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    vaikundbhai Mehta

    Iffco Chair

    Iffco Chair


    In order to promote agricultural research and cooperative education in the country, as part of their nonprofit initiative IFFCO has facilitated partnerships between scientific researchers from both industry and academia to drive innovation.

    IFFCO has established Professors' Chairs in Agricultural Universities and Cooperative Institutions. VAMNICOM has been part of IFFCO chair since December 1981 in the category of extension. At present, 18 Chairs are set up in different parts of the country.

    Objectives:

    The Objective of IFFCO Chair is to augment the research, education and extension facilities available with the research/educational institutions and agricultural universities. The guidance of the IFFCO chair is sought in areas of promotional programs based on research with thrust on current issues in agriculture.

    IFFCO Chair and VAMNICOM:

    Over the last 40 years, the collaboration between VAMNICOM and IFFCO has resulted in developments into practical applications that benefit their programs and members through its research and training. The mutually beneficial partnership has produced groundbreaking research and innovation that solves complex problems, drives economic growth, and creates a more skilled workforce.

    Way forward:

    Moving forward, VAMNICOM and IFFCO collaboration intends to accomplish research in the fields for agronomy, soil science, agro economics, agricultural extension, fertilizer technology and cooperatives to provide a link to innovate and address challenges. The linkages between the two stakeholders viz VAMNICOM and IFFCO is essential for producing high quality innovations for the benefit of the society at large and for building a strong brand name for the stakeholders. This can be achieved effectively with the development of strong skills and experiences integrated to generate research which will further push the frontiers of knowledge and become a dominant engine for accelerating economic growth in the long run.

    Through the success of this collaborative arrangement can be evidenced in:

    • increased opportunities to enhance the knowledge base of employees at IFFCO;

    • greater opportunity to contribute toward the conception of new strategies;

    • greater access to a highly trained pool of potential personnel;

    • greater access to intellectual property, patents, and publications; and

    • enhanced stature in academia and industry, leading—among other things—to recruitment of knowledgeable employees.

    • sustained corporate support of research;

    • enhanced appreciation of industry's needs with respect to economics, marketing, environment, and risk;

    • expanded research and learning opportunities for graduate students;

    • opportunities to consult outside of academe.