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CS stresses on higher education in agriculture, BAU development

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Ranchi, Oct. 27: Addressing a review meeting of Birsa Agriculture University (BAU), Jharkhand Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma today said that work plan will be made for the development of the university.

“Proposals against vacancies in different departments will be put forth so that decision can be taken on higher level to promote agriculture based education,” she said.

Verma said that fisheries, horticulture, animal husbandry, poultry, and seed production had potential to register an increase. She asked BAU officials to seek suggestions from retired agriculture experts.

She said that maximum students should be considered for diploma, PG and certificate course in agriculture, zoology, animal husbandry and biology. Rural people should be strengthened in these fields.

She directed the university officials to study the work culture of various academic institutions to ascertain which courses can be run to benefit maximum people.

Laying stress on coordinating with the JPSC for filling up the vacancies, the CS said that a work plan should be made for ARYA and KVK members. Simultaneously, plans should be made for forming 10 KVKs, she said.

Verma further asked the officials to prepare an estimation report on the output of each KVK. She laid stress on farming horse radish and telling people about the benefits of this vegetable.

She said that 5-6 thousand foundation seeds have been prepared against 15000 quintal required. 880 hectare land is required for seed production; now seed is being produced on 270 hectare land.

The CS asked the officials to profile KVKs as to where and how much seed can be produced. She directed to make a seed development plan in Gorai Karma and prepare work plan for seed science and technology so that the state could be made self sufficient in seed production.

Agriculture Secretary cum VC Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Dr Z A Haider, Dr R P Singh, Dr R P Singh Ratan and other university officials were present in the meeting.

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