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Quinquennial Review Team (QRT)

Dr. C.D.Mayee                                              

Former Chairman, ASRB

50-K, I Floor, Bharat Nagar

Nagpur 440 033.

Chairman


Dr.MathuraRai                                                                    

Former Director 

Indian Institute of Vegetable Research

1/36, Rashmi Khand

Sharda Nagar

Lucknow - 226 002.

Member


Prof.UdaiKumar                                                                   

Emeritus Scientist, Plant Physiology

University of Agricultural Sciences

Bangalore

Member


Dr. S.Kulkarni                                  

Former Head, Pathology

University of Agricultural Sciences

Dharward.

Member


Dr.L.V.Kulwal                                                    

Former Director of Extension

Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya

Akola (Maharashtra)

                                         

Member

Dr.V.Sivaprasad                                                        

Associate Director of Research

KAU College of Agriculture

Thiruvananthapuram.

                                    

Member

Dr.C.K.Narayana

Principal Scientist

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research

Bangalore. (Karnataka)

Secretary

QRT Objectives:

 

  • To examine and identify the research achievements of the Institute including its Regional/Sub-stations with special reference to the use to which the results have been put or are expected to be put, during the past 5 years (or since the time such review was last made, whichever period is longer), and in particular to determine whether those were commensurate with the overall expenditure incurred.
  • To examine the objectives, scope and relevance of the research programmes and budget allocations of the Institute for the next five years in relation to the overall national plans, policies and long and short term priorities.
  • Whether the present research programmes are in keeping with the objectives and mandate of the Institute and in harmony with the programme of related centres of research particularly agricultural universities.
  • To examine the policies, strategies and procedures adopted by the Institute and the system in arriving at these decisions; particularly the effectiveness of work of the Staff Research Council and the Management Committee as well as of the consultative machinery like Grievance cell and Joint Staff Council.
  • To examine the kinds of linkage established with the clients and ultimate users of research results, i.e., farmers/fishermen and the extent of interest displayed in conducting “on farm research” in farmers field and in organising demonstrations/training courses the extension education value in collaboration with State Agricultural Universities and State Departments of Agriculture”.
  • To examine whether any changes in the organisation set up are called for, in order to achieve an improved and effective working.  The Committee may also examine and draw attention to any imbalances in the staffing pattern consistent with scientific, technical and administrative needs.
  • Whether the organisation structure of the Institute is conducive to ensure functional working autonomy, decentralisation and delegation of authority in day-to-day routine working and whether the Director and Senior staffs are interested in promoting a collegiate and cooperative method of administration.
  • To examine constraints, if and which may be hindering the Institute in achievements of its objectives and implementation of its programme and goals and to recommend ways of minimising or eliminating such constraints.
  • To look into any other points considered relevant by the Committee or referred to it by the DG/GB, the Institute Director of the Management Committee.
  • The Council vide letter No. 8-4/2006-IA.V, dated 11.12.2006 constituted the Quinquennial Review Team (QRT) to review the work at Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaraghatta, Bangalore.

 

QRT Recommendations (for the period 2006-11)

 

  • QRT recommends making concerted efforts to acquire germplasm for broadening the genetic diversity from all the available resources in the country and outside the country for different horticultural crops. It was felt that germplasm with traits such as resistance to biotic stresses, drought tolerance, tolerance to salinity and those which could be accommodated for future climate change are urgently needed to strengthen the current breeding efforts of the Institute for various crops.
  • Intensify work on resistance breeding on emerging diseases like tospo viruses (tomato, chilli, capsicum, watermelon &  brinjal ), begomo viruses (tomato, chilli, french bean, ridge gourd and okra), poty viruses (tomato, chilli, capsicum, french bean, cowpea & Peas),  Phytophthora (tomato, chilli, capsicum, brinjal, cucurbits & french bean), Fusarium wilt (okra and melons), Alternaria blight (onion & tomato), downy mildew (cucurbits),  gummy stem blight (melons) & bacterial wilt (brinjal, chilli, capsicum & tomato) and rust (legume vegetables) in collaboration with respective crop institutes.
  • The committee felt that a number of minor fruit crops are going to be potential fruit crops of future. From the point of view of nutritional security and also economic benefit to growers. IIHR should initiate augmentation, conservation and improvement of important under-utilized fruits and vegetables at IIHR, Bangalore, CHES, Chettalli and Bhubaneswar depending on their suitability.
  • The committee recommends to exploit the heterosis breeding in some of important vegetables crops like capsicum, onion and tomato; the haploid technology also to be developed to minimize the breeding time.
  • Association mapping is the only choice for QTL mapping for perennial fruit crops. First step in this direction is assembling a diverse panel of accessions with adequate traits and molecular diversity.  Efforts should be to assemble a minimum of 250-300 diverse germplasm accessions in mango and guava.  Marker and QTL discovery for specific traits should be the subsequent approach
  • Phyto and insect semiochemicals should be explored for pest management to become an integral part of IPM. Future research should emphasize on this aspect particularly for the management of borer pests under horticultural ecosystems.
  • The committee felt that the Institute must develop bio-intensive IDM strategies for at least five important diseases and give to the centers for testing. The prominent diseases identified are Alternaria blight of tomato, purple blotch of onion, bacterial blight of pomegranate, foliar diseases of mango and PRSV of papaya.

 
QRT Meeting at CHES, Bhubaneswar

The meeting of the QRT was held at Central Horticultural Experiment Station (CHES), Bhubaneswar on 12th April, 2012 under the chairmanship of Dr. C.D. Mayee, Chairman.  The other members of QRT present in the meeting were Dr. Mathura Rai, Dr. A.S. Sidhu, Dr. Prakash Patil, Dr. L.V.  Kulawal and Dr. Shiv Prasad. Dr. H. S. Singh, Head, CHES, Bhubaneswar along with all the scientists of the Station participated in the deliberations and discussion during the meeting.

Dr. C. D. Mayee, Chairman and members Dr. Mathura Rai, Dr. A. S. Sidhu, Dr. Prakash Patil, Dr. L.V.  Kulawal  and Dr. Shiv Prasad during the QRT meeting

Dr. H. S. Singh presenting the memento to  Dr. C. D. Mayee, Chairman, QRT

 

During the QRT meeting, three folders on production technologies of Pointed gourd, Ivy gourd and Teasel gourd, published by CHES, were released by Dr. C.D. Mayee, Chairman, QRT and distributed to all the members of QRT and Head of the Station.

Dr. C.D.Mayee, Chairman, QRT released bulletin published by CHES, Bhubaneswar

 
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