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.
LAUNCHING OF NUTRITION PROJECT
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.
LAUNCHING OF THE PROJECT
'PROMOTION OF RURAL WOMAN SELF HELP GROUP THROUGH
DAIRY DEVELOPMENT' (PNASF /SUN/WD-SHG/2005)
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
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
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.