GH Raisoni University (GHRU) in collaboration with Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), recently organised a two-day National Agriculture Conclave at Hotel Radisson Blu, Nagpur. The conclave, which had ‘Agricultural Education’ as its theme, brought a number of Vice Chancellors and educationists across India under one roof.
Present during the inaugural ceremony of the conclave were Chief Guest Dr Prof S Parasuraman, Sunil Raisoni (President, GHRU), Dr Narendra Singh Rathore (Deputy Director General, Agricultural Education, Division of Education, ICAR), Guest of Honour Dr Akhilesh Pandey (Chairman, MP Private University Regulatory Commission, Bhopal) and Dr Rajan Welukar (Vice Chancellor, GHRU).
Addressing the people present at the conclave on Day 1, Dr Rajan Welukar (Vice Chancellor, GH Raisoni University), explained the reason behind organizing the conclave. He informed that with agriculture being the most important industry in India, it is necessary to inform students and farmers about the changing techniques in the field of farming over the years. With the help of an illustration, he stressed upon the need of learning the basic farming techniques. It is for this reason that the conclave inviting vice chancellors and educationists has been organized, informed Dr Welukar.
The two-day conclave consisted of three sessions on Day 1 discussing the topics:
→ Status and Scope of Human Capital Requirement in Agricultural and Allied sectors
→ Reforms in Knowledge Skill Requirement of Agricultural Graduates
→ Enhancing Agricultural Productivity, Competitiveness and Rural growth
These sessions were convened, chaired and addressed by Dr MB Chetti (ADG, Human Resource Development, ICAR), Dr SS Chahal (Former VC, MPUAT, Udaypur, New Delhi), Dr Praveen Rao (VC, PJTSAU, Hyderabad), Dr B Venkatesh Warlu (ADG – EQR), Dr HS Gupta (Former Director, IARI, New Delhi), Dr BG Mukhopadhyay (Former CGM, NABARD, Mumbai), Mahesh Dalvi (Manager, e-Yantra), Lohit Penubaku (Assistant Manager, e-Yantra), Ajit Harpude (In-charge, Urban Agriculture Project), Dr Bajarbarua (VC, AAU, Assam), Dr Sharad Nimbalkar (Former Vice Chancellor, Dr PVKV, Akola), Dr SA Patil (Former Director, IARI, New Delhi), Dr PG Chengappa (Former VC, UAS, Bangalore, Dr R M Kummur (CGM, NABARD (Retd), Mumbai).
On the Day 2 of the conclave, delegates visited the GHRU campus at Saikheda, Madhya Pradesh where they interacted with the students.