A Report on Visit to “Kisan Mela”
                (CSIR- Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow)
                                     31st  January 2024 (Wednesday)
                                       Organised by: Dept. of Science                
                            (Maharishi School of Science and Humanities)

Objective of the Visit: - The purpose of visit was to update students about various ongoing research activities and industry trends related to MAPs and to motivate the young minds for working towards the benefit of the society.
Participating Students: - 50 students of B.Sc. (Ag.) and B. Sc. Botany (II sem).
“Kisan Mela” at CSIR-CIMAP is a regular annual event hosting a large gathering of farmers, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, students, researchers, and teachers that fosters networking and exchange of ideas and information among people directly or indirectly interested in farming and products of MAPs.
In this year’s 2 day ‘Kisan Mela’  (30th January and 31st January  2024), our students visited on the 31st January 2024, wherein the Chief Guest was Hon’ble Chief Minister of UP Shri Yogi Aditya Nath, and Agriculture Minister of UP Shri Surya Pratap Shahi was the Guest of Honour.  Dr. N. Kaileselvi (DG CSIR, New Delhi) was also present on the occasion. More than 4000 farmers from 21 states  participated in this event. Shri Yogi Aditya Nath ji, in his address spoke about doubling the farmer’s income and increasing the startups in U.P. The ‘Aroma Mission Mobile App’ was launched which will bring together farmers, Scientist and buyers of MAPs. Shri Surya Pratap Shahi spoke about  increasing the cultivation of Medicinal and Aromatics plants in different states on large scale for enhancing farmer’s income.
 Our students had an opportunity to interact with various scientists/ farmers and visit the labs, MAPs related stalls and demonstration fields with many latest and progressive  varieties of MAPs. Dr. Rakesh Kumar Singh Sr. Scientist, CSIR-CIMAP) delivered a lecture on Mentha cultivation, which was very enriching experience for the students as they learnt about latest varieties and farming techniques and tools.
During the trip the students also got an opportunity to visit the Manav Garden, where Mr. Himanshu Yadav (Project Assistant, Department of Technology Dissemination Division and Computational Biology) enlightened the students about the importance of MAPs for curing various ailments of particular body parts.
The visit was successfully coordinated by Faculty members- Dr. Dheeraj Yadav and Dr. Kanchan Awasthi.

The Co-ordinators extend their gratitude to Hon’ble Vice Chancellor (Prof. Bhanu Pratap Singh), Dy. Registrar (Shri Girish Chhimwal), Dean (MSOSH) and Dean Academics (Lucknow Campus), Dr. Neeraj jain, Sr. AO (Mr. Rajesh Singh) for their support and encouragement for the visit.