ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata has undertaken different initiatives to combat pandemic due to COVID-19 as per the guidelines framed by Central and state govt from time to time.
The attendance of the staff is being followed as per central Govt. guidelines and roaster has been prepared. Security staffs are strictly instructed to conduct thermal screening at entry and exit time of all the staffs and visitors. Use of face mask has made compulsory in the campus for all.
Twenty-four hours water supply is provided to Office and staff quarter for better sanitization and washing of hand frequently. Use of mask, hand sanitizer and washing are made compulsory inside the office premises.
The office has provided hand sanitizer to all regular, contractual and security personals. Hand gloves and mask has been given to all the security personal for extended prevention. Awareness talk by CA regarding healthy practice and instructions by Govt. of India to fight COVID-19 is being conducted to all the office staff and family members of staff residing at staff quarter of NINFET regularly.
Kolkata Municipal Corporation spreads out bleaching powder outside the office on April 24, 2020 along with insecticide repellent spray inside the office premises. Regular sanitization, washing of roads, entrance has been done by scavenging staff of the institute.
The office serves uninterruptedly to the nation by following the rules issued by Government of India time to time to fight COVID-19.
Celebration of International Women’s Day at ICAR NINFET
A woman is an epitome of beauty, wisdom and care. She has climbed the mountains and dived into the ocean; she has matched the steps with every man in the world. International Women’s Day-8th March celebrates the power of women – their rights and role in our lives and society. To salute the outstanding contribution of women in every sphere ICAR NINFET has arranged a programme to showcase the achievements of women and to establish the need for empowerment of women for progress of human community.
ICAR NINFET is a unique institution in the world working on Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology and conducts various training programme on Jute Hand Bags/ Shopping Bags, Jute Handicrafts/Ornaments and Bleaching and Dyeing etc to develop entrepreneur from grass root level throughout the year (list attached in Annexure I). The main target groups are rural women of the SHGs or Mahila Mandals, so that they can earn livelihood or can get some additional income to improve the financial status of the family. Two lady entrepreneurs& trainers came to the programme on 07th March, 2020 and explained how the trainings have imparted a vast change in the livelihoods of poor women of rural areas.
A debate competition has been arranged at 3.00 P.M on 7th March, 2020 at ICAR NINFET. The topic of the debate is “Women’s reservation in Society vs. Gender equality” (in English/Hindi/Bengali). All staff members (male and female) of the Institute spontaneously participated in the programme to make it a grand success. The programme ended with the note that -The best way to change the society and the underlying issues is to channelize the power of woman in every walk of life.
One day workshop on “Technological innovation under the Consortia Research Platform on Natural Fibres” on 21.02.2020 at ICAR-NINFET
One day workshop on “Technological innovation under the Consortia Research Platform on Natural Fibres” on 21.02.2020 was organized at ICAR-NINFET Kolkata at Institute auditorium. In this occasion, Dr. P. Chakraborty, Director, ICAR-NRC Yak, Dirang Arunachal Pradesh, and Dr. S.K. Roy, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata, graced the Chairs as Guest of Honours. Dr. N.C. Pan, Director, ICAR-Natural Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology (NINFET) presided over the Session.
In his address, Dr. N.C. Pan, Director, ICAR-NINFET welcomed all the delegates from Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Universities and Research Institutes. He addressed that CRP on Natural Fibres (CRP-NF) is one of the platform projects approved under Agri-CRP by ICAR with is Nodal Centre at ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai. ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology, Kolkata been entrusted as co-operating Centre for executing CRP-NF project due to its vast experience and significant achievements in the research on natural fibres. He reiterated that ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata is one of the prominent centres of platform since inception and actively involved in the research and development of value addition to different natural fibres like jute, sisal, flax, pineapple etc.
In his deliberation, Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay, Co-Nodal officer & Principal Scientist, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata, highlighted that under the CRP on Natural fibres, ICAR-NINFET has developed important technologies, machines and process protocols such as grading instruments for sisal, flax, ramie and multifibres, efficient fibre extractors, eco-friendly processing for lignocellulosic fibres, value chain for yak fibre and light weight jute based carry bag.
Dr. A.S.M. Raja, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai, Co-ordinator of Projects at Project Implementation Unit, ICAR-Central Institute of Research for Cotton Technology in his deliberation showcased the technologies developed through Consortia Research Platform on Natural Fibres. In technical session, respective PIs of the projects presented their output which was acclaimed by the house.
In second session, all the technologies developed through Consortia Research Platform were exhibited and demonstrated.
