Monday, September 1, 2014

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University honors Dr. Robert Zeigler’s contribution to agriculture research and development

His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu, India and the Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Dr. K. Rosaiah, conferred the Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Cause) to IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler during TNAU’s 35th convocation on August 26 in Coimbatore. This exceptional honor was given to Dr. Zeigler in recognition of his contribution to global agriculture research and development.

"IRRI and India have been successfully collaborating for nearly five decades," Dr. Zeigler said in his acceptance speech. "India has been actively involved in IRRI’s priority setting, strategic planning, scientific advising, and implementation of research across  South Asia. The results of this collaboration have been outstanding and have set an example in international research collaboration."

He also praised the partnership between IRRI and TNAU to promote the exchange of information and technology on rice research, farming systems, and value chains for over 40 years.

“The strength of the University was the strong base it has in its research activities,” said Vice Chancellor K. Ramasamy in his welcome address. “The scientists were always in the frontline in executing viable research projects in rice and other important cereals and crops to evaluate and evolve crop varieties and technologies.”

TNAU also presented 133 doctoral degrees, 323 post-graduate degrees, and 1,065 undergraduate degrees to its graduates.

The event was attended by the Minister of Agriculture of the State of Tamil Nadu, Dr. J.K. Ladha, IRRI Representative in India and Nepal, and the faculty, staff, and students of TNAU.

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