January 13, 2018: I wish you a very happy get-together with your family and friends on this auspicious day. Pongal festival reminds us that we are indebted to sun, green plants and farm families for our life on earth. No wonder our ancestors decided to dedicate a day of celebration to remind ourselves of our indebtedness to sunlight, photosynthesis by green plant and agricultural operation by farmers. Please celebrate Pongal by protecting and conserving our natural resources.
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.