Vice Chancellor’s Report on the Occasion of Fifth University Convocation of MPUAT on 12th March, 2010
Hon’ble Governor of Rajasthan and Chancellor of University, Your Excellency Smt. Prabha Rau; Professor Gopal Krishan Chadha, Members of Board of Management and Academic Council, distinguished guests, faculty, staff, graduates, media personnel, ladies and gentlemen.
It is my great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to our esteemed Chancellor Smt Prabha Rau ji on her first visit to the University after taking over as Governor of the state and Chancellor of the Universities in Rajasthan. Madam Rau hails from a family of freedom fighters and social reformers, closely associated with Vinobha Bhave’s Bhoodan Movement. She herself is well-known for her stupendous work for the rights and upliftments of the Dalits and underprivileged. Apart from her versatile political career, she is a lover of Indian classical music. As a student, she represented India twice abroad as leader of athletic and cultural delegations. She occupied pivotal positions like Chair person of Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Four times Cabinet Minister, State Minister of Education, Leader of Opposition and many others. Besides, she also proved her worth by successfully carrying out a large number of diplomatic assignments. Before taking over the charge as Governor of Rajasthan, she has been holding the gubernatorial assignment as Governor of Himachal Pradesh. As a visionary, Her Excellency has given clear directions in her first meeting of the Coordination Committee of Vice Chancellors for efficient functioning of the state Universities for raising the standard of higher education. I am particularly grateful to Her Excellency for giving due credit to special role of agricultural universities for agricultural development and agricultural education in the state which is primarily for the welfare of the rural society; and also for her special consideration to address the problems of the agricultural universities. We are privileged to have Her Excellency today with us on 5th Convocation of the University.
I am highly delighted to welcome esteemed Prof.Chadha a well-known educationalist and distinguished economist of India. We are grateful to you sir, for according to our request to accept our invitation to receive Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) on this occasion.
University Convocation is a memorable event for the graduates and gold medallists. In fact the last University Convocation was held on 16th October, 2006. Keeping in view the time lag and large number of qualifying students to be conferred with degrees, two college level convocations were held in January this year. In the convocation held on 16th January, 2010 for Faculties of Agriculture, Fisheries Science, Horticulture and Forestry, 276 graduate students were conferred with degrees. Similarly in the convocation held on 19th January, 2010 for Faculties of Engineering & Technology, Dairy & Food Science Technology and Home Science 811 graduate students were conferred with degrees. In this convocation, we are going to award degrees to 236 Masters and 110 Ph.D students who qualified for the award of degrees in different faculties after Oct. 2006 to Dec, 2009. Besides, 27 Scholars are going to receive gold medal for their outstanding performance. I compliment all of them. Since last University level convocation held in October, 2006 the University made remarkable accomplishments. It is my pleasure and privilege to present some of our achievements in education, research and extension services realized by this University as part of its mandatory task and the social obligation of bringing prosperity to the rustic masses of its service area.
Currently, the University offers 15 Bachelors, 27 Masters and 21 Doctorate level programmes in different faculties and disciplines. The updation of curricula and best mode of delivery including Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) application in classrooms coupled with capacity building through hands on practice, both in laboratories and field, are being given utmost priority in our colleges. Our students are exposed to latest innovations in their respective areas of learning in different colleges.
Revision of Curricula
The revision of courses in tune with national ones along with the flexible component of service area needs is a regular feature of State Agricultural University (SAU) system. We have been pioneer in implementing the curriculum developed by the ICAR from time to time. The revised course curricula for under graduate programmes as per Fourth Dean’s committee of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have been implemented at under graduate level in all faculties of this university from the academic year 2006-07. Similarly the revised course curricula as per Katyal Committee of the ICAR for MSc and Ph.D programmes have also been implemented in all disciplines from the current academic year. This will certainly help the students to keep abreast with the latest knowledge in their respective fields.
The undergraduate classes in the newly created Veterinary and Animal Science College, Vallabhnagar commenced from September 2007. In all 16 new departments have been created in this college and all these departments as well as the Instructional Livestock Farm are being equipped with required facilities. From academic year 2009-10 Veterinary Council of India (VCI) academic regulations, 2008 for minimum standards of education for Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry programme have also been implemented in this college. Our first batch of graduate students in horticulture, forestry and fisheries came out in 2007-08. Most of these students got either placement in reputed organizations or opted for higher studies.
