Challenges before Agricultural Research and Education Discussed

Meeting of Vice-chancellors of Agricultural Universities organized

New Delhi, 04 Oct, 2010

Meeting of Vice-chancellors of Agricultural Universities‘Innovative approach should be adopted to strengthen agricultural research and education in India. State agricultural Universities can play an important role in this direction by providing research based projects with the help of industry’, said Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India. He was inaugurating a meeting of Vice-chancellors of State, Deemed and Central Agricultural Universities from all over the country at National Agricultural Science Centre, New Delhi.      

Dr. Ahluwalia lauded the role played by the National Agricultural Research System in India. He urged agricultural research institutes to re-orient themselves in next 12th five year plan amid the challenges of food security and climate change. Referring to the gap in agricultural growth rate and land productivity of China and India, he emphasized more research based on these two issues. ‘Four percent agricultural growth will be needed for growing economy like India. It would require more investment in knowledge management, institutional support and diversification in agriculture, government is also willing to fund such projects’, he added. He suggested a new mechanism to fund research projects instead of funding universities.

Meeting of Vice-chancellors of Agricultural UniversitiesMeeting of Vice-chancellors of Agricultural Universities

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR highlighted the role and contribution made by the ICAR institutes and agricultural universities in developing new technology and seeds for Indian farmers. He hoped that some institutes can be converted into the center of excellence. ‘Institutional support, better infrastructure and faculty development can help them to emerge at international level’, he said.

Meeting of Vice-chancellors of Agricultural UniversitiesDr. R. B. Lal, President, Indian Agricultural Universities Association called for more research covering all aspects of Indian agriculture.

Meeting was attended by the Vice-chancellors of agricultural universities, faculty, ICAR officials and its institutes.

 (Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)