JORHAT, Dec 1: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, and Assam Agricultural University (AAU) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the university’s main campus at Borbheta here on carrying out activities jointly for the development of the agriculture sector in the north-eastern region and for better life in the region and to contribute to reduction of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
The vice chancellor of the university, Dr Bidyut Chandan Deka said that TERI has worked on carbon trading and it would guide the university in this regard.
Explaining the concept, Dr Deka said that if an industry produces a certain amount of pollution in the air, how many trees can absorb the amount of carbon emitted could be calculated and necessary action can be taken against this.
An AAU official informed that the MoU was signed by senior director, (Administrative Services and Regional Centres) TERI, Dipankar Saharia and director, Research (Agriculture), AAU, Dr Ashok Bhattacharyya in the presence of director-general, TERI, Dr Vibha Dhawan and AAU vice chancellor Dr Bidyut Chandan Deka at the Conference Hall of vice chancellor’s office complex.
The official said the MoU stated that both the institutes have forged partnership and co-operation to jointly co-operate and develop solutions for various challenges being faced by norther-eastern region in the agriculture sector.
The areas where both the institutes would carry out work jointly are quality planting material production, organic farming, medicinal and aromatic plants, livelihood enhancement, rural development, documentation of traditional knowledge, skill development, biodiversity conservation, improvement of sericulture sector, land and water conservation, bio-fuel and sustainable development.
Several senior faculty members of the university attended the pact-signing ceremony.
It may be mentioned here that TERI, established in 1974, is an independent multi-dimensional organisation, with capabilities in research, policy, consultancy and implementation.
It may be also mentioned that AAU is the first institution of its kind in the whole of north-eastern region with the goal to produce globally competitive human resources in farm sector and to carry out research in both conventional and frontier areas for production optimisation as well as to disseminate the generated technologies for benefitting the food growers, producers and traders involved in the sector.