International Women’s Day Chennai 8 March 2014 - Prof M S Swaminathan
Dr. Ajay Kumar Parida, our Executive Director has been conferred the Padma Shri by the President of India as part of the Padma Awards 2014!
Dr. Ajay Kumar Parida has been conferred the Padma Shri as part of the Republic Day awards in 2014. Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded by the Government of India. He has been recognized for his significant contributions to Science and Engineering. The trustees, staff and scholars of MSSRF take great pride in congratulating him on this joyous occasion.
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2013 saw the completion of 25 years of research, education outreach and networking by our scientists and scholars. I wish to recall what the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee mentioned in our 25th anniversary meeting on 7 August 2013:
“On this special occasion, I congratulate all the Trustees, scientists and scholars of this Foundation on their past achievements and wish all of you continued success in your efforts to integrate livelihood and ecological security in a mutually reinforcing manner in rural and tribal India”.
The President also mentioned in his address “the work done over the last 25 years by the scientists and scholars of this institution bears testimony to the vast untapped potential we have in our youth. Our first priority in reaping the demographic dividend must be in the field of food”….the nation counts on you and awaits your further contributions”.
We must continue to fulfill the expectations of our Rashtrapatiji as well as our other well wishers and donors. Above all we should rise to the expectations of the tribal and rural families with whom we work. To those more is given, more is also expected. We have to run twice as fast to stay where we are, as emphasized frequently by Jawaharlal Nehru. At the same time we must maintain the highest standards of professional and financial integrity.
2014 will be marked by two significant events at MSSRF. First, the Norman Borlaug Birth Centenary Dialogue on “Take it to the Farmer” is scheduled to be held from 13-15 March 2014. I enclose a provisional programme. Second, Asia-Pacific conference on the Year of Family Farming will to be held in August 2014. I enclose a copy of the side events which we plan to organize on that occasion. The Aspee Research Foundation is instituting a special award to honour an outstanding farm family. In addition, we are also hosting the 3rd International Plant Phenotyping Symposium from 17-19 Feb 2014 (provisional programme enclosed).
I hope you will take an active part in these important events and help our country to be a role model in making farming and allied activities the trigger for a happy nation. Our work on overcoming malnutrition is very important for enabling every child born in our country to have an opportunity for a productive and healthy life.
I wish you and your family good health and much happiness during the New Year.
With my best wishes,
M S Swaminathan
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It is with very great happiness that we watched the announcement about your election as President of Chile. During your first tenure, you had left your footprints on the sands of time. You did the same thing in your assignment as Chairperson of UN Women. Now, I am sure that your contributions will be path breaking in human history. Chile will become the role model for all nations desiring accelerated economic growth coupled with equity in both economic and gender terms.
We send you our heartfelt congratulations and very best wishes. We also send you our good wishes for a very happy Christmas and a satisfying New Year. We look forward to receiving you at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India when you come to India next during your present tenure as President of Chile.
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