Sixteenth annual report 2014-15



General Body Meeting

The General Body meeting of the Association was held at GBPUAT, Pantnagar on October 17, 2014 at 1800 hrs. The audit and annual report for year 2012-13 and 2013-14 were presented by the Secretary which was approved by the House.


Executive Council

During the year under report the EC communicated through email and also met on 17th October 2014 to transect the business. EC appointed a three members committee for modifying / preparing guidelines for electing Fellows.
1. Dr. G. Kar
2. Dr. Raj Singh
3. Dr. Ajeet Singh Nain
EC did not recommend any for honorary fellows of Association for year 2014 or 2015.
EC appointed Dr R. K. Singh as Returning officer for conducting the election of EC for term 2015-17. Dr. R. K.Singh conducted election process and Office bearers were elected unanimously while members were elected through ballot paper. President : Dr. VUM Rao, CRIDA, Hyderabad
Vice Presidents : 1. Dr. Gouranga Kar, WTCER, Bhubneshwar
2. Dr. A S Nain, GBPUAT, Pantnagar
Secretary : Dr Vyas Pandey, AAU, Anand
Jt Secretary : Dr Gautam Saha, BCKV, Mohanpur
Treasurer : Ms. Rucha Dave, AAU, Anand
Members : 1. Dr. A.V. M. Subba Rao, CRIDA, Hyderabad
2. Dr. Rani Saxena, RARI, Durgapura, Jaipur
3. Dr. S K Bal, NIASM (ICAR), Baramati
4. Dr. K. Ramesh, IISS (ICAR), Bhopal
5. Dr. Lal Singh, SKUAST-K, Srinagar


Enrollment of Members

During the year 2014-2015, 89-life members were enrolled with Association. Thus the total number of life memberships increased up to 1001 by the end of March 2015. A total of 131 annual members were enrolled during the year 2014.

Organization of seminar

International Symposium on “New-Dimensions in Agrometeorology for Sustainable Agriculture (NASA-2014)” was successfully organized by Pantnagar Chapter of the Association during 16-18 October, 2014 at G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar. About 400 National and International scientists participated and presented papers. Dr. Ajeet Singh Nain deserve due credit for successful organization of the seminar. The proceedings of the seminar and full length papers will be published in the special issue of the Journal of Agrometeorology.

Financial Status

As per audit report during the year 2014-2015 total income was Rs.4,65,803.97 and the total expenditure was Rs. 292033.9 giving a surplus of Rs.1,73,770.07. A sum of Rs.23,14,000/- has been kept as fixed deposit with Central Bank of India which include FD for various awards and memorial lectures.

Best Thesis Award

Four theses were received for “Dr. P D Mistry award for the best Ph.D thesis in Agricultural Meteorology”. These are under process of evaluation.
For Prof P S N Sastry award for Best M.Sc. thesis in Agricultural Meteorology”, Five applications were received which have been sent to experts for evaluation.

Dr S Venktaraman Young Scientist Award

For young scientist award Four nominations were received which have been sent for evaluation.

Dr S Venktaraman Best Paper Award

Four papers were received but none were found to fulfill the criteria, hence all were rejected.

Publication of Journal of Agrometeorology

Journal of Agrometeorology is published twice in a year appearing in June and December. The journal is well appreciated by National and International organizations. It is being indexed by CAB International, Current contents, INSDOC, Scopus, AGRICOLA and others indexing agencies. During 2014, 117 papers were received, 37 papers were published /accepted, 39 papers were rejected and rests are under the process of revision. It is a matter of great pleasure that the Journal is rated by NAAS as 6.16 for year 2015 which is one of the best Indian Journals.
We have also received queries from Taylor and Francis for publication of our journal. It is still in the process of consideration


Web Page of the Association

Association has its website with new domain name www.agrimetassociation.org. During the year website has been viewed by more than 20000 visitors from 130 countries. 68.2 % of visitors are from India, 10% of visitors are from USA and remaining are from different countries. All members are requested to visit the site and give their feed back for its further improvement to secretary.aam@gmail.com.


Vyas Pandey
Secretary
Email: pandey04@yahoo.com