Research Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting of ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore conducted during 01-02 April, 2021
The 2nd Research Advisory Committee (RAC: 2020-2022) Meeting of ICAR-CIFRI was held during 01-02 April, 2021 in both offline and virtual mode. The hon’ble Chairman of RAC Prof. (Dr) Baskaran Manimaran attended the meeting physically while the revered RAC Members Dr. K.G. Padmakumar, Dr. Sharad Kumar Jain and Dr. S. C. Pathak participated in the meeting online. Dr. A. K. Das, Member Secretary of the RAC initiated the programme with formal welcome of the Chairman and Members of the RAC. The welcome address was followed by initial remarks of Dr. B. K. Das, Director of the Institute. Dr. Das appraised about the various research and developmental activities of the Institute highlighting new research initiatives, COVID Guidelines for fishers/PFCS, high impact publications and infrastructure development amidst the Pandemic year. He has also mentioned about the formation of two new Research Divisions in the Institute, viz. Aquatic Environmental Biotechnology and Nanotechnology (AEBN), and Fisheries Enhancement Management (FEM). Chairman, Prof Manimaran, in his inaugural remarks appreciated the achievements of CIFRI and being honoured to be associated with this premier Research Institute as Chairman of RAC. He urged the scientists of the Institute to play a major role in providing technical guidance and management plans in the context of the ambitious PMMSY and stressed upon the need to focus on ESG being an apex Institute in natural resource management. Dr. Padmakumar, recalled his association with the Institute and also expressed his satisfaction on CIFRI’s achievements submitted before the Committee. He emphasized on the support given by the Institute in fostering growth in inland fish production in the country. Dr. Jain expressed his association with this Institute and appreciated the achievements including high impact publications. Dr. Pathak recalled his long association with CIFRI and opined that the Institute has expanded its research programmes. He has suggested to give more focus on prioritizing impact making technologies. The initial remarks by the Chairman and Members of the RAC was followed by presentation of Action Taken Report by the Member Secretary, RAC. The committee opined that the ATR was very prompt and to the point. Heads of Divisions, Heads/ In-charges of the Regional Centres and Stations presented achievements made under different Institute Projects and other activities at their respective Divisions/Units/Centres. Achievements of two ICAR Network Projects were also presented by the respective Principal Investigators. Chairman Prof. Manimaran and other members expressed their satisfaction in the overall progress and also appreciated various initiatives taken by the Institute. They complimented to the Director and Staff of CIFRI on celebration of 75th Foundation Day. At the end, Chairman and Members made their concluding remarks with critical reviews and suggestions towards research activities and made recommendations of RAC. Director Dr. Das thanked the Chairman and all the RAC Members for their valuable suggestions and remarks which would help the Institute in shaping its research programmes and prioritizing research focus to strive for greater heights. The meeting ended with formal vote of thanks by the RAC Member Secretary, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore.