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ACTIVITIES OF NTRF

Research and Development

NTRF operates in liase with Tea Board India for supporting innovative research on all aspects of tea from cultivation to manufacture to socio-economics to consumption to human health effects of tea. Benefits accrued out of the investments of Corpus fund are provided for worthwhile high quality research on tea.

 

The main criteria for research support by NTRF

  1.  
     
     
    1. The project must be innovative, not routine, in the areas where research could be fruitful for Indian tea industry at large with some societal values.
    2. The project must have some practical use in terms of enhancing growth, productivity, processing and quality of tea and towards establishing health and other beneficial aspects of Indian tea.
    3. Research in genetics, plant development, molecular biology, enzymology, biotechnology, flavour biochemistry, production engineering, medical attributes of tea, besides socio-economics and management, machinery developments, application of electronics forms the core of fund support.
    4. Partner Research Institutions should be
      • Recognized by DSIR, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, as National Research Institutes and possessing in house basic recognized research infrastructure as well equipped laboratory and scientists.
      • xempted U/S 35 (1) (ii)/(iii) of Income Tax Act 1961.

The activities of NTRF other than funding research projects:

 
 
 
 
 
  1. Collection of data from NTRF projects to develop protocol for recommendations for enhancing productivity, quality and human health aspects of tea.
  2. Collation of research findings pertaining to improvement of quality and yield of tea, and their commercialization.
  3. Publication of research reports and reviews.
  4. Publication of Quarterly News Bulletin, Annual Scientific Report in which research data generated under NTRF funded projects at different institutions are documented.
  5. Organizing seminars and workshops, including publications of their proceedings.
  6. Interacting with tea producers and research institutions the world over to identify research problems relevant to the activities of NTRF.

Research Support
NTRF stresses Inter-disciplinary researches in tea, especially those covering the border line areas between botany and physiology, biochemistry and biotechnology, enzymology and flavours, pest plant interactions. Research is also carried out with partner institutes for non-conventional approaches with potentials to solve high profile problems like high water table, bio-management of pests and diseases, integrated nutrition management, identifying quality base of tea using electronic means and socio-economic aspects of tea garden workers.

NTRF took a significant step in funding topical need based, time targeted research in tea pharmacology, tea ergonomics in the field and factory, tea management, marketing and socio economics besides all aspects of tea cultivation and processing including improving tea quality.

Research Projects in the Partner Institutions indicating status of projects
in the core areas up to 31ST March 2011

   

Project Status

Core Areas of Research & Development

Partner Institutions

Number of Projects Granted

Number of Projects Completed

Number of Ongoing Projects

A) Plant Physiology, Breeding & Development UPASI-TRF

4

2

2

  TRA, Nagrakata

2

1

1

  TRA, Tocklai

2

1

 

  IHBT, Palampur

1

1

 

  Assam University, Silchar

1

1

 

  CSKHPKV, Palampur

1

1

 

Total:  

11

7

4

B) Soil-Plant Nutrition & Water Management UPASI-TRF

4

3

1

  AAU, Jorhat, Assam

2

2

 

  TRA, Tockali

4

1

3

  BCKV, Mohanpur, W.B.

1

1

 

  IIT, Kharagpur

2

1

1

Total:  

13

8

5

C) Plant Protection and Pesticide Management UPASI-TRF

9

9

 

  K. S Rangasamy College,TN

1

 

1

  TRA, Tockali

10

7

3

  Calcutta University

2

1

1

  BCKV, Mohanpur, W.B.

1

1

 

  TRA, Nagrakata

1

 

1

  IHBT, Palampur

2

2

 

  North Bengal University

3

2

1

  AAU, Jorhat, Assam

2

1

1

Total:  

31

23

8

D) Quality Improvement UPASI-TRF

3

2

1

  TRA, Tockali

2

1

1

  TRA, Nagrakata

1

 

1

  IHBT, Palampur

2

2

 

  C-DAC, Kolkata

2

1

1

  IIT, Kharagpur

1

 

1

Total:  

11

6

5

E) Green Tea Processing TRA, Tocklai

1

 

1

  IHBT, Palampur

1

1

 

Total:  

2

1

1

F) Organic Tea : Processing /
    Improvement
IHBT, Palampur

1

1

 

  IIT, Kharagpur

1

1

 
  UPASI-TRF

1

1

 
  CSKHPKV, Palampur

1

1

 
Total:  

4

4

 
G) Work Study: Ergonomics AAU, Jorhat, Assam

2

2

 

  Presidency College, Kolkata

2

2

 

  Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar

1

1

 

Total:  

5

5

 

H) Product Diversification RRL, Jorhat, Assam

2

2

 

Total:  

2

2

 

I) Human Health Benefits Calcutta University

11

9

2

  VIMS, Kolkata

7

5

2

  CNCI, Kolkata

8

7

1

  IICB, Jadavpur

4

4

 

  Presidency College

2

2

 

  ITRC, Lucknow

2

2

 

  Bose Institute, Kolkata

2

2

 

  Jadavpur University, Kolkata

1

1

 

  ACTREC, Mumbai

2

2

 

  Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research

3

2

1
1

  Bharati Womens’ College,Channai Universityty

2

1

1

  WBUT

1

 

1

 

Assam Agriculture University

1

 

1

  Vellore Institute

1

 

1

Total:  

47

37

10

j) Socio Economics S.T.Hindu College, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu

1

1

 

  CSSS

2

2

 

  AAU, Jorhat Assam

1

1

 

Total:  

4

4

 

K) Electronics/Engineering

C-DAC

1

1

 

  JU

1

1

 

  TRA

2

2

 

Total:  

4

4

 

L) Biotechnology UPASI

2

 

2

Total:  

2

 

2

M) Nematology Viswa Bharati

1

1

 

Total:  

1

1

 

GRAND TOTAL:  

137

102

35

Where:

Abbreviations Used

Full Name

AAU

Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat.

ACTREC

Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research & Education in Cancer, Navi Mumbai. 

BCKV

Bidhan Chandra Krishi Visva Vidalaya, Mohanpur, West Bengal.

C-DAC

Centre for Development of Advance Computing, Kolkata.

CSSS

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

CNCI

Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata.

CSKHPKV

Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya

CU

Calcutta University, Kolkata.

IHBT

Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.

IICB

Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Jadavpur, Kolkata.

IIT

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

IPGME&R

Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research,Kolkata

ITRC

Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow.

TRA

Tea Research Association

UPASI      

United Planters’ Association of South India, Tea Research Foundation, Valparai,

VIMS

Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences, Kolkata.

VIT

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

Modalities for the selection of Projects

  • Projects are selected according to the norm formulated by its Governing Body which include collating comments received from experts in the Research Advisory Committee and specialists associated, finally the schemes are taken up for consideration, modifications and  presentation before the committee.
  • The recommendations of RAC are placed before the Governing Body of NTRF for consideration. If approved by the Governing Body the relevant principal investigators are informed of the acceptance of the project with detailed terms and conditions along with modalities for release of grants, monitoring of progress and submission of reports as partner institutes of NTRF.
  • Since the inception of NTRF in 1988 till 31st March 2011 NTRF received over 150 (One Hundred thirty) project proposals from various research institutions or universities of India. Of those, 130 (One Hundred thirty) proposals have so far been approved by the Governing Body after evaluation and negating some of the proposals.
  • 102 (One hundred two) project proposals have been completed and rest 35 (Thirty five) are in various stages of progress at relevant partner institutions.
  • Project proposals which did not fit within the objectives of NTRF were rejected.
 
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