Padma Vibhushan Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Secretary to Govt of India visited ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai on March 7, 2017. Dr. P. G. Patil, Director appraised him about the multifarious scientific activities of the Institute and took him to various R&D facilities of the Institute. Dr. Anil Kakodkar congratulated the Director and his team for establishing the Nanocellulose Pilot Plant, a first of its kind in India. Also, he suggested for the use of nanocellulose as fillers in diversified areas to impart biodegradability to the composites in addition to value addition for cotton.
Later, Dr. Anil Kakodkar graced the occasion of ISCI Fellowship award function & felicitation of Dr. Keshav Raj Kranthi, Director, ICAR-CICR, Nagpur organized by ICAR-CIRCOT jointly with Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI), Confederation of Indian Textile Industry – Cotton Development Research Association (CITI-CDRI) and South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC). Dr. Anil Kakodkar, in his address, applauded the contribution of Dr. Kranthi in the field of cotton development in India and desired to continue his achievements in his new assignment as Head of the Technical Information Section of International Cotton Advisory Committee, Washington, USA. Dr. C.D. Mayee, Former ASRB Chairman and President of ISCI congratulated Dr. Kranthi for his key role played in linking the Government and Industry with the cotton growing farmers. Shri. Suresh Kotak, Trustee of Kotak Research Foundation, Mumbai and Chairman of ISCI, praised the contributions of all cotton researchers and suggested for development of improved methodologies to increase the cotton productivity since the land availability is limited in India. Dr. Kranthi, accepting the ISCI fellowship award, thanked all the well-wishers and promised to continue his good work for the progress of Indian cotton community. Dr. A.J. Shaikh, Former Director of ICAR-CIRCOT & Secretary ISCI, delivered the vote of thanks.