Future Tour Agronomy & Food Processes AND Natural Resources & Bioactive Components

Future Tours in Hyderabad : ‘Agronomy & Food Processing’, 12th-13th February 2018; and ‘Natural Resources and Bio-products’, 13th-14th February 2018

The Future Tour, an event organized under the auspices of ‘Bonjour India’ organized by the Institut Français India and Embassy of France in India completed its third leg in the city of Hyderabad from the 12 – 14th February, 2018. The Future Tour is a series of seven thematic rendezvous between scientists, academics, companies and students from India and France. This program aims to connect Indian faculty and students directly with French companies and universities, while gathering researchers and scholars for scientific workshops. In addition, it gives enterprises a platform to express their needs in a rapidly changing economy.

Each Future Tour consisted of two days of intense exchanges. One day is dedicated for students to meet one-on-one with representatives from French institutions to learn about study opportunities and the French higher education system. The other day brings together scientists, academics and companies to discuss future partnerships.

Interactions between the scientific communities of both India and France were organized over three days under the grand themes of ‘Agronomy and Food Processing’ at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) on 12th February and on ‘Natural Resources and Bio-products’ at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) on 14th February. There was also a common day dedicated to the students at the School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad on 13th February describing the opportunities of higher education in France.

The discussions highlighted the common goals shared by the two countries in the fields of research and higher education, along with the interest of both groups to work together on shared areas of science. Possibilities such as programs of research, of education, the relations industry-academia, and the Indo-French collaborations were discussed and the findings were shared with all as possible road-maps for continued association and partnerships.

 

Day 1: 12th February at ICRISAT

The fourth session of the Future Tour was held at ICRISAT, Hyderabad on 12th February. The theme was agronomy and food processing.

The inaugural session was chaired by Prof. David Bergvinson, Director General of Icrisat and Mr. François Gautier, Consul General of France in Bangalore and Prof. Praveen Rao, Vice-Chancellor for the Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University.

Four parallel round tables sessions were discussed to address the several relevant challenges in the agronomy and food processing. Panel members included around 40 scientists and technical experts in agronomy and food processing from organizations both in India and France.

A plenary session was also organized and had presentations from Dr. Frédéric LAPEYRIE, Executive Secretary of the French Commission for International Agricultural Research, French Ministry of Higher Education Research and Innovation on “French Eco-system and funding opportunities”, Agreenium Reseau Presentation by Etienne SAUR and Prof. Praveen Rao, Vice Chancellor from  Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University on "Attracting youth back to Agriculture - Entrepreneurship & Better Employability"

The Key areas identified for collaboration in the field of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), Delivering Better Nutrition through Organic Farming, Crop Improvement and Seed systems, Food Processing Trends, Food Safety & Quality Assurance tools and Skilled human resources requirements for food processing sector.

 

Day 2: 13th February at University of Hyderabad

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Hyderabad hosted an interactive session allowing students to meet representatives of Agronomy and Natural Resource schools.

Apart from the welcome message from the Consul General of France, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, Dr. Appa Rao, expressed his happiness in hosting the French delegation. 

Around 150 students were present.

Nine representatives from French universities and enterprises such as L’Oréal and Mane were present to interact with students.

 

Day 3: 14th February at IICT

The 5th session of the Future Tour was conducted at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, on the theme "Natural Resources and Bioactive Components".

The inaugural session was chaired by Prof S. Chandradhekhar, Director of IICT and Mr. François Gautier, Consul General of France in Bangalore.

Prof. Goverdhan Mehta, Honorary Research Professor from the School of Chemistry at the University of Hyderabad delivered the keynote lecture.

Four parallel round tables sessions were discussed to address the several relevant challenges in the natural resources and bio-products. Panel members included around 40 scientists and technical experts in agronomy and food processing from organizations both in India and France.

A plenary session was also organized and had presentations from Dr. Babu U.V. from the Himalaya Drug Company on " Regulations for natural and organic products" and Dr. Catherine Bennetau from University of Bordeaux on "E-learning programs on Agronomy of plants with health benefits"

Discussions and interactions from these future tours will pave the way for the continuation of existing collaborations and more importantly, help set up newer dialogues of common interest on research, development of educational activities, identifying pertinent areas of collaborative programs.

 The recommendations of the different groups were discussed by Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of Indian and French universities and research institutions, during the “Knowledge Summit” on the 10th and 11th of March in New Delhi. This is the first of its kind event where the two countries met to set the agenda for continued collaborations in Higher Education, Science and Technology at the occasion of the first visit in India of President Macron.

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