7th February, 2020, Hyderabad
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad at the ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad today.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) and Dr. S.K. Pattanayak, I.A.S. (Retd.), Director General, ASCI, Hyderabad signed the MoU on the behalf of their respective organizations.
Dr. Mohapatra recalled the positive feedback from the Executive Development Program (EDP) organized at the international destinations jointly coordinated by the ICAR-NAARM and ASCI. He highlighted that the MoU provides an overarching framework for collaboration in the various areas building on mutual strengths. Dr. Mohapatra also stressed that while ICAR would hugely benefit from the experience and expertise of ASCI in capacity building through the MoU. He emphasized that the ASCI can bank on the diverse subject matter expertise available across the various ICAR institutions.
The Director General also indicated that the ICAR-NAARM, in its renewed mandate of being the think tank of ICAR, can work closely with the ASCI in terms of evolving the policies for the benefit of the entire farm sector and beyond. He accentuated that the MoU provides for the renewed focus and collaboration between both the organizations in the area of capacity building; designing customized training modules and immersion programmes; third party assessment of impact of technologies, institutions, training programmes and externally aided projects.
Dr. Pattanayak hoped that the MoU would provide for establishing the connection with all the ICAR Institutions and Agricultural Universities and work on hitherto unexplored areas and domains.
Earlier, Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM highlighted the initiatives undertaken as a part of the MoU between both the organizations.
The senior officials of ICAR-NAARM and ASCI were present during the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad)