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63rd Foundation Day Celebration at CSIR-CMERI

KJ Staff
KJ Staff

CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur, celebrated the 63rd CMERI Foundation Day 2020 on 9th March 2020. The celebration was inaugurated by Prof.(Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur, and the Chief Guest Prof.(Dr.) S.K. Barik, Director, CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow.  

Prof.(Dr.) Hirani, in his Foundation Day Address outlined the contributions of CSIR-CMERI in the field of Agro-Economy. The tremendous contributions of Swaraj, Sonalika and the newly launched Krishishakti Tractors were elaborated. Dr. Hirani stated that incremental innovation influenced by the current market scenario is the need of the hour. E-Tractors, IoT based Precision Agriculture, Solar Powered Precision Agriculture System, Advanced Bio-Diesel based Farm Mechanization Units and alternative sources of Bio-Diesel were cited as testimonies to ‘Incremental Innovation’. Based on the socio-economic demands of the specific region, a particular product can also be deployed for multiple utilization. Dr. Hirani also charted out the steady progress of the Institute in terms of cash inflow, Patents, Design Registrations and Copyrights in the recent years. 

Dr. Hirani stated that his vision of developing a ‘Smart Village’, Infrastructure will be based upon the theme of ‘Simplified Technology Oriented Development’. The prospective technologies which may be deployed are Smart Grid, Smart Lighting, Roads from Recyclable Materials, E-Rickshaws, E-Tractors, E-Kiosks, IoT based Farm Mechanization and support services oriented Skill Development. The major thrust areas for the Institute in the future would be based upon “Carbon Negative Campus”, “Renewable Energy based mini-grid”, “Zero Water Wastage Campus”, “Tractor Fuel from Grass/Stubble” and “Optimum Rain Water Harvesting”. Dr. Hirani concluded the address by encouraging the Scientists to undertake Projects which have the most challenges and complexity, so that the most pressing social issues of the day may be addressed.  

 

Chief Guest Prof.(Dr.) S.K. Barik, Director, CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow, congratulated all the CSIR-CMERI family members on the occasion of the 63rd Foundation Day.Dr. Barik urged all to follow the guidance and exemplary vision of Dr. Hirani as his efforts are in perfect attunement to the National Objectives and R&D requirements of the Nation. There is no space of Complacency in todays’ globally competitive R&D scenario. Trans-Disciplinary approach towards R&D and Innovation is the future and therefore urged all to explore new dimensions and possibilities. In his lecture titled, “Mechanization of Agriculture”, Dr. Barik outlined why it is so important to explore possibilities of Inter-Lab Collaborations, which help in rich R&D outcomes. Sustainable Technologies and Innovative Mechanization are the road to the future in terms of Agrarian Development and CSIR-CMERI is treading on the exact same path for a flourishing Agrarian Economy.  

Dr. Hirani stated that his vision of developing a ‘Smart Village’, Infrastructure will be based upon the theme of ‘Simplified Technology Oriented Development’. The prospective technologies which may be deployed are Smart Grid, Smart Lighting, Roads from Recyclable Materials, E-Rickshaws, E-Tractors, E-Kiosks, IoT based Farm Mechanization and support services oriented Skill Development. The major thrust areas for the Institute in the future would be based upon “Carbon Negative Campus”, “Renewable Energy based mini-grid”, “Zero Water Wastage Campus”, “Tractor Fuel from Grass/Stubble” and “Optimum Rain Water Harvesting”. Dr. Hirani concluded the address by encouraging the Scientists to undertake Projects which have the most challenges and complexity, so that the most pressing social issues of the day may be addressed.  

Chief Guest Prof.(Dr.) S.K. Barik, Director, CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow, congratulated all the CSIR-CMERI family members on the occasion of the 63rd Foundation Day.Dr. Barik urged all to follow the guidance and exemplary vision of Dr. Hirani as his efforts are in perfect attunement to the National Objectives and R&D requirements of the Nation. There is no space of Complacency in todays’ globally competitive R&D scenario. Trans-Disciplinary approach towards R&D and Innovation is the future and therefore urged all to explore new dimensions and possibilities. In his lecture titled, “Mechanization of Agriculture”, Dr. Barik outlined why it is so important to explore possibilities of Inter-Lab Collaborations, which help in rich R&D outcomes. Sustainable Technologies and Innovative Mechanization are the road to the future in terms of Agrarian Development and CSIR-CMERI is treading on the exact same path for a flourishing Agrarian Economy.  

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