Faculty of Agriculture Sciences, SGT University, hold IAB meet

SGT Times Reporter

Gurugram, December 15

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (FASC), SGT University, Gurugram, has constituted an Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of 10 Industry Leaders to guide the college on course curricula as per industry requirement, upgradation of research facilities as per international standards, students training on skill and entrepreneurship development, internships and placement, modern teaching pedagogy, use of ICT in curriculum delivery etc.

A meeting of the IAB was held on December 14 at SGT University campus. The meeting was presided over by Prof. R. C. Kuhad, Pro Chancellor, SGT University. The Vice Chancellor, Dr. OP Kalra addressed the members and shared his concern about the low profitability of farmers. Dr. Rajneesh Wadhwa, Director (International Relations) graced the occasion. The Dean, Prof. Ashok Yadav presented the overview of the Agriculture College of SGTU.

Dr. Jai Singh, Managing Director and CEO, Sakata India Pvt. Ltd.; Dr. Mayank Yadav, Head, Field Solutions (India, Banladesh & Srilanka), Bayer Crop Science; Mr. Satyender Singh, Country Head, Nutrikraft & Neogenetics India Pvt. Ltd.; Dr. Shailender Singh, Head (Business Development), GSFC Ltd., Chandigarh attended the meeting.

Dr. Sunil Kumar, Principal Biologist (South Asia), Corteva Agriscience; Dr. Dhan Singh, Director, Fertilizer Association of India; Sh. Vijay Setia, Former President, All India Rice Exporter Association and Dr. R.K. Yadav, Head, Crop & Water Management, ICAR-CSSRI joined the meeting virtually.

The advisory committee resolved that a course on water management may be introduced at UG level realizing the importance of this scarce natural resource. It was realized that organic farming and waste management topics are taught in different courses at UG level. Members were of the strong opinion that a separate course of organic farming including both the topics may be constituted.

It was resolved that the UG students should be exposed to more than 4 weeks of industry attachment increasing the present 3 weeks.

All crop production, natural resource management, pest management, application of artificial intelligence, drone and remote sensing, nanotechnology and application of ICT may be taught in UG to make them ready for the industry, entrepreneurship, research and development and higher studies.

It was also decided that agricultural research should be collaborated with technological and engineering institutes to lower the production costs through automation and use of latest technologies.

Also, it was decided that the recommendations/decisions may be submitted to the Education Division, ICAR, New Delhi.

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