GUWAHATI, Nov 10 - Bijoya Chakravorty, Lok Sabha member from Guwahati, inaugurated the Silkworm Rearing Facility of the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST) located at Pachim Boragaon, Gorchuk, recently. The facility has been set up mainly for indoor rearing of muga silkworm.
According to a press release issued by the IASST, an autonomous institute under the Union Department of Science and Technology, the MP visited the som plants, the medicinal plant garden and the eco-park of the Institute. She also planted a sapling to mark her visit to the Institute.
The MP interacted with the research scholars and scientists of the Institute and expressed her happiness over the IASST initiatives. This was her first visit to the Institute.
Chakravorty laid stress on upgrading the Institute into a world class one, and expressed her willingness to extend all possible help to accomplish this aim.
She was also happy with the fact that the IASST has taken up important research to improve the sericulture sector, which is linked with the State�s indigenous society as heritage, even though it is not in good shape in the present days.
She was hopeful that the outcome of the IASST�s research on the development of indoor rearing technique of silkworm would be transferred to field-level farmers.
She also appreciated the IASST�s effort to popularise eri silkworm rearing round the year in tribal villages by providing all necessary inputs and training to farmers on improved methods.
Dr NC Talukdar, in his welcome address, provided a glimpse into the major research programmes and achievements of the IASST, besides focusing on the needs of the Institute, such as expansion of its infrastructure to become more effective in generating awareness and creating scientific temperament among the people of the NE region. This is essential for motivating and creating a talented human resource base for strong scientific research to solve various challenges concerning bio-resource conservation and environmental conservation, and to improve the healthcare sector of the region, he said.
Former IASST Director Prof J Chutia also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the long journey and difficulties the Institute had to undergo since 1979 to reach the current stage. A short documentary film on the Institute and its activities was also screened on the occasion. Senior scientist Dr Dipali Devi initiated the proceedings of the programme and Dr D Goswami, Registrar, offered the vote of thanks.