New Delhi, 26 September, 2011
Prof Ved Prakash, Chairman, University Grants Commission has urged the agricultural universities to use educational strategies for poverty alleviation from India. He was inaugurating two-day Special Meeting of Vice-Chancellors, Directors (Research), Directors (Extension) and Comptrollers of Agricultural Universities and interaction with Project Coordinators (AICRP) and Zonal Project Directors.
‘Diversifying campuses is the core issue for higher education. Only 1% of total enrolled students opt for the research and another 11% for the teaching. Without attracting talent we cannot achieve the desired goals. Add more components to curriculum to overcome researchers and teachers shortage. We need structural reforms for producing global as well as local leaders. Our education system must have modernity with tradition. For this national conviction, sustainable political will power, substantial finance and capacity building will be needed’, he said.
Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) stressed upon the need for attracting and retaining youth in agriculture education. He emphasized upon the important role played by the ICAR institutes in imparting higher education and urged them to sensitize the society for agricultural education. ‘Agriculture should be encouraged in general education system. Greater support for researcher and quality assurance must be focused areas for us’, he added.
Dr S A Patil, Chairman, 12th Plan Working Group on Agricultural Research and Education deliberated upon emerging challenges of education and financial viability of State Agricultural Universities.
Dr Tej Pratap, President, Indian Agricultural Universities Association stressed the need for structural, financial, managerial and administrative reforms at university level for reshaping whole agriculture system.
Vice-Chancellors of SAUs, ICAR officials, Directors (Research), Directors (Extension), Comptrollers of AUs, Project Coordinators (AICRP) and ZPDs across the country are participating in the meeting
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA)