Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture, its scientist receive IAEA awards
DOT Desk:  Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) has received an award from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its outstanding contribution in mutation breeding, reports The Daily Star.  The award came in the category of Outstanding Achievement Award, a press release of the Agriculture Ministry said.
 Dr Shamsunnahar Begum, head and chief scientific officer of the Department of Plant Breeding at BINA, has received “Women in Plant Mutation Breeding” award. The award came for her outstanding contribution in plant mutation breeding and related biotechnology, the release said. IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi gave the awards to Muhammad Abdul Muhith, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Austria at its head office in Vienna yesterday (September 20).
Mentionable that IAEA gives the awards in three categories to its member countries for their outstanding contribution to mutation breeding. The awards are given by the IAEA after six or seven years.
The three categories are: Outstanding Achievements, Women Scientists in Mutation Breeding and Young Scientists Awards.
This year, among the 173 state members of the IAEA, 11 person/institutions have received the awards in the first category.
Ten women scientists got the IAEA awards in the second category while seven young scientists received the awards in the third category.
Earlier in 2014, BINA Director General Dr Mirza Mofazzal Islam received the award from the IAEA for his contribution to mutation breeding.
BINA DG Mirza Mofazzal said, the scientists have developed 117 kinds of high yielding varieties of 18 different crops so far. They have received different national and international awards in different times for their such contributions.