Agri education is govt’s top priority: Singh

Addressing at Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa in Bihar on the occasion of National Agricultural Education Day Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the government has increased the budget of Agricultural Education by 47.4% this year as compared to the financial year 2013-14.

The Agriculture Minister said that two years ago Government 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.

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, stated Singh. Agricultural graduates will get more benefit from declaring their professional degrees as this degree has now become similar to the engineering degree, he added.

Elaborating Modi govt emphasis on setting up more and more of Agriculture colleges, Singh said six new colleges have been opened by the Modi Government under the Central Agricultural University, Imphal.

Out of this, two colleges of Agriculture in Arunachal and Meghalaya State, two colleges of Horticulture in Mizoram and Sikkim, a College of Veterinary Science in Nagaland and a College of Food Technology in Imphal, Manipur have been opened.

The Agriculture Minister said that the Central Government has set up two separate Indian Agricultural Research Institute, IARI-Jharkhand and IARI-Assam in Jharkhand and Assam respectively. The task of opening 4 new colleges under the Rani Lakshmibai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi is in full swing in the Bundelkhand region, Minister added.

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