Bihar is to get the country’s third Central Agricultural University very soon. The formalities of converting Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa in Bihar, into a central university have been cleared. The bill will be tabled in the Parliament in the coming session.
“For this, I will meet Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on 23 January. In 2009, the erstwhile Planning Commission had recommended a central agricultural university in the State. It, however, could not be materialised as many efforts of the State government were wasted due to cold response from the Centre,” Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh informed.
According to the Agriculture Minister of Bihar Narendra Singh, the State Government had offered Rajendra Agricultural University to be converted into a central university as the State had already started another agricultural university, Bihar Agricultural University, in Sabour, Bhagalpur.
Rajendra Agricultural University is one of the largest agricultural universities in the country. The university was established in 1970 at Pusa, India’s first agricultural research institute. Earlier, it was known as Imperial Agricultural Research Institute. After the devastating earthquake of 1934, it was shifted to New Delhi, and became Indian Agricultural Research Institute.
There are already two central agricultural universities in the country, Central Agricultural University, Imphal, and Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi.