The CSIR Pensioners Welfare Association (CPWA) — an all India Body of Retired Scientists, Technologists and complementary staff of 13 chapters with its Head Quarters at Lucknow) — had convened its Annual Meeting of 2013 at the CSIR - CFTRI Campus in city on March 15 and 16. The convention was organised by the Mysore Chapter of CPWA.

Inaugurating the programme, Dr. P.V. Salimath, Chief Scientist, Director's S & T unit, CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore, delineating the programmes of the apex body, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), enumerated the activities of CSIR- CFTRI and said that its future would be application of biotechnology and nanotechnology for processing and improving of food products.

In his presidential address, Dr. P.K. Seth, President, CPWA (Hq) said that the theme of the convention "Food, Life style and Health" set the right tune for the event. He also stressed the need to keep the brain active during the advanced years which would have beneficial effects physiologically and ward off old age-related diseases.

Elaborating the activities of CPWA, he said that though there has been a steep increase in membership, the social responsibilities of relevance to community should be a focus in all the chapters.

Dr. R.P. Rastogi, Secretary General, also stressed on social commitment as part of the Chapter's activities.

A commemorative souvenir on the theme "FOOD, LIFE STYLE AND HEALTH" was released on the occasion.

Earlier, Sreemathi Hariprasad, President, CPWA , Mysore Chapter, welcomed the gathering and Y.S.R. Rao, Secretary, CPWA, Mysore Chapter, proposed a vote of thanks.


The CPWA annual event organised by the CPWA Mysore Chapter featured an array of impressive seminar presentations on five subjects by stalwarts in their own professions: Therapeutic Utility of Common Food items in geriatric disorders by Dr. B.N. Dhawan, former Director, CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow; Ayurveda for the Silver Brigade by Dr. Poornima Krishnamurthy, Director, Prajnakuteera Ayurvedic Centre and Abhijna International Academy of Ayurveda and Yogam, Mysore; Food Security for the aged by Dr. V.P. Kamboj, Former Director, CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow; Post Operative Care of the elderly by Dr. K. Lakshman, General Surgeon (Specialist - GI Surgery); and Ageing: Causes, Effects and Management for Wellbeing by Dr. D. Vijaya Rao, former Scientist, DFRL, Mysore.


During the meet, patrons Dr. B.L. Amla, former Director, CSIR-CFTRI and Col. O.P. Kapur, former Director, Central Food Laboratory and head, FSAQCL, CSIR-CFTRI and patrons of the Mysore Chapter — three octogenarians Dr. Kantha S. Shurplekar, Dr. P.P. Kurien and B. Ramanna, former scientists of CSIR-CFTRI and N.S. Singh, founder-Secretary of the Mysore Chapter, were felicitated.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore