31st July, 2020, Bhubaneswar
The ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar organized a “Virtual International Brainstorming Workshop to develop a Framework for Propelling ICAR-CIWA as Global Institute” today.
In his address, Dr. R.C. Agrawal, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Education), ICAR urged the Institute for working in a global context to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) - 5, that is, Gender Equality. He also advised the Institute to be the think tank for gender-based policy decisions.
Dr. P.S. Pandey, ADG (EP & HS), ICAR highlighted the ICAR-CIWA’s contribution’s significance and its services for the Women in Agriculture, as was mentioned by the Hon’ble Prime Minister in his recent review of ICAR about the drudgery of women and nutrition as important areas which shows the significance of ICAR-CIWA and ICAR-AICRP on Home Science.
In his welcome address, Dr. S.K. Srivastava, Director, ICAR-CIWA highlighted about the genesis of the Institute and its recent recognition, such as, the “Best Women Empowerment Institute in Asia Award - 2019” for Excellence in Agriculture and Allied Activities by the Global Education & Economic Development Forum (GEEDF), New Delhi.
At the outset, Dr. Lipi Das, Convener of the workshop gave a brief background of organizing this workshop, which was the outcome of the recommendation of Hon’ble Director General, ICAR on 24 April 2020, during the review of AICRP on Home Science.
Dr. P. Das, Former Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, New Delhi and Former Chairperson, QRT, ICAR-CIWA participated in the workshop. Also, the Workshop was attended by many eminent International and National level Experts and offered valuable inputs for propelling ICAR-CIWA as a Global Institute.
The focal points of the Brainstorming session were:
- Nomenclature of Global Institute for Women in Agriculture.
- Mission of the Global Institute - statement that identifies the solution, benefits to deliver to the women in agriculture and other stakeholders.
- Strength / Weakness / Opportunity / Threats (SWOT analysis).
- Strength goal for the establishment of Global Institute.
- The mandate, vision, thrust areas, objectives and activities which will be helpful to finalize the action plan.
- Strategies for the establishment of Global Institute.
- Outline of tactics -specific tasks to achieve specific objectives.
- The collaborative international partners.
- Research platforms.
- Requirement of manpower- the requisite scientific personnel keeping in view the multi dimensional and expanded work to cater the needs of farm women, field functionaries, scientists, students, entrepreneurs in global perspective.
- Infrastructural requirements.
The Panellists offered constructive suggestions for strengthening the Institute, and to march towards a Global Institute. To become a Global Institute, the needed pillars are organizational change; kind of programmes / research embedded with education; regional specialization / thematic specialization and kind of resources /accreditation.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar)