17) ICRISAT Bids Farewell to Paroda (July 2001)

Dr Rajendra Singh Paroda, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), was given a moving farewell by ICRISAT at a function today at ICRISAT-Patancheru. Padma Bhushan Dr Paroda retires from the ICAR after several decades of sterling service. The well-attended farewell function included former teachers, friends, and colleagues from ICRISAT, other international agricultural research centers, and the ICAR research system.

Speaking on the occasion, ICRISAT Director General Dr William Dar said "Dr Paroda has a clear vision of what is needed to enhance the lives of poor farmers not just in his own country but throughout Asia, and indeed throughout the whole developing world."

epresenting ICAR was Dr J C Katyal, Director, National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad. Dr Katyal dwelt on Dr Paroda's career in the ICAR, giving a rich picture of Dr Paroda's institution-building capacities.

Also speaking on the occasion were Dr I V Subba Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad), and Dr J S Kanwar, Deputy Director General Emeritus, ICRISAT.

Dr Paroda, in his address, said, "Indian agriculture has travelled a great distance in the last few decades. From a 'ship-to-mouth' food insecurity, we achieved food self-sufficiency, and have even moved on to food surpluses." ICAR's achievement, Dr Paroda said, was in transforming National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARI) into a National Agricultural Research System (NARS). "The key component in changing NARI to NARS was partnership," he declared. Finally, Dr Paroda outlined some of the challenges ahead, stressing on the need for increasing involvement of NGOs, the private sector, and farmers' groups. "This is the way of the future," he said.

Dr Paroda was showered with many gifts from friends and well-wishers on the occasion.

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