I feel greatly honoured to inaugurate “GITAM Centre
for Integrated Rural Development” of the famous GITAM
University, Visakhapatnam. It is quite interesting to learn
that the Centre is focusing on thrust areas like Bio diesel
plantation and production, Energy plantation & power
generation, cultivation of medicinal, aromatic plants for Herbal
drugs production, Production of Bio-pesticides, Bio-fertilizers
and organic farming, waste land development with rain fed
agriculture, drinking water quality in relation to Public Health,
Mobile soil testing laboratory, development of renewable
energy parks such as solar and wind in the rural areas.
I am happy to know that GITAM centre is
establishing Research Labs and Technology parks to
develop suitable technologies, and for on station research
and pilot demonstrations. I am further happy that the Village
Knowledge Centres and Village Resource Centres are also
being established to build knowledge society in each village
through Training Schools.
I am sure, the Centre will contribute for the
improvement of quality of life of the rural people, by improving
their economic status. I congratulate the Management of
the Centre and the GITAM University for their novel thoughts
for the betterment of rural lives and I wish the Centre’s
efforts all the success.