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Major Events for the Year 2011

Agribusiness campaign under ZTM-BPD



An agribusiness development camp was organised at the institute on 11 August 2011 jointly by the Zonal Technology Management-Business Planning & Development (ZTM¬BPD) unit of NIRJAFT and the Agri-Business Incubation (ABI) Program of ICRISAT to promote agribusiness ventures with high potential technologies developed by different ICAR institutes in the East Zone. Dr K. K. Satapathy, Director, NIRJAFT highlighted the objectives of the camp and related modalities. Prof Chandrasekhar Chakrabarty, Vice Chancellor of West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, was present as the Chief Guest. Dr Bangali Baboo, NAIP National Director in his deliberation commended the ABI-ICRlSAT for making NIABI a supportive network for promoting agribusiness in the country. The entrepreneurs present m the camp interacted with the scientists and experts on jute technology, agribusiness, farm business and agri¬innovations during different technical sessions. The technologies from different institutes on seeds and planting materials, fisheries, farm engineering, dairy, animal husbandry, post-harvest technologies and management were showcased in an agri-exhibition. The meet was also represented by ABI-ICRISAT, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres (CRIJAF), Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRl), Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARl), Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), National Research Centre (NRC) on Yak, NRC on Pig, NRC on Mithun and NRC on Litchi. Three entrepreneurs made spot registrations with ZTM-BPD to utilize its services seven participants registered for agro¬technologies, four participants took up the farm business ventures, two agribusiness innovations and one of them derived for jute technology. Dr K. K. Satapathy, Director, NIRJAFT in his valedictory speech appreciated the effort made by Mr. S. M. Karuppanchetty, Deputy Coordinator, Agri Business Incubator - ICRISAT in planning and conducting the camp.


Training programme on Administrative and Account Matter


A two days in-house Training-cum-Workshop on Administrative and Accounts matter was organized during 22-23 July 2011 in order to promote the fluency in official work in the institute. The programme was participated by administrative staff members of different ICAR institutes Dr. A. K. Singh, Project Director, Zonal Coordinating Unit,. Salt Lake, Kolkata which inaugurating the programme focused on the importance of such training programme for smooth functioning of official work. Sri A. C. Ghosh, Director (GA/AE), ICAR elaborated on RTI, 2005. Sri Raiesh Sahay, SF&AO, CIFRI and Sri Biplab Majumder, retired AAO, CIFRI expressed their views on pension related matter. Sri G. P. Sharma, Deputy Director (Finance), ASRB, New Delhi deliberated on Financial Management, Budgeting in ICAR Setup, pension, depreciation, method & rate of depreciation and procurement of stores etc., on 23 July 2011. Sri K. N. Choudhury, Under Secretary, ICAR elaborated on promotion, recruitment, reservation and ACRP. Sri A. C. Ghosh, Director (GA/AE) delivered lecture on CCS (Conduct Rules)/CCA Rules including disciplinary proceedings. The participants appreciated the presentation of the veteran officials from ICAR and other institutes and shared their vast experience. Dr. K. K. Satapathy, Director, NIRJAFT conveyed thanks to all the faculty members, participants as well as all the staff members of the institute for their full co-operation to make the training programme a grand success. The programme was conducted by Sri Sumit Ranjan Sarkar, AAO, Adm.! and Sri B. Kabi, AAO (GAC).


Training on Jute based entrepreneur development on jute stick particle board production

A trainer training programme on Jute based entrepreneur development on jute stick particle board production sponsored by NABARD was held in the institute during 1- 6 August, 2011. The inaugural programme was chaired by Dr K. K. Satapathy, Director, NIRJAFT. Shri A. K. Das, Senior Consultant and In-charge (MEDG), WEBCON, Kolkata and Smt T.S. Raji Gain, General Manager NABARD (Natural Resource Management Centre), Kolkata graced the occasion. The training programme was conducted through both theoretical and practical classes that included a video presentation on particle board mill trial. Twelve technical lectures on entrepreneurship development, project preparation for loan, marketing of jute boards, procurement of loans and linkage through umbrella programme on natural resource management (UPNRM) by NABARD were delivered by experts. During the valedictory session, two entrepreneurs from M/s Ajijur Rahaman & Co and M/s Jarjis Hussian delivered talks on the initiating steps for forming a company by negotiating for loans and invited other young entrepreneurs to form partnership.


