Chhabilendra Roul, Additional Secretary, DARE & Secretary, ICAR, New Delhi inaugurated, “A Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power System,” at ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow in the presence of Dr. J.K. Jena, DDG (Fisheries Science), ICAR, New Delhi. With this commissioning, ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow partially shifted its electricity requirements from conventional electricity to solar energy, green & clean energy source. Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow; Dr. S. Rajan, Director, ICAR-CISH, Lucknow and Dr. K.K. Lal, Director, ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow were also present on the occasion. Dr. K.K. Lal, Director, ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow briefed the dignitaries about the solar power system. The system has total capacity of 250 kWp consisting of 834 modules of 300 Wp wattage each. The system has 6 three phase inverters of 50 kVA (4 nos.), 30kVA (1 no.) and 20kVA (1 no.). ICAR-NBFGR is the first among the ICAR institutes, to get Solar Power System under the RESCO Model of implementation. The system has been installed by M/S Genus Innovation Ltd., Jaipur.
Addressing the staff of ICAR-NBFGR on this occasion, Roul while appreciating the achievements of ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow in various scientific themes, informed about several new initiatives undertaken by the Council recently to reform the ICAR system. He threw light on the new policy framework within which various measures are being taken by the Council to streamline processes such as personnel management, transfer policy, recruitment and placement of scientists, etc. Roul highlighted that these policy measures are being taken with the purpose of putting norm-based mechanisms in place which would ultimately lead to increased efficiency of the system. Dr. J.K. Jena in his address highlighted various notable initiatives undertaken by the ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow in recent years. Dr. Jena mentioned that starting with a very few scientists; this Institute has evolved into a premier institution for research on fish genetic resources of the country. The dignitaries also visited laboratories, farm and Ganga Aquarium facilities of the Institute.
Before that Dr. Kuldeep K. Lal, Director, ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow welcomed the dignitaries and briefed about the significant achievements of the Institute. Dr. Lal thanked ICAR for encouraging use of renewable energy. He also expressed gratitude to the Council for undertaking several novel initiatives towards strengthening and supporting e-governance, digitization of personnel management and records, etc. Dr. Lal also thanked Fisheries Division of the Council for constant support and guidance to the Institute in implementing Council’s initiatives.