XVI SOCDAB National Symposium-2019 organized at ICAR-NBAGR during Feb 7-8, 2019.
Society for Conservation of Domestic Animal Biodiversity (SOCDAB) in collaboration with ICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) successfully organized XVI National Symposium on “Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Social Security" during 7-8 February, 2019 at ICAR-NBAGR, Karnal. Total 224 delegates of research and academic backgrounds representing ICAR institutes, State Agricultural and Veterinary Universities, NGOs from all over the country attended the National Seminar. The Symposium was inaugurated by Dr. J K Jena, Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi. Scientific presentations, in oral and poster formats on various research issues were made by the delegates during three different Technical Sessions covering advances in Animal Genetic Resources' (AnGR) research and management in the country. Scientific deliberations covered the areas of characterization, genetic diversity, genetic improvement, genome-wide selection strategies, AnGR conservation, identifying new biomolecules and enhancing the utility of native AnGR for their sustainable management. Compendium of lectures and abstracts was also released on the occasion, which included more than 230 research abstracts and 12 invited lectures write-ups. One separate Brain Storming Session on “Stray Cattle Management” was also conducted during the Symposium, which was chaired by Dr M L Madan, former DDG (Animal Science), ICAR & VC, DUVASU, Mathura (UP). In a special session for Young Scientists, Ms. Shabahat Mumtaz, PhD Scholar, ICAR-NDRI, Karnal won the Young Scientist Award. Best oral and poster presentations of each technical session were also awarded during the symposium. The Plenary Session of the Symposium, chaired by Dr R K Vijh, Director NBAGR & President SOCDAB agreed upon the recommendations made during different technical sessions. He was also conferred upon Prestigious Dr D S Balain Award instituted by the SOCDAB for his outstanding research in animal science in the country. Prof. K N Sharma memorial award for the best research paper published in Society's 'Journal of Livestock Biodiversity' was conferred upon Dr. Ravinder Singh and co-authors. During the cultural evening organized for the delegates of the symposium, artists of Haryana Kala Parishad (Govt. of Haryana) presented cultural programme “Haryanavi Tarang”, highlighting the glimpses of art and music of Haryanavi culture. A general body meeting was conducted during the symposium and new executive for a period of two years was elected to run the society. During the meeting it was also decided to conduct next SOCDAB 2020 symposium at College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Mhow, MP. The symposium was organized by Dr R S Kataria, Dr A K Mishra and Dr S K Niranjan of ICAR-NBAGR, Karnal. Organizers gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance received from NABARD and ICAR.
XVI SOCDAB National Symposium-2019
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