Shri Sushil Kumar, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) visited the ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai on 1st May 2019. He visited the Research Laboratories and Nanocellulose Pilot Plant facility. Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT made a presentation about the institute activities highlighting the achievements in the research, skill development activities, Business incubation and commercial services.
Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) appreciated the progress made by the institute and linkages established with industrial stakeholders and urged to focus on frontier areas of research. He interacted with each & every scientist and suggested for collaboration with the associated professional organizations. He suggested that the institute should tie-up with industrial associations like FICCI & CII, research organizations like TIFR, BARC, Mumbai University etc. and explore the possibility of bringing more research and development fund to strengthen the research facilities. He also reviewed the administrative and financial matters of the institute and appreciated the efficient fund utilization.
Dr. J. P. Mishra, ADG (ICT) opined to make effective use of the Information and Communication Technology to improve the functioning of the system.
On this occasion two publications on incubation programmes under CIRCOT-R-ABI were released and the website of the CIRCOT RKVY-RAFTAAR Agri Business Incubator was inaugurated.
Earlier on 30th April, 2019, Shri Sushil Kumar flagged off a team of Jalmitra from the institute for “Mahashramdaan Programme” of Paani Foundation for building water conservation structures for ground water recharge in the drought prone village of Sawarde in Sangli district on 1st May.