New Programmes Launched
The tangible role of acquiring managerial skills in agriculture in the wake of dynamic economic reforms, Agreement on Agriculture under World Trade Organization (WTO) including intellectual prosperity issues was comprehended by us. Hence the Master of Business Administration in Agri-Business has been started from 2009-10 at Rajasthan College of Agriculture under self-financing scheme. We are sure to produce quality post graduates with competence to deal with agri-business complexities. We also started new under graduate programmes at our College of Engineering and Technology in the disciplines of Information Technology and Civil Engineering in 2007-08. During 2009-10, Ph.D programme in the Department of Textile and Apparel Design was also initiated at College of Home Science.
Initiatives for Quality Assurance in Education
Imparting quality education is the supreme goal of our university. Several steps have been taken in recent years for quality improvement and to achieve excellence in education and development of entrepreneurship with the goal of producing graduates in various disciplines who would be job providers rather than job seekers. These include (i) adoption of revised national curriculum at undergraduate level in all colleges as per Fourth Dean’s committee recommendations from 2006-07, (ii) adoption of revised national curricula at PG level in all colleges by Katyal Committee from academic year 2009-10, (iii) adoption of new RAWE/ In-plant training model including industrial attachment of students of agricultural faculty, (iv) adoption of professional courses in home science faculty on 2 +2 pattern for graduates (v) promotion of e-learning at all levels (vi) emphasis on practicals and hands-on-practice (vii) strict adherence to attendance to the extent of 75per cent and regular monitoring of attendance (viii) regular revision of practical manuals, (ix) implementation of Adjunct Professors Scheme (x) Special lectures through experts in different areas of specialization and many other steps. Constant monitoring of classes is done by Heads of department and Deans in person and through Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System. This has helped us to achieve excellence for which committed faculty and disciplined students are to be complemented.
I feel highly satisfied to report that all the examinations and subsequent declaration of results have been done according to the pre-planned academic calendar for each year.
Establishment of Experiential Learning Units
The implementation of curricula as per Fourth Dean’s Committee paved way for more professionalism at under graduate level in different faculties of SAUs in the country. In order to ensure more and more hands-on-practice and practical knowledge, the ICAR extended support for establishment of experiential learning centres in different disciplines in our university. These include (i) Renewable energy sources at College of Technology and Engineering (CTAE). (ii)Processing and value addition of agricultural products at CTAE. (iii)Apparel production management at College of Home Science. (iv) Bio-Control at Rajasthan College of Agriculture (RCA). (v) Processing centre for food and vegetable and development of mixed food at College of Food Science Technology (CDFST) and (vi) Specialty food like high protein food, health food and milk food at CDFST, Udaipur.
MPUAT is one amongst the few institutions in the country to deploy a Gigabit campus networking providing 4 Mbps leased line connectivity. Every faculty member has a personal computer on his disk. While all faculty members and students have access to internet connectivity in their Departments as well as college library, all hostels are provided with internet/intranet connectivity either through Wi-Fi network or through optical fiber cable for 24 hours of the day. Around 1000 IT based information outlets are provided in different colleges and hostels of the University. The digital university project, which is an effort to bring e-governance in higher education, is being implemented in collaboration with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd, Pune.
Facilities for Innovative Instructions
The modern and sophisticated facilities developed for innovative instructions and research include a model hi-tech horticulture unit, herbal garden, seed processing plant, processing plant for essential oils, bio-technology lab, etc at Rajasthan College of Agriculture; and bio-diesel lab; ground water pumping lab, GIS lab, ergonomics lab, etc at College of Technology and Engineering. The fruit, vegetable, cereal, pulse, milk and roasted grain processing set up, the instrumentation lab, etc established at College of Dairy and Food Science Technology are unique facilities for hands-on-practice by students. All the Departments of College of Home Science have state-of-the art-labs and other learning facilities. In fact College of Home Science, Udaipur is rated as one of the best Home Science Colleges in the country. The development of instructional farms and laboratories is in process in the College of Horticulture & Forestry at Jhalawar and College of Veterinary and Animal Science at Vallabhnagar.