Dr. S. Debnath, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata, offered the formal vote of thanks and total programme was coordinated by Dr. Deb Prasad Ray, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata.
Library workshop of ICAR-NINFET on 18.02.2020
Library workshop was organized by ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata on theme, “Citation index: An important tool for academic and research professionals” on 18.02.2020 at 2.00 P.M at Institute’s auditorium. Welcome Address given by Dr. N C. Pan, Director (Acting), ICAR-NINFET enlightened the theme of workshop and welcomed all the dignitaries, librarians of ICAR and other institutes.
Dr. Binod Bihari Das, Ex Chief Librarian, Jadavpur University, Kolkata graced the chair as a Chief Guest. He emphasized that such a workshop is highly valuable for users’ awareness as well as for librarians and described the need for citation index and it’s essential requirements.
Dr. N. C. Ghosh, Chief Librarian of Indian Institute of Management, Joka, Kolkata presented a paper entitled “Application of bibliometric indicators for assessing scientific performance: citation analysis and beyond”. He defined and highlighted history of citation index. He also mentioned important tools of citation index. Sh Jiban Krishna Pal, Scientific and technical professional, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata delivered lecture on “An integrated approach to evaluate research performance”. He discussed calculation of citation index, logical propagation, growth and clusters of citations etc.
Librarians from adjoining ICAR- research institutes /organizations, colleges and universities, Scientist, technical Officers, administrative staff of ICAR-NINFET participated in the workshop. Library workshop successfully completed with vote of thanks.
4th C.R. Nodder Memorial Lecture
The 4th C.R. Nodder Memorial Lecture was held in the memory of institute’s first Director, Late C. R. Nodder on February 11, 2020 at ICAR-NINFET auditorium. The programme was started with ICAR video song. Director ICAR- NINFET, Dr. N. C. Pan welcomed the dignitaries’ with ICAR-NINFET produced ‘uttorio’. Director, also welcomed all the dignitaries present in the auditorium in his welcome address. Dr. S. Sengupta, Principal Scientist & Head MP Division briefly presented the life sketch of Late C.R.Noddar. Prof. (Dr.) Sumanta Bhattacharyya, Former Principal, Govt. College of Engineering and Textile Technology, Serampore, WB, was the chief guest of the programme. In his address, he briefly described the scientific contribution of Late C. R. Noddar in the field of Jute fibre and technology. Prof. (Dr.) Atanu Ghosh of Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, I.I.T. Bombay, India was the guest of honour of the programme. Dr Avijit Das and Dr Manik Bhowmick introduced the chief guest and the guest –of-honour respectively. He presented the memorial lecture on “Challenges for the organisations in the Changing Paradigm”. He talked about the several major and at times dramatic changes taking place in the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal environments related to the different organisations. He also pointed out how with all these changes, organisations are finding it difficult to maintain performance and several of those are even struggling for their own survival. To the young generation he advised that it makes immense sense for bright scientists, technologists, engineers and so on to stay in their chosen field of expertise, rather than looking for a career away from science and technology just to earn a lucrative package to start one’s career with. He concluded with a ray of hope that we are in a country full of brilliant, talented people and opportunities are also plenty and with the right strategic moves by organisations and collaborative and cooperative efforts, we will be able to make a difference.
The programme was concluded with the formal vote of thank by Dr. Sanjoy Debnath, Principle Scientist, ICAR-NINFET. There was large gathering from different jute and textile teaching and research institutes and other natural fibre related organisation including industries. Ex-Scientist of ICAR-NINFET also participated in that occasion.
Report on XXIX Research Advisory Committee Meeting at ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata
The morning session started with presentation of Action Taken Report (ATR) of last RAC proceedings by Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay. After the discussion on ATR, Head of the Division of Quality Evaluation and Improvement (QEI) Division and Chemical and Bio-Chemical Processing Division (C&BP) presented their divisional achievements. Followed by discussion and recommendations by the members. In the next half, HoD, Mechanical Processing Division (MP) and HoD, Transfer of Technology Division (ToT) presented the progress of their ongoing projects. Dr. J. Mitra, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF, Barrackpore and Dr. G. Bose, Former Principal Scientist of this Institute, were invited as a special invitee in the meeting.
The programme ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay, Principal Scientist and Member Secretary of RAC.
