Ranchi, Sept 19
Onkar Nath Singh on Saturday took over as the Vice Chancellor of Birsa Agricultural University (BAU). He paid floral tributes to the statues of Birsa Bhagwan and Kartik Oraon on the University campus, addressed the senior officers of the university in the BAU board room and also took stock of the important issues of the institution from them, as per a press release.
He asked the Deans and Directors to prepare a powerpoint presentation about the activities, achievements, problems and future plans of their respective units after discussion with their colleagues. Presentations will be held after 7 to 10 days as per the pre circulated schedule. Punctuality, discipline and productivity will receive his focused attention. With the help and cooperation of the university officials, State Government and Governor’s Secretariat he would try to thrash out the issues like seventh pay package and career advancement scheme benefits to teachers, speedy appointment on the vacant posts of teachers, scientists, staff, contractual engagement and extension of teachers and ACP/ MACP to non teaching staff, Singh added. He will remain available from 7 AM to 10 PM for institutional works, the VC said, added the press release.
Originally a principal scientist of ICAR, Onkar Nath Singh was working as Technical Member, Plant Variety Protection Appellate Tribunal of Intellectual Property Appellate Board under Ministry of Commerce and Industry. He has also worked as Director (Acting), Head, Division of Crop Improvement, Principal Scientist (Plant Breeding) at ICAR, National Rice Research Institute in Cuttack, Senior Scientist at ICAR, Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan in Almora (Uttarakhand), Assistant and Associate Professor at Narendra Deva University of Agriculture and Technology in Faizabad, Assistant Professor at Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University in Bihar, Lecturer, Genetics and Plant Breeding, BNV P.G. College in Rath, Hamirpur (Uttar Pradesh), mentioned the press release.
Singh has been involved in developing more than 30 rice varieties with special reference to Aerobic rice in areas where there is acute shortage of water. He has led several projects funded nationally and internationally and guided several post graduate students as well.