and ‘Advances in Commercial Agriculture' inaugurated at Pantvarsity
March 18 , 2009 Pantnagar
Vice-Chancellor, Dr. B.S. Bisht inaugurated two training programmes today. One on ‘Emerging Technologies of Communication and Education for Management of Learning' and the other on ‘Advances in Commercial Agriculture'. Both the programmes are of 21 days duration and sponsored by ICAR, New Delhi . While addressing the participants and distinguished guests present at the inaugural ceremony, Dr. Bisht remarked that the agriculture education has been transformed by the advances in instructional & educational technology. Use of innovative educational methodology, incorporating case studies, project work and self-instructional materials have made the business of teaching, learning, interesting and inspiring. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications can revolutionize the education sector enhancing its reach to remote rural areas and to new and unapproached sectors of society which include in-service and drop-outs. Besides, the processes of teaching and learning would undergo a sea change through increased use of ICTs. Further, Dr. Bisht reiterated the need to make Indian Agriculture, a profitable business enterprise. Commercial agriculture would involve increasing productivity per unit of land area, increasing farm use efficiency, optimizing resources use, sustainability and consistency in production, he said. Commercial agriculture, therefore shall include systematic land-use planning, focus on high value cash crops, appropriate cost-benefit analysis and developing market integration with inter-sectorel linkages. He informed the participants that Pantnagar University has played a catalytic role in improving the quality of agriculture education in this country through its dedicated, motivated and highly skilled team of scientists and hoped that through deliberations of training programmes, the trainees would find it very useful and productive.
Dr. J.P. Tiwari, Dean Agriculture and Dr. D.P. Singh, Director Experiment Station also addressed the delegates and expressed their views on the major themes of training programme. Earlier, Dr. B. Kumar, Director Communication and Course Director of training programme on emerging technologies of communication welcomed the participants and remarked that ‘the chalk and talk methods of teaching have become obsolete and now replaced with innovative concepts and methodologies. He said that the focus of teaching is not ‘pumping of knowledge' but create a dialogue between teacher and learner and emphasized on practice through skill development. Dr. S.K. Saini, Director, Centre of Advanced Studies in Agronomy and Course Director of training programme on ‘Advances in commercial agriculture' remarked that on account of globalization, agriculture has changed a lot, lending it new names such as industrial agriculture or profitable business enterprise. The focus has moved to high value cash crops to maximize return over investments in agriculture. The course curriculum of the training programme would be addressing new trends and issues of commercial agriculture in a globally competitive market driven economy, he said.
Twenty five participants representing different states/universities have been selected for each of the training programme which will run for 21 days till 7 th April, 2009 .
( Naresh Kumar )