82nd Institute Foundation Day Celebration
The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata celebrated its 82nd Foundation Day today. In this precious occasion, renowned Scientist and former Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ranajit Kumar Samata was graced the programme as Chief Speaker. Smt. Kamala Bisth, Under Secretary. Agriculture Engineering Division marked her presence as Guest of Honour from Indian Council of Agriculture HQ in the programme.
Dr. Ranajit Kumar Samanta elaborated the role of Indian Scientists in development of Indian Agriculture. He also suggested the all level of staff regarding improvement of output and work culture. Dr. Debanjan Sur, Chief Guest of the inaugural session, describe the role of ICAR-NINFET and its journey from JTRL to NINFET.
The Programme was started with welcome address by Dr. N.C. Pan, Director of the Institute and told about importance of Natural fibre and the disadvantage of synthetic fibres.
The Guest of Honour, Smt. Kamala Bisth congratulated the institute staff for vibrating activities of the Institute and its contribution to the farmers particularly in jute agriculture.
The Chairman of the organizing committee, Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay, Principal Scientist, presented the diary of events of the Institute for last one year and its total development. A large number of ex-employees, present employees and several dignitaries from nearby ICAR institutes, Jute Industries, incubates, small entrepreneurs and artisans present in the programme.
Dr. S. Debnath, Principal Scientist, proposed the vote of thanks and total programme was coordinated by Dr. L.K. Nayak, Principal Scientist.
ICAR-NINFET Celebrated Swachhta Pakhwada
ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata observed Swachhta Pakhwada during December 16-31, 2019. Institute organized different activities like displaying banner, taking Swachhta Pledge, cleanliness drive at institute campus, digitization of office records, tree plantation at institute campus, awareness campaigning at MGMG adopted village, celebration of Farmer’s Day at village, awareness campaigning regarding avoid of single use plastic & cleanliness drive at local market place, drawing competition among local school students, essay writing competition among staff members.
To celebrate Closing Ceremony of Swachhta Pakwada (16.12.2019 to 31.12.2019) ICAR-NINFET organized grand function started with ICAR theme song followed by Opening song by the staff members. Director of Institute welcomed dignitaries and audiences and stressed upon cleanliness drive to our institute and towards society. Nodal Officer, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan delivered a presentation on “Swachhta Pakwada at a glance at NINFET (formerly NIRJAFT)” where the activities during pakwada have been highlighted. Sh. Ujjal Pal, Guest of Honour is a worldwider solo campaigner by bicycle to promote tree plantation for a better tomorrow. He had given a presentation through which he had given message for tree plantation to fulfill requirements of basic need that to eat food and fresh air to breadth. Apart from basic need trees can control our climate and maintain biodiversity. Dr. Anjana Guha Thakurta, Associate Professor of Netajinagar, Day College, Bengali Dept. Chief Guest mentioned importance of cleanliness in our society. She also addressed the audience regarding clean environment and the responsibility of the citizen to keep our globe clean and green and also highlighted regarding avoid of single use plastic. Audiences were Scientists, Teachers, students, guardians and all other staff members. Different students of different local schools participated in the drawing competition spontaneously and theme was “Swachhta Abhiyaan” The Chief Guest, Guest of Honour 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 successfully with vote of thanks to all audience.
Inauguration of 21-Day ICAR Sponsored Winter School
Prof. (Dr.) Purnendu Biswas, Honourable Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Kolkata has graced the inaugural session as Chief Guest and urged the participants for more interactions with experts during the course programme & disseminating the knowledge gained for the benefit of stakeholders.
6th Dr. P.B. Sarkar Memorial Lecture at ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata
One day Exposure-visit-cum training on Jute Grading with Digital Instruments and Preparation of NINFET-Sathi under SCSP
The ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology (NINFET), Kolkata organised a One day Exposure-visit-cum training on Jute Grading with Digital Instruments and Preparation of NINFET-Sathi under Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) today. Scientific staffs of ICAR-NINFET and 30 farmers from Scheduled Caste Community from Balagarh Block, Hooghly District, West Bengal attended the programme.
Dr. Nimai Chandra Pan, Director, ICAR-NINFET in his welcome address emphasized on the utilization of natural fibres in the context of banning of single use plastics by the Government of India. He stressed upon the use of new generation grading instruments and NINFET-Sathi retting technology for better management of this crop.
Dr. Laxmikanta Nayak, Principal Scientist and Chairman, SCSP, explained the feature of the Government Scheme for upliftment of scheduled caste farmers. Earlier, Dr. Deb Prasad Ray, Principal Scientist and Coordinator of the today’s programme gave an overview of the programme.
