Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) was established in 1960 with a mandate to strengthen the profession by bringing together agricultural engineers of the country on one platform and facilitate broader participation of its members in professional activities through its activities. Annual conventions of the society enable multiple stakeholders, national and international experts to discuss challenges and opportunities in the research, education, extension, industry, employment, and other relevant aspects of agricultural engineering. The recommendations and resolutions adopted during these events guide Government agencies and industry bodies. The ISAE Annual Convention provides an excellent platform for interactions, deliberations, exchange of ideas, collaborations, and networking opportunities with experts and stakeholders in the world's fastest-growing economy. Of late, ISAE in collaboration with ASABE organized the Global Water Security Conference for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Hyderabad, India on 3-6 October 2018. This event was ASABE's second major global initiative conference held outside the United States of America (USA). During Annual International Meeting (AIM) of ASABE at Bostan, ISAE was recognized for its outstanding contribution in organizing this mega international event. This was followed by 53rd ISAE Annual Convention at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, India on 28-30 January 2019 which was a great success.
The 54th Annual Convention of ISAE will be organized during 7-9 January 2020 in Pune by ISAE, New Delhi and Dr. Annasaheb Shinde College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri and coincides with the Golden Jubilee of the college. Recently Government of India has announced several initiatives to encourage startups to drive India towards a $5 trillion economy. Therefore, the theme of the 54th Annual Convention of ISAE will be “Agricultural Engineering Technologies for startups.” This convention theme is a continuation of the “Doubling farmers' income through technological interventions” theme of the 52nd Annual Convention held at AAU, Anand, Gujarat. Development and deployment of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in a significant way have particular relevance to Agriculture Engineering. An International Symposium on “Artificial Intelligence Based Future Technologies in Agriculture” will be organized in association with Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST) for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management (CSAWM), MPKV, Rahuri.
Theme of convention: Agricultural Engineering Technologies for start-ups Agricultural engineers will play a critical role in assuring India's food security in the coming decades. As India develops into a $5 trillion economy in the coming decade, the share of agriculture in the economy will decrease. Despite the decreasing share of agriculture in the diversifying and growing Indian economy, a thriving agricultural sector is vital for maintaining India's security and independence. Impact of several challenges such as small landholdings, increasing monsoon variability, and volatile commodity markets, are reflected in the increased agrarian distress across the country. Increased mechanization, sustainable farming practices, increased post-harvest processing and value addition of agricultural products can increase farmers' income and reduce rural to urban migration, thus reducing agrarian distress. As a youthful country with a median age of 29 years, India is emerging as a significant global innovation and startup hub. Providing impetus to startups based on agricultural engineering technology-based startups can address many issues such as employment generation, value addition, increase income to farmers, and promoting vibrant agrarian value chains.
Agricultural Engineering interventions are necessary for India's next green revolution. Many agricultural technology startups in India focusing on technologies such as protected cultivation, post-harvest management, value addition, cold chain management, data analytics, machine learning, and satellite imaging are already enabling farmers to maximize their output. There are innumerable business opportunities in the agriculture and allied sectors, especially in India. There are many opportunities in this sector, and stakeholders around the world are increasingly investing in Agricultural Tech Startups to unleash its existing potentialities. As the premier society of agricultural engineers, ISAE will focus on the Agricultural Engineering technologies for startups in the 54th Annual convention of ISAE.
Growing pressure on the natural resources such as land and water, improving agricultural productivity, increasing concerns about the sustainability of industrial farming practices, maintenance of soil health and reducing the pesticide use in produce necessitate sustainable climate-smart and precision agriculture strategies. The climate-smart and precision agriculture involve, obtaining the solutions with advanced technologies such as the application of robotics, drones, IoTs, Geo-informatics, precision machinery for efficient farming on a sustainable basis. This sector is currently in its infancy in India and will expand geometrically to keep pace with fulfilling the goal of doubling farm income by 2022. Therefore, this is an opportune time to develop the human resources to start the entrepreneurship activities in the in precision and climate-smart agriculture industries.
