally. Prof B S Khatkar appreciated the work done by ICAR-CIPHET in the past and emphasized that researches should be led by institute rather than individual scientists. Dr. WS Dhillon, Former Director, PHPTC, PAU, Ludhiana said there are huge postharvest losses in fruits and vegetables and ICAR-CIPHET could contribute significantly in reduction of these losses. Dr. Sangita Bansal, Member Secretary, IRC presented the Action Taken Report (ATR) on suggestion/recommendation of the last IRC held during June 06-07, 2015. After thorough deliberations and some modifications, ATR was accepted. Salient achievements of each divisions were thereafter presented by the respective Head of Divisions, followed by presentations of new project proposals (RPP-I), ongoing projects (RPP-II) and completed projects (RPP-III).