Accreditation by the ICAR
The Accreditation Board of the ICAR in its meeting held on 16th June 2009 granted accreditations for UG, MSc and Ph.D programmes of Rajasthan College of Agriculture, College of Technology & Engineering, College of Home Science and College of Dairy and Food Science Technology, Udaipur, for a period of five years. In addition, the teaching programme at College of Technology and Engineering as well as College of Dairy and Food Science Technology are also duly recognized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). These recognitions by apex bodies have given us new impetuous to surge ahead in fulfilling obligations of a quality educational hub in the domain of agriculture, its allied fields and technology.
The central library located at RCA and other libraries of the Colleges of the University in different faculties cater to the needs of students, faculty, researchers, scientists, trainees and agricultural officers both in conventional as well as electronic format. Library information system at MPUAT is partially automated, bar-coded and digitized. The libraries provide congenial environment to its readers with good ventilated and spacious reading rooms and also dedicated services. All bonafide members of the University are provided various facilities and services, such as document alert service to know about the receipt of new publications, off-line databases through Standalone CD-ROM databases, on-line databases through Internet and Intranet facilities to retrieve and download research information, on-line Journals: (At present 3981 scientific journals are available online through the Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation (CeRA) under different modes of operation), digitalization, reprography service and selective dissemination of information.
The Central library has a collection of 71,352 reference books and has been subscribing the print versions of 37 Indian Journals related to Agriculture and allied areas.
EXPOSURE OF FACULTIES THROUGH FOREIGN VISITS
The exposure visits by faculty members for attending international symposia, global conferences, international training programmes, fellowship programmes advance courses etc are being encouraged by the University. About two dozen faculty members visited countries like USA, UK, Israel, Austria, Thailand, Malasia, Singapore, Philippines, Germany, China, Nether land, Bangkok and Canada and enriched their knowledge through such visits.
The effective delivery is equally, rather more important than the time warranted revised curricula. Effective knowledge transfer to students can be done by knowledge enrichment of teachers. In order to update the subject matter knowledge of our teachers, the global knowledge bowl is made accessible to all our teachers on their desk itself through ICT applications. Besides, more than two dozen winter/summer schools have been organized by the constituent colleges in areas of advanced studies in different disciplines. Opportunities were also made available to a large number of our young faculties to participate in such programmes in their own Departments. Besides, all desirous teachers are being deputed to other reputed organizations where such programmes are arranged.
In order to improve quality of education, to strengthen collaborative research and to harness the advantages of inter-institutional linkages the university has entered into memorandum of understanding with Organizations /Institutions like Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd, Pune; Department of Horticulture; Govt. of Rajasthan; Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Rajasthan; ICICI Bank Ltd; National Carbon Project in India; M/s Mahindra & Mahindra, Mumbai; National Research Centre (NRC) on Seed spices, Ajmer; University of Napoli (Italy), Kansas State University, USA, Nandan Biometrics Ltd, Hyderabad, National Agricultural Innovative Project (NAIP), etc. Such MoUs serve specific purposes to promotes collaborative programmes in a partnership mode.
We, at MPUAT are conscious of perpetuating research to meet the ever increasing demand of agricultural technology. To carry out this responsibility, the location specific and problem oriented researches are being carried out at three Agricultural Research Stations at Udaipur, Banswara and Kota, three Agricultural Research sub stations at Pratapgarh, Aklera and Vallabhnagar and a Dryland Farming Research Station at Arjia, Bhilwara. Currently there are 44 centres of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) functioning at different stations of the university to address issues related to crop improvement, crop production, natural resource management, plant protection, agricultural engineering, home science, animal production, etc. A number of problem oriented ad-hoc research projects funded by ICAR, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CYMMYT), Department of Science and Technology (DST), National Oilseeds and Vegetable Oils Development Board (NOVOD), Rajasthan State Seed Corporation (RSSC), Government of Rajasthan (GoR), National Horticulture Mission (NHM), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), etc. are running at different units of the university. The strong institutional linkage with these agencies of repute is a testimony to our credibility in the field of research.
Development of New Cultivars
To address the need of sustainability, this University has developed several varieties of important crops include Pratap hybrid maize-2 Pratap Makka Chari-6 (fodder) and Pratap Kanchan-2 of maize; Pratap Soya-1, Pratap Soya -2 and Pratap Raj-24 of soybean; CSV-23 and Pratap Chari 1080 (fodder) of sorghum; Pratap Raj Mungphali of groundnut; Pratap Ajwain-1 of ajwain; Pratap Babchi-1 of babchi. Apart from this a number of varieties of different crops were tested and recommended to the farmers for adoption.
