The government of India is going to bring the country’s first National Agriculture Education Policy.
- The government is set to being the first National Agriculture Education Policy.
- The policy will bring academic credit banks and degree programmes with multiple exits and entry options.
- The Agricultural education policy applies to 74 universities which are focused on crop science, veterinary, fisheries and dairy training and research.
- The Agriculture Ministry will soon receive a draft text of the policy being prepared by a six member committee of Vice-Chancellors.
- Every year in the country, more than 45,000 students are admitted to agriculture universities.
- The agricultural education is already aligned with the new education policy which wants a shift to four-year undergraduate degrees and experimental education.
- The major challenge for the universities will be the push towardsmulti-disciplinary sciences.
- Currently, Agri Universities are domain-specific in horticulture, veterinary science and fisheries sciences, etc.
- The new education policy wants to incorporate humanities and social sciences along with agri sciences, which will be a big challenge for Universities.
Academic Credit Banks
- The Academic Credit Banks allow the movement of students within and outside the University system.
- This is done by incorporating distributed learning systems.
- A credit-based formal system will be established that integrates skills and experience in the credit recognition system.
- The academic earned from Higher Education Institutions will be digitally stored and can be used for awarding a certificate, degree or diploma.
- The agricultural education policy has a six month internship programme called READY which is Rural Entrepreneurship Awareness Development Yojana.
- In this programme, all the students have to undergo a six month internship programme.
- This program is in their fourth year to gain hands-on training, industrial experience, research expertise, entrepreneurship skills and rural awareness.
- The main obstacle of the program is how to ensure that experiential learning is made available for all the students if there is multiple entry-exit systems.