Skill development training at ICAR-NINFET
A 05-days training programme on “Manufacture of jute handicrafts” under scheduled caste sub-plan (SCSP) was organised at ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology, Kolkata from March 25-29, 2019. Fourty (40) trainees of scheduled caste community associated with jute production & processing from Malda & Hooghly districts of West Bengal have participated in this programme.
In the closing ceremony, Dr. N.C. Pan, Director has distributed the certificates to the trainee participants. Tools & raw materials required for manufacture of diversified handicraft products were also distributed to the participants.
Dr. A.N. Roy, Head, Transfer of Technology Division has briefed about the need of this training in developing entrepreneurship in jute sector. Dr. Laxmikanta Nayak, Principal Scientist & Chairman, SCSP Committee has co-ordinated the training programme and highlighted upon the importance of the training in the socio-economic development of scheduled caste communities.
Agri-Entrepreneur’s Meet 2019 held on 25.03.2019 at ICAR-NINFET
ICAR-NINFET has organized an Agri-Entrepreneur’s Meet 2019 held on 25.03.2019 at ICAR-NINFET Auditorium. The programme was intended to explore the possibilities of expansion of the business ventures by the young energetic entrepreneurs, especially who have received the training from NINFET earlier.
Shri. Arvind Kumar,IAS, Secretary, National Jute Board, graced the chair of Chief Guest and Dr. S. N. Jha, ADG(PE), ICAR was the Special Guest of the Programme. Besides that, Dr. Shiv Dutt, PS, IP&TM, ICAR. Dr. Mahadeb Datta, Deputy Director, (Technical) were also present in the programme.
20 entrepreneurs, 18 incubatees and start-ups along with the Scientists of the Institute, attended the programme and interacted with the speakers with relevant points.
Dr. N. C. Pan, Director, ICAR-NINFET welcomed the august participants very warmheartedly. He addressed to the participants regarding the importance of this types of programme. In the Introductory Speech, Dr. A. N. Roy, In-Charge, ITMU and PI, ABI and Head, TOT Division, stated about the main intention of such programme, which was to create a platform to all the stakeholders to come together and exchange their need and solutions. Dr. Shiv Dutt informed that the basic objective of the Department of IP&TM was to help the Entrepreneurs in various ways, such as through suitable technology supply to finance support system creation etc. Dr. S. N. Jha addressed to the audience by encouraging new innovations for their products. He emphasized about creating brand identity and novel products for the consumers which will fetch high value in near future. Shri. Arvind Kumar described about the different Schemes and facilities NJB offering for the Start ups and stand ups. He shared some novel ideas by which new entrepreneurs can start their venture in near future.
In technical Session, Shri Rajsrshi Maji, Assistant Director, MSME Development Institute, elaborately described about the schemes and projects of their department. Shri. Prasant Dubey, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, also stated about the vision and policies of NABARD. Sri. Sudipta Saha, Joint Director, Directorate of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Sri. Dhurjati Prasad Bose, Assistant Director, Directorate of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, also presented their assistance to the stakeholders by their Department. In the last presentation, Dr. A. N. Roy elaborated the opportunities of Jute and other natural fibre related small scale trad to the start ups. He also tried to make a convergence among the startups and the facilitators.
In the Vote of Thanks, Dr. L. K. Nayak, Principal Scientists, ToT Division, expressed his gratitude to all the participants including the Resource persons for their involvement to make success of the Programme.
81st Foundation Day Celebration of ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata:
The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata celebrated its 81st Foundation Day today. Dr. C. D. Mayee, President, South Asia Biotech Centre & Ex-Chairman, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) marked his presence as the Chief Guest and delivered Foundation Day Lecture on the topic “Talent Search for Manning Agri-Tree”. He expressed that, NINFET is a unique institution in the world working on Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology and asked to reorient its technology building programmes based on current requirements and stimulate innovations, provide know-how for developed technology and networking, retrain scientists and create awareness for entrepreneurs. While delivering foundation day lecture, he emphasized that value addition to fibre wealth of India viz. Jute, Okra, Pineapple, Banana, Ramie, Coconut has tremendous potential in India for increasing employment in the rural areas, reducing post-harvest losses and increasing income of the farmers and agri-entrepreneurs for doubling farmers income by 2022.
