Assam Agricultural University, a journey to excellence
The scale of autonomy the University enjoys and the authority’s propensity for more and more decentralization in all matters of academic and research activity. Infrastructure development , thrust & trust both accorded to the faculties/researches/field staff for sundry works and during various on campus semirs, discussion, trainings, workshops etc
for change magement, intellectual refinement has acted wonders. In tune with the government of India’s XII Plan the University has rejiged itself and embarked on certain strategic initiatives for sustaible agriculture and overall growth of technology innovation with greater emphasis on’ optimal output with minimal input’.
The role of the Government being advisory and restricted to grants and fmance only the University is really endowed with a kind of autonomy required fo maintaining inherent quality of education and liberty to innovate and act with a mission to face the evolving problems. Above all the Vice Chancellor of the University is playing an extraordiry role with a mission mode and who is ever in quest for excellence with an aim to make the AAU a vibrant and progressive centre of leaning for overall growth of the agrarian economy of the State. The University with 9 colleges (Agricultural, Veteriry, Horticulture. Fishery, Sericulture and 1-lome Science) dotted in nine strategically important places of the state have the ability to create of pool of skilled human resource base to meet industry and market needs of the upcoming years and to face up with the peculiarities of fast changing agrarian economy.
The Vision Document 2050 reflects the University’s strong commitment to confront and mage the emerging Climate Change problems and address the food insecurity through host of scientific measures including adaptation of green manuring, green technology, zero tillage practices, hydroponic & precision agriculture, bio-resource utilization, addressing soil acidity/toxicity, carbon sequestration, production of high bred seeds, and expansion of cropped area under Organic Cover to 35 percent or 9.63 lakhs Ha of total cropped area by 2050.
To convert the vision into reality the university plans for market-driven/cross- fertilized education, virtual classroom, situation specific technology solution, a range of researh activities, large scale production and productivity of horticultural and plantation crops, meeting the constraints & dire needs of deliverables and other ineonceivables under the sun.
The vision is no doubt extraordiry and highly progressive, but it calls for tremendous effort, in every level of teaching and non-teaching staff charged with a missiory zeal with right amount of synergy, coordition and firm commitment and for that to happen not only the ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) but total reengineering and restructuring of all methods of pedagogic principles and curriculum is required. A highly dedicated human resource group is the real stuff that may act as change agent and prime drivers for creating an institution of higher learning.
The Task Force Report on the Agricultural Revolution in Assam recently prepared by the University is an unique piece of a realistic assessment envisioned to create a systematic chain of food production models to attract the ‘on farm and off farm’ activities and to accord a ‘business mode’ in agriculture attracting the youths capitalizing on the upcoming “Act East Policy’ with an aim to enhance ‘producers-growers-processors- marketers’ competitiveness are noteworthy. The Task Force Report if approved and implemented by the Government will definitely usher in new vistas for agricultural economy of Assam
Any institution of higher learning and research particularly the Universities must cultivate sharpness of human resources base with high caliber intelligence so that it’s hard-earned extensive research data, findings. works, advices find a pre-eminent place in tiol priorities/policies that are shaped and given effect to by the powers that be for the welfare of people. It is hoped that the AAU in due course of time would occupy a pride of place at least in the state’ economy and wellbeing when the state must produce more than 120 lakh tonnes of food grain to feed nearly 6 crores of people in 2050s. The stakes are no doubt very high but achievable if excellent work culture, commitment and strong sense of tion building coupled with refined mindset takes the center stage. (Concluded)