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Biological Science Exhibition and Launching of Nutrition Project

On the invitation of PNASF, Bangalore, Shri M.V. Rajasekharan, Honorable Union Minister of State for Planning, Government of India, inaugurated a science exhibition on March 11, 2006 at Government Model Higher Primary (GMHP) School, Geddalahalli, Bangalore. Charts, pictures, prototypes, models and microscope etc., provided by the PNASF, Bangalore displayed were explained by the students and teachers. The students of classes VI, and VII demonstrated and explained different science projects prepared by them which was amply appreciated by the minister. The exhibition was also open to students from other schools.


On this occasion, the Nutrition Project funded by PNASF, Bangalore with the basic objective of spreading awareness and to educate malnourished urban children on importance of plants, nutrition and nutrition security was launched by Shri M.V. Rajasekharan, Honorable Minister. About 100 selected students belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) urban families will be involved in growing vegetables, fruits and flowers by themselves from seeding to fruiting under the guidance of the horticulturist provided by the PNASF.
Later Shri M.V. Rajasekharan, Honorable Minister in the function organized by the PNASF and GMHP School, Geddalahalli addressed the school children. Appreciating the efforts of PNASF, Bangalore, Shri M.V. Rajasekharan congratulated Dr. Prem Nath for taking up such a novel project for the children of the school and requested the teachers of the school to whole heartedly involve themselves and guide the students with the technical support provided by PNASF and make the project success so that it can be referred to as a model project to build awareness of food and nutritional security among children. Dr. Prem Nath, Chairman, PNASF, Bangalore, Shri Devaprakash, DDPI, Department of Public Education, Bangalore, Shri Jayaranga, Block Education Officer, Bangalore, Mrs. S.T. Thulasamma, Head Mistress, GMHP School, Geddalahalli and members of the school management committee, representatives from PNASF, distinguished horticultural scientists, all teachers and students of the school and the press media were present on the occasion. Dr. Prem Nath, Chairman, PNASF, Bangalore honored the Chief Guest, Shri M.V. Rajasekharan with a PNASF plaque and shawl in appreciation of his presence of support to the project and for his encouragement to the PNASF and the school. Shri M.V. Rajasekharan distributed certificates and awards to the outstanding students who had prepared and demonstrated the project as a token of encouragement.
About 200 students, teachers, guests, PNASF representatives, government officials and press media participated in the function.



Focusing on providing livelihood security in disadvantaged areas covering both economic growth and human development in terms of establishing and expanding the sources of employment and income within and allied to agricultural sector / rural non – farm sector, a new project on “Promotion of Rural Women Self Help Group Through Dairy Development” was launched by PNASF, Bangalore on March 31, 2007 at Itaka Dibbana Halli (I. D. Halli) village in Madhugiri taluka of Tumkur district.
The launching ceremony was graced by Justice V. S. Malimath, former Chief Justice of Karnataka and Kerala High Courts and former Chairman, Human Rights Commission, Government of India as Chief Guest and Dr. G. Parameshwar, former Minister of Higher Education and presently sitting MLA, Madhugiri Constituency, Dr. P. V. Shenoi, former Secretary of Agriculture, Government of India, Shri Abhay Prakash, former Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commission, Government of Karnataka as Guests of Honor. The other dignitaries present on the occasion were the Thakur Uday Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, M/s. Namdhari Seeds Private Limited, Bangalore, Smt Shyamla Nath, Trustee, PNASF, Dr. O. P. Dutta, Senior Technical Advisor, PNASF, Bangalore, Dr. P.A. Sarma, Animal Husbandry Advisor, Shri Vinod. K. Huria, Senior Scientist CFTRI, Mysore, Dr. B. S. Prabhakar, Principle Scientist, IIHR, Bangalore. Dr. Prem Nath, Chairman, hosted the ceremony on behalf of PNASF, Bangalore with Shri P. B. Gaddagimath and Dr. M. J. Chandre Gowda as Masters of ceremony. Dr. Prem Nath Chairman PNASF, Bangalore delivered keynote address and said that targeting the rural women, the project aims at imparting knowledge on simple and inexpensive ways of income generation through rearing milch cattle with the micro finance support from the PNASF, Bangalore and further supporting the project till it becomes self sustainable.
Dr. O.P. Dutta, Senior Technical Advisor
, the architect of this project briefed about the objectives, mode of implementing, project beneficiaries and other partners involved in the project.
The Chief Guest and the Guests of Honor who addressed the gathering on the occasion appreciated the efforts of PNASF, Bangalore towards the cause of providing food and nutritional security and the commitment of Dr. Prem Nath in achieving the objectives through various projects and called upon the project beneficiaries and villagers to make best use of this project and utilize the project facilities and activitites to achieve the objective of women development. Each of the ten project beneficiary women of I. D. Halli was presented with a (a) bond between PNASF and Beneficiary to receive free cow with calf and to maintain it appropriately for their benefit within the Self Help Group guideline, and (b) one healthy milching cow with calf by the PNASF.
The Chief Guest and Guests of Honor were felicitated with garland, plaque/momento, and shawls by Dr. Prem Nath, Chairman and Smt. Shyamla Nath, Member Trustee of the PNASF.
About 1000 villagers, men and women, farmers, community workers, local government officials and the mass media representatives participated in the function. The local newspapers covered the event widely. The TV channels broadcasted the news on Doordarshan, ETV Kannada and TV 9.


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