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.
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.