Dr Arvind Kumar, DDG-Research met Dr Srivari Chandrasekhar, the newly appointed Secretary of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) in New Delhi. The meeting focussed on ICRISAT’s scientific innovations and impact in the drylands of Asia and Africa. To further strengthen the relationship between ICRISAT and DST, discussions were held to identify the areas of interest for further advancing the partnership in research.
Dr Chandrasekhar also accepted the invitation to visit ICRISAT at the earliest opportunity available.
The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in funding and promoting science and technology in basic and strategic areas of research in India. ICRISAT and DST are committed to providing scientific solutions to various stakeholders in the agriculture sector, meeting the present and future needs.
The Department of Science & Technology (DST) is the nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting Science &Technology activities in India. The ICRISAT and DST, Govt of India have many commonalities. While ICRISAT provides Science based solutions for transforming agri-food production for enhanced profitability, nutrition and climate resilience in drylands, the Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in funding and promotion of science & technology in basic and strategic areas of research in India. Both the organizations believe in and work for advancing the science for providing solutions to farmers, consumers, industry and a range of stakeholders meeting the present and future needs. Recently Dr Srivari Chandrasekhar is appointed as Secretary of the Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt of India. ICRISAT team led by Dr Arvind Kumar, DDG-Research met the Secretary, DST in New Delhi and congratulated for his elevation. This occasion was used to present ICRISAT’s vision, mission and achievements drylands of Africa and Asia and identified areas of interest for further advancing the research with support from DST. Upon invitation by ICRISAT, Dr Chandrasekhar agreed to visit ICRISAT at the earliest possible opportunity.