A three day capacity development programme on orientation training of trainers for skill development in agriculture was organized by ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana in collaboration with Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) during August 29-September 01, 2018.
In his inaugural address Dr. J. S. Mahal, Director (Extension), PAU, Ludhiana highlighted the importance of skill development and its role in entrepreneurship development amongst youths. He has also emphasized the identification of right people for training and certification of the trainers as well.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana gave glimpses of existing huge manpower in agriculture and emphasized the need of skill development among rural youth especially school and college dropouts for bringing them into the mainstream of growth. He has also informed that 91 skill development trainings in agriculture on different job roles of 200 hrs or more were sanctioned to Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), ICAR-Institutes of Punjab, Jammu & Kashimir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand state.
Dr. Keshava, Principal Scientist, ICAR, New Delhi informed that 820 skill development training courses to be conducted during 2018-19 by the KVKs, SAUs, and ICAR Institutes throughout the country.
More than 90 scientists/faculty members of KVSs, SAUs and ICAR Institutes of Punjab, Jammu & Kashimir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand participated in this programme.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)