The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs 2225.46 crore for strengthening and developing higher agricultural education in India.
1. It will also take care of green initiatives, mitigating faculty shortage, international ranking, alumni involvement, promoting innovations, inspired teacher network, academia interface, technology-enabled learning, post-doctoral fellowships, agriculture education portal, and scientific social responsibility.
2. The action plan comprises several new initiatives including steps to attract talented students, reducing academic inbreeding and addressing faculty shortage.
3. The plan would also provide support for strengthening and modernization of infrastructure related to students and faculty amenities and capacity building of both faculty and students in cutting-edge areas through Niche Area of Excellence programme, which will improve teaching and encourage holistic development of the students.
4. On the other hand, ICAR-NAARM will cater to the capacity building needs of the human resources and stakeholders of the entire National Agricultural Research & Education System (NARES), leading to enhancing of competencies and capacities of the stakeholders including farmers, young scientists, and students.