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Padma Shri Dr Ajay Parida Talks on Food & Nutritional Security through Biotechnological Interventions in Second Golden Jubilee Lecture at CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar

Padma Shri Dr Ajay Parida Talks on Food & Nutritional Security through Biotechnological Interventions in Second Golden Jubilee Lecture at CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar

The Second ICAR-IIHR Golden Jubilee Lecture at Central Horticultural Experiment Station (CHES), Bhubaneswar was delivered by Padma Shri Dr. Ajay Parida, Director, Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar on August 10, 2017. Dr. Parida has taken over recently the mantle of ILS which is an Institute of national fame under Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. Dr. Parida is a renowned Biotechnologist, who has made notable research contributions in the field of agriculture, plant molecular biology and biotechnology. Dr. Parida’s research has focused on developing climate resilient crop varieties with abiotic stress tolerance. He made significant progress in the area of gene identification, characterization, understanding regulation and transformation of crop plants for developing stress tolerant genotypes. Dr. Parida has used molecular markers for understanding morphological and genetic diversity and species relationship in mangroves, wild relatives of cultivated cereals, legumes, millets and other species. To touch the lives of the masses, Dr Parida is involved in application of science and technology for rural development, and is actively involved in working with grassroots organizations and local communities in identifying the issues affecting food and livelihood security and providing solutions based on participatory approaches. Prior to joining ILS as Director, he has served as Executive Director of M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai for 23 years. He talked at length on technology applications for achieving food and nutritional security in the present agricultural scenario. He pointed out that we are living in an unequal society where richest 20% people keep grabbing about 83% world income and poorest 20% have only 1.4% share. His lecture breathrakingly took the audience from world food production scenario to genomics & molecular genetics to CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cas13a (genome editing technologies developed recently). 

          Scientists from CHES, Regional Centre of ICAR-CTCRI, ICAR-CIWA and ICAR-IIWM attended the lecture. A large number of Ph D students from Siksha 'O' Anusandhan (SoA) University and Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) came to listen to Dr Parida. Lively interaction also took place after the lecture.

          Dr Sudhamoy Mandal, Principal Scientist and Convener of ICAR-IIHR Golden Jubilee Lecture Series at CHES, Bhubaneswar organized the lecture as part of commemoration of ICAR-IIHR Golden Jubilee being celebrated during 2016-17.