ICAR-CIFRI Celebrates 78th Foundation Day: Relentless Service to the Nation for Viksit Bharat
Barrackpore, 17th March, 2024
ICAR-CIFRI commemorated its 78th Foundation Day today, on March 17, 2024, at its headquarters in Barrackpore. Since its establishment in 1947, ICAR-CIFRI has been actively engaged in research, training, and extension activities aimed at the comprehensive development of fisheries in inland open waters. Over the years, the institute has introduced numerous groundbreaking technologies and initiatives, such as induced breeding, composite fish culture, fisheries management guidelines for reservoirs and wetlands, conservation efforts for Hilsa and other riverine Fish Species, enclosure culture, mega River ranching programs, and the development and commercialization of various products along with the promotion of next-generation technologies.
The event was chaired by Dr. B. Meenakumari, Former Deputy Director General (Fy. Sc.), ICAR, as the Chief Guest. Dr. B. P. Mohanty, ADG (Inland Fisheries), ICAR, Prof. Gautam Saha, Vice Chancellor of BCKV, Dr. Pradip Dey, Director of ICAR-ATARI, Dr. A. K. Singh, Former Director of ICAR-DCFR, and Dr. Madan Mohan, Former ADG (Marine Fy.), ICAR, were present as Guests of Honor. The celebration commenced with a cake-cutting ceremony followed by the release of pigeons symbolizing peace. In his welcome address, Dr. B. K. Das, Director of ICAR-CIFRI, highlighted the institute's achievements and contributions over the past 77 years, focusing on enhancing fisheries in inland open waters, biodiversity conservation, stakeholder empowerment, and the integration of cutting-edge technologies like drones and sensor-based systems. He emphasized the importance of addressing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and outlined ICAR-CIFRI's efforts in aligning with these goals to contribute to national interests such as zero hunger, nutrition security, and gender equality. He also briefed the house on activities undertaken by the institute under various schemes focussing on fisheries development and conservation in wetlands Dr. B. Meenakumari, in her address as the Chief Guest, congratulated the officers and staff of ICAR-CIFRI on its 78th Foundation Day, recognizing the institute's pivotal role in shaping the fisheries sector since its inception. She shared that progress of science can contribute immensely to the growth of nation. Prof. Gautam Saha praised ICAR-CIFRI for its longstanding support in fostering the growth of the fisheries sector in India and applauded its efforts in assisting fishers and farmers to double their income. Dr. B. P. Mohanty expressed his privilege in serving the institute for 25 years and extended his best wishes, while Dr. Madan Mohan highlighted the institute's revolutionary technologies like induced breeding and composite fish culture that have transformed the fisheries sector in the country. Dr. A. K. Singh and Dr. Pradip Dey also conveyed their best wishes to the staff of ICAR-CIFRI, lauding efforts of the institute in reaching unreached and unserved communities. The event also saw the release of two publications, "Indian Major Carps: Conservation plans and fish spawn prospecting in River Ganga" and a Hindi book titled "Bihar Rajya me Antarsthaliya Matsyiki Prabandhan". Meritorious students were felicitated, and institutional awards were distributed for outstanding performance across various categories. The celebration was attended by fish farmers, students and staff members of ICAR-CIFRI, marking another milestone in the institute's journey of excellence.

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