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Agri education must be strengthened

VICE-CHANCELLOR OF Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University (Jabalpur), Prof DP Singh observed here that there was urgent need for strengthening agriculture education, especially for employment generation and skillful use of trained manpower.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 00:55 IST

VICE-CHANCELLOR OF Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University (Jabalpur), Prof DP Singh observed here that there was urgent need for strengthening agriculture education, especially for employment generation and skillful use of trained manpower.

He was delivering a lecture on ‘Redefining Agricultural Education in Changed Scenario’ on the concluding day of three-day golden jubilee national symposium of Indian Society of Agronomy on ‘Conservation of Agriculture and Environment’ at Swatantrata Bhawan in Banaras Hindu University here on Saturday.

“In addition to modernise undergraduate education of entrepreneurship development and other crucial needs, strengthening of postgraduate education by covering the gaps in core areas and inclusion of frontier areas are of paramount importance to make human resource development programmes more effective and meaningful at the national and international levels”, he added.

“Today, the state agricultural universities are producing more than 12,000 agricultural graduates every year, out of which only 2,000 are able to find government jobs. Nearly, 10,000 agricultural graduates every year are working either in private sector or remain as reservoir of technically trained manpower”, he said, adding, “Eeducation without generating employment opportunities can not be appreciated”.

“The 21st century is technology driven with profuse information explosion and therefore only specialised knowledge will make us powerful and competitive”, he said, adding, “Need for integrating agricultural education with job creation, poverty, employment and malnutrition are among various challenges and concerns for agriculture education to bring about this paradigm shift”.

Prof Singh said self-motivation, effective communication skills, meaningful professional qualities, quantitative and good management skills along with computer literacy were the desirable qualities of 21st century graduates. “Need based strengthening of education can inculcate the desired qualities among the agricultural graduates to develop professionals by building academic brilliance and professional excellence”, he said. Former dean of Nigeria Agricultural University (Nigeria), Prof Ambika Singh dwelt upon the history of agronomy in India and abroad.

First Published: Oct 29, 2006 00:55 IST