February 5, 2009 New Delhi
In view of the changing national and global agricultural scenario due to advances in technology, requirements for enhancing and sustaining the agricultural production, globalization, and changing food and nutrition habits, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) recognized the necessity of restructuring of the Post-graduate (Masters and doctoral) course curricula and syllabi of agriculture and allied sciences at the national level. The Council constituted a National Core Group of 12 academicians, and 18 Broad Subject Matter Area Committees of experts from all over the country. The Committees consulted about 1000 academicians in the exercise and took 20 months to finalize the report running into 2500 pages.
The report was presented by the Chairman of the National Core Group Dr. J.C. Katyal to Shri Sharad Pawar, Hon'ble Union Minister of Agriculture today i.e. 5 th February, 2009 in presence of Dr. Mangala Rai, Secretary, DARE and Director General, and Dr. S.P. Tiwari, DDG (Education), ICAR. Dr. Katyal informed that the report includes recommendations on common academic regulations for PG (Master and doctoral) education, course curricula and syllabi of 83 degree courses and some general recommendations to build excellence and relevance in higher agricultural education. The restructured curricula besides revising the existing courses, also includes course like bioinformatics, microbial biotechnology, genomics, food technology, computer applications, eco-friendly agro-chemicals, climate change, agro-met advisories development, crop-weather modeling and risk management, post harvest technology, commercial entomology, crop and animal including fish health management, aquatic environment management, fish business management, fisheries engineering and health, veterinary clinical epidemiology, veterinary forensic medicine, bio-security, bio-safety, etc. Non-credit compulsory courses in library and information services, technical writing and communication skills, IPRs, etc. are also recommended.
Dr. Rai informed that we have to produce quality human resource and professionals adapt in cutting-edge technologies and possessing commensurate knowledge. He appreciated the efforts and mentioned that this would be discussed in the forth-coming Vice Chancellors Conference scheduled to be held on February 16-17, 2009 for deliberations and adoption. He hoped that the new course curricula and syllabi would be put to implementation with effect from ensuing academic session from July 2009. He appreciated the massive effort and hoped that the likely human resource would be internationally competitive and would not only be internationally accepted but respected.
Dr. S.P. Tiwari, DDG (Education), ICAR said that the Council mooted the revision and facilitated the massive exercise. Adoption of the uniform curricula and syllabi, academic regulations with regard to admissions, starting date of session, course credit requirements and evaluation and grading system, and degree nomenclature in the agricultural universities, will enhance the acceptability and transferability of graduates both at national as well as international levels.