Dr. S. N. Jha, Assistant Director General (Process Engineering), ICAR marked his presence as the Guest of Honour for the function. Dr. Jha, in his address expressed his profound satisfaction on the achievements of NINFET in dealing with Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology with special emphasis on diversified product from different natural fibres. He said that the institute has done commendable work during the last 80 years. He cautioned that great achievements of the past should not bring any complacency; rather institute should clearly set its future priorities to move ahead with a focused approach recognizing the changes that have taken place in engineering of natural fibre. Attempt may be taken to make food from fibre. He said that new name of the Institute as NINFET will give a new paradigm in new research area through new technological intervention.
Dr. Alok Nath Roy, Director(Acting), ICAR-NINFET in his welcome address, briefed about the historical progress made by the institute from JTRL to NIRJAFT culminating to its present rename as NINFET. Hespoke on the current focus and future strategies NINFET. Dr Gautam Bose, Acting Head, MP Division presented an overview of the contribution of ICAR-NINFET to the nation including research, technology generation and human resources development.
In-house Rajbhasha Magazine “Devanjali” for the year 2019 was also released by the dignitaries. Wards of employee who have shown their excellence in matriculation and +2 exams were awarded on the occasion.
All the staff members from NINFET including large number of retired employees of the institute along with other invited dignitaries graced this occasion and participated in the programme. Dr. S. N. Chattopadhyay presented vote of thanks on the occasion. A cultural programme and a quiz competition was also organised amongst staff members of the Institute.
National Seminar on Natural Fibre Resource Management for Sustainable Development
The Indian Natural Fibre Society (TINFS), Kolkata organized a two-day National Seminar on “Natural Fibre Resource Management for Sustainable Development” in collaboration with ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology (NINFET), National Jute Board, Ministry of Textile and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) during February 2-3, 2019 at ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata.
The inauguration of the program was started by welcome song followed by Lightening of Lamp. Dr. Alok Nath Roy, President, TINFS honoured Dr. K.K. Satapathy, Guest of Honor of the Programme and Shri Arvind Kumar M, Chief Guest.
Dr. Alok Nath Roy, President, in his welcome address deliberated about achievements by the Society during past years. He told the contribution of TINFS for sustainable development of livelihood of farmer growing Natural Fibre. He mentioned the journey of JTRL to NINFET and the impact of it on the society. He stressed upon the that ICAR- NINFET should come out with a larger research domain including silk, ramie and special emphasis on flax fibre. He also conveyed his expectations for collaborative movement with NJB, NABARD towards Natural Fibre Resource Management.
Shri Arvind Kumar M, Chief Guest of the programme, congratulated TINFS and NINFET for organizing the national seminar which is the best platform for exchanging the research ideas for sustainable development of natural fibre sector. He also talked about the strategies that can be adopted for Natural Fibre Management for sustainable development. He was very optimistic for employment generation through use of natural fibres and contribution of ICAR- NINFET in this area.
Dr. K.K. Satapathy, focused on strong promotion of materials made from natural fibres and stressed upon the use of products in our daily life from it. He mentioned the adverse effect of use of synthetic fibres on human life and environment in present day scenario. He expressed his happiness for transformation of JTRL to NIRJAFT and now NINFET, which deals with research and development programme in the field of natural fibre.
The two-day seminar will be attended by the scientists and researchers on natural fibre from different parts of the country. Vote of thanks on inaugural sessionwas delivered by Dr. G. Bose, Organizing Secretary of the Seminar.
Swachhta Pakwada (December 16-31, 2018) at ICAR-NINFET.
ICAR- NINFET celebrated Swachhta Pakwada during December 16-31, 2018 and closing ceremony on 31.12.2018. Director of the Institute welcomed audiences and stressed upon cleanliness drive to our institute and towards society. Smt. Jayanti Ray, Principal of Narmada School joined the ceremony as Chief Guest. She mentioned importance of cleanliness in our society, she also highlighted role of mother towards the children who learn cleanliness drive first from her mother then teacher. She explained the value of clean environment and the responsibility of the citizen to keep our globe clean and green. The Chief Guest and Director of our institute distributed prizes to the winners of school students and staff members who participated in different competition on swachhta awareness. The function ended with vote of thanks.