Degrees in Agricultural Sciences declared Professional

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister approves 5th Dean’s Committee recommendations 

New Initiatives proposed by Fifth Deans’ Committee

1.  Student READY (Rural and Entrepreneurship Awareness Development Yojana)
In compliance with the Student READY programme launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 25th July 2015, the following components are proposed for conducting one year program in all the UG disciplines:
      Experiential Learning                         
      Rural Agriculture Work Experience  
      In Plant Training/ Industrial attachment
      Hands-on training ( HOT) / Skill development training
      Students Projects
The details of these components are provided in the next section.
2. Common Courses- It was a general consensus that students of all disciplines need to be taught the following courses:
        1.      Environmental Studies and Disaster Management
        2.      Communication Skills and Personality Development
        3.      Information and Communication Technology
        4.      Entrepreneurship Development and Business Management
        5.      Agricultural Informatics
        6.      Economics and Marketing
The details of these components are provided in the subsequent section.
3. New Programmes – Fifth Deans’ Committee has proposed the introduction of following new courses:
  • B. Tech. (Biotechnology)
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Sericulture
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Home Science rechristened as Community Science
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Food Nutrition and Dietetics
4. DPRs for Establishment of new Colleges:
Fifth Deans’ Committee has Developed DPRs for establishment of colleges by integrating the recommendations of Committees on Minimum Standards on Higher Agricultural Education in terms of faculty strength, land requirement, departments and infrastructure.
5. Holistic distribution of courses:
     The Committee has attempted to distribute courses in the following format to inculcate the Basics, Principles and Skills in a systematic way.
I year         – Basic and fundamental courses
II Year        – Principles
III Year       – Production system
IV Year      – Skill and Entrepreneurship   development
6. Declaring degrees in Agricultural Sciences as professional:
The committee strongly recommends that all degrees in the disciplines of Agricultural Sciences be declared as professional courses.
7. Implementation of recommendations:
The Committee strongly recommends that, to make the exercise meaningful, implementation of its recommendations should be mandatory for accreditation of academic programmes and academic institutions.

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