The first meeting of the R￼esearch Advisory Committee was held on a virtual platform during 17 - 18 September 2020. Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Former DDG (Hort. Sci.), ICAR, New Delhi chaired the meeting. Other members of RAC viz. Dr. Vikramaditya Pandey (ADG Hort. Sci.), Dr. Umesh Srivastava (Former ADG), Dr. Jitendra Kumar (Director, IPFT, Gurugram), Dr. V.G. Malathi & Dr. V.C. Mathur (both former professors at IARI, New Delhi) and Dr. H. Bhattacharya (former Director of Extension, Assam Agri. University, Jorhat) participated in the deliberations. Shri T.P. Jayachandran Master and Shri Nanjudan Bojan represented the farming community. Apart from scientists of IISR, Dr. Gopal Lal, Director, NRCS Seed Spices, Ajmer and scientists of AICRP spices attended the web meeting. The Research Highlights 2019-20 was released by the Chairman. he RAC suggested future line of work to be taken up in the near futureThe RAC suggested future line of work to be taken up in the near future.