The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs 2225.46 crore for strengthening and developing higher agricultural education in India.
The scheme aims to generate quality human resources from the institutions of higher agricultural education.
• The action plan comprises several new initiatives including steps to attract talented students, reducing academic inbreeding and addressing faculty shortage.
• It will also take care of green initiatives, mitigating faculty shortage, international ranking, alumni involvement, promoting innovations, inspired teacher network, academia interface, technology-enabled learning, post-doctoral fellowships, agriculture education portal and scientific social responsibility.
• The plan would also provide support for strengthening and modernisation of infrastructure related to students and faculty amenities and capacity building of both faculty and students in cutting-edge areas through Niche Area of Excellence programme, which will improve teaching and encourage holistic development of the students.
• In addition, research on gender issues in agriculture and allied fields, formulating gender-equitable agricultural, policies/programmes and gender-sensitive agricultural-sector responses will be undertaken by ICAR-CIWA.
• On the other hand, ICAR-NAARM will cater to the capacity building needs of the human resources and stakeholders of the entire National Agricultural Research & Education System (NARES), leading to enhancing of competencies and capacities of the stakeholders including farmers, young scientists and students.
• The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) undertakes planning, development, coordination and quality assurance in higher agricultural education through partnership with 75 Agricultural Universities (AUs) established across the country.
• The human resource developed by Agricultural Universities has played a crucial role in transforming agricultural scenario to achieve self-sufficiency.
• The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) has played a key role in enhancing the capacities of individuals and institutions of National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES) in agricultural research, education and technology management.
• The Central Institute for Women in Agriculture has been providing a leadership role in empowering farm women as in the changing agricultural scenario the roles and responsibilities of women in agriculture are indispensable.
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