Canadian Governor General’s Medallion for Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, February 07, 2017: Prof M S Swaminathan was today presented with the Canadian Governor General’s Medallian “in recognition of his contribution to improved agricultural practices and rural development in India and globally”. Ms Jennifer Daubeny, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada handed over the medallion on behalf of H E, David Johnston Governor General of Canada.
At a meeting today, with Prof Swaminathan and senior members of MSSRF, Ms Daubeny presented the medallion and citation that placed on record the “profound impact” of research being conducted at the Foundation. She said she was glad of the partnership between and various agencies of the Government of Canada and the impact it had on rural development.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation has been engaged in research and developmental activities as part of a long association with Canada in the areas of mangrove restoration, coastal zone management and ICT for development. Dr V Selvam, Executive Director, MSSRF presented the key achievements of the Canadian partnership since 1991.
In his response to the award, Prof M S Swaminathan said he valued this special recognition. He emphasized the importance of partnerships in achieving progress for development saying “Only collaboration can solve many problems.”
Ms Subha Sundarajan, Trade Commission, High Commission of Canada and senior team members from MSSRF participated in the meeting.
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.