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.