Workshop cum training programme for handloom weavers

The second training cum workshop programme was conducted by the institute for handloom weavers under the National Jute Board Project on Development of New Range of Jute Fabric includes newer multi fibre weaves. It was organized from 3rd to 7th June 2011 in Nadia in association with Cluster Development Agency, Palpara Vivekanand Mission, Chakdaha, Nadia, West Bengal. Twenty three female handloom weavers from three different self help groups participated in the programme. Dr. A N Roy demonstrated the newly installed prototype hand loom and delivered lecture on handloom development for jute weaving. There was practical session on weaving of ornamental fabric with the concept of computerized card punching machine and jute bags developed from the fabric woven by artisans. 
Third training cum workshop was organised during 20-24 June 2011 in Arunachal Pradesh in association with Arun Kutir Udyog Co-operative Society, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh and the programme was participated by 20 female artisans. A handloom designed and developed by the institute was installed at the training venue. Dr. G. Basu, Head and Dr. A. N. Roy, Senior Scientist, Mechanical Processing Division,NIRJAFT taught jute diversification, jute spinning, jute weaving, handloom development for jute weaving, jute based warm fabrics, weaving of ornamental fabric, concept of computer aided design, computerized card punching & need based design development. The trainees were exposed on design formation, paper for punching card and precautions needed during card punching to prevent faulty design and special types of knots hv the thread on the cards.


Skill development programme under Training through established Institutions


Transfer of Technology Division of the institute has been conducting training programme for craft person as a long term (three months) and short-term training (one month) on jute handicraft. The objective of the training programmes was to strengthen the existing pool of master artisans in the field of jute handicrafts through skill development programmes. The programme was sponsored by Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India under HRD scheme under the project Training through Established Institutions participants were selected through an interview by a committee from the east and the northeast regions of the country. The training covered the theory classes on jute fibre, formation of project proposal for the establishment of handicraft, entrepreneurship and practical classes for development of different jute based crafts. The participants were encouraged to develop jute-based handicrafts by their own creativity. The short-term training programme of the first batch was completed successfully on 30 September 2011. The long-term training programme on handicrafts is under progress.


Training programme on Jute based entrepreneur development on handmade paper from jute waste

A training programme on Jute based entrepreneur development on handmade paper from jute waste for trainer sponsored by NABARD was conducted by the institute during 5-9 September 2011. The training covered the lectures by the experts on marketing, procurement of loans and linkage through umbrella programme on natural resource management (UPNRM) by NABARD. During the training, demonstration on paper making from jute residue was also carried out. Twenty entrepreneurs from different states viz., Bihar, AP, Assam and different districts of West Bengal viz Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, MaIda, Dakshin Dinajpur attended the training.


Training on Extraction and utilization of banana fibre


A trainers training program on 'Extraction and utilization of banana fibre' at the Institute was conducted from 27.06.2011 to 02.07.2011. The program was sponsored by NABARD and organized by QEI Division, NIRJAFT. About 30 participants from Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, UP, MP, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh states participated in the program. Different extraction techniques for banana fibre and preparation of value added products from banana and jute-banana blend were demonstrated.


Brainstorming seminar on "Scope and opportunities of jute composites"


Chemical and Biochemical Processing Division of NIRJAFT conducted one day brainstorming seminar on "Scope And Opportunities Of Jute Composites" at NIRJAFT institute auditorium on June 8, 2011. The Inaugural session was chaired by Dr K K Satapathy, Director, NIRJAFT and the occasion was graced by the chief guest Dr B C Mitra, Ex¬Director-NIRJAFT, and guest of honour was Mrs. T S Raji Gain, General Manager, NABARD. Dr. Basudam Adhikari, Professor, Material Science Centre, lIT, Kharagpur delivered lectures on "Fully Biodegradable Jute Based Rigid Composites" and on "Jute fibre reinforced cement concrete composites". Dr. N R Bose, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Gandhi Institute of Engineering & Technology, Gunupur, Orissa emphasized on "Innovative high strength synthetic wood substituted products using jute-glass hybrid sheet moulding compound (SMC) and dough moulding compound (DMC)" and Dr. P K Ganguly, Principal Scientist, CBP Division, NIRJAFT highlighted "Composite based on jute and allied fibres: Problems and Prospects". The seminar ended with a lively brain storming discussion and hearty vote of thanks by Dr. A K Roy.