Dr. Amrender Kumar
Agricultural Knowledge Management Unit at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute
The Agricultural Knowledge Management Unit (AKMU) was established by merging Bioinformatics Centre (BIC), Unit for Application of System Simulation (UASS) and Internet Facility (IF) of IARI in November 2003. Between 1989 and 2003, Bio-informatics Centre was established as a part of Biotechnology Information System (BTIS) Network under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, to function as a computerized information base in different fields of agricultural sciences in general and Agricultural Biotechnology in particular.
Currently, besides Bioinformatics activities, the Unit is entrusted with responsibility of developing ICT in agricultural research, maintaining the Institute's network, the website and the web server administration. In 2005, the Unit developed a documentary film titled, "IARI - A Catalyst of Change" which has been distributed to visiting dignitaries during that time and has initiated work on e-agro advisory services, which was subsequently transferred to Division of Agricultural Physics. The Mandates of the Unit are:
- To generate, collate information and data to construct and validate reliable computer models on crop growth, input management, pest dynamics and yield prediction.
- To provide internet connectivity, maintain dynamic web site, farmer's advisory service, teleconferencing and e-mail services to IARI.
- To develop database on pedigree management of wheat, maize, rice, chickpea and mung bean.
- To develop appropriate statistical packages for enabling field data analysis, matrix comparison and variability analysis as applicable to Molecular Markers Assisted Systems / Selection and Molecular Biology.