The XXIV Research Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting of VPKAS, Almora was held through VC on September 25, 2020 under the Chairmanship of Dr. K.R. Dhiman, Ex. Vice Chancellor, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Solan. The meeting was graced by RAC members were Dr. Hemendra Chandra Bhattacharyya,  Ex. Director of Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat; Dr. Arun Kumar Sharma, Ex. Director NBAIM, Mau; Dr. K.K. Satpathy, Ex. Director NIRJAFT, Kolkata; Dr. J.P. Singh, Professor (Horticulture), College of Agriculture, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar; Dr. B.S. Mahapatra, Prof. Agronomy, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar , Dr. Jai C. Rana, National Coordinator, UN Environment-GEF Project Bioversity International-India and farmer members Shri Nagendra Kumar and  Shri Shusheel Tyagi. The meeting was also attended by HODs and all scientists of the Institute through VC.The meeting began with the welcome of the Chairman and members of the RAC by Dr. L Kant, Director, ICAR–VPKAS, Almora.

    This was followed by the presentation on the institute activities and the achievements by the Director of the Institute. This was followed by the ‘Action Taken Report (ATR)’ on the recommendations of last RAC held on September 12, 2019 by Dr. J.K. Bisht, Member Secretary. After that presentations by the respective Heads of the divisions (Crop Improvement & Crop Production) / In-charges of the crop protection and social science sections were made. On these presentations observations and recommendations were made by the Hon’ble Chairman and the members of RAC after thread bearing discussion.