Port Blair, May 4: The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr. Anindo Majumdar has underlined the need for having an Agriculture College or University in the Islands, for providing higher education in agriculture and allied activities to the Islands students desiring to receive higher education in the sector. He was addressing as the chief guest of the inaugural session of the two day long 3rd Interactive meet of ICAR Nodal Officers from States, Deemed and Central Universities, held in the conference hall of ICAR-CIARI here today. The meet is being organized by the West Bengal University of Animal & Fisheries Science (WBUA&FS), Kolkata, in association with CIARI Port Blair.
The Islands students are talented and the reserved quotas in the mainland institutes for higher education in Agriculture sector are not enough to meet the requirements, which increasing year after year, said the Chief Secretary advocating for opening of an Agriculture College to accommodate more students interested in this field of education. He appealed to ICAR to take up the issue at the appropriate forum, for opening of such a college here with affiliation to nearest Agriculture University on the mainland.
The Chief Secretary further said that the Administration is making all efforts in promoting agriculture and allied activities in the Islands. CARI has been instrumental in supporting agricultural activity in the Islands, with which there has been remarkable increase in the agricultural production, he said. To make further advances in the sector, there is need to expand and adopt technologies related to agriculture; for which man power will also be required. This can be met when Islands’ students are educated and contribute in this regard, he said.
The Chief Secretary also lauded the CIARI’s achievements in the field and expressed hope that the Institute will be a role model not only for our country but other nations as well. This kind of interaction with ASEAN scientists should be arranged, which will help in projecting the Institute’s activities, he said, mentioning that A&N Islands has immense potential in agriculture, fisheries and animal husbandry that needs to be exploited at larger, scale for which more infrastructure is required. More efforts are also needed to make India a focus of attention in agriculture sector, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary (A,F&AH), Mr. Ramesh Verma informed that the A&N Administration has been successful in promoting agriculture and allied activities in the Islands with the cooperation of CIARI. Organic Mission is an ongoing effort in developing & promoting chemical & fertilizer free agriculture activities that will ensure environment safety; besides artificial insemination, which has become a great success with the help of CIARI, he said. He also suggested that the major problems and issues in Islands agriculture be discussed during the meet so that feedbacks can be taken into consideration while preparing future plan of action.
Dr. N S Rathore, Dy. Director General (Edn.), ICAR New Delhi while speaking on the occasion highlighted the ICAR activities and said that ICAR, with 75 Agriculture Universities, 368 Agriculture colleges, 4 Central Universities, besides deemed universities and 3 Central Agriculture Universities is focusing on quality, assurance and reforms as also to increase the competency of the faculty.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor WBUA&FS, Kolkata, Prof. Purnendu Biswas highlighted the objectives of the meet and said that there has been a revolutionary change in the working of ICAR. The meet discusses various plans and projects of ICAR, so that the implementation can be standardized and distribution of fund streamlined. He urged the universities to submit performance report in time to avoid blockage of fund.
During the technical session, Dr. P S Pandey and Dr. M B Chetti, ADGs, ICAR New Delhi, through power point presentations highlighted the various schemes and research works of ICAR, which aim at supporting Agriculture Universities in preparing human resources for agriculture activities.
Earlier, Dr. A Kundu, Director ICAR-CIARI welcomed the gathering and the inaugural function concluded with the vote of thanks, proposed by Dr. Anuj Chakraborty, Nodal Officer, WBUA&FS Kolkata.