U.P Governor lays stress on agricultural security from Climate Change

Kanpur: The 24th convocation ceremony of Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur 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  today the students are achieving success and moving towards the service of the nation.

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 expressed happiness over the increasing number of girl students in agriculture education and their supremacy among medal winners.

Mentioning the huge agricultural potential of Uttar Pradesh in her address, the Governor discussed several schemes being run by the state and central government in the interest of the farmers. Motivating the students in the interest of the farmers, she expected that the agricultural students should play an important role in the development of the farmers through their acquired knowledge-science and research. In the same sequence, she also discussed the adverse conditions and challenges of agriculture in the changing social, geographical and natural scenario. She termed decreasing fertility and water scarcity due to excessive exploitation as a serious problem of the future. She said that industry and agriculture are two such sectors where water is consumed a lot. People associated with these sectors should be made aware by campaigning for water conservation. In this discussion, the Governor made a special mention of the “Per Drop More Crop” campaign by the Central Government for irrigation with less water. She stressed on agricultural security from climate change and development of crop varieties that can withstand adverse climatic conditions. She said that proper use of fertilizers in agriculture, promotion of organic and natural farming, special attention needs to be paid to agricultural storage and processing of agricultural products.

Congratulating Chandrashekhar Azad Agricultural University on getting NAAC accreditation, the Governor announced that the University has obtained the prestigious “B Plus” rank in NAAC as the first agricultural university in the country. Our students will get the benefit of NAAC Accreditation. She expressed happiness over the university signing agreements with various countries in the interest of students, arranging internships for students in agro-based industries, and contributing to various social works.

Referring to Kanpur, an industrial city situated on the banks of Ganga, she appealed to keep Ganga pollution free. She said that the “Namami Gange Project” has been specially launched by the Central Government for this. It is the responsibility of all of us to keep the Ganga clean.

In his address, the Governor expressed concern over the decreasing production and use of millets in the country. She said that due to its benefits from the point of view of health, its demand has increased all over the world today. She asked to publicize the benefits and recipes of its use at the university level.

Giving information about the meetings of G-20 countries in India, she said that these meetings are based on the theme of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” for the welfare of humanity. Its meetings are also being organized from December 01, 2022 to November 30, 2023 in four cities of Uttar Pradesh, Agra, Varanasi, Lucknow, Greater Noida. She encouraged the university to participate enthusiastically in this event. She said that universities should select such meritorious students who are knowledgeable in foreign languages. These students can interact with representatives of G-20 countries, disseminate information, participate in university innovations, digital promotion of startups and other activities, organize exhibitions, etc.

The Governor provided bags of reading material and nutritional material to 25 students of Naveen Rawatpur Primary School at the function. The Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr. D.R. Singh read the progress report of the University. Chief Guest and Member NITI Aayog Central Government Prof. Ramesh Chand shared his experiences with the students and asked them to be dedicated towards the goal.

Special guest and Minister of Agriculture, Agricultural Education and Agricultural Research, Government of Uttar Pradesh  Surya Pratap Shahi and Minister of State  Baldev Singh Aulakh wished all the awardees for success in life.
A total of 577 students were awarded degrees in the convocation. In which 355 bachelors, 170 masters, and 52 Ph.D. degrees were awarded. 60 students of meritorious and extra merit were honored with medals, in which 14 Chancellor Gold Medals, 18 Sponsored Gold Medals, 14 University Silver Medals and 14 University Bronze Medals were awarded. 20 medals were won by boys and 40 medals by girl students. The Governor encouraged all the medal winners.

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