Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli releasing a book during the international conference at SKUAST-J.
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R S PURA: Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli, on Thursday inaugurated two days’ international conference of the Society for Bioinformatics and Biological Sciences on ‘Recent Trends in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology for Sustainable Development’ being hosted by the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences of Jammu (SKUAST-J), at Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, here.
The minister complimented the university for organising the international conference which will help in suggesting a roadmap for application of bioinformatics for ensuring food and livestock security. He laid emphasis on utilising biotechnology and bioinformatics for creating innovations in agricultural sector.
In the information technology era, the maintenance of biological data is of prime importance for information flow, said Kohli.
The minister laid emphasis on removing the hegemony of agriculture department, being the nodal department, resulting in curtailing of budgetary provisions for Animal and Sheep Husbandry Departments of the State. The minister also expressed concern regarding our state being huge importer of animal products, and laid emphasis on making the state self sufficient in animal products. For that the scientists and the development departments must work in unison, said Kohli.
Prof. Nazeer Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST Kashmir was the Guest of Honour who informed that Bt cotton is a successful example of the use of biotechnology for reducing crop losses and increasing productivity of cotton in India. The other successful example of the application of biotechnology is micro propagation of banana plants.
Prof. M.M.S Zama, Chairman of the Conference, in his welcome address and said that around 400 delegates from India and abroad are participating in this two day international conference.
The delegates from Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Egypt and Nepal were present at the inaugural session and will be presenting their research findings about utilization of bioinformatics and biotechnological advances for crop and livestock improvement.
The scholars and students participating in this mega international conference will be exposed to the latest technological innovations.
Prof. P.W Ramteke, President Society of Bioinformatics and Biological Sciences lamented the fact that major breakthroughs and discoveries in bioinformatics and biotechnology have not been utilized for sustainable development. The conference aims to develop a protocol for application of bioinformatics he said.
On this occasion, awards of the society were also conferred. Prof. Sabar Mohamed Abd Allah from Egypt was conferred with Distinguished Scientist Award for his work on nanotechnology in veterinary sciences.
Dr. Anish Yadav was awarded Outstanding Achievement Award for his scientific contribution in veterinary sciences and his selection as ICAR National Fellow. Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Prof. M.M.S Zama, Dean F.V.Sc and A.H for his distinguished career in teaching research, extension and administration for more than 32 years of service. Vote of thanks was given by Dr. Dhirendra Kumar, Organizing Secretary of the conference. The proceedings were conducted by Dr. V.S Wazir.
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