ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

Agricultural Universities

The current crisis at the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand has prompted us to write this letter. The position of vice-chancellor of this university is vacant for the last two years; currently, ex-secretaries of the state are handling the university’s day-to-day affairs without providing any academic leadership. This university was the first one to be established as a “land grant pattern agricultural university” in India in 1960. It achieved excellence, produced many outstanding scientists and made major contributions to the first green revolution in India. However, during the last few decades, this university as well as most other state agricultural universities have been facing many constraints and the standards of teaching have gone down. We had written about it in EPW (“Revitalising Higher Agricultural Education in India”, J Challa, P K Joshi and Prabhakar Tamboli, 25 June 2011) and have been raising this issue in various publications and public fora, not just in India but globally.

It is high time that decision-makers take prompt action to strengthen India’s higher education system for agriculture to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Back to Top