Research into Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) applications for agriculture are still in progress. Some applications are already available in the market and are being rapidly adopted especially in-field farming techniques. In order to explore the enormous scope of AI in agriculture and meet the complex and heterogeneous needs of Indian agriculture, an International Symposium on "Artificial Intelligence Based Future Technologies in Agriculture" will be organized during the 54th ISAE in association with Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST) for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management (CSAWM), a World Bank Sponsored Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Agricultural Science and Technology (NAHEP) Project at MPKV, Rahuri.
Scientific sessions will include lead papers as well as keynote addresses by national and international experts on the subject. Original research work will also be presented in oral and poster paper sessions. Soft copies of abstract of the paper(s) shall be submitted to respective Technical Directors by September 30, 2019. The abstract should be of approximately 200-300 words in length, single spacing, MS Word document, Times New Roman Font with 12 Font size. Technical Directors will decide on the papers to be presented during oral sessions or through a poster presentation. After receiving the acceptance, full-length paper for oral presentation should be e-mailed to the respective technical directors. Detailed guidelines for oral as well as poster presentations, are available on the ISAE and Convention web site. Souvenir along-with CD will be distributed during registration. The certificates will be issued to participants for attending the convention (without oral/poster presentation) and presenting the paper in session (oral/poster presentation).
Contact details of Technical Directors are as follows
Dean, College of Agriculture Engineering and Technology
Odissha University of Agriculture and Technology
Bhubaneswar 751 003
Bio - Energy Department, College of Food Processing Technology &
Bio-Energy Anand Agricultural University Anand -388110,Gujrat
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana - 141004, Punjab
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 9501500367
Principal Scientist (SWCE), Division of Resource Management
ICAR - Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture Santosh Nagar,
Saidabad (PO) Hyderabad - 500059, Telangana
All participants should register for the conference by filling-up there gistration form which is given separately with the brochure and is also available on the conference website: http://www.isaempkv2020.in. Registration fee is to be paid in advance. The details of registration fee for different categories of participant are given below.
|Registration Fee||Indian Rupees|
|Name of Bank||State Bank of India|
|Account Name||Rahuri Chapter of ISAE|
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The Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers was established in 1960. Agricultural Engineering, involves application of engineering to production, processing, preservation and handling of food, feed and fiber. It also includes the transfer of engineering technology for the development and welfare of rural areas and masses. The major fields of Agricultural Engineering are:
In order to organize workshops, conferences, seminars and symposia to discuss specific problems of a Region/State by bringing together the members of the ISAE, it was decided to promote the establishment of ISAE chapters on regional basis. Consequently, some ISAE chapters were established and are functioning in different regions. Enquiries are made, from time to time, by the ISAE members to establish an ISAE chapter at a specific location or in region. and Society will continue to encourage the establishment of ISAE chapters at different locations/regions.
MPKV, Rahuri Chapter of ISAE is organizing 54th annual convention of Indian society of Agricultural Engineering(ISAE) on January 7-9,2020 at Hyatt Regency, Vimannagar, Pune, India.
The Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV), Rahuri is the premier Agricultural University in Maharashtra that renders services to the farmers through Education, Research and Extension Education. In pursuance of the Maharashtra Agricultural University (Krishi Vidyapeeth) Act 1967, initially, the Maharashtra Agricultural University (Krishi Vidyapeeth) was established for the entire Maharashtra State and started functioning in March, 1968 with its office at Mumbai. The office was shifted to College of Agriculture, Pune in 1969. Later on in 1972, four agricultural universities were established in Maharashtra. Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri is one of them established in 1969 for the western Maharashtra having jurisdiction spread over 10 districts viz. Jalgaon, Nandurbar, Dhule, Nashik, Ahmednagar,Pune, Solapur, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur. The University is named after the great social reformer "Mahatma Jyotiba Phule".
The Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri is the premier Agricultural University in Maharashtra that renders services to the farmers through Education, Research and Extension Education.
The Governor of Maharashtra state is the Chancellor of the University, The Minister of Agriculture, Maharashtra state is the Pro-Chancellor, while, Vice-Chancellor is the Head of the University. The Executive Council is the highest policy making body of the University. The Vice-Chancellor is the Chairman of this Council. The Council constitutes of nominated peoples representatives, eminent members from agriculture and development departments, scientists, representative of ICAR and progressive farmers. The University is assisted by Academic Council, Agricultural Research Council, Extension Education Council for co-ordination and review of academic, research and extension education programmes, seed production and agricultural development programmes.
MPKV has been bestowed with the "Sardar Patel Outstanding Institute Award – 2002" by the ICAR, New Delhi for excellence in the field of Education, Research and Extension Education. Further, the University has been recognized as the “Institute of Excellence” and have been provided with special funds of Rs. 100 cores by the Government of India in its Union budget of 2007-08.Location
Location of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri lies between 73° 15’ 0” to 76° 22’ 12” North latitude and 15° 46’ 48” to 22° 3’ 0” East longitude.Jurisdiction and Area
The jurisdiction of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri is spread over ten districts viz. Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Satara, Solapur, Sangli and Kolhapur in the state of Maharashtra.Total geographical area of jurisdiction is 116.67 lakh hectare.Agroclimatic Zones, crops and soils
The geographical area under jurisdiction of MPKV is 116.67 lakh ha which is 38 % of the State’s geographical area covering the ten districts of Western Maharashtra i.e. Nundurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Solapur, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur. 5 agro-climatic zones viz. Scarcity Zone, Plain Zone, Sub-montane Zone, Western Ghat and Assured rainfall zone exists in the jurisdiction MPKV. The area, climate, important crops and soils of these zones are narrated below.
The University has seven constituent colleges of agriculture sciences located at Pune, Kolhapur, Dhule, Nandurbar, Karad, Muktainagar and Halgaon; one agricultural engineering college at Rahuri and one college for horticulture at Pune. The University also governs academically the 63 constituent colleges of agricultural science, agricultural engineering, food technology, bio-technology, agricultural business management in its jurisdiction. All these colleges offer the Graduate degree programmes. The combined intake capacity is 5574.
The University has the Post Graduate Institute at its central campus of Rahuri. The University offers Master degree at Post Graduate Institute, Rahuri, College of Agriculture, Pune, Kolhapur and Dhule; and Dr.A. S. College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology at Rahuri. The combined intake capacity is 372.
Further the Post Graduate Institute and College of Agricultural Engineering offer the Doctoral level programmes in agricultural science and engineering, respectively. The combined intake capacity is 84.
The University has been awarded with the World Bank sponsored Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management under National Agricultural Higher Education Programme (NAHEP) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. This Centre has started the Post Doctoral programme and will soon start the Post Graduate Diploma in climate smart agriculture and water management.
The University has 09 constituent and 76 affiliated Agricultural Technology Schools. The combined intake capacity is 5100.Research Programmes
The University has 27 research stations in 5 agro-climatic zones including 4 State level Crop Specialists, 4 Zonal Agricultural Research Stations and 17 Strategic and Verification Research Centres to conduct research programme on different aspects. Further the University currently implement 82 non-plan schemes funded by State Government, 44 All India Co-ordinated Research Projects (AICRPs) on different crops/plant sciences sponsored by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi; and one Centrally Sponsored Research Schemes funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
The University significantly contributed to the regional and national economy by investigating 263 crop varieties, 1518 research technologies and 32 farm implements. 36 varieties are registered under PPV and FRA.Extension Education Programmes
The University has extensive network of outreach programmes for extension and dissemination viz., Agricultural Technology Information Centre, Regional Extension Centre (4), District Extension Centre (5), College Development Blocks, Communication Centre and Farmers-Scientists Forums.
Seventeen Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs) for transfer of technology exist in the jurisdiction of the University, out of which 4 Krishi Vigyan Kendras at Dhule, Mamurabad (Jalgaon), Borgaon (Satara) and Mohol (Solapur) belong to the University. 13 KVKs are under NGOs and other institutes in the jurisdiction of MPKV.
Dr. Annasaheb Shinde College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology The College of Agricultural Engineering was established in 1969 (now renamed as Dr. Annasaheb Shinde College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology) for offering under graduate course in Agricultural Engineering. The college also offers post graduate programmes leading to M. Tech. (Agricultural Engineering) and Ph.D. in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Farm Machinery and Power Engineering and Processing and Food Engineering. Dr. Annasaheb Shinde College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year in 2019-20.
