Palampur: Chief Secretary of H.P, BK Agarwal, said that innovative solutions should be devised to improve farm education and asked farm universities to think out of box to double the income of farming community. The Chief Secretary was addressing Vice-Chancellors after inaugurating a two days brain storming session on ‘Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Model Act Revision’ at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. The event has been jointly organised by the University and Indian Agricultural Universities Association (IAUA). Agarwal said that problem of hunger has been solved by farm universities but new challenges have emerged.
“Decreasing productivity, increasing input cost, farmers’ distress, environment degradation due to excessive use of chemicals, depleting water table, etc. were major issues which need immediate attention. The farm scientists and all concerned should join hands to resolve all such issues”, opined Mr Agarwal. He said that farm education should be reoriented as graduates need to serve the farmers, especially needy and poor farmers. He said that this issue required critical thinking as per the needs of country than copying from foreign lands. Some drastic changes can be brought forward by thinking out of the box.
Dr.A.R.Pathak, President, IAUA and Vice-Chancellor, Junagarh Agriculture University, Junagarh said that common syllabus and rules among all farm universities were necessary to improve quality of education. He said that all state governments should adopt ICAR Model Act to maintain uniformity in quality of education and uniformity in the administrative set-up. This will be very good for the states and nation. He also advocated increasing the tenure of Vice-Chancellor from three years to five years. Dr.Pathak advised that all farm universities should provide the farmers with holistic technologies
Dr.S.K.Patil, Secretary General, IAUA and Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur said that no country can survive without food and there was need to continuously increase food production. He told that national education policy has been launched recently and farm education investment will be doubled in the next five years. All universities were becoming multi-faculty and farm universities have to to plan and think on this crucial issue.
Dr.N.C.Patel, former President IAUA and Vice-Chancellor, Anand Agriculture University, Anand briefed that IAUA was co-ordinating with various organisations to improve farm education in the country. He said that Vice-Chancellors should help state governments in formulating agricultural policies.