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Sixth Executive Committee Meeting of BISA Held

Written by bisaadministrator. Posted in News Happenings

The sixth Executive Committee meeting of BISA was held at Ludhiana, Punjab, India on January 31, 2015. Dr HS Gupta, Director General, BISA and Member-Secretary, ExCo welcomed the members, and in particular Mr Anthony JC DeSa, Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh; Mr R Rajagopal, Additional Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE) and Secretary, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR); Mr Suresh Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab; Dr BS Sidhu, Agriculture Commissioner, Government of Punjab; Mr AC Jain, Deputy Director – Agriculture and Dr JS Sandhu, Agriculture Commissioner, Government of India, to the meeting.

Dr Thomas A Lumpkin, Director General, CIMMYT and Chair, ExCo; and Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR and Co-Chair, ExCo made the opening remarks. Remarks were also made by Dr John W Snape, Chair, BoT, CIMMYT and Nicole L Birrell, Member, BoT, CIMMYT. Mr Anthony JC DeSa released a publication entitled “Major Accomplishments” brought out by BISA.

Dr Gupta made a detailed presentation on the research progress and future plans including infrastructure development. There was a healthy discussion on the role of Scientific Advisory Committee and its role in shaping research at BISA; fund raising efforts; BISA-ICAR work plan and other administrative issues. Dr Etienne Duveiller, CIMMYT Director-Research, South Asia, proposed the vote of thanks.