New Delhi, 29 August, 2011
Prof. S.N. Puri, Vice Chancellor, Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal said that providing quality agricultural education, developing North-East area specific new technologies and research are the focus areas for the CAU. Despite several geographical and socio-economic challenges, CAU has made a visible impact in the development of local human resource for providing an impetus to the overall agricultural growth and development in the region. He was addressing a Press Interaction at Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, Indian Council of Agricultural Research here today.
CAU has occupied the second position among the 48 Agricultural Universities in the country on the basis of performance of our students in the All India Entrance Test of Junior Research Fellowship Examination conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research during 2010-11, he added.
‘University is actively engaged in need based location specific research activities. CAU-R1, the variety of rice developed by CAU is popular among the rice growers in the valley districts of Manipur. Through participation of farmers every year 6 to 8 hundred quintal truthful labeled seeds is produced and made available to the farmers’, he said.
While emphasizing the need for more area specific research he said that 18 research projects have been sanctioned by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in frontier areas of research.
‘A special packaging technology has been developed by the College of Agriculture Engineering & Post Harvest Technology, Ranipool, Sikkim for enhancing shelf-life of orchids. Efforts are on for the development of new technology to convert pineapple juice to powder retaining its aroma’, he said.
The CAU was established on 26th January, 1993 with its headquarters at Imphal, under the Central Agricultural University Act, 1992 of the Parliament. The University has the unique feature of having jurisdiction over six states of North East Hill region –Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura.
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