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

  • Dr. V. Damodar Naidu, Former Vice-Chancellor, Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University presenting on “Innovation Ecosystem for Integration of Education, Research and Entrepreneurship in Agricultural Universities”.

To focus the experiences of academicians, administrators and entrepreneurs to motivate the faculty and students of the Farm University a work shop on Innovation and Leadership Development was organized on 19 March, 2021. Dr.K. B. Gudasi, Vice Chancellor, Karnataka University, Dharwad invited as chief guest. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mahadev B. Chetti presided over the workshop. Dr.K. B. Gudasi, expressed that single entrepreneur can support the life of hundreds of people in the society and this will be the golden opportunity, youths have to come forward and start their own entrepreneurship. He has felt that fusion of education, innovation, skill development, entrepreneurship, excellence and leadership leads to the establishment of enterprises which can feed the country as well as fulfil the desires of our lives. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mahadev B. Chetti emphasized that agriculture is the only sector that has grown in spite of all hurdles of environment and is making considerable contribution to GDP of the country. He has also advised that students can acquire more knowledge from this kind of summit to learn from experiences of many stalwarts and called for utilizing the experiences of these veterans to start enterprises

Dr. V. Damodar Naidu, Former Vice-Chancellor, Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University gave talk on “Innovation Ecosystem for Integration of Education, Research and Entrepreneurship in Agricultural Universities”. He said that startups are one of the strongest engines for wealth creation, employment and economic growth and India has begun its journey to become one of the fastest growing startup hubs in the world and today our country is the third largest in technology-driven product startups, next only to the U.S. and the U.K. Dr. K. M.L. Pathak, Former Deputy Director General, (Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi, said that agriculture is the backbone of Indian economy while livestock related enterprises like dairy is All-Time Money for farming community. There is a substantial contribution of 28.63% to national GDP from livestock. Advising the students he told that livestock sector is less expensive and urged the youths to start livestock entrepreneurship as it requires less maintenance and most profitable in the short span of time.

Dr. S. K. Saidapur former Vice Chancellor, Karnataka University, Dharwad, expressed that technology driven opportunities have created new jobs but they need new skills and needs reforms in education system and he reprimanded that in future all jobs will be temporary in nature and advised youths to choose self-employment utilising available opportunities. B. G. Mukhopadhyaya, Former Chief General Manager, NABARD, Mumbai, felt that education has to give more prominence towards entrepreneurship development. National Coordinator, NAHEP, Dr. P. Ramasundaram presented talk on education for entrepreneurship and Dr. B. V. Satyanarayana explained the importance of start ups with some models which can be funded by Startup – Karnataka. More than 600 students of the university and staff participated and acquired the knowledge of entrepreneurship through this summit.

There was competition on “Farm education and entrepreneurship – opportunities and challenges among the student teams. Prizes were distributed to the winning student teams. Organising Secretary, Dr. K. V. Ashalatha and Co-organizers, Dr. B. N Aravind Kumar and Dr. S. S. Dolli were present in the summit.

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