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.
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.