CESS establishes RULNR

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Hyderabad, Jun 10 (UNI) The Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) today announced the establishment of Research Unit for Livelihood and Natural Resources (RULNR) with the financial support from Jamsetji Tata Trust on its campus.

Addressing the press here, former CESS Director and Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) Chairman Professor S Mahendra Dev said RULNR would conduct fundamental and applied research on human livelihoods and natural resources with an objective of creating a 'centre of excellence' in this field.

Stating that the Trust has funded Rs nine crore for the first five years, Mr Dev said the research would be done on eco-systems like forests, river basins and drylands in specific locations initially.

The RULNR was expected to influence future research activities through capacity building in the form of doctoral fellowships to young scholars. It would also help provide platforms for debates with policymakers, donors and various departments.

The CACP chairman said it would also organise periodic workshops, seminars and publications to disseminate information on research work. The ultimate goal of the RULNR was to become one of the most respected scientific research units at the international level.

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