Ranchi, Apr 24
Birsa Agricultural University (BAU) on Thursday conferred Honorary Professorship on Dr Daisaku Ikeda, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Buddhism, President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and founder of Soka University, Japan in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of the green revolution, global peace and new global humanism.
Dr Ikeda could not come personally to receive the Honorary Professorship due to his advanced age (94) and the citation was received jointly by Dr Yoshihisa Baba, former president of Soka University, Dr Akash Ouchi, SGI Director and Vinesh Gupta, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSK) chairperson. BAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Onkar Nath Singh, Registrar Dr Sailesh Chattopadhyay, and Dean Agriculture Dr Sandip Kumar Pal handed over the citation to the Japanese delegation.
Other members of the 11-member Japanese delegation included BSG Director-General Indranath Chaudhary, Head of External Relations NS Anand, Women Division Chief Rashi Ahuja, Yoshihiro Ozaki, Rajiv Takahashi, Satoko Ono, Renichiro Nakgawa, Takaaki Kobayashi.
Dr IKeda, in his award acceptance speech presented by Dr Yoshihisa Baba, former president of Soka University, said the happiness of a nation depends on farmers’ peace and prosperity and it was very satisfying to note that challenges faced by the farming community were well taken care of by BAU. Dr Onkar Nath Singh, Vice-Chancellor, BAU said Dr Ikeda has repeatedly warned about the dangers of taking agriculture lightly and has advocated for taking it very seriously taking into consideration all aspects of future of the humankind, culture, tradition, respect for life and environment protection.
BAU and Soka University had signed an MoU about a month ago for mutual cooperation in the field of teaching, research, publication, and other academic activities. As per the MoU inked for the next five years, both the universities can exchange faculty, and staff, will jointly conduct research and consultancy, share information and publications and participate in other activities aimed at the development of booth the institutions of higher learning. The agreement will not create an additional financial burden on the institutions. On Wednesday evening, officials of both the institutions discussed their activities, achievements, and infrastructure in the Board Room to further strengthen mutual collaboration.