colleges opened in CAU, Imphal and the number of colleges increased up to 13:
crore each released to Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University in Andhra
Pradesh and SKTLSHU in Telengana.
The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers
Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that all courses upto Agricultural Graduate
are being linked with employment and are being made profession oriented. This will
be a big help for the students in earning their livelihood. Shri Radha Mohan
Singh said that from last year, 5th Dean Report has been implemented
in all the Agricultural Universities of the country and will be enforced from
the academic session of 2016-17. Agriculture Minister gave this statement
today in the Annual Vice Chancellors and Directors Meeting being organised in
New Delhi. On this occasion, State Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Shri Parshottam Rupala, Secretary, Department of Agriculture
Research and Education & DG ICAR, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra and all Vice
Chancellors of the Agricultural Universities were present.
Shri Singh said that youth are the strength of this
nation and it is imperative for the overall development of agriculture that
these youth are attracted towards this sector. Therefore, Agricultural
Universities and Research Institutes play a very important role. ICAR has
launched "Student Ready" scheme in this direction. In this scheme,
from the year 2016-17, scholarship to the students has been increased from Rs.
1000 to Rs. 3000. Beside this, another scheme "ARYA" is also being
implemented successfully. Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha Scheme
was launched in the year 2016 to promote agricultural education under which 100
centres are being opened with a fund of Rs.5.35 crore.
Shri Singh also informed that with the opening of
new Universities and Colleges, many initiatives are being taken to promote
agriculture education such as Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Bihar has
been upgraded to Rajendra Central Agricultural University, Pusa, Bihar and 4
new colleges have been opened under this University. One National Research
Centre has been established on Integrated Agricultural System in Motihari, six
new colleges have been opened in CAU, Imphal and with this, the number of
colleges has been increased to 13. Four new colleges have been opened in Rani
Laxmibai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, Bundelkhand, out of which 2
are in Uttar Pradesh and 2 Colleges are in Madhya Pradesh.
Shri Singh said that IARI-Jharkhand has been
established and students of the state are studying in various courses. To
promote agriculture education in the north-east states of the country, land for
IARI has been identified in Assam. An amount of Rs. 122.5 cr. each has been released for Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University in
Andhra Pradesh & SKTLSHU in Telengana. Agriculture Minister said that in
the arena of International Co-operation, our relations with foreign Govts., foreign
Universities, and International Bodies have been strengthened. A MoU has been
signed for Establishing a BRICS Agriculture Platform (a Virtual Network).
Agriculture Ministry of Afghanistan is providing assistance for establishing of
Afghan National Science and Technology University (ANASTU) in Afghanistan. It
is also providing assistance to establish Advance Centre for Agriculture
Research and Education in Mayanmar. Similar cooperation is also being provided in
the African Continent.
Shri Singh was very hopeful that with this
Conference, PSP, viz. productivity, sustainability and profitability will be
improved. Shri Radha Mohan Singh also said that it is necessary to take
forward "Lab to Land Programme" and for this KVKs have a major role
to play. Shri Singh said that to achieve the Govt’s target of doubling the
income of farmers, all the institutes of ICAR should emphasise on developing
economically feasible models. It is necessary for the Institutes to work
pro-actively in the area of digitization. In the end, Agriculture Minister
appealed to all the representatives present in the Conference to work in
synergy for research and education and contribute fully in building a viable