A 15 days certificate program on “Mushroom cultivation – Its scope and opportunities” , Organized by Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology was inaugurated on 02 August 2021 at 11:00 AM. The main objective of this certificate program is to build entrepreneurship skills in the participants so that they can integrate mushroom cultivation in the farming system and enhance their income. Mushroom production is no doubt emerging as a promising agro-based enterprise and this certificate program will develop an ability to select and cultivate appropriate varieties of mushrooms. Principal Dr. M.G.Roymon conducted the gathering and expressed his gratitude towards the certificate program and organising committee. Administrator of College Rev. Father Dr. Joshi Varghese appreciated the efforts taken by Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology for conducting this certificate program.
Prof. S.K patil Hon’ble vice-chancellor; IGKV, Raipur was the chief guest, in his inaugural address, Prof.Patil insighted that a variety of indigenous edible mushrooms are found in chhattisgarh and many educational and research institutes are constantly working on the nutritional and medicinal values of mushroom and spreading awareness among public. He stressed that commercial production of mushrooms should be scaled up to meet the public demand and that is where the scope of such a certificate program is helpful. Prof. M.P.Thakur, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture in his Keynote address, gave an insight of the types of mushrooms found in the state and their nutritional values. He discussed the medicinal values of mushrooms and revealed the underlying facts that mushrooms can be used to develop immunity against coronavirus, to boost vitamin D levels and also to treat Type II Diabetes Mellitus.
Dr.Shanthi, Head, Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology looked into all the details of the deliberation for effective conduct of the certificate program.
Dr.Ujjwala Supe Assistant Professor. Department of Biotechnology conducted the program. Total 102 participants were registered under this online certificate program.