ICAR-CIRCOT established in 1924, celebrated the 97th Foundation Day on 3rd December 2020 along with the Agricultural Education Day in a virtual platform.
Dr.P.G.Patil Director, ICAR-CIRCOT welcomed the dignitaries for the function and highlighted major achievements and congratulated all the staff members of the institute for their committed work.
Dr. K. Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General (Agrl, Engg) was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Chief Guest congratulated the Director and staff for bagging “Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institute Award – 2019”. He also inaugurated the state of the art ‘National Laboratory for Advanced Material Characterization’ during the occasion and expressed his satisfaction on creation of such unique centralized facility. In his Chief Guest address, he appreciated the progress made by the institute in research, revenue generation and entrepreneurship development. He also stressed on the need to address the issues of mechanization in cotton harvesting, value addition at farm level to multiply the farmer’s income. He also opined to plan an International Conference in confluence with the Centenary celebration of the institute due in 2023-24.
Dr. S.N. Jha, ADG (PE) highlighted the achievements made by the institute in the research domain and applauded the accomplishment on revenue generation front. He also provided an insight into the future endeavors for the institute on its path towards the centenary celebration.
Dr. K. K. Singh ADG (PE) and Directors of ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata and ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana were also present on the occasion and bestowed their wishes.
Former Directors of the institute Dr. K. R. K. Iyer, Dr. S. Sreenivasan and Dr. A. J. Shaikh were also present and shared their memories.
A mobile app on CIRCOT R-ABI was also launched to improve the ease of access to the potential Agripreneurs. The certificate for best employees among scientific, technical and administrative category were also accorded. The Corona warriors were also felicitated on the occasion.