October 19, 2009
A brainstorming session on 'Future Roadmap of Agricultural Education' was organized today at the Punjab Agricultural University. Dr. S.P.Tiwari, Deputy Director General (Education), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, was the Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. S.P.Tiwari said that the skills of the students are sharpened through experiential learning and there should be efforts made to implement the new ideas. He remarked that there was always a biological limit to the learning process of an individual and added that one has to strike a balance between the access to education, the quality of education and the cost of education. Later Dr. Tiwari interacted with Deans, Directors, Coordinators and Heads of Departments of the University. The discussions were focused on finding the ways and means to revamp agricultural education vis-a-vis the quality of education being imparted at various levels.
In his remarks, the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Manjit Singh Kang discussed about the system of agricultural education in leading Universities in the world. He emphasized on the introduction of distance learning through e-class rooms, system of sabbatical leave, graduate research assistantship/ teaching assistantship for wider participation in educational programmes. Dr. Kang said that efforts should be made to restrict the in-breeding in Institutions of higher education for the sake of obtaining better talent in the institutes. He presented Dr. Tiwari with a set of PAU publications and a memento.
The Chief Guest, Dr. S.P.Tiwari being presented with a memento by the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Manjit Singh Kang during the brainstorming session
Earlier, Dr. (Mrs.) S.K.Mann, who was the Organizing Secretary of the event, explained the background and objectives of the programme. She emphasized that there has to be a continuous improvement and development of educational programmes and revision of course curricula in view of the technical advancements and social changes for the agricultural education to remain need-based. Dr. R.S.Sidhu, Head, Department of Economics and Sociology, PAU talked about the changes in higher education with special reference to WTO (GATTS). Another presentation was made by Dr. Sandeep Kapur, of Department of Business Management on 'Changing paradigms in education-opportunities and challenges'.
The function was attended by Deans, Directors, other Officers and senior faculty members of the University. The inaugural session concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr. Dinesh Grover, the Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology