Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dihar Golden Jubilee

The Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR, erstwhile Field Research Laboratory) were launched today by Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, SA to RM, Secretary Defence R&D and DG, DRDO in the presence of Shri Sonam Dorjey, Executive Councilor Agriculture, LAHDC; Dr. W. Selvamurthy, DS & CCR&D (LS & IC); Dr. G. Elangovan, CC (RM); Brig Ravinder Srivastava, Stn Cdr, HQ 14 Corps; Dr. R. B. Srivastava, Director DIHAR; Dr. G Ilavazhagan, Director, DLS, DRDO HQrs; Air Cdr S P Waghle, Shri Jaspal Singh, DIG ITBP; Shri Cherring Angchuk, DC Leh along with many other distinguished guests. On this occasion, Dr. Saraswat also inaugurated a Solar Power Plant, Thermally Controlled Greenhouse and Solar Powered Hatchery Unit at DIHAR, Leh-Ladakh to utilize the abundant non-conventional energy sources on a large scale in the region.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. V. K. Saraswat highlighted the R&D activities of DIHAR, he particularly mentioned about the DIHAR contributions in boosting the vegetable supply to the army, introduction of new fruit crops to diversify the fruit basket, conservation of rare, endangered and threatened medicinal plants, low cost technology for thermal minimal processing, germplasm storage facility at Changla, boosting the supply of milk & meat and introduction of Zanskar ponies as a transport animal for army in the region. Speaking about seabuckthorn, he praised the role of DIHAR in developing the technologies and emphasized the need of international collaborations in seabuckthorn research. He mentioned the need of good quality school and training institutes in Leh-Ladakh and assured that DRDO will provide the technical support to the local administration. Talking about the future R&D programs, he emphasized that DIHAR should play lead role in the transgenic vegetables, development of good fruit varieties, increasing the egg hatchability at Leh and large scale utilization of solar and other non-conventional energy resources in close collaboration with armed forces. He applauded the role of former Directors of DIHAR and specially mentioned that in last 50 years DIHAR has graduated from ‘high altitude farmer to the high altitude technologist’. He complemented entire team of DIHAR for commendable research activities at this inhospitable and demanding terrain and anticipated that very soon DIHAR will be an International Centre for High Altitude Agro-animal Research.

Shri Sonam Dorjey, Executive Councilor Agriculture, LAHDC lauded the DIHAR R&D activities which have immensely benefited the local population.

Dr. W. Selvamurthy also appreciated DIHAR’s contribution in development of agro-animal technology which had led to an increase in production of fresh vegetables, fruits, milk and meat. He also commended the local farmers for quickly adopting the technologies developed by DIHAR. He further appreciated the strong collaboration between DIHAR and HQ 14 Corps and mentioned the DRDO’s R&D efforts and achievements in high altitudes.

Dr. G. Elangovan accentuated the role of DIHAR in region. He congratulated and thanked all the scientists and staff of DIHAR for playing a lead role in contributing agro-animal technologies in the region.

Brig Ravinder Srivastava, Stn Cdr HQ 14 Corps specially mentioned the institute’s role towards greening of Ladakh region & beautification of army units. He appreciated the strong collaboration between DRDO and army.

Dr. R.B. Srivastava, Director DIHAR briefed the august gathering about the major R&D contributions of DIHAR. He has also mentioned about future R&D programs of DIHAR, especially establishment of ultra-modern greenhouse in collaboration with Russia, upcoming biotechnology laboratory and poultry parental stock facility at Chandigarh, establishment and operationalization of Detachment at Kargil Sector and sustainable utilization of seabuckthorn under the National Mission on Seabuckthorn.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

DIHAR is doing good job as compared to other DRDO labs mired in corruption. This lab has been friendly to the Army units and helped them with inputs on farming. Kudos to this lab.