The 35th biennial conference of the Home Science Association of India (HSAI Tura Chapter) concluded yesterday at the auditorium of the College of Post Graduate Studies in Agricultural Sciences, Central Agricultural University (Imphal), Umiam.
The conference which was held under the theme, “Multidisciplinary Approach in Home and Community Science for Sustainable Development” included a comprehensive conference report presented by HSAI president, Prof. Vasugi Raaja as well as the technical sessions both oral and poster presentations, demonstrating the diverse research in the field.
A host of guests that included Nagaland MP S. Phangnon Konyak, Former DDG ICAR Agricultural Extension Prof. P.Das, NEHU Vice Chancellor Prof. Prabha Shukla and Director ICAR- NEH Region, Umiam Dr. V.K. Mishra.
During her speech, Konyak acknowledged the evolving role of women in society and commended the organisers’ commitment to showcasing the potential of Home Science in the country’s development also mention about Viksit Bharat to integrate youngster building for a developed India.
Mishra during his speech emphasised the importance of three generations – retired, going to retire, and the next generation – taking responsibility for the holistic development of the country. He urged home scientists to integrate home, health, hygiene, and heritage, stressing the role of culture and art in preserving our roots.
Shukla spoke on the the crucial role of women-centric science in shaping the future and caring for the old generation.
Das presented the current status of the five trillion-dollar economy, highlighting the need for a transformation from home science to community science. He urged a holistic approach to the food system, with community scientists playing a significant role in developing biofortified foods for every village. He also called for a re-evaluation of the entire grammar of food science to address the ecological boundaries and promote nutrition villages.
To recognise outstanding contributions to research in Home Science, the ‘Yong Scientist Award’ was present to Fenny Leferty Kharpuri, Dr. Natasha R. Marak for ‘Mid-Career Scientist Award’ and Dr. Rekha Vyas received the ‘Senior Scientist Award.’ Several researchers were also appreciated for their contributions to research in Home Science.
The presidential remark was delivered by CAU, Imphal Vice Chancellor Dr Anupam Mishra who highlighted the integral role of Home Science in community development.
The organisers said the conference provided a platform for meaningful discussions and collaborations, reinforcing the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in Home and Community Science for sustainable development.