Besides this, a large number of production enhancement technologies have been developed and recommended to the farmers for adoption on different aspects of crop production like water management, Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Integrated Water Management (IWM), Resource Conservation Technologies (RCT), Horticulture, etc. In the field of agricultural engineering, the implements/machines like whole crop maize thresher, garlic planter, pneumatic multipurpose tool frame, air sleeve boom sprayer, multicrop thresher, rotary mode for post harvest machines, solar tunnel dryer, horizontal flow biomass plant, post harvesting equipments like garlic clove flaking machine, ginger-turmeric peeler cum polisher, aloevera gel extractor, aonla processing units were developed and commercialized. The process for instant rab has been developed. The process of technology is under Indian patent. In Home Science scientists have developed "Nutriguide" which is very useful for dietary department in hospital in diet planning. A carotene and iron rich dry mix developed was useful for quality improvement of different recipes. Standardization of dyeing conditions with natural dyes was done using casula flowers, dhawadi flowers, ratanjot leaves and khakhre ka gond. Technology for making herbal gulal was developed and popularized. In the field of animal production, research has been carried out on genetic improvement of Surti buffalo and Sirohi goat. For this, improved male buffaloes and bucks produced on the farm were distributed in the adopted villages to improve the breed of these animals. The university has been contributing towards policy intervention measures by Government of India through MSP for crops like bajra, maize, sorghum, cotton, soybean, sesame, greengram, blackgram, wheat, barley, chickpea and mustard.
New Infrastructure for Research
During the last three years, huge infrastructure development work has been done in the university including soil and water testing laboratories at ARS, Udaipur, ARS, Kota, ARS, Banswara and DFRS, Bhilwara, Phytosanitary Laboratory at ARS, Kota, Biotechnology Laboratory at RCA, Udaipur, Bioagent Production Laboratory at RCA, Udaipur, Ergonomics Laboratory at CTAE, Udaipur, Seed Processing Plant at RCA, Udaipur and MAF, Kota, Hi-tech Horticulture Unit at RCA, Udaipur, Herbal Garden at RCA, Udaipur, etc.
Quality Seed Production
Realizing the importance of quality and quantity of seed, MPUAT has launched a massive seed production programme at its various farms. In a short period, the University has been recognized as one of the excellent centres in India in terms of producing quality seed of different field crops. University is regularly producing more than 13000 q quality seed of wheat, maize, soybean, paddy, gram, mustard and seed spices (2007-08 and 2008-09). It included 5000q breeder seed also. This seed has been made available by the University to different government agencies, NGOs’ and farmers. Securing the highest indent of breeder seed of wheat, university is producing more than 4000q seed of different varieties which is supplied to more than 10 states of the country. Similarly under “Krishak Bijodaya Yojna”, more than 70000q quality seed of different crops is also produced at farmers fields thereby making them self-reliant in seed production. Looking to the efforts made by the university the ICAR sanctioned an amount of Rs.11.00 crores during 2008-09 for modernizing its farms for seed production and other activities which are in progress.
‘Reaching the unreached’ has been the motto of our extension programme. The Directorate of Extension Education is engaged in promotion of agricultural development in the state through quick transfer of technology by providing training, farm advisory services and information to extension personnel of line departments and farmers. The Directorate of Extension Education and its 10 out station (Krishi Vigyan Kendras) KVKs have been organizing regular trainings in specialized areas to up-date knowledge of extension personnel and farmers. It also takes up long term vocational trainings for un-employed youth with emphasis on ‘learning-by-doing’. The KVKs also take up on-farm testing for identifying technologies. Regular publications with latest technical know-how are also brought out for the benefit of farmers and resource persons engaged in extensions services.
Vocational Units at KVKs
A good number of vocational-cum-demonstration units have been set up in our KVKs through support from the ICAR and National Horticultural Mission for technologies like roof water harvesting, poly house nursery, milk testing, milk processing, rain water harvesting, vermi-composting, soil testing, fish seed production, hi-tech nursery, mother orchards, bio-diesel production, goat rearing, essential oil distillation, Integrated Pest Management, bee keeping, fish production, model nursery, post harvest technology, crop disease forecasting, and so on. With the extended support from Rajasthan Mission on Skill and Livelihoods (RMoL) the programmes for integrated village livelihood development, skill oriented training, livestock improvement, orchard development, backyard poultry etc are taken up in selected villages of each KVK.
Horticulture Exhibition and Kisan Mela
A state level Horticulture Exhibition and Kisan Mela has been organized at KVK Kota on 25-26 February 2007 in which 3200 farmers, farm women participated. Another state level Horticulture Exhibition and Kisan Mela has been organized at KVK Banswara, on 28th February and 1st March, 2007 in which 12000 farmers, farm women and rural youth participated. On 19th February, 2010, the Directorate of Extension in collaboration with Rajasthan College of Agriculture organized a programme for flower, vegetable, fruits and processed products at RCA, Campus in which more than 900 entries were made for competition under various categories.
Annual Workshop of KVKs
Directorate of Extension Education, Udaipur organized Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs of Zone VI of the ICAR at Udaipur from 18-20 December, 2008. All the Directors of Extension Education & Programme Coordinators of KVK's of Rajasthan & Gujarat state participated in the workshop.
Trainings Programmes Organized
The Directorate of Extension Education has conducted training programmes to meet out the needs of different target groups viz practicing farmers, farm women, rural youth and extension field functionaries. During 2006-2009, 16 officers trainings were conducted for 289 officers. Similarly 2 trainings on entrepreneurship development for rural youth were organized in which 46 youths were benefited. Thirty trainings programmes were also conducted for 986 farmers and farm women. These training were sponsored by National Institute of Agricultural Management (NIAM), Jaipur and NOVOD, Gurgaon.
KVKs conducted training programmes for farmers, farm women, rural youth, school drop outs and extension field functionaries. During reporting period 941 on campus trainings for 26580 farmers and farm women were conducted. Similarly, 1318 off campus trainings were organized benefiting 37905 farmers and farm women. KVKs organized 98 trainings for 3199 extension field functionaries, and 87 trainings for 1836 rural youth. Under RMoL, 106 trainings were organized benefiting about 2200 participants on the aspects like cutting & tailoring, nursery management, scientific cultivation of coriander, garlic, vegetable crops etc. Similarly, under National Horticultural Mission 132 trainings were organized for 6043 participants.
During reporting period Kharif oil seeds demonstrations were conducted on soybean, sesame, groundnut and caster in 545 hectares benefiting 6592 farm families. The increase in yield was observed to be between 22-63per cent. Similarly, Rabi demonstrations on mustard, linseed, and lentil were conducted on 346 ha, with 11-25per cent increase in yield. Demonstrations on Kharif pulses on black gram and green gram laid out on 172 ha benefited 485 farmers and the increase in yield was 22-42per cent . During Rabi, gram demonstrations were laid out on 268 ha area benefiting 467 farmers and the increase in yield was 28 per cent. Demonstration of improved varieties of maize viz PHEM-1, PHEM-2, BIO-9681 and 9781, etc. recorded 20-36 per cent increase in yield. Likewise in wheat varieties Raj-3077, Raj-3765, HI- 8498 demonstrations were laid out in 71 ha covering 177 farmers. It was observed that the improved varieties of wheat yielded significantly more in comparison to local variety (Lok-1).
Integrated Village Development Project
The Integrated Village Development project sponsored by Tribal Area Development, Govt. of Rajasthan, helped to improve the livelihood of tribal farmers in 18 selected villages spread over the districts of Udaipur, Dungarpur, and Banswara. The cafeteria of technologies taken to these villages proved to be a very effective intervention to upgrade the livelihood of the resource constrained tribal farmers. Under this programme, 13 short duration trainings were imparted to 348 farmers and farm women and 7 skill oriented trainings were provided to 212 youths. Seed replacement programme was initiated in all the 28 adopted villages. About 1447 demonstrations have been conducted in 596 ha area. Minikits demonstrations of bottle gourd, chilies, tomatoes, cabbage, peas etc. were laid out in 86 ha, benefiting 876 farm families. Fodder demonstrations were laid out on 5 ha area for availability of quality green fodder to cattle. Mineral mixture was provided to 100 farm families to feed cattle. This intervention resulted in increase of milk yield by 33 per cent. For drudgery reduction of farm women, serrated sickle, maize sheller, hand wheel hoe were provided to 716 beneficiaries. Under orchard development programme, each farmer was provided one or two type of plants so that they can get sustainable income throughout the year. Total 205049 plants of mango, ber, aonla, guava and papaya were been provided to the farmers.