Mr. Subrata Karmakar, a progressive farmer from the Balagarh block applauded the activities the ICAR-NINFET and expressed his satisfaction over use of NINFET-Sathi for retting of Jute. He opined that use of NINFET-Sathi technology earned around Rs.700-800 extra income per quintal during this jute growing season.
The detailed activity of the Institute was presented with a video presentation followed by demonstration and training with Jute grading Instruments. The farmers also visited the NINFET-Sathi Preparation unit. The programme ended with Vote of thanks offered by Dr. Sanjoy Debnath, Members Secretary, SCSP Committee of ICAR-NINFET.
Skill development training on Manufacture of Jute Handicrafts
A 10-day skill development training programme on “Manufacture of jute Handicrafts” under Agri-Business Incubation (ABI) project, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata commenced on 27th November, 2019 at KVK, Sambalpur, Odisha.
Dr. Laxmikanta Nayak, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata highlighted upon the value addition in jute & allied fibres through product diversifications.
Dr. Saswati Pattanaik, Senior Scientist & Head, KVK, Sambalpur briefed the trainees about the market demand of jute goods & entrepreneurship opportunities in this sector.
Ms. Anannya Jena, Scientist (Extension), KVK, Sambalpur has coordinated the programme.
Twenty (20) trainees from Sambalpur, Odisha associated with agro-based crafts work have participated in this programme.
Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week from 28th October to 2nd November, 2019
ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata observed Vigilance Awareness Week from 28th October to 2nd November, 2019 with the theme- “Integrity-A way of Life”. A series of activities like lectures, speech/debate, quiz competition etc. were taking place during the period to spread awareness among the staff members as well as for the school students. The week commenced with a pledge taken by all official of the Institute on 28th October, 2019 in Hindi and English followed by a lecture & power point presentation by Dr. Biplab Saha, Vigilance Officer of the Institute emphasising the aspects of integrity in our life.
A series of events like, Talk/ Speech/ Debate among the students, Essay Writing Competition for staff members of the Institute and Quiz Competition for staff members of the Institute have been organized. The event is concluded on 2nd November, 2019 by a valedictory programme. Mr. Bishwa Bandhu Chakravarty, DSP of CBI graced the chair as chief guest. He has enlightened the progamme by his wonderful speech and open interaction on the spirit of the occasion i.e., Integrity-A way of Life. He has rightly mentioned that -Honesty is telling the truth to other people, integrity is telling the truth to oneself. While corruption has become the global phenomenon affecting all strata of society, it is imperative that the public must be sensitised and motivated towards efforts at weeding out corruption through practice of integrity and honesty.
At the ending phase of the event, prize distribution to all the award winners has taken place. The event is concluded by vote of thanks to the Chair.
150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of “Father of Nation” Mahatma Gandhi
ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata celebrated 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi during the week preceding 2nd October, 2019. Essay writing competition, debate, painting competition, quiz competition etc. were the main attraction among many others.
Dr. Chandra Gopal Sharma, Ex DGM of Eastern Railways marked his presence as the Chief Guest. While delivering lecture he emphasizedon spirit of the event-Vision of Mahatma Gandhi to make a clean India emphasizing avoid of single use plastic. He expressed that, NINFET is a unique institution in the world working on Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology and it has the capacity to make a turning point towards development and popularize technologies, which can minimize of use of plastic in daily livelihood.
At the ending phase of the event, a quiz competition is organized followed by prize distribution to all the winners of different competition held round the week. The event is concluded by vote of thanks to the Chair.
Closing ceremony of Swachhta Hi Sewa Pakwada
ICAR-NINFET organized closing ceremony of Swachhta Hi Sewa Pakwada (11.9.2019 to 02.10.2019) started with ICAR theme song. Director of Institute welcomed audiences and discussed about Mahatma Gandhiji in detail. Staff members delivered speech on Mahatma Gandhiji’s short biography, patriotic works. A presentation on “Swachhta Hi Sewa at a glance” and 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation where the activities during pakwada have been highlighted by Nodal Officer, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Chandra Gopal Sharma ,Ex Deputy General Maneger of Eastern Railway Kolkata grace the Chair as a Chief Guest. He highlighted the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhiji’s life and mentioned importance of cleanliness in our society especially to avoid “Single use plastic”. There was a Quiz competitions on Life of Mahatma Gandhi and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and participants were school students, teachers, guardians and staff members. The Chief Guest and Director of our institute distributed prizes to the winners of school students and NINFET staff members who participated in different competitions on swachhta awareness. The function ended successfully with vote of thanks to all audience.
