New Delhi, 19th March, 2012
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR chaired the Orientation Programme organized by DARE/ICAR on 19th March 2012 at NASC Complex, New Delhi for the African students admitted in different Indian agricultural universities under the India-Africa Fellowship Programme. Dr. Ayyappan welcomed the candidates and expressed that it is an opportunity to communicate with all African students at one place and share their experiences of studies in Indian universities. He wished them all success in their life, and expected that after completion of their studies, they will facilitate greater collaborations for benefit of agriculture in their countries.
Earlier, Dr. Arvind Kumar, DDG (Education), ICAR detailed about the Indian agricultural education system and appealed to the students to share their experiences amongst their fellow citizens once they go back home after completion of their degree.
Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR mentioned that through this Orientation Programme, ICAR/DARE wanted to have views of African students about the programme and invited them for the same. Shri Mehrishi addressed various issues raised by students and assured consideration, as feasible.
Dr. R.K. Mittal, ADG (EQR), ICAR presented the welcome and vote of thanks. He also briefly presented the updated status of India-Africa Fellowship Programme. Seventy eight African students belonging to 23 countries admitted during 2010-11 and 2011-12 and studying in 29 Indian agricultural universities participated in the programme. On this occasion, an Information Brochure on India-Africa Fellowship Programme and a Guide to Higher Agricultural Education in India were also distributed to all participants.
(Source : Education Division, ICAR)