5th December 2017, Cuttack
The ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, celebrated the 6th Agriculture Education Day here today.
Prof. Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, in his inaugural address, emphasized on the quality agricultural education among youths since agriculture connects natural sciences, plant and genetic research, social sciences, indigenous knowledge and social groups. He added that rice is like micro-chip of human life in an integral way and all rituals and religions get connected with rice. He appreciated the efforts of this premier institute in significantly contributing to nation’s development by connecting young minds with agriculture.
He also inaugurated an Agricultural Science Exhibition showcasing the projects developed by the students on the theme ‘Potential Entrepreneurial Options in Agriculture for enhancing Farmers’ Income’. On this occasion, the Chief Guest released an educational bulletin entitled ‘Small Organisms for Big Roles in Agriculture’, for the benefits of the students.
Dr T. K. Adhya, Former Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack and Guest of Honour, stressed upon the importance and relevance of various horizons of agricultural sciences. He emphasized that a career in agricultural science would be equally challenging and intellectually satisfying as any other science discipline.
Dr Himanshu Pathak, Director, NRRI, Cuttack sensitized the students about the scope and advantages of agriculture education and advised them to be a part of agricultural science.
The day-long celebration was highly exciting with special events like debate on ‘Can Current Agricultural Education cater the Needs of the Farmers?’, quiz competition on ‘General Agriculture’ and exhibition which showcased the innovative ideas of the students in the form of models, charts, graphs and live materials was organized.
Through an outlet on Career Counseling in Agriculture, the students were sensitized and provided counseling on the scope and opportunity in the discipline. An interaction session between NAAS fellows and students was conducted.
Students from 18 schools and junior colleges of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar participated along with their teachers.
(Source: ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack)