In a major move towards addressing agricultural issues and climate change, IIIT Bhubaneswar lately hosted a three-day international workshop titled “Digital Data Tools for Managing Agriculture: Focusing on Earth Observation and Climate Change.” Collaborating with IWMI and IEEE GRSS Kolkata Chapter, the workshop brought together experts to explore digital tools as well as technological solutions to fight against agrarian crises in India.
The workshop went on for three days and had more than 20 sessions where people discussed and shared ideas. There were discussions, presentations, practical shows and brainstorming sessions. Over 50 people from different parts of the country including experts and teachers came together to figure out how to solve the environmental issues.
During the inaugural event on December 21st, Professor Ashish Ghosh, the Director of IIIT, welcomed esteemed Chief Guests including Gyana Das (MD, OSDMA), Manoj Pattnaik (CEO, OCAC and Addl. Secy., E&IT, Govt. of Odisha), Subadarshi Mishra (MD, SPARC), Surajit Ghosh (Researcher, IWMI), Professor Sushmita Ghosh (Jadavpur University) and renowned hydrologist Alok Sikka.
For three days, everyone shared smart ideas and had interesting talks during presentations and sessions. The valedictory session on December 23rd featured closing remarks from Dasarathi Satpathy (Special Secretary, Odisha Legislative Assembly), Surajit Ghosh and Professor Sushmita Ghosh.
Besides all the serious talks, the students at IIIT also presented a fun cultural program. Professor Lipika Das of IIIT led the closing session, which concluded with a formal vote of thanks from Dean Academics Professor Rakesh Chandra Balbantaray.
During the three-day event, the delegates discussed and shared today’s farming issues and climatic problems. They said working together is the key in this age. The workshop was like a stage for important discussions and planning to fix environmental issues in farming.