Centre increases the agricultural education budget this year by 47.4 percent : Agriculture Minister | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2017

Centre increases the agricultural education budget this year by 47.4 percent : Agriculture Minister

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Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh has said that it is our main objective to attract youth including school children towards agricultural education. Mr. Singh mentioned that Government of India has started celebrating many National and International Days related to agriculture for its integrated and rapid development. It was stated by the Minister while addressing Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar.
The Minister said that two years back Government of India decided to celebrate National Agricultural Education Day on December 3 because it is the birthday of our first Union Agriculture Minister and Former President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad. Mr. Singh further added that all State Agricultural Universities and ICAR Institutes are celebrating National Agricultural Education Day in a big way since then.
Mr. Singh mentioned that the Government of India has started implementing many programmes towards strengthening Agricultural Education, Research and Extension for a long term and sustainable development in agriculture.
“To maximize the use of advanced technologies, it is important to provide adequate strengthening of agricultural education,” he said.
He expressed happiness that ICAR has initiated many new programmes to enhance the quality of higher agricultural education in the country. The government of India has increased the budget of Agricultural Education by 47.4% this year as compared to the financial year 2013-14.
The Agriculture Minister further said that in order to adopt quality and holistic approach to higher agricultural education, the Fifth Dean Committee Report has been implemented in all the Agricultural Universities.
“This is First-of-its-kind that all Graduate Level Courses of Agriculture and its related subject have been declared as Professional Courses, in which agricultural graduates will be able to get a better opportunity from professional work in the future,” he said.
Mr. Singh informed that in the Fifth Dean Committee Report, guidelines have been prepared for necessary administrative educational standards for the construction and implementation of contemporary courses for the subjects covered in agricultural education.
He said that the Student READY programme has been started for graduates of agriculture and allied subjects to ensure new direction for entrepreneurship development better employability.

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