Ayodhya: The 24th convocation ceremony of Acharya Narendra Dev University of Agriculture and Technology, Ayodhya was held under the chairmanship of State Governor and Chancellor Anandiben Patel. Addressing the function on the occasion, the Governor congratulated all the degree awardees and medal winners as well as their parents and teachers. The Governor said that due to their contribution, the students are achieving success today and are moving towards their future role in life.
The Governor expected all the degree recipients in the convocation ceremony to use their knowledge and skills in the contribution of India building by enhancing natural resources, quality production, employment generation in agriculture. She said that the requirements and circumstances always keep changing and new challenges keep emerging. She encouraged the degree awarded students to face the challenges in the future life, to work according to the field and situation. Discussing the changing needs of agriculture in the present scenario, she stressed on the need for changes in the education system as per the National Education Policy-2020.
Describing the agriculture and livestock sector as important in the Indian economy, the Governor said that there are better livelihood opportunities for the youth and animal husbandry in this sector and also paves the way for self-reliant India. She also appreciated the work being done in the direction of animal breed improvement in the university and its benefits to the farmers of the state, contribution in agriculture development in Purvanchal region, development of new species of different crops, contribution in making unusable land cultivable.
Talking about increasing natural farming by removing the use of chemicals from farming, she expected that the universities would motivate the farmers in their area for natural farming. Describing natural farming as beneficial for small farmers, she also discussed the use of straw in it.
The Governor held a special discussion on topics such as making the use of university research accessible to farmers, spreading information about the use of drone technology in agriculture, giving information about adequate irrigation with less water, being aware of water conservation. She said that in the year 2015, taking a major initiative by the Central Government, “Per Drop More Crop” scheme was implemented to increase the irrigated area of the country.
In order to increase water conservation and water resources management, attention was paid to the work of reviving water sources including Jal Shakti Abhiyan, renovation of water bodies. She said that the falling level of ground water is a sign of future water crisis. That’s why awareness can be brought by organizing ‘Jal Bharo’ programme.
In her address, the Governor also expressed concern over the decreasing production and use of millets in the country. Mentioning their various crops which can be easily grown in less water, she also drew attention to their increasing demand in the world due to their beneficial for cuisine and health.
She also made a special discussion on greater involvement of women in agriculture-related jobs, rural women empowerment, women’s self-reliance.
In the ceremony, the Governor honored students from primary schools with study materials, distributed Anganwadi kits for Anganwadi centers adopted by the university and honored progressive farmers of the area. Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr. Vijender Singh read the progress report of the University. The chief guest of the convocation ceremony, Agriculture, Agricultural Education and Agricultural Research Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Surya Pratap Shahi, in his address asked the students about the facilities being provided to the agriculture sector in the state, the changing environment in agriculture, innovations, and the benefits of technological development. discussed. He wished all the awardees success in their future life.
A total of 545 students were awarded degrees in the convocation. In which 293 bachelors, 180 masters, and 72 Ph.D. degrees were awarded. 25 students of meritorious and extra merit were honored with medals, in which 06 Chancellor’s Gold Medals, 12 Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medals, 07 University Gold Medals were awarded. 15 medals were won by boys and 10 medals by girl students. The Governor encouraged all the medal winners.