CCEA approves Rs.2225.46 crore fund to bolster higher agricultural education in India
In order to bolster and develop higher agricultural education and generate quality human resources in India, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) recently approved Rs.2,225.46 crore fund to be utilised till 2020, quoting PTI, a moneycontrol report said.
Utilization of Fund
The fund will be used for strengthening agricultural education imparted by various institutes under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Central Institute of Women in Agriculture (CIWA), including All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science (AICRP-HS), noted the report.
“The Cabinet has approved the continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs 2,225.46 crore,” Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal told media after the meeting.
Purpose of the Scheme
In a statement, the Union Government said the purpose of the scheme was to achieve a gamut of things such as generating quality human resources, taking initiatives to attract talented students, addressing faculty shortage, international ranking, alumni involvement, promoting innovations, reducing inbreeding, academia interface, and technology enabled learning, among others, said the report.
What is more, the scheme was also aimed at modernisation of infrastructure and capacity building of both faculty and students in cutting edge areas through niche area. The ICAR undertakes planning, development, coordination and quality assurance in higher agricultural education through forging alliances with 75 Agricultural Universities established across the country, the report said.
The human resources developed by agricultural universities have played a pivotal role in transforming agricultural scenario to achieve self-sufficiency. The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) has played a key role in enhancing the capacities of individuals and institutions of National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES) in agricultural research, education and technology management, noted the report. Furthermore, the Central Institute for Women in Agriculture has been providing a leadership role in empowering farm women as in the changing agricultural scenario the roles and responsibilities of women in agriculture are indispensable, added the report.