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53rd Institute Foundation Day and SPH foundation Day were celebrated on 21st September 2019 at ICAR Hesaraghatta. The  invitees included superannuated past Directors, HODs of various Division, Technical Staff, Admin Staff, Skilled Supporting Staff. Directors of various ICAR institutions and our staff participated in the event. Dr. M R Dinesh, Director, welcomed the gathering and presided over the function.   

Chief Guest

Dr. B.M.Hegde, the world Renowned Cardiologist participated in the function as Chief guest and inaugurated the function. While addressing the gathering he stressed that diabetes mellitus and hyper tension are the commonest ailments developing due to stress. Hence one should the mind stress free. He also stressed that the diet also plays an important role in upkeep of health. He opined that vegetarian diet is better than non-vegetarian diet.

Best staff award   

The deserving Best Staff among technical, Admistrative and Skilled supporting Staff were recognized and awarded with a plaque and a cash award of Rs. 5,000 were given. Among technical staff Shri. Tapas Kumar Roy and Janmay Jay Deveshwar were awarded best technical staff for the year 2019. Shri. A Pandian was selected as best Administrative staff. Similarly Shri P Anjinappa and Anjanappa were awarded best Skilled Supporting Staff in recognition of their hard work and dedication.

Best Farmer Awards

Shri. K C Mahapatra: Shri. K. C. Mahapatra was awarded in recognition of his contributions in promoting Fruit Fly Traps and Hot Water Treatment to reduce pre and post harvest losses in mango  representing the tribal farmers of Odisha state. He has contributed significantly to enhance the family income of tribal farmers and formed a network of more than 10,000 farmers through FPO.

Shri. S. Shivappa representing the Chigateri village of Bangalore Rural District was given away best farmer award for his significant contributions in promoting ornamental crops and micronutrient formulation in more than 1000 hectares.

Shri. K. N. Kotresh was honored for his services in promoting Arka Kalyan onion in more than 20,000 acres for the past 20 years in his district of Bellary and contributed significantly to enhance the farm income of farmers.

Shri. K. P. Subbaiah was awarded the best farmer representing from Kodagu District. He was instrumental in promoting Arka Microbial Consortium (AMC) among pepper growing planters. Use of AMC had reduced pepper wilt complex and increased the yields of pepper.        

Dr. G.S. Randhawa Best Thesis Award

Dr.G.S Randhawa best thesis award for Horticultural Sciences in the memory of Dr.G.S Randhawa, doyen of horticulture and founder Director of ICAR-IIHR was given to Dr. R. Nagesh for the doctoral thesis “Genetics and mapping of resistance to watermelon bud necrosis orthotospovirus (WBNV) in watermelon [Citrullus Lanatus(Thunb)Matsum&Nakai]” submitted to IARI. The recipient of the award was given a plaque, certificate and cash price of Rs.5,000.

Smt. Anne Shikhamany award

Best research paper published in Journal of Horticultural Sciences for 2015-16 was given to Dr.Padmaker

B.Padmakar, C.Kanupriya, P. Madhavi Latha, C.Vasugi, M.R. Dinesh,D.Sailaja and C. Aswath Enrichment of genetic linkage maps and mapping QTLs specific to seed strength hardness/softness - in guava (Psidium guajava L.) published in JHS 11(1) June 2016

Best research paper published in Journal of Horticultural Sciences for 2016-17 was given to Dr.Padmaker

B. Padmakar, M.R.Dinesh,and K.V.Ravishankar Marker-Trait association for fruit characters in mango (Mangiferaindica L.) cultivars published in JHS 11(2) December 2016

Best research paper published in Journal of Horticultural Sciences for 2017-18 was given to Dr. K Ranjitha

K. Ranjitha,Harindersingh Oberoi, K.K. Upreti, K.Redappa Screening of probiotic strains for development of ready- to -serve probioticated mango beverage published in JHS 13(2) Dec 2018

