Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Bangladesh Agricultural University honors Dr. U.S. Singh

The Bangladesh Agricultural University honored renowned IRRI scientist, Dr. Uma Shankar Singh, Senior Scientist (II) & South Asia Regional Project Coordinator, Stress Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) in recognition of his remarkable contribution to ensuring food security by enhancing the rice productivity in the country. Prof. Md. Rafiqul Hoque, Vice-Chancellor, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) presented the award to Dr. Singh in a special ceremony organized by the university on 24 April 2014 at its campus in Mymensingh, Bangladesh in the presence of over 250 researchers and officials of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA), Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) and IRRI.

In his address, Prof. Hoque applauded the prolonged partnership of the university with IRRI and the contribution of Dr. Singh in improving the livelihood of poor farmers by promoting and disseminating the seeds of stress tolerant rice varieties to increase and stabilize the rice yield in the unfavorable areas of the country.

“There is strong need to strengthen this bilateral cooperation between IRRI and BAU to nurture the research fraternity for scientific excellence,” he said. Dr. Uma Shankar Singh, while receiving the award, thanked the university for recognizing the contribution of IRRI and highly acclaimed the role of BAU management, researchers and other national partners in developing and disseminating the stress tolerant rice varieties in the country and taking them to larger masses in a very short span of time.

“We value our strategic partnership with BAU and extend full support to this endeavor of ensuring food security and eliminating hunger and poverty in the region,” he said. Dr. Subash Chandra Chakraborly, Director General, BFRI and Dr. M.A. Bari, Project Scientist, BMGF-STRASA, IRRI, Dhaka graced the occasion as special guests.  Professor Dr. Lutful Hassan, Director, Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES) chaired the session.

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