Livelihood and Nutritional Security Programme
Yet another intervention made through World Bank supported National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) on “Livelihood and Nutritional Security of Tribal Dominated Areas through, Integrated Farming System and Technology Models” was launched in 2007 in tribal dominated districts of Udaipur, Banswara, Sirohi and Dunagarpur. It covered about 14000 tribal families spread over 78 villages in these districts. The integrated farming system models being introduced in these households are making remarkable strides in the livelihood system of these farmers.
Communication center of the Directorate of Extension Education is meant for enhancing the communication process for quick transfer of technology through publication. A monthly magazine Rajasthan Kheti-Pratap is regularly published by this centre. For dissemination of proven technologies a multi colored Krishi Calendar is published by the centre every year. Communication centre also prints books, booklets, manuals, pamphlets, folders, leaflets of the constituent Krishi Vigyan Kendra and other units of the University.
New Infrastructure for Extension
The agricultural technology museum, video conferencing facilities and the new farmer’s hostel, etc are new additions in the infrastructural facilities to serve the farmers through extension services.
STUDENTS WELFARE PROGRAMMES
The Directorate of Student’s Welfare is planning and coordinating different co-curricular activities of Sports, Literary, Cultural, Moral Education, and Placement & Counseling etc. to facilitate the overall personality development and to inculcate the basic values amongst the young students of the University. It coordinates the activities of students counseling cell, University Sports Board, National Service Scheme (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC) , Moral Education Forum, placement and Information Bureau, Alumni Association, etc
New Infrastructure for Extra curricular Activities
Apart from updated curricula and its effective delivery, the extra curricular activities and students placements are given utmost priority. Efforts have been made to create new facilities at sports complex. A classic tennis court was constructed while work of a new swimming pool is in progress. In order to develop communication skill of our students, the digitized English Language lab was developed in the Directorate of Student Welfare in 2007 as a central facility for all colleges.
Placement of Students
The placement of students has shown a very encouraging trend. Reputed organizations such as banks, input manufacturing and marketing organizations, agro-processing and food industries, implements and machine manufacturing and marketing organizations, and other government and non-government organizations are coming forward to recruit our passing out graduates and post graduates. A large number of our students got placement in these reputed organizations. While all passing out graduates of College of Dairy and Food Science Technology are getting placement, more than 90per cent of eligible graduates of College of Technology and Engineering get regular placement. In the College of Agriculture, Home Science and Horticulture & Forestry also, there is substantial increase in placement rates. A handful of our pass-outs were selected by Rajasthan Public Service Commission during recently held interviews for the posts of Agriculture Officer, Assistance Agriculture officer, Junior Marketing Officer and other positions in the State Department of Agriculture and Marketing. I compliment all those students and the Student Welfare Officer and his team for this remarkable achievement.
The 9th all India Inter Agricultural University Youth Festival 2007 was organized at MPUAT, Udaipur under the auspices of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi from 22-26 September, 2007 more than 1000 participants, officials 32 State Agricultural Universities and Central Universities/ Institutes from all corners of the country participated. The students of the MPUAT also participated in the festival and kept the flag high, by winning the Championship and Trophy for Musical Events.
All India Tennis Tournaments 2007-08
All India Inter University West Zone and Inter Zonal Tennis (Men) Tournament 2007-08 was organized at MPUAT, Udaipur under the aegis of Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi from 20-31 December, 2007. Two Hundred fifty players and officials of 36 Universities participated in the Tournament
Training on Spoken English
A short term training programme on “Spoken English cum Employment Readiness Skills” organized from 10th June, 2008 to 15th July, 2008 under Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods (RMol), Govt. of Rajasthan and Entrepreneurship & Management Development Institute, Jaipur for the young graduates. Twenty eight graduates from different sections participated in the programme.
National Service Scheme (NSS)
NSS programmes are being successfully organized in the seven NSS Units functioning in the six constituent Colleges of the University. Regular camps and special NSS camps are being organized by these Units. They also organize different educational, social, developmental, community service programmes at campuses and villages. Besides, regular activities of cleanliness, shramdan, tree plantation, etc.are taken up in the campus by the NSS units. They also take up social and community works in adopted Villages. Important events like World Breast Feeding Week, International Youth Day, NSS Day, International Literacy Day, and National Integration Day, etc. are also celebrated by these units. The NSS Volunteers are also successfully participating in different training programmes and National Integration Camps, in other Universities with excellent performance in cultural and literary activities.
