Palampur 4 October. A national workshop on Sustainability of Career Development Centres (CDCs), National Agricultural Research Education System and Blended Learning Platform (BLP) was held at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor as Chief Guest, in his inaugural address called for making Career development centres as dynamic hubs for carving meaningful career paths and fast pace development of farm sector. These help in nurturing talent and creating leaders for the future agriculture. He also advised embracing blended learning approach for innovation in farm education. It is flexible, inclusive and adaptive approach to prepare students for complexities of rapidly changing agricultural landscape. The Vice Chancellor called CDCs and BLP as strong pillars of higher education. Dr Vatsa said that a congenial and excellent environment should be provided to the students by regularly interacting with them. As alumni can play a significant role in providing funds for their alma mater development and practical counseling to the students in career development so they should be involved actively.
Dr Sudeep Marwaha, Head, Indian Agriculture Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi said that Blended Learning Platform has been fully digitalized. Academic management system is necessary for all higher education institutes and they must adopt it for BLP and other academic purposes.
Dr S.K.Soan, Co Principal Investigator, National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad, while speaking about CDCs said that there is need to strengthen alumni data, motivate teachers and adopt global best practices. He said that CDCs have trained twenty five thousand students so far.
Dr Y.S.Dhaliwal, Dean, College of Community Science said that CDCs act as a bridge between academic excellence and practical application. BLP integrates traditional teaching methods and power of technology.
Dr Ravindra Kumar, Dean, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Dr R .S.Chandel, Students Welfare Officer and Dr P.C.Sharma also spoke on the importance of workshop. Around three dozen Deans, Directors and senior faculty members from Universities and other higher education institutes from all over the country took part in the workshop jointly organised by the host University, National Academy of Agricultural Research Management and Indian Agriculture Statistics Research Institute. The University statutory officers and scientists were also present on the occasion.
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