Augmenting Quality and Relevance of Higher Agricultural Education through Enhanced Learning Outcome and Entrepreneurship Development 

  • Welcome address by Dr. P. U. Krishnaraj, PI, IDP, UAS, Dharwad

A guest lecture on “National Education Policy 2020” was organised on 1 February 2021 for the benefit of teachers and scientists. Dr. S. Ayyappan, Chancellor, Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal, Former Director General, ICAR and Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), New Delhi, explained the purpose of NEP as a comprehensive framework to guide the development of education in the country. He gave the details on the National Education Policy and the proposed changes in education.  The policy focuses on overhauling the curriculum, “easier” board exams, a reduction in the syllabus to retain “core essentials” and thrust on “experiential learning and critical thinking”. Opening up of Indian higher education to foreign universities, dismantling of the UGC and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), introduction of a four-year multidisciplinary undergraduate programme with multiple exit options, and discontinuation of the M Phil programme. He said that the policy targets by 2025, at least 50 percent of learners through the school and higher education system shall have exposure to vocational education. Later he explained how these reforms will be implemented and problems that might during the implementation will be solved in short duration.

He advised that the Agricultural Universities should serve as innovation centers for inclusive growth of academia and farmer, agri-preneurship in education, faculty and student exchange. He congratulated the University for being among 10 top institutions in the country as per ICAR ranking. Dr. M. B. Chetti, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor expressed that faculties of the University should come forward in the implementation of new policy in education and that will directs the way forward in empowering the students. Dr. K. V. Ashalatha, Associate coordinator, IDP organised the programme. All key officers, Heads of the Departments, teachers and scientists attended the guest lecture.