Australian high commissioner’s visit to BISA farm at Ladhowal, Ludhiana and Climate Smart Village, Nurpur Bet

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Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner, visited the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) in Ladhowal, Ludhiana, India on February 19. Arun Joshi, Managing Director for BISA & CIMMYT in India, welcomed her with an introduction about the creation, mission, and activities of BISA and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). HS Sidhu, the Senior Research Engineer for BISA, explained the work CIMMYT and BISA were conducting in conservation agriculture in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University, machinery manufacturers and farmers. This work focuses on using and scaling the Happy Seeder, which enables direct seeding of wheat into heavy loads of rice residue without burning. This technology has been called “an agricultural solution to air pollution in South Asia,”  as the burning of crop residue is a huge contributor to poor air quality in South Asia.

Breeding for yield potential vis-à-vis biotic and abiotic stresses in wheat: Integrating genomics to move ahead

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A brainstorming meeting on “Breeding for yield potential vis-à-vis biotic and abiotic stresses in wheat: Integrating genomics to move ahead” was organized jointly by CIMMYT and ICAR on Aug 21, 2018. The meeting took place in NASC Complex in New Delhi with a participation of around 50 delegates including the key officials of ICAR, Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR), State Universities and CIMMYT.

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General, ICAR chaired the meeting with Dr. Hans J. Braun, Director, Global Wheat Program (GWP), CIMMYT and Dr. Anand Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR.

Corporate Service Program (CSP) training in India

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CSP, an initiative by CIMMYT to build effective coordination and flexibility in between team members invited Finance, HR, ITU, Administration and Communication teams to the workshop. CIMMYT office in India organized a CSP training program for its CSP team to build effective coordination and support amongst teams across India. At offsite, the three-day workshop was facilitated to update and provide a clear understanding of financial and administrative procedures, team roles, responsibilities and better coordination amongst different units.

Dr. Arun K Joshi (Asia Regional Representative, CIMMYT) enlightened the team members on the vision of Borlaug and his dedication, working towards food security and sustainable futures.  He advised the team for better coordination to enhance the work culture, efficiency and efficacy inculcating the concept of One CIMMYT and FEESO.

India Finance Manager (Dinesh Trikha) updated the team on revised financial guidelines and formats, current Government compliances, laws and policies. Queries related to labor law, PF (Provident Fund), TDS (Tax Deducted at Source), GST (Goods and Services Tax) and audit were discussed and resolved. Group exercises were undertaken to understand guidelines and get clarity for the smooth functioning of the financial system.

HR Coordinator (Bornali) provided an overview of HR policies and procedures. The session paved way for intensive team building activities later in the day. This was followed by team building exercises which were facilitated by an external trainer. The team members participated in sharing sessions, art therapy, movement mobilization and team engagement activity.

The admin team led by Meenakshi Chandiramani facilitated sessions on procurement and logistics including a group exercise between the teams for improved understanding and coordination. Queries on admin related issues, logistics, fixed assets management, stock management and insurance were discussed and resolved

The regional ITU manger (Lalit Bogra) highlighted the global IT process for efficient workflow. The communications specialist (Vedachalam Dakshinamurthy) presented the communication strategy, processes requisite for better documentation. The presentation also highlighted the importance of effective communication within the organization.

Team members from eight states from India came together in the workshop. This event was organized under the supervision of HR representative from Mexico – Nishi Kashyap.


Picture Courtesy: Vedachalam Dakshinamurthy

International Training Workshop on Precision Nitrogen Nutrition in Wheat

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BISA is pleased to conduct International Training Workshop on Precision Nitrogen Nutrition in Wheat:  Integrating Genetics and precision Agronomy for Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency.

Dates:  1-5 March 2018

Venu: BISA Farms, Ladhowal, Ludhiana

Course Coordinator – Dr H S Sidhu ( )

Kindly see the attached brochure for details.

INEW Precision Nutrition Training Brochure_08_01_2018