6 New Colleges Opened in CAU, Imphal
All courses upto Agricultural Graduate are being linked with employment and are being made profession oriented and this will be a big help for the students in earning their livelihood, said Shri Radha Mohan Singh, The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
In the Annual Vice Chancellors and Directors Meeting being organised in New Delhi, 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.
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 on this occasion.
Youth are the strength of this nation and it is imperative for the overall development of agriculture that these youths are attracted towards this sector, hence Agricultural Universities and Research Institutes play a very important role in development of agriculture, said Shri Singh.
ICAR has launched "Student Ready" scheme in this direction. Under this scheme, scholarship to the students has been increased from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 3000 from the year 2016-17. Beside this, "ARYA" scheme is also being implemented successfully.
To promote agricultural education, in the year 2016, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha Scheme was launched and under this scheme, 100 centres are being opened with a fund of Rs.5.35 crore.
Shri Singh also informed that, to promote agriculture education, with the opening of new Universities and Colleges, many initiatives are being taken such as Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Bihar has been upgraded to Rajendra Central Agricultural University, Pusa, Bihar and also under this University 4 new colleges have been opened.
On Integrated Agricultural System in Motihari, one National Research Centre has been established, six new colleges have been opened in CAU, Imphal and with this, the number of colleges has been increased to 13. In Rani Laxmibai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, Bundelkhand, four new colleges have been opened, out of which 2 are in Madhya Pradesh and 2 Colleges are in Uttar Pradesh.
Shri Singh said that IARI-Jharkhand has been established and students of the state are studying in various courses. Land for IARI has been identified in Assam, to promote agriculture education in the north-east states of the country. For Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University in Andhra Pradesh & SKTLSHU in Telengana, an amount of Rs. 122.5 cr. each has been released.
"In the area of International Co-operation, our relations with foreign Govts., foreign Universities, and International Bodies have been strengthened," said Agriculture Minister. For Establishing a BRICS Agriculture Platform (a Virtual Network) a MoU has been signed. For establishing of Afghan National Science and Technology University (ANASTU) in Afghanistan, Agriculture Ministry of Afghanistan is providing assistance. It is also providing assistance to establish Advance Centre for Agriculture Research and Education in Myanmar. Similar cooperation is also being provided in the African Continent.