Friday, February 18, 2011


LUDHIANA, FEBRUARY 17:(Gurzent Singh)

The XIX Biennial Workshop of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Home Science culminated here today. The workshop was organized by College of Home Science, PAU, in association with Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture (DRWA), ICAR, Bhubaneswar.

In the valedictory function a wrap up of the deliberations took place. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest Dr K.D.Kokate, Deputy Director General (Extension) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) congratulated the Home Science College for organizing the XIX Biennial Workshop of AICRP. He emphasized that the gender mainstreaming and capacity building hold the key to empowering rural women and integration of women into the helm of affairs, shifting them beneficiaries to participants. The future research objectives of AICRP should be inline with the demands of funding agencies and needs of rural women, added he. Dr Kokate stressed that the workshop deliberations lead to some actionable points in all the five thematic areas of AICRP in Home Science. He added that there should not be any duplication of efforts and that for it regular monitoring of the progress was needed. He emphasized that technology generated should have its impact on society and that the scientists should proactively plan their research for development programmes for the 12th Five Year Plan. The research based technologies developed so far under the aegis of AICRP should be documented, observed Dr Kokate.

Dr Venkat Subramanian, Assistant Director General (Extension) of ICAR, in his remarks said that home science should get increased focus as a step to strengthen Indian agriculture through women. He emphasized the need for marketing of research based technologies. The efforts should be to bridge the knowledge gap, he said adding that capacity building of project personnel was equally important.

Dr (Mrs) Krishna Srinath, Director, Directorate of Research for Women in Agriculture ( DRWA) said that the AICRP has been going on for the last 30 years. She said that the well qualified scientific manpower with international exposure is the strength of the Project. She thanked the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Manjit Singh Kang for his support to organize the workshop at PAU.

The PAU Director of Research, Dr S.S.Gosal said that AICRP is the all women project. He said that the project has relevance as women\'s role is important in society and community. He highlighted that the technologies such as extracting fiber from banana, preparing paper from banana-fiber, nutritional balls from colocasia, amla, etc., easy equipment like ring-cutter, beading machine, milking stool, were some of the important output of the AICRP.

Dr A.M. Narula, Zonal Project Director (ICAR) at PAU said that Krishi Vigyan Kendra ( KVK) system has become more visible and vibrant now and suggested that the AICRP should pass on the technologies to KVKs for assessment under micro situation. The feed back generated by KVKs would be useful to scientists of AICRP in re-orienting their programmes, he said.

Dr Neelam Grewal, Dean College of Home Science, in her welcome address said that the two days workshop discussed the vital issues concerning Home Science Research at the national level. The efforts were made to discuss how research programmes could be linked with national goals, she said.

Earlier in the day, the two technical sessions – III and IV were held today and were chaired by Dr IJS Jaiswal, Head, Department of Human Development, PAU and Dr (Mrs) Srinath, Director, DRWA. The AICRP on Home Science started in 1982 in six state agricultural universities (SAUs) with three components – Food and Nutrition, Family Resource Management and Child Development. In the year 1996, at the annual workshop held at PAU, a new direction was given to the project by including two more components i.e. Clothing and Textiles and Extension Education. The project was also initiated in three more centres. Thus, at present the project is in operation at nine centers which are located at different SAUs with the objective to improve the quality of life of rural families and especially the rural women. Keeping this in view, detailed discussions took place on the report presentation and finalization of future plan of work of human development and clothing and textiles. Dr Promila Kanwar ( Palampur), Dr Usha Rani ( Hydrabad), Dr Vinni ( Pant Nagar), Dr Krishna Duhan ( Hisar) and Dr Sumita ( Parbhani) presented the reports of different technical sessions on Home Science Extension, Foods and Nutrition, Family Resource Development, Human Development and Clothing and Textiles. The suggestions made by participants from different centers of AICRP in home science were considered while finalizing research programmes for future.

Dr Kokate and Dr Gosal released the publications, including pamphlets, bulletins, etc. brought about by AICRP centers in all the five thematic areas. Dr ( Mrs) Jaswinder K. Sangha, Coordinator of research ( Home Science) proposed vote of thanks to the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and participating delegates.

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