9th November, 2020
The ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture and Informatics Publishing Ltd., organized the one-day “National Ambassador and Users Orientation Program on enhanced utilization of agricultural knowledge research in the Country” today for its of Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture (CeRA).
The Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture has been established to achieve the ultimate objective of promoting online digital scientific literature and creating e-access culture among the scientists, faculty and students of ICAR institutes and State Agricultural Universities under National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES) of India. It is a flagship activity of ICAR.
The Chief Guest, Dr. R.C. Agrawal, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Education), ICAR in his opening remarks applauded the role played by CeRA in extending the e-literature support to scientists and helping researchers for achieving excellence in their research endeavors. He urged to find the means to improve and popularize the platform among the researchers and scholars. The expansion of member and e-resources may be done keeping in view the mandate, essentiality and sustainability of the Consortium. He also highlighted that CeRA should be operationalized keeping in view of the new education policy of Govt. of India.
Dr. Satendra Kumar Singh, Project Director, ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture mentioned that easy accessibility of CeRA has proved to be a boon for the people involved in agricultural researches as it saves both time and money and most of the institutes get similar infrastructure and equal opportunity through this knowledge platform. He emphasized that the e-Resources and reach of CeRA may be expanded for creation of e-access culture and suggested various ways to make the CeRA platform user-friendly.
Shri S.K. Joshi, Incharge, CeRA mentioned that, around 152 Institutes are utilizing the services of the consortium and around 12 Lakhs downloads have been registered and amidst the COVID-19 situation, CeRA has made arrangement for extending access through remote access facility to all its member institutions as a special case without any extra cost.
Shri Sanjay Grover, CEO, Informatics Publishing Limited underlined about the various useful modules in the J-Gate CeRA. He also outlined about the advanced features that are helpful and useful for the participants.
A total of 120 participants including Nodal Officers from ICAR Institutes and State Agricultural Universities across PAN India participated in the programme.
Source: ICAR-DKMA, New Delhi