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.