ANational Training Program on ‘Management of Plant Genetic Resources’, was organized by ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, during March 6-19, 2018.
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR, in his inaugural speech (6th March 2018) emphasized the importance of the holding need-based trainings that should be thoroughly evaluated and assessed by independent agencies to quantify the impact of such trainings. He opined that both knowledge and skill base of staff needs to be periodically enhanced to improve organizational efficiency. While appreciating organization of the present generic training of PGR Management, Dr Mohapatra suggested that NBPGR should plan specific training modules on individual PGR subjects to provide in-depth subject matter training too. He also suggested that trainees be ‘bar-coded’ to the system act as future ambassadors and potential partners in PGR activities. He urged that efforts should be made to ensure that every trainee should contributes to the system, and the period of training does not go unutilized in the long-run.
Dr A.K. Vyas, Guest of Honor, apprised about the recent developments in the National Training Policy of all personnels in government departments, including, and its importance in the growth of organizations. He informed about the new codified Human Resource Management policy of ICAR, which was being rolled out and to be followed by all. He appreciated the initiative taken by NBPGR to hold the training which would help in developing competencies in the important subject of PGR.
Dr Kuldeep Singh, Director, ICAR-NBPGR and Course Director in his introductory remarks briefed about the training program.
A special interactive session of the trainees with Padma Bhushan Dr R.S. Paroda, Chairman, TAAS, was held, to discuss issues generic in PGR and agricultural research.
The trainees had the opportunity to attend a special lecture on biodiversity by World Food Prize Laureate Dr G.S. Khush, delivered during the ‘1st Dr D.S. Athwal Memorial Lecture’ held on March 13, 2018, at NBPGR, New Delhi.
Dr N.S. Rathore,DDG (Agricultural Education), ICAR, the Chief Guest of thevaledictory event, stressed upon importance of training and education in achieving greater goals in research, as it improves knowledge, skill and ability. Based on the report presented and feedback of the trainees, he rated the program very highly. He told that valedictory function of training program is a beginning for trainees to carry forward what they learnt from the training and explore greater collaboration and cooperation. While appreciating the course content and design, he suggested that inclusion of leaflets/pamphlets in local languages should also be given due importance.
Dr D.K. Yadava, ADG (Seed), ICAR was the Guest of Honorof the valedictory function.
The training was attended by 21 participants.
(Source: ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi)