Velamoor Rajagopal, an alumnus of SV University and former Director of Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod (Kerala), was felicitated at the ‘International conference on coconut biodiversity' held at the institute recently, in recognition of his contribution to coconut research as well as in nurturing CPCRI into a global institute. He received the award from H.P. Singh, Deputy Director-General (Horticulture), ICAR.