Pakistan Agricultural University Honours Prof. M S Swaminthan
Prof. M S Swaminathan has been honored by the University Of Agriculture, Faislabad, with a Science doctorate, for his contribution in farm research and allied areas of plant-breeding, genetics, biodiversity and ecological studies. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, is the oldest agricultural university in the sub-continent and it has been ranked among the 100 top universities of the world.
While receiving the award, Prof. M S Swaminathan urged universities to promote an Evergreen Revolution in major crops. “By marrying political will and professional skill and farmer’s toil, we can meet successfully the Zero Hunger Challenge of the United Nations by 2025,” said Prof. Swaminathan. He also emphasized the need for conducting programmes rooted in the principle of ecology, economics, gender and social equity, employment and energy.
Praising the Vice Chancellor Prof. Iqrar Ahmed Khan who unveiled his vision 2030, Prof.Swaminthan said that “the vision will help Pakistan to make progress in achieving the Evergreen Revolution (i.e. increasing productivity in perpetuity without ecological harm) on the one hand and the nutrition sensitive agriculture, on the other. It will also enable the country to meet challenges arising from climate change through the Scientific Checkmating of the adverse impact of higher mean temperature, reduced and uncertain precipitation and higher sea level ,country”, added Prof. Swaminathan.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.