The Center for Advance Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST) for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management (CSAWM) is sanctioned to and being implemented at Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri by Education Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and National Agricultural Higher Education Programme vide UR No.MTC-03(690)/203/2018 dt.19/11/2018. The objective of the project are as mentioned below.Brief Objectives of CAAST-CSAWM
The specific objectives of the proposed CAAST-for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management are:
i) To develop the capacity amongst the faculties and scientists for the development and adoption of the precise Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management technologies.
ii) To start the one year Post Graduate Diploma in “Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management” for developing the human resources enabling them to start entrepreneurship and employable in public sectors and private industries, strengthen the current M.Sc., M. Tech. and Ph. D. programme (for their research projects); and make provision for the perspective beginner/middle level faculties/researchers for Post Doctorate studies in precision water management, precise climate smart agriculture and Geo-informatics.
iii) To develop an integrated system including RS/GIS and GPS tools, modelling and SDSS tools using unmanned aerial system (UAS aka. drone) and sensor based technologies; and mobile applications and their applications for climate smart and precision agriculture and water management.
iv) To conduct end-to-end capacity building through on-the-job training and case study based learning; enhance the employment and placement rate; and business and entrepreneurship opportunities.
The 54th Annual Convention and International Symposium are being held in Pune. The city of Pune is also known as 'Cultural Capital of Maharashtra' and has historical relevance as the capital of Peshvas, the Prime Minister of Maratha Kingdom. Apart from its history and culture, it is also known for its legendry position in information and technology centre and educational hub. Many of the leading Government, Private IT industries and educational institutes now have their base in Pune. Pune is considered to be a preferred destination for students and professionals of the country. Pune also has the headquarters of many prestigious National Level Research Institutes and State Government Departments.Climate
In January, a pleasant and cool climate in Pune can be enjoyed. In January, the days are bright, sunny and warm with maximum temperature around 29°C and mornings, evenings and nights are cold with minimum temperature around 10-16°C. The delegates are advised to have light warm clothing with them.How to reach Pune
The Pune can be reached by bus, train and air from different parts of the country. Pune railway junction has direct trains on the broad gauge network to most of the major Indian destinations such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Jammu Tawi, Ahemedabad, Bhubneshawar, Jaipur, Bangalore, Nagpur, Bhopal and Thiruananthapuram. The international airport in Pune is well connected by daily domestic airlines and international flights. It is situated at 15 km from Convention Venue. The other nearest airport from Pune is Mumbai Airport which is around 150 km by road distance. Shirdi airport is about 200 km from Pune, which is well connected by 4 hours road journey.
Shirdi Saibaba and Shani Shinganapur: 180 km from Venue location.
Jyotirlingas : Three of the twelve Jyotirlingas : Bhimashankar, Pune (75 km), Ghrishmeshwar Aurangabad (200 km) and Trimbakeshwar (200 km).
Ashtavinayakas : Three of eight important Ganesh temples are within 50 km from Pune.
Ajantha and Ellora : The UNESCO heritage sites, Ajantha and Ellora caves are within 250 km from Pune.
Lonawala: Hill station at 50 km.
Alibaugh: Sea Beach at 140 km from Pune.
Vist to Central Campus, MPKV, Rahuri and Shirdi : A vist to central campus of MPKV, Rahuri and pilgrim places namely Shirdi and Shanishinganapur will be arranged from venue of location (on afternoon of third day of convention (9th Jan).
Industry partners across the country are invited for various categories of sponsorship and advertisement in the compendium that will be released during the inaugural function of the Convention. Platinum sponsors (Rs. 5 Lakh), Diamond (Rs. 4 Lakh), Gold (Rs. 3 Lakh), Silver (Rs. 2 Lakh) and other (Rs 1.0 lakh) In additions to this the industries are encouraged to sponsor lunch, dinners and registration kits for the Convention. A compendium containing lead papers and abstract will be published and released during the conference. We welcome advertisements in the Compendium and Industrial Exhibition at the venue of the convention. The rates of the advertisements for the compendium are: