The University Grants Commission (UGC) is planning to introduce ‘agriculture’ in the basic tenet of higher education to uplift the agro-based economy of India at a time when farmers in the country are in distress.

At present agricultural education is not part of the courses that are provided at higher education institutes or colleges under the UGC. Discussions have started on including ‘A’ in STEM i.e. science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the primary need of industries as well as the source of maximum job in the country.  The main motive of this move is to break silos or grain storage widening the scope of farming through the mainstream education platform for overall growth of rural India.

 

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