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Free Agricultural Course to be launched by ICRISAT and IIT Bombay

Nov 24, 2015 15:07 IST

    In collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, the National Virtual Academy for Indian Agriculture would soon launch an online course. The online course would deal with diseases of horticulture crops and their management.

    The course duration would be two months which would begin on 30 November and would be offered free to the candidates who roll in for the same. There is team of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) working behind this course who deal with agriculture. Educators and researchers from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and its partners along with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay is also taking part in offering the course online.

    The Director General of ICRISAT said, “Complementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Digital India where- Quality Education reaches the most inaccessible corners driven by Digital Learning, we are excited to see the launch of MOOCs (Part II) in India, which offers high quality learning opportunities for students across the country.”

    According to ICT for Development Scientist of ICRISAT, Dr. Sumanthkumar, “The course materials have been methodically planned and prepared by highly experienced team of educators and professors in the agricultural field, who have devoted their time and effort to educate the Indian masses on sustainable agriculture practices.”

    The course under scanner would let the students understand the distribution, symptoms, causes, disease cycles and management of diseases in important horticultural crops along with their importance in the market. This course could also get used as supplementary study material at the universities which are already offering courses on Disease of Horticultural Crops and their Management. One such online course through Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) module has been conducted earlier by the NVAIA in the agriculture sector.

    The Part I of this free online course, which was flagged by the father of India’s Green Revolution MS Swaminathan, was announced on February 2 this year. Over 900 students took part in the course and enrolled themselves for the course around the country.

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