NRRI, Cuttack Bagged Three Prestigious National Awards

ICAR-National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack has bagged three prestigious awards by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. The awards were given by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare in the presence of Hon’ble Ministers of State of Agriculture; Secretary, Department of Agriculture Research and Education and Director General, ICAR and many other dignitaries on 16th July, 2019, the Foundation Day of ICAR.
Dr. H. Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI has been awarded the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award, the highest individual award of ICAR for his outstanding research in the field of climate change, nutrient management and simulation of agricultural processes. Dr. Krishnendu Chattopadhyay and his team (Dr. Srigopal Sharma, Mr. Torit Baran Bagchi, Dr. Avijit Das and Mr. Bishnu Charan Marndi) received Nanaji Deshmukh Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Research in Agricultural and Allied Sciences in the discipline of Crop Science and Horticulture. This recognition is mainly due to release and dissemination of the first high protein (10.3%) high yielding rice variety of India, CR Dhan 310 as well as nutrient rich rice variety Mukul (CR Dhan 311) with high protein (10.1%) and moderately high level of zinc content (20 ppm). Shri Sunil Kumar Das, Finance & Accounts Officer has been awarded the Cash Award Scheme for Administrative category. The performance of Shri Das with regard to utilization of budget, managing the activities of pension cell of eastern region, ensuring transparency by following cashless transactions, procuring goods through GeM and CPPP, conducting various training programmes, extending support to ICAR and its units on PFMS, validation of Annual Account, etc. has been recognized by ICAR as excellent in the administrative category.
These contributions of NRRI staff have been considered as significant amongst around 5000 scientists and 4000 administrative personnel of ICAR over 106 research organizations and 154 regional stations located at different parts of the country.

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