71st Meeting of IMC, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata, July 02, 2019
The 71st meeting of the Institute Management Committee of the ICAR-NINFET held on 02.07.2019. The meeting was attended by members viz. Dr. Nimai Chandra Pan Director(Acting) & Chairman, Dr. Ratan Tiwari, Pr. Scientist of IIWBR Karnal, Dr. Biplab Saha Acting Head QE & I, Dr. S. Satpathy Pr. Scientist of CRIJAF, both non official member viz. Sh. Soumik De sarkar & Sh. Sanatan Sarkar, Sh. Amitabh Singh FAO and Sh. Navin Kumar Jha SAO. Total 9 members of IMC were present during the meeting. The Head of Divisions of NINFET and Dr. S. N. Chattopadhyay, PS of ICAR-NINFET were also present. Dr. Chattopadhyay presented a scientific presentation on topic: Home textile from Jute/banana blended fabric.
The members expressed satisfaction over the action taken by the Institute on recommendations of the 70th Meeting of the committee and settlement of the audit paras. The Committee also showed satisfaction on expenditure in current financial year. The chairman briefed the members on the achievements made in the research, training, extension, SCSP, MGMG, patent, transfer of technology and consultancy work of the Institute and the publications bought out by the Institute.
The meeting ended with a formal vote of thanks given by Sh. Navin Kumar Jha, SAO of Institute.
International Yoga Day, 2019 Celebration
ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata celebrated “International Yoga day” on 21.06.2019. All the staff members participated in Yoga. Two trainers were invited and guided our staff members for practicing Yoga. All the participated staff members have learned in details about the various Asans, Mudra, pranyam and meditation to work in stress free way and got awareness in the benefit of Yoga.
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.
International Women’s Day Celebration (08.03.2019) at ICAR-NINFET (formerly NIRJAFT), Kolkata
On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 08.03.2019, ICAR NINFET has organized a grand function to celebrate the day. All the staff members assembled in the auditorium at 10 A. M. to view the live telecast programme of Honorable Prime Minister’s address in the event of International Women’s day. The motivational speech of P.M inspired the gathering a lot. After that, a cultural programme started with inaugural song by female staff members of the Institute. Director of Institute addressed all the staff members and mentioned the significance of International women’s day and importance of female in our society, country and our Institute also. Senior Administrative Officer delivered speech where he mentioned different activities of dignified ladies in the history and their role in the development of the country. Women staff members discussed regarding problems and various issues faced by women in our society and how they can overcome the problems in their day to day life. Male staff members also participated and dedicated poem and song as a token of respect for women. Institute’s Women Cell came forward spontaneously and arranged some study materials- sweet packets for some local orphan children which have been distributed by the Director. The programme ended with a vote of thanks with a promise to “think equal, build smart and innovate for change”.
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.
Report on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Clinic held on 02.03.2019 at ICAR-NINFET
ICAR-NINFET has organized the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Clinic on 02.03.2019 in BPD Hall of this Institute. The IPR Clinic was intended to cover various aspects of IPR like Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and biodiversity laws and their application in scientific research and commercialization. Another target of this Clinic was to identify and settle on the problems faced by the researchers to file the patent and their quarries about the delay of their patent applications at Patent Office.
All the Scientists including FAO and SAO of this Institute, five Scientists from ICAR-CIFRI, two Scientists from CRIJAF and Officer from NJB have joined the programme.
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 Clinic today. In the Introductory Speech, Dr. A. N. Roy, In-Charge, ITMU and PI, ABI and Head, TOT Division, stated about the patent filing system in ICAR and to explore the possibilities of filing patents in different countries where specific technology has the prospective opportunity.
Dr. Sushil Kumar Mitra, Ex. Deputy Controller of Patent & Design, delivered two lectures on “Intellectual Properties: A tool of strategic business in present Century” and “Importance for protection of Traditional Knowledge & Biodiversity under The Biodiversity Act”.
Dr. Santanu Dey, Deputy Controller of Patent& Design, Kolkata Patent Office, presented elaborately the topic “Patent System in India” to the Participants.
Mr. Anjan Sen, the enlisted Patent Attorney of ICAR, delivered lecture on “Legal Issues In IPR Protection” very vigilantly followed by a prolong discussion about difficulties faced by the Inventors regarding legal matter.
In the Vote of Thanks, Dr. S. B. Roy, In-Charge, PME Cell, expressed his gratitude to all the participants including the Resource persons for their involvement to make success of the Programme.