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Meet: 2-day national convention of agricultural varsities in Ranchi from December 20

Ranchi: Vice Chancellors of different agricultural, horticultural, veterinary and fishery universities from across the country will gather at Birsa Agricultural University (BAU), Ranchi on December 20-21 to discuss the strategies of improving standard, sustainability and societal impact of agricultural universities at the 45th Vice Chancellors’ Convention of Indian Agricultural Universities Association. The event is being hosted by BAU.

Addressing media persons on Saturday, BAU Vice Chancellor Dr Onkar Nath Singh informed that Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais will inaugurate the Convention as chief guest on Monday (December 20) at Ranchi Agriculture College auditorium.

Dr RC Agrawal, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi will be the guest of honour at the inaugural session. Aboobacker Siddique P, Secretary, Dept of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperative, Government of Jharkhand will be special guest in plenary session on December 21 where rapporteurs of different technical sessions will present recommendations for discussion and adoption.

BAU is hosting the annual convention of IAUA Vice Chancellors for the third time. In the year 2013 and 2007 too, the venue of vice chancellors’ convention of farm varsities was BAU.

Dr Singh said, “Ways and means of keeping the natural resources for agriculture safe for future generations will also be discussed and recommendations will be sent to all state and central governments. Jharkhand Government has recently sanctioned Rs 4 crore to BAU to establish state-of-the art Disease Diagnostic Centre for Animals and Birds for diagnosing diseases with accuracy and suggesting remedial measures.”

Three technical sessions will be held on ‘Achieving international standard in agricultural education and research in the context of New National Education Policy’, ‘Strategies to increase and sustain agricultural productivity and profitability with development and application of appropriate technologies’ and ‘Enabling farmers’ access to technology, market, credit and extension services’. General Body meeting of IAUA will be held on December 20.

BAU VC stated that the IAUA was started with only 9 members in 1967 and during last 54 years number of its regular member universities has swelled up to 71. There are 44 Agricultural, 6 Horticultural, 17 Veterinary and Animal Sciences and 3 Fishery Science Universities.