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A National Virtual Academy for Indian Agriculture: To\ud promote MOOCs for Agriculture Professionals

By G Dileepkumar

Abstract

In 1960s, the early establishment of Agricultural Universities in India, on the pattern similar to that of the Land Grant colleges of the United States, contributed a lot in boosting the agricultural growth in the country and brought the integration of education, research and extension. The model has shown a direction in reorganizing and strengthening the agricultural education system in India and also helped in bringing diverse subjects in the course curriculum integrating provision of hands-on practical exposure to the student. The role of Indian Agricultural Universities has been significant in increasing food grain production from 51 million tons in 1950 to about 257.13 million tons (MT) in 2013-14. However, in the recent years these agricultural universities are failing to attract good number of students’ in comparison to other subjects

Topics: Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Year: 2015
OAI identifier: oai:oar.icrisat.org:8704

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