The institutes will be given deemed university status, says Director-General

Two committees have been constituted to identify their location

HYDERABAD: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is establishing three new institutes on biotechnology, biotic stress and abiotic stress to face the emerging challenges. The institutes would be given deemed university status.

This was stated here on Sunday by ICAR Director-General Mangala Rai while inaugurating the three-day 44th All-India Rice Research Group Meetings, organised by the Directorate of Rice Research, Rajendranagar, near here. Two committees have been constituted to identify the location of the institutes.

He said the setting up of the institutes is in line with the ICAR thinking to gear up to challenges of meeting the need for qualified human resources for taking up advanced agricultural research. To meet this increasing need, the council plans to introduce fellowships for post-graduate and Ph.D students, from both developed and developing countries. Dr. Rai disclosed that the new generation rice, ‘Golden Rice’, would be available for farmers in the country in three years. S. P. Tiwari, ICAR Deputy Director-General, who presided, observed that the launch of many research projects in consortium mode by the council would contribute to new knowledge and breakthroughs in production. About 600 scientists from India and abroad are attending the meeting. It will discuss various aspects of rice production technology. The sessions would focus on issues like crop improvement/management/protection and technology transfer. It would chalk out the road map for research in 2009-10. P. Raghava Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, ANGRAU, G. Lakshmi Kantha Reddy, Director of Research, ANGRAU, B.C. Viraktamath, PD, Directorate of Rice Research, were among the speakers.