Pantnagar, 24 July, 2010
Creating another first among the State Agriculture Universities of India, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar today launched an International School of Agriculture, which was declared open by the Agriculture Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat. Simultaneously, the first academic programme of the School, International Diploma on Hi-tech Agriculture, was also launched today by the Minister. The first batch of this course, consisting 11 students from Maldives, were present on this occasion. Shri K.C. Singh Baba, Member of Parliament from Nainital Constituency and Shri H.S. Cheema, Member of Legislative Assembly and Member of Board of Management of the University and Shri Preetam Singh Panwar, former MLA were also graced the occasion.
Shri Rawat, in his address hoped that international programme will bring the people of two countries closer and the Maldivian students will carry the age-old Indian message of Vasudkev Kutumbkum to their country and other places of world. Shri Cheema and Shri Panwar, while appreciating the efforts of the University to have its impact globally through its students, faculty and seeds, considered the school as another milestone in the Golden Jubilee year of the University.
Vice-Chancellor of Pantvarsity, Dr. B.S. Bisht, while welcoming the guests and Maldivian students said that the programme has been meticulously designed as per the needs of Maldives and approved by Academic Council, Board of Management and the Government of Uttarakhand. It will be run on self-financing mode with little or no extra investment on infrastructure, faculty, farm, laboratory etc. Existing resources will be meaningfully used to run the course effectively. He also said that the University plans to design new international courses in future. In this era of the globalization of education, new campuses may be started in foreign nations in times to come. High hopes are attached with this programme to prepare faculty for the agricultural education at global level, he added.
The Registrar of the University and Course Coordinator of this programme, Dr. J. Kumar said that the course will use innovative custom-made curriculum, teaching methodologies and evaluation procedure. It is envisaged to use concurrent evaluation of participants and faculty for continuous improvement. Experiences gained during the course will help in planning for future international programmes.
(Source: NAIP sub-project on Mobilizing Mass Media Support for Sharing Agro-Information,DIPA with inputs from GBPUA&T, Pantnagar)