Twentieth Annual Report 2018-19
General Body Meeting
The Annual General Body meeting of Association was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 12th February 2019. The audit and annual report for year 2017-18 presented by the Secretary were approved by house. The house also approved the revised the constitution of the Association which would be implemented with effect from April 2019. The General Body appreciated the effort made by Local Organising Committee (LOC) of INAGMET 2019 under leadership of Dr. K. K. Singh for successful organization of the International Symposium. House approved the formation of new chapter at Thrissur Kerala. An MoU between AAM and IMS was signed and endorsed by the house. For conducting of new executive council for two year terms 2019-20 and 2020-21, General Body appointed Dr. S. R. Patel of IGKV Raipur as Returning Officer. House also endorsed the proposal to conduct it next national seminar at Pune.
During the year under report the EC communicated through email end also met on 11th February 2019. Dr. J. D. Jadav proposed to organise the next national seminar at Pune, which was approved by EC. EC discussed at length on the revised constitution of the Association and recommended to GB for its approval. EC formed a five members committee to review and suggest the guidelines for various awards, their evaluation system including the prize money. The members are:
Dr. A. M. Shekh – Chairman
Dr. Y. S. Ramakrishna
Dr. L. S. Rathore
Dr. T. N. Balasubramaniam
Dr. N. V. K. Chakravarthy
Dr. Surender Singh – Convener
The Elections for new Executive member for two years term (2019 to 2021) were conducted through e-ballot and results were declared on 27 March 2019. Following members were elected
President : Dr. Vyas Pandey, AAU, Anand
Vice Presidents (2) : Dr. J. D. Jadhav, MPKV, Pune
: Dr. S. K. Bal, CRIDA, Hyderabad
Secretary : Dr. M. Kulshrestha, AAU, Anand
Joint Secretary : Dr. A. K. Shrivastava, JNKVV, Tikamgarh, MP
Treasurer : Dr. B. I. Karande, AAU, Anand
Members : Dr. N. Subash, ICAR-IIFSR, Meerut
Dr. C. S. Dagar, CCS HAU, Hisar
Dr. S. Sridhara, UAHS, Shimoga
Dr. Sandeep S. Sandhu, PAU, Ludhiana
Dr. K. K.Dakhore, VNMKV, Parbhani
All chapters except Pantnagar and Mohanpur presented their activity report during GB meeting held at Delhi. As per decision taken by EC and endorsed by GB. All the chapters were informed that a chapter could hold the money with them maximum upto Rs. 1.00 lakh, the excess money should be transferred to Head Quarter. During the year one new chapter (The twelth chapter) at Thrissur, Kerala was created. All the chapters were requested to carry out activities as per mandate of the Association at their centre.
Organization of seminar
During the year one International Symposium “INAGMET – 2019” on “Advance in Agrometeorology for Managing Climatic Risks of Farmers” was organised during 11-13 February 2019 at JNU, New Delhi. About 375 scientists participated the symposium including six foreign delegates from Geneva, Brazil, Crotia, Scotland and Thailand. Dr. L. A. Ramadas memorial lecture was delivered by Dr. M. Sivakumar of Geneva. Total 464 abstracts received, 375 papers were presented as oral, short oral and posters. The event was sponsored by DST, MoES, ICAR, ISRO, IITM, IBM etc. Dr. K. K. Singh, Dr. S. D. Attri and Shri S. C. Bhan deserve due credit for successful organization the symposium INAGMET – 2019. The next national seminar was proposed to be held at Pune.
Enrollment of Members
During the year 2018-2019, 107 - Life Members were enrolled with Association. Thus the total number of life memberships increased up to 1376 by the end of March 2019. A total of 239 Annual Members were enrolled during the year 2018.
As per account audit report for year 2018-2019, the total income was Rs.11,46,661.82/- and the total expenditure was Rs.13, 86,482.21 giving a deficit of Rs.2,39,820.39. A sum of Rs.40,05,308/- has been kept as fixed deposit with Central Bank of India which includes FD for various awards and memorial lectures. For organising seminar at INAGMET 2019 Rs.9.50 lakh sanctioned by ICAR, MoES and ISRO. However only the grant Rs.50,000/- was received from ISRO. While MoEs had sanctioned Rs. 3.0 lakh and ICAR had sanctioned Rs.6.0 lakh but the grant could not be received during the financial year up to 31st March 2019.
Awards / Fellowship
A committee comprising of Dr. A. M. Shekh, Dr. T. N. Balasubramanian and Dr. D. D. Sahu was formed to evaluate the applications received for various awards for year 2018. The members sit for two days at Anand and finalized the various awards.
- Fellows: Fellowship of Association was confermed upon Dr. A. S. Nain of GBPUAT Pantnagar and Dr. S. K. Bal of ICAR-CRIDA Hyderabad.
- Dr. P D Mistry award for the Best Ph D thesis in Agril Meteorology was awarded to Dr. B. I. Karande, AAU, Anand.
- Prof P S N Sastry award for the Best M. Sc. thesis in Agril Meteorology was awarded to Mr. Ram Narayan Singh, IARI, New Delhi.
- Dr. S Venktaraman Young Scientist Award was bestowed upon Dr. K. K. Dakhore, VNKV, Parbhani, Maharashtra.
- Dr. S Venktaraman Best Paper Award on biotic/abiotic stress management
Only one paper was received, which was not upto mark for the award
- Prof. B. V. Ramana Rao award for best paper in Agricultural Meteorology was awarded to Dr. P. Raja of IISWCRC, Ooti, Tamil Nadu.
- Three best papers published in the JAM during 2017 & 2018 was awarded to (i) Ms. Chitra Shukla of MPUAT, Udaipur (ii) Dr. S. K. Jalota of PAU, Ludhiana and (iii) Dr. Abdul Niyas fo NIAN & P, Bangalore.
These awards were presented to the recipients during International Symposium INAGMET – 2019, held at New Delhi.
Association did not recommend any name for Honorary fellows of the Association during the year.
Publication of Journal of Agrometeorology
Journal of Agrometeorology is quarterly publication appearing in March, June, September 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 2018, 283 papers were received, including 28 papers from foreign countries, 75 papers were published /accepted, 119 papers were rejected and rests are under the process of revision. The Journal is rated by NAAS as 6.56 for year 2018 which is one of the best Indian Journals.
Web Page of the Association
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