It was scientific community that brought laurels to the country after the Independence, said former Union Secretary C V Ananda Bose. Terming the ‘green revolution’ a milestone in India’s growth, he said the country owed to the scientists under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for saving the rural population from starvation.
Bose was speaking after inaugurating a 21-day winter school at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).
Green revolution was one of the most important accomplishments the country achieved after the Independence. This helped India make tremendous progress in food and agriculture sector, he said.
Bose, who is currently Advisor to the Government of Meghalaya, said silent works being carried out by scientists inside the laboratories are actually elevating the pride of the nation. Efforts are on to usher in another major achievement —‘Blue Revolution’, utilising the prospects of blue growth resources. Blue revolution will definitely energise India’s attempts to boost food production, he added.
He also said that the authorities should take a keen interest in finding solutions to the issues of fishermen who voluntarily came forward to save many lives during the recent deluge in Kerala.
Referring to the degradation of coastal ecosystem, Bose said that serious attention is required to protect coastal environment. Dumping of industrial and other wastes into the sea has caused excessive accumulation of plastic wastes in the marine ecosystem among many other environmental issues, he said.
CMFRI Director A Gopalakrishnan presided over the function.
CMFRI launched a winter school to train the researchers on fishery biology techniques for biodiversity evaluation and conservation. Researchers from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are attending this school.