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Krishi Unnati Mela held in New Delhi

The three-day annual Krishi Unnati Mela was held in New Delhi with focus on doubling farmers’ income. The objective of fair was to create awareness among farmers about latest agriculture-related technological developments. In it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for 25 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and unveil a portal on organic farming. PM Modi also conferred Krishi Karman Award and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puruskar to progressive farmers and states on the occasion.

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The Krishi Mela this year will be significant owing to the interests of farmers and those involved in allied sectors. More than 900 stalls have been set up. The theme pavilions were on doubling of farmers income, organic farming, cooperatives, farm inputs to assist farmers with latest developments in farming technique and popularize dairy, animal husbandry, fisheries and horticulture.

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Textiles, North Eastern council also had set up their stalls at mela.

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First Indo-French Knowledge Summit held in New Delhi

The first Indo-French Knowledge Summit for university, scientific and technology cooperation was successfully held in New Delhi. The two-day summit was organized by the French Embassy in India and co-hosted by Ministry of Human Resource Development.

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The summit’s broader objective was to design roadmap of Franco-India cooperation for next five years, in collaboration with companies. It offered common platform for common goal to increase student mobility, enlarge R&D collaborations and link campuses to companies by focusing on employability.

More than 350 people from nearly 80 Indian Institutions and 70 French Institutions along with key enterprises participated in summit. It also had received support of Ministry of Science and Technology, Campus France and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

It ended with landmark agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications between two countries and record 15 other MoUs between universities and research institutions on joint initiatives and partnerships

During this event, various sessions and round tables on several topics of mutual interest of both t countries were held including on aerospace, agriculture and food processing, eco-energy, maths and information technology, strengthening employability among others.

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