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In Charge/ Director: Dr. Pradip Kumar Mahatra

Name of the Department/Centre: Professor Asim Kumar Bothra Environment Conservation Centre

Year of Establishment: 2017

Objectives of the Centre:

i)  Conservation and characterization of germplasm of Indigenous Crop varieties through seed bank and to provide scientific support for the propagation with a special emphasis on rice and

ii)  Promotion of agriculture related indigenous technology with necessary modification for rural development.

iii) 

Documentation of traditional knowledge about cultivation of indigenous rice verities and nutritional value of rice.

iv)   Encouraging farmers to go for organic.

v)   Bridge the relationship between crop diversities, microclimate and. 

vi)  Conservation and characterization of medicinal plants, drug design and drug.

Composition of the Centre:
Name Designation Responsibility
Alfreds Futterkiste Maria Anders Germany
Prof. Anil Bhuimali Vice-Chancellor Chairman
Dr. Pradeep Kr Das Mohapatra Associate Professor, Microbiology Director
Dr.Kinkar Biswas Assistant Professor, Chemistry Treasurer
Other 13 teachers/officers Academic Personnel Members
Events Organized:
Sl. No. Name of the events Date No. of participants
1. Summer Training Program for School Students-2019 6th May – 17th May, 2019 11
2. Summer Training Program for School Students-2018 7th May -25th May, 2018 06
Contributions:

i)   About 14 numbers of indigenous rice varieties were collected and.

ii)   The centre has been taking the initiatives for organic solid waste management through vermicomposting. The organic soild waste (kitchen waste) generated in the Girls’ and Boys’ Hostel have been collected and mixed with cow dung and rice straw for vermicomposting. The Eisenia foetida earthworm species has been using for the same. At present the Centre has the capacity to produce about  30 kg of vermicompost within 45 days. The centre is also intended to increase the production by recycling agricultural wastes in addition to the in-house organic waste. The prepared compost is stable,  fine granular organic manure, rich in nutrients, growth promoting substances, beneficial soil microbes and having properties of inhibiting pathogenic microbes, which enriches soil quality by improving its physicochemical and biological properties. The application of vermicompost was tested through student project work on Abelmoschus esculentus cultivation and satisfactory results were recorded. The demand of vermicompost in the vicinity of the University is very high. It is because of Tulaipanji cultivation and awareness against chemical fertilizers. Tulaipanji is an indigenous aromatic rice landrace grown mainly in Raiganj sub-division of North Dinajpur district of West Bengal, India. Aroma  and quality of this rice variety is strongly associated with its native origin and organicfarming.