A collaborative project partly funded by the central government and the World Bank will groom agricultural scientists in India.
The ambitious Rs 1,100 National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) launched by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) aims at attracting talent
and strengthen higher agricultural education. This project will be equally funded by the World Bank and the Indian government.
Addressing a function at New Delhi yesterday, union minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare Radha Mohan Singh stressed the need for skilled human resources for agricultural advancement and said the Narendra Modi government was emphasising on the uplift of agricultural education.
He said to make agriculture education more relevant, the recommendations of the 5th Dean Committee had been implemented in all the agricultural universities to include biotechnology, information technology, bio-informatics, remote sensing, organic farming, agriculture business management etc.
Four new programmes viz. B.Tech (Biotechnology), B.Sc. Community Science, B.Sc. Food Nutrition and Dietetics and B.Sc. Sericulture have also been included.
He said to promote the participation of students in agricultural business, Student READY (Rural Entrepreneurship Awareness Development Yojana) scheme is being run, under which practical experience of agriculture and entrepreneurship is provided to undergraduate students.