National Cadet Corps (NCC)
NCC programmes are being regularly organized in the University Colleges by two NCC units of boys’ viz. at Rajasthan College of Agriculture & College of Technology and Engineering and one NCC unit of girls at College of Home Science. Regular parade and trainings are being organized for the NCC Cadets. The cadets are also performing well in the Republic Day and Independence Day functions. The Cadets are successfully participating in Annual Training Camps and Camps like Army Attachment Camp, National Integration Camp, etc. at different places and win prizes and medals every year
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
Teachers and Scientists of the university received a number of national and international awards. Dr.A. K. Shukla, Associate Professor (Horticulture) received Norman F. Borlaug Fellowship under Indo-USA Knowledge Initiative in Agriculture. The ICAR recognition certificate for development of Basmati rice variety Mahi Sugandha was received by Dr.Rajesh Pandya,ARS Banswara. The Library Mutual Medal- 2009 for innovative research on occupational safety and ergonomics was received by Dr.Suman Singh, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Family Resource Management of Home Science College. Prestigious Rajasthan Energy Conservation Award-200 (RECA-2009) was bestowed to Dr. N.S.Rathore, Dean College of Dairy & Food Science Technology, Udaipur. Dr.S.S Rathore, Former Head, Department of Mining Engineering was awarded with “ABHERAJ BALDOTA GOLD MEDAL” on selections as “Mining Engineer of the Year 2008-09” for his substantial contribution to the Mining Industry.
VICE- CHANCELLOR’S RUNNING TROPHY
The Annual programme for University level Vice-Chancellor’s Running Trophy for the Non-Teaching Staff of the University was organized during 8-11, February, 2010. The teams from different constituent units participated in various competitions. This year’s trophy was won by Rajasthan College of Agriculture, Udaipur.
VISITS BY DIGNITARIES
The priority with which we are maneuvering has also been acknowledged and appreciated by the visiting dignitaries. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan visited Udaipur campus on 24th September, 2008 and inaugurated University Agricultural Technology Museum and Video Conferencing facility in the premises of Directorate of Extension Education. His Excellency, the Governor of Rajasthan visited Udaipur campus on 6th Oct, 2007 and inaugurated the Girls Hostel constructed at the premises of our College of Home Science. His Excellency, the Governor of Rajasthan along with the first lady again visited the University on 29th April 2008 and inaugurated the Experiential Learning Centre on Fruits and Vegetable processing established at college of Dairy and Food Science Technology and the Experiential Learning Centre on Apparel Production Management at College of Home Science. Dr. S.Ayyappan, the then Dy. Director General (Fisheries) and presently Director General ICAR visited Udaipur campus on 15th March 2008 and inaugurated Fish Seed project developed at RCA farm. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice headed by Smt.Sumitra Mahajan and five MPs visited the IVDP project area of the University and applauded the work being done by the University for the economic upliftment of tribal community.The World Bank Mission headed by Dr.S.Satish alongwith others visited our NAIP project area on Livelihood and Nutritional Security on 5th Dec.2008.The ICAR Accreditation Peer Review Team headed by Dr J.B. Chowdhary, Former Vice-Chancellor, CCSHAU Hissar and GBPUAT, Pantnagar visited Udaipur during December 11-14, 2008. Dr. Mangla Rai, Director General ICAR and Secretary DARE visited Udaipur on 21.10.2008 and inaugurated International Students Hostel. The VCI team headed by Dr. S.K. Roy Ex. Dean, College of Veterinary & Animal Science, Ludhiana visited CVAS, Vallabhnagar on August 4-6, 2008. CIMMIT Maize Team headed by Dr M Banzigar Director CIMMYT visited AICRP Maize centre at Udaipur on 5th September 2008. His Excellency Governor of Rajasthan & Chancellor of University visited KVK Chittorgarh on 20.10.2008 and inaugurated the new building of KVK, Chittorgarh.
