Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated a two-day brain storming programme, optimising talent search for the National Agricultural Research & Education System ,at ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, on January 16. The brain storming programme is being organised by Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) – an apex body involved in the recruitment of scientists in the country.
While addressing the gathering, the minister stressed upon the need to attract youth to agriculture and to make the scientist selection process more effective. He emphasised the role of local and need-based research and said that it should be the integral part of the career development process of scientists. He also stressed on the need of crop diversification to make agriculture more remunerative to farmers.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. S Ayyappan, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, complimented ASRB. Prof. DP Agarwal, former Chairman, UPSC, also presented his views on the present education system, and emphasised on the need to work together to find ways to bring in structured reforms in the education system.
Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB, said that the brainstorming-cum-workshop is an attempt by the ASRB to frame policies to bring the best talents in the National Agriculture Research System. He also highlighted the point that agricultural growth in the country has to go in tandem with the development in other areas as more than 60 percent population depends on agriculture.
Dr. AK Srivastava, Director and Vice-chancellor, NDRI, Karnal, informed about the recent achievements of NDRI in cloning of dairy animals, ovum pick-up technique, starting of farmers’ school and success of women self-help group supported by the research of NDRI.