A ICAR sponsored short course on “Metabolite profiling as a selection tool for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in horticultural crops” being organized by the Division of Plant Physiology & Biochemistry at ICAR-IIHR was inaugurated by the Director, Dr M.R. Dinesh on 27 November 2017. There are 24 participants from different disciplines of universities and ICAR institutes attending 10 days short course. The inauguration function was attended by the Heads of Division, Resource persons and research fellows working in the Division. Dr K.K. Upreti, Principal Scientist & Course Coordinator welcomed the Director and participants. The Dr K.S. Shivashankara, Head of Division & Course Director highlighted the importanceof metabolite identification and profiling in horticulture crops for selection of stress tolerant varieties and ensured that the participants will gain the knowledge and skill through the lectures, practicals and exposure visits. In his remarks, the Director, Dr M.R. Dinesh expressed his happiness about participation of candidates in the short course from diverse disciplines, and emphasized on need and importance of techniques in identifying varieties exhibiting better tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress, realizing the concerns of climate vulnerability in horticulture production. He further wished that the participants should utilize the knowledge gained through this training in their research programmes. Dr V.K. Rao, Principal Scientist & Course Coordinator presented vote of thanks.