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CMFRI bags four national-level Indian Council of Agri Research Awards
Friday, 06 July, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has won national recognition, with the institute bagging four awards instituted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the year 2017.

The institute’s scientist Eldho Varghese, senior scientist Kajal Chakraborty and technical assistant Anusree V Nair won the Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award for Outstanding Research in Agricultural Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Agricultural and Allied Sciences, respectively.

Also, the institute won the Rajarshi Tandon award for the best implementation of official language (Hindi) among the ICAR institutes in non-Hindi speaking regions.

Chakraborty won the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award in recognition of his research in the area of marine bioprospecting, especially to develop various nutraceutical products from seaweeds for different diseases.

Basically an organic chemist, he has developed nutraceuticals for arthritis, diabetes and cholesterol. All his inventions are patented by CMFRI, and a few have been out-licensed for commercial production. The award includes an amount of Rs 5 lakh along with citation.

Varghese, an agricultural statistician, bagged the young scientist award for his research in the area of efficient statistical designs.

He has developed cost-efficient designs for product and process optimisation in agricultural and fisheries experiments. He has also developed some Web solutions for the generation of such designs.

The award includes a challenge project for three years with budgetary provision of Rs 30 lakh and a foreign training, in addition to an amount of Rs 1 lakh and citation.

The doctoral research on fish health management measures helped Nair manage to win the Jawaharlal Nehru Award.

Her research work was the first study from Indian sub-continent which involved isolation of potential pro-biotic bacteria from marine environments and its application in the form of antagonistic shrimp larval feed that can be applied as substitutes to antibiotics in aquaculture practices. The award includes an amount of Rs 50,000.

According to A Gopalakrishnan, director, CMFRI, the disciplined and focused attitude towards the research helped the institute to win the prestigious awards.

“The achievement is a recognition to CMFRI’s excellence in the research and development of country’s marine fisheries sector,” he added, stating that this was the ninth occasion CMFRI received the Rajarshi Tandon award for official language implementation.

“Apart from scientific research, CMFRI has also performed well in sports. CMFRI won the title at ICAR’s south zone sports three consecutive times,” Gopalakrishnan said.

The awards will be presented at ICAR’s foundation day ceremony in New Delhi on July 16, 2018.
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