Center of Excellence in Genomics (CEG) has evolved from strength to strength and today this is one of the key genomics center in the world. CEG has made an important place among researchers globally by collaborating with hundreds of research organizations working on advanced and applied genomics research. In other words, CEG is engaged in developing genomic resources and advanced genomics tools with advanced research organizations and National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) partners in deploying these resources and tools in enhancing the genetic gain in farmers’ field. CEG takes pride in serving the NARS partners in modernizing their breeding programs and developing superior varieties by deploying genomics tools.
CEG could achieve above recognition due to great contributions made by CEG colleagues since its inception in 2007. Therefore, we have organized the 1st CEG Alumni Meet on 9th Dec 2017 at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India just after the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of CEG . This meet had three major objectives (1) recognize the contribution made by CEG Alumni, (2) building strong relationship among CEG Alumni, and (3) forming a formal association to continue as the platform for the CEG Alumni to share their suggestions, experiences, expertise and establishing collaboration.
- Recognize the contribution made by CEG Alumni: Research Program Director-Genetic Gains and also the Director and founder of CEG, Dr Rajeev K Varshney, welcomed the Alumni and suggested to work as active collaborators to deliver high quality science that can impact millions of farmers, consumers and society. As a token of love, affection and their contribution in CEG, Dr Varshney distributed a shield to all the CEG Alumni along with CERTIFICATE of APPRECIATION.
- Building strong relationship among CEG Alumni: A complete day was dedicated for this program which was attended by >100 Alumni. A total of sixteen Alumni shared their research work with all the members. This opportunity was well appreciated by the Alumni as they now know each other very well irrespective of their tenure in CEG over one decade. This event also helped Alumni in understanding the expertise lies within CEG Alumni which can well be harnessed by establishing collaboration. A special session was dedicated to tickle the funny bones and better interaction among the members of CEG family.
- Forming a formal association to continue as the platform for the CEG Alumni: The importance of this Alumni Meet was well received and the members wanted to continue such meets on regular basis to further enhance the interactions among the members of the CEG family. To do so, requirement of a formal association was felt and hence, the Alumni members elected a formal CEG Alumni Association with following office-bearers. Dr Rajeev K Varshney has been requested to be Patron and guide for this association which he gracefully accepted.
|Patron||Rajeev K Varshney||ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India|
The below mentioned office bearers have been elected for a period of two years (2018-2019) and will be replaced by other members through election.
In addition to above office bearers, an Executive Committee has been made containing 15 members who will be playing key role to further functioning of this association in future.
The program of the 1st CEG Alumni Meet and photos taken during the meet can be downloaded from below:
Program schedule can be access here.