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BRNS-BCKV initiative
Report on second BARC-BCKV programme

Preamble
After successful holding of the conference on “Nuclear Intervened Agriculture” and the “Technical Programme Discussion Meeting” of BRNS, Bhabha atomic Research Centre, Govt. of India during 7-8 March, 2013, it was decided from the BRNS, BARC side to send a high power team to BCKV to inspect the logistic available at BCKV and to hold the inaugural meeting with a view to establish the “Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre” at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya on April 19, 2013.
Proposed site of Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre

The high power team of BRNS, BARC, Govt. of India constituted by Shri S. G. Markandeya, Scientific Secretary, BRNS, Dr. S. E. Power, Former Scientific officer, BARC, Dr. Lalit Varshney, Member secretary, BRNS, Dr. A. K. Kohli, Chief Executive BRIT, BARC and Dr. Subrata Dutta, Programme Officer, BARC were highly satisfied seeing the proposed building at BCKV, Mohanpur for the establishment of “Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre”.
Inaugural meeting to establish the “Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre”
In the inaugural meeting held on 19 April, 2013 at Farmers Training Centre, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Kalyani, Shri Malay Ghatak, Minister-In-Charge, Department of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal was the Chief Guest and Prof. Chittaranjan Kole, Vice-Chancellor, BCKV presided over the function.
Prof. Biswapati Mandal, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya welcomed the delegates and highlighted the importance of establishing the Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya.
Shri S. G. Markandeya, Scientific Secretary, BRNS in his speech said that the Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya will be the first for the Eastern India.
Dr. S. E. Pawar emphasized the need of fine tuning of the pilot projects that will be sanctioned with the proposed Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya.
Dr. Lalit Varshney, Member secretary, BRNS, Dr. A. K. Kohli, Chief Executive BRIT, BARC and Dr. Subrata Dutta, Programme Officer, BARC emphasized the importance of BRNS-BCKV collaborative platform for harnessing research and developmental activities on nuclear agriculture in the University and Eastern India as a whole.
The Chief Guest, Shri Malay Ghatak, MIC, Department of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal emphatically mentioned that Government of West Bengal is very serious regarding physical availability and economic accessibility of food which are the most important criteria of food security. He expressed his concern about the plateau and some time decline in the production many food crops. He mentioned that Government is aware that use of nuclear tools for agricultural research is important to make quantum jump in food front.  Induced mutations have played a great role in increasing world food security, since new food crop varieties embedded with various induced mutations have contributed to the significant increase of crop production at locations people could directly access. He assured that Govt. of West Bengal will render all sort of cooperation and help required for the establishment of the Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, one the leading agricultural University in the country.
In his Presidential address, Prof. Chittaranjan Kole, Vice-Chancellor, BCKV said that while the first green revolution had taken place through high yielding varieties, the second green revolution will happen through the use of nuclear technology and it would be “Ever green revolution”.
The programme ended with the vote of thanks given by Prof. P. Hazra, Dean, Faculty of Horticulture and Convenor, BRNS-TPDM programme.
It was principally agreed upon that the proposed Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre will be established at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya with the following broad research areas in the form of “Pilot Project”. 
•    Molecular characterization of mutants.
•    Pesticide residue analysis through radioactive tracer technology.
•    Enhancement of phyto-medicines through nuclear intervened molecular breeding.
•    Extension of shelf-life of perishables (fruits, vegetables, flower, fish, meat) through irradiation.
•    Improvement of nutrient use efficiency of crops through radioactive tracer technique.
•    Alleviation of heavy metal toxicity of sludge through irradiation.
•    Improvement phenolic antioxidant properties of medicinal plants through irradiation in vitro.
•    Applied mutagenesis in crop improvement.


The modalities of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will be signed between Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai and Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai for “Establishment of Regional Nuclear Agricultural Research Centre at BCKV, Mohanpur, West Bengal will be decided in the next meeting preferably in the month of May this year.
The news on the meeting under the headlines “Nuke Agri Research centre to come up at BCKV” and “A first in east, Bengal to set up nuclear Agri research centre” was covered widely by a number of print and electronic media namely Anandabazar Patrika, Bartaman Patrika, The Statesman, The Indian Express, Business standard, IBN and News Time.
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