7th February, 2013, Bhubaneswar
Honorable Governor of Odisha Shri M.C. Bhandare inaugurated 11th Agricultural Science Congress at Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology here today. While emphasizing on various issues of concern regarding agriculture and agricultural education, he said “Indian Agriculture is now facing far greater and newer challenges of global competitiveness, increasing productivity with lesser input and natural resources, environmental sustainability and climate change. In view of problems and challenges faced for rapid industrialization and sustainability of agriculture-based economy in our country, now search for quality assurance in higher education is getting centre-stage.” Shri Bhandare appreciated the role of agricultural technologies in alleviation of poverty and attaining food security to move towards freedom from hunger.
The Governor felicitated eminent and young agriculture scientists with NAAS award and also released the proceedings of the 10th Agricultural Science Congress and a book titled “X Agricultural Science Congress: A reminiscence”.
Mr. Debi Prasad Mishra, State Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Minister stressed on the need to develop agriculture as a profitable venture and ensure livelihood security. He also emphasized imparting skill and knowledge of modern technology to farmers for good returns.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR and guest of honor on the occasion, presented a vision for future of agriculture vis-à-vis challenges posed by changing economic and industrial scenario of the country. He emphasized on the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture that has potential to make agriculture more profitable and attractive as a career option for youth. Dr. Ayyappan called upon youth of the country to take-up agriculture and agricultural research as career and also detailed on various opportunities including the possibility to establish as agri-preneurs.
Dr. Ayyappan, in his motivating speech, reiterated to improve quality of higher agricultural education accreditation process to be more objective. Referring the proposal in the 12th Plan, he said, the accreditation process will be based on quantifiable parameters, revision and modification in the curriculum to improve quality and acceptability of the pass-outs.
Professor R.B. Singh, President of NAAS; Prof. Mangala Rai, Past President of NAAS; Mr. Simeon Ehui, Sector Manager, The World Bank; Prof. D.P. Ray, Convener and former Vice-Chancellor, OUAT also spoke on the occasion.
The three-day Congress is being organized on the theme, ‘Agricultural Education: Reshaping India’s Future‘ to deliberate on this vital issue and construct road-map for development of quality human resource in agriculture. The Congress is jointly organized by the New Delhi based National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Eminent Scientists, policy planners, academicians, young researchers and students are participating in the event.
Concurrently, an exhibition is also organized to showcase latest developments in agriculture and allied sectors in which large member of agricultural research institutes, agricultural universities and entrepreneurs are participating. ICAR is a major player in the expo exhibiting frontier technologies, live samples and knowledge products.
Dr. Anwar Alam, Secretary, NAAS proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: NAIP, Mass Media Project, DKMA)