Team ICRISAT is Outstanding: A Compendium of Speeches and Presentations by William D Dar January–December 2007

Dar, W D and ICRISAT, - (2008) Team ICRISAT is Outstanding: A Compendium of Speeches and Presentations by William D Dar January–December 2007. Documentation. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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I am a member of the Indian Administrative Service from 1970 and am generally based in Andhra Pradesh. In the past decades, I had several occasions to interact with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi- Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), first as an outsider and for the past year and a half, as a Member of the Board of this institution. Earlier, I had occasion to notice with considerable dismay, certain managerial and cultural traits in ICRISAT, which were wholly unacceptable and even offensive. But that was in the past. Under the able leadership of Dr William Dar, and in large measure due to his relentless efforts, ICRISAT has grown into an organization which the international community can be proud of. The team spirit, the determination and the sheer quality of the research which this institution has now been recognized for, augurs well for the future. It is undoubtedly Dr William Dar’s initiatives which have brought out such a welcome change in the institute. When I first joined the Board, I was struck by the fact that the focus of the Board and its research programmes were largely to address the concerns of CGIAR rather than the concerns of those directly engaged in the semi-arid tropics. As Member of the Board, it is my opinion that such an approach was prescriptive rather than participatory. The world of tomorrow which all of us are striving to build in our own humble ways, will surely be an inclusive world. The development of a constant evolutionary mode of learning in order to produce global public goods of particular significance to the semi-arid tropics, will need such inclusive approaches and that is what Dr William Dar has so richly enabled....

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 06:21
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