The fourth plant science research meet in the form of a national conference began at Uttaranchal University on 20th November 2021. The conference was jointly organized by PLANTICA, School of Applied and Life Sciences, Uttaranchal University, Dehradun, & HNBGU. The conference was jointly inaugurated by the lighting of lamp by Shri Jitender Joshi, Chancellor, Uttaranchal University, Dr Abhishek Joshi, Director SA & IT, Dr Anoop Badoni, Convenor, Prof (Dr) Ajay Singh, Co-Convenor & Dean Applied Sciences, Prof D S Chauhan, Dean Agriculture HNB Garhwal University, Prof (Dr) A R Karnataka, Vice Chancellor, SGUUHF, Bharsar, Uttarakhand, Prof (Dr) Rajesh Bahuguna, Pro Vice Chancellor, Uttaranchal University. The inauguration ceremony was followed by a welcome address by Prof (Dr) Ajay Singh who briefed about the objectives of the conference and also mentioned the significance of organizing such scientific meets. Dr Anoop Badoni in his address extended an official welcome to all dignitaries and extended his best wishes to all participants. Prof (Dr) Rajesh Bahuguna in his address emphasized on the importance of conducting outcome based scientific studies for the benefit of society. Prof (Dr) A R Karnataka in his address highlighted the importance of contribution of plant and agricultural science studies in benefit of all stakeholders. Dr R K Arora in his technical session elaborated upon various aspects and potentials of Aeroponics. Dr Pooja Kantura provided valuable insight into the activities of PLANTICA and proposed a vote of thanks. More than 250 participants were present in the conference from various institutes and universities. The event was anchored by Prof (Dr) Bharti Ramola. A souvenir was also released with 174 research papers on this occasion.
On 21st November 2021, the second day of the National Conference of Advanced Plant Science, Prof Dr M P Singh Bisht, Director of USAC, Prof (Dr) Rajesh Bahuguna, Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr G K Dhingra, Dean of Science Faculty, Shri Dev Suman Uttarakhand University, Prof (Dr) Ajay Singh, Dean of SALS, Dr Anoop Badoni, Director-Plantica Foundation started the program by lighting the lamp. On this occasion Prof (Dr) M P Singh Bisht congratulated Plantica and Uttaranchal University for the successful conference. He highlighted the importance of agricultural science and plant research. Prof (Dr) Ajay Singh and Dr Anoop Badoni expressed their views on Plantica. Prof (Dr) Ajay Singh threw light on the utility of plant science research in today’s time. Prof (Dr) Rajesh Bahuguna threw light on the importance of agriculture in human life. In this conference 12 key speakers expressed their views and 161 research scholars presented their papers. About 250 scientists, research scholars and students from Punjab, Maharashtra, Jammu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Delhi and other states participated in this seminar.About 50 research scholars participated in the poster competition. Prize distribution ceremony was organized on 21 November 2021, in which research scholar Priyavrat was awarded with the Young Plant Scientist Award. Ambika Gaur and Paras Sajwan were awarded Best Researchers Award in the PG category.