The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind addressed the 56th convocation of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute on Saturday. Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh was also present at the function
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that IARI played a critical role in the Green Revolution that changed the course of food production in the country.
President was happy to note that students from 14 countries are being educated in this institution and that IARI is helping in the development of agricultural capacities and research in neighbouring countries.
The President said that Mahatma Gandhi had observed that agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy. This is relevant even today. Enhancement of income of farmers and overall development in rural areas is the priority of the entire country.
In this endeavour, students of IARI could contribute through innovations. He stated that there is a relative shortage of land and water resources, in proportion to our country’s population. Therefore, there is a need to continuously innovate to increase productivity.
Presentation of the achievements of the research scholars took place on the occasion.
Highlights of the event include presentation of merit awards, prestigious national awards and degrees to successful students. New publications and new species developed by the institute were also presented at the event. IARI is functioning as a Deemed University since 1958 and this year Hon’ble President and Agriculture Minister presented degrees to 250 students.