SPH Fellow awards

Dr. B M Hegde: Belle Monappa Hegde commonly known as B. M. Hegde (born on 18 August 1938) is a well known Cardiologist, professional educator and an author. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, Co-Chairman of the TAG-VHS Diabetes Research Centre, Chennai and the Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mangalore. He has authored several books on medical practice and ethics. He is also the Editor in Chief of the medical journal, Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes. He was awarded the Dr. B. C. Roy Award in 1999. In 2010, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, one of the India's highest civilian awards. Dr. Hegde has 47 years of teaching experience to undergraduates and postgraduates. Considering the yeomen service of Dr. B M Hegde, he was conferred the FELLOWSHIP for the year 2019-20.  

Dr. N Ramachandran: In consideration of contributions rendered by Dr. N. Ramachandran in the field of Horticultural Sciences, particularly in the area of Plant Pathology, he was awarded FELLOW of the SPH. His work led to better understanding of etiology, pathogen biology, ecology and epidemiology of diseases in black pepper, crossandra, gladiolus, carnation and gerbera and in developing suitable IDM strategies.

Dr. K R Mallikarjuna Swamy: Dr. Swamy handled several research projects while he was in service. He has established the “National Cashew Gene Bank” at National Research Centre for Cashew, Puttur, for 478 clonal germplasm accessions and brought out five “Catalogue of Minimum Descriptors of Cashew Germlasm Accessions.” He has standardized the “Softwood Grafting Technique for Cashew” and recommended the same for commercial multiplication of cashew varieties. He has established “Cashew Scion Bank” for 25 released varieties of cashew. Over 10 lakh softwood grafts of cashew varieties were produced and distributed to farmers, nursery men  and development agencies for general planting and for establishing Scion Banks in cashew growing states. He has contributed in the development and release of four vegetable varieties, and three cashew varieties. He has authored 3 books, co-authored 6 books, co-edited 11 books, authored/co-authored 15 Technical Bulletins. He has published 71 research papers/ and 125 popular articles and several abstracts in symposia/seminars and conference.

Dr. Tolety Janakiram born on 30th August 1962 at Velagaleru, West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh is an eminent horticulturist and presently serving as Assistant Director General (Horticultural Sciences), ICAR New Delhi. has developed and released 6 China aster, 15 chrysanthemum varieties, 15 gladiolus varieties and 5 hybrids of tuberose.  Many of the tuberose, chrysanthemum and gladiolus were released at state and central level, China aster varieties developed by him need special mention for their popularity gained in Andhra Pradesh with the support of the Netherlands assisted project APWELL. He has served as nodal officer DUS testing in ornamental crops at IIHR, Bangalore. He is responsible for the establishment of exclusive laboratory on Value Addition of Ornamentals at IARI and initiating turf research .He is closely associated with the activities of Rose Society of India, Delhi Agri Horticulture Society and Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture. Dr. Janakiram is the Registrar of International Registration Authority of Bougainvillea, IARI. He is Vice President of Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture, Rose Society of India, New Delhi, and Chief Editor of Journal of Ornamental Horticulture and member of several professional societies. In consideration of his achievements and credentials he has been conferred with FELLOW of SPH.  

Venkatapathi Reddiar was born on 29th March 1946 in Koodapakkam village of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. Dr.Reddiar is credited with the standardization of the technique of nodal stem cuttings in mist chamber. He is reported to have developed over 100 varieties of plants such as Crossandra and disease resistant Casuarina and Guava. One of the Crossandra varieties he has developed has been christened as Abdul Kalam Crossandra, after the erstwhile President of India. Another variety of Casuarina developed by him is dedicated to the incumbent Chief Minister of Puducherry. He is reported to have devised farming techniques for Delhi Crossandra which yields 20 kg of flowers per acre per day. He is also credited with the development of 30 high yielding mutant varieties of Crossandra using gamma radiation, with assistance from the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam., His hybrid varieties have been planted in the Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. In consideration of his significant achievements he was conferred FELLOW of SPH.

The foundation day was concluded with the performance of cultural events conducted by our own staff and families of staff members.