Dr. S.A. Patil Former Director IARI and Dr. J.S. Bhatia Former ADG ICAR attended Academic Council held on 10.12.2009 as educational exports. Dr Hunttinga, plant virologist from Netherland visited, Department of Horticulture in second week of January 2010. Dr. M.S.Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana delivered Dr. A.Rathore Memorial Lecture on 11.01,2010 on the occasion of RCA Alumni Meet. Dr S.K.Datta, DDG (Crops), ICAR, New Delhi was the Chief Guest for College Convocation held on 16.01.2010 Dr. A.K.Srivastava, Director NDRI, Karnal has been our Chief Guest for College Convocation held on 19.01.2010. Shri Murari lal Meena, Hon’ble State Minister (Higher Education-Agricutlure) and Sh Reghuvir Meena, M.P visited the Vegetable & Flower Show held on 19.02.2010.
For achieving excellence in quality education and providing new avenues of entrepreneurship development to the students, the University Plans to start new academic programmes under self finance scheme which include B.Sc.(Ag.) Biotechnology, MCA in Agriculture and five year integrated M.Sc.(Ag.) to begin with in subjects like Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Entomology, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Agri. Chemistry & Soil Science and Horticulture. Job oriented diploma and certificate programmes in specialized areas would be taken in a phased manner.
Though the large number of constituent colleges were established long back before the formation of this University towards the end of 1999, the University is yet to develop a large number of central facilities. Action is in progress to develop central facilities like educational museum sports complex, swimming pool and facilities for other extra curricular activities. Gradually we plan to develop facilities like University hospital, a modern auditorium, etc. With the availability of funds, complete digitization of the Central Library is planned in the near future, which shall ensure better operation, access, quality in services and resource sharing.
Future thrust areas for research in the university include development of economically viable technologies for rainwater harvesting and its efficient utilization; development of high yielding varieties of important crops; development of farming system modules, development of IPM and INM modules for dominant cropping systems; organic farming technology for export oriented crops; development of improved varieties of fruits (mango, guava, citrus) and vegetables (tomato, okra, brinjal) and standardization of agro-techniques for important vegetable crops; development of protocols for mass multiplication of horticultural and medicinal and aromatic plants; development and evaluation of efficient manual; animal and power drawn implements for different farm operations; processing and value additional of major crops like maize, soybean and horticulture crops etc.; utilization of renewable energy technologies for processing of farm produce; entrepreneurship development for rural and tribal women for their economic empowerment, breed improvement of buffalo, cow, goat, sheep and poultry.
The thrust areas for the near future include integrated nutrient management based on soil and water analysis, capacity building for livelihood security through entrepreneurship development and knowledge empowerment, development of commodity villages like seed village, dairy village, spices village etc. for improved and sustainable return to the farm families, promotion of 3'D conferencing system for farm advisory and training for on the spot solution of farmer's problems, training for rural youth for use of IT (computer, internet, e-extension, e- marketing) for easy access of information required for production and marketing, demonstrations on precision farming on farmers' field, location specific 'Integrated Farming Models', strengthening of NRM while conserving bio-diversity for sustainable production system, development of self reliance energy village by use of non-conventional, energy sources, small farm mechanization with effective custom hiring centers and value addition through PHT on cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables. An Agricultural Commodity Marketing Cell will be established to look after certification of products, marketing, processing of exportable products and survey of International market. A Multi media lab is proposed to be established for preparation of media DVDs and GIS based DVDs. Live demonstration units covering diversified fields of agriculture and allied sectors including PHT, export outlet, cottage industries, small enterprises etc are to be developed at KVKs to ensure learning by doing process. 'Rural Technology Centres' will be established at block level addressing farm machinery needs, advisory services and training needs of rural community. All KVKs would be equipped with information kiosks, and website for farm advisory.
Through this report, I have put forth the achievements in brief since our last convocation but we do not feel contented. The dynamic and vibrant natures of agriculture do not permit us to respite. The challenges ahead are many. We have to meet them and come out to the best expectations of our stakeholders as we have done in past. Let us take a pledge to march ahead with greater zeal and energy. There is no substitute for hard work. Our illustrious and far-famed alumni did do it in past. Now it is the turn of the young professionals to carry the torch forward with greater determination.
I congratulate all those who shall be bestowed upon degrees and medals today. It is my desire and wish to see them as dynamic entrepreneurs. I wish you all the best for your future endeavour.
I take this opportunity to thank once again Her Excellency Madam Rau, Prof G.K. Chadha and all of our distinguished guests for being with us to grace the Fifth Convocation of this University, established in honour of a great son of our country, who hailed from the land of Mewar region.