Technology Awareness and Commercialization Program Held

26th December 2013, Anand

Business Planning and Development (BPD) Unit (NAIP-1), Anand Agricultural University (AAU), Anand, Gujarat organised ‘Technology Awareness and Commercialization Program’ for Agribusiness Industry of Western India at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), Ahmedabad on 26th December, 2013. BPD Unit is a special project at AAU, Anand under the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

Dr. A. M. Shekh, Vice Chancellor, Anand Agricultural University, Anand presided over the inaugural function. In his presidential address, Dr. Shekh said that the University has many promising technologies to be offered to industry by way of licensing. He further added that BPD Unit at AAU has also started helping other institutes in commercializing their technologies and the results have been outstanding.

In his address as Guest of Honour, Dr. K. B. Kathiria, Director, Research and Dean PG Studies, AAU, Anand said that agribusiness industry is now an equal partner for the progress of University. He also stressed that University can complement the industry by providing research outputs and trained manpower. Dr. Kathiria also informed that business incubation facilities are now open for the agribusiness industry.

Earlier, Dr. R. V. Vyas, Consortium Principal Investigator (CPI) and Head, BPD Unit and Research Scientist, Microbiology welcomed the dignitaries and presented an overview of BPD Unit. 

Dr. D.C. Joshi, Dean Faculty of Food Processing and Bio-energy, Scientists of Anand Agricultural University, Entrepreneurs, Incubatees of Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad student, entrepreneurs from Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Ahmedabad and stakeholders from Agribusiness Industry also participated in programme.

Major attractions were liquid Biofertilizers technology, area specific mineral mixtures technology for livestock, mechanised production of traditional Indian Dairy products, low cost fruit and vegetable processing technologies and date palm tissue culture protocols during the programme.

Mr. Baljeet Singh, Business Manager, BPD Unit proposed the vote of thanks.

(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA with inputs from BPD Unit, AAU and consortium partner DMAPR, Anand)