The 26th meeting of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai was held on virtual platform on 8th June 2020. Dr. N. C. Patel, Former Vice Chancellor, Junagarh Agricultural University and Anand Agricultural University and Chairman, RAC presided over the meeting. The RAC members namely Dr. M. K. Sharma, Prof. (Dr.) U. J. Patil, Prof. (Dr.) S. R. Shukla, Dr. N.N. Mahapatra, Dr. Narendra G. Shah, Shri D. B. Sawale, Dr. S. N. Jha participated in online meeting. Besides this all Heads of Division and scientist participated in the online meeting.
Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, made a presentation of major research achievements and other activities undertaken by the institute in last three years. Dr. V. G. Arude, Member Secretary, RAC, presented the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the proceedings of 25th RAC
Dr. N. C. Patel, Chairman RAC, appreciated Scientists and Director for excellent work done during last three years and wished that CIRCOT will make much more progress in next three years. He urged scientists to take this work to the national and international level and improve visibility of the institute at international level.
RAC suggested scientist to work on the research areas such as removal of contamination from seed cotton, machinery for logistic supply of cotton stalk, cationisation of cotton fibres, blending of cotton with other sustainable natural fibres, guidelines for recycling of fibres, automation in cotton post-harvest processing machinery through application of AI, IoT, sensor technology and robotics, studies to ascertain toxicological and environmental safety aspects of nano materials, standardization of an eco-friendly, efficient and economical techniques for removal of gossypol, production of edible starch from cotton stalks etc.
Further RAC suggested to document impact of five prominent institute technologies adopted by stakeholders and also organize award/prize winning competition among scientists of institute or among students and budding entrepreneurs on the occasion of upcoming centenary year celebrations of the institute in 2024. RAC suggested for mass scale advertising to popularize institute activities and technologies developed by institute through media and digital platform.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. V. G. Arude, Senior Scientist and Head (In-charge) and Member Secretary, RAC.