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N Raghuram get elected as Chair of International Nitrogen Initiative

Indian scientist-academician N Raghuram became the first Indian and Asian to get elected as Chair of International Nitrogen Initiative (INI), a global policy making initiative.

N Raghuram as Chair of International Nitrogen Initiative
  • He will succeed Mark Sutton of the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh. 
  • Besides him, David Kanter of the New York University was elected as Vice-Chair. 
  • The new chairs will formally take up their roles on January 1, 2019.

Responsibilities of the new chair:

  • Their responsibility will be to steer a network of six regional centres each under INI Regional Director (East Asia, South Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America). 
  • Other INI projects under their purview will include N-print activity on nitrogen foot-printing and cooperation with Global Carbon Project on establishment of global nitrous oxide budget.
  • They will also enable INI to strengthen its contribution to global science-policy processes, including supporting the International Nitrogen Management System (INMS) and providing regular input to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

About N Raghuram:

  • He specialises in biological determinants of nitrogen use efficiency in crops.
  • He has been the President of Indian Nitrogen Group (co-founded by him) and Steering Committee member of UNEP Global Partnership on Nutrient Management.
  • He had also served as Director of the South Asian Nitrogen Centre.
  • At present, he is a professor at GGS Indraprastha University, New Delhi.

About the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI):

  • INI is an international program set up in 2003 under the sponsorship of the Scientific Committee on Problems of Environment (SCOPE) and from International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP).
  • Its key aims are to optimize nitrogen's beneficial role in sustainable food production and minimize nitrogen's negative effects on human health and environment resulting from food and energy production.
  • INI is coordinated by Steering Committee, led by chair and six regional centre directors representing, North America, South Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and East Asia.
  • INI is also currently the sustained partner of Future Earth (an international organisation that works to accelerate transformations to global sustainability through research and innovation).

Question:

Q. Who became the first Indian and Asian to get elected as Chair of International Nitrogen Initiative (INI), a global policy making initiative?
a. M Raghuram
b. N Raghuram
c. S Raghuram
d. None of the above
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1 comment:

  1. It is not the photo of Prof. N. Raghuram. Kindly upload the correct one.

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