The concept of autonomy
should be crystallized and its implications should be specified with
respect to academic, financial, administrative and legal perspective.
There is a great need for complete autonomy at all levels, which
include the freedom to start new courses, create new posts and
re-deployment of staff.
The revenue generated by the university should be kept apart for the
development of the university and should not be deducted from the annual
The Model Act of the ICAR must be reviewed and after necessary
amendments, it must be implemented in letter and spirit by all
Agricultural Universities in the country.
The intake for higher education must be restricted strictly on the
basis of merit and the remaining sub-standard out-turned students be
diverted/encouraged for vocational education/training.
Job-oriented certificate and diploma programmes, in addition to the
regular degree programmes, for upgrading skills and developing confidence
of agricultural graduates should be launched to overcome the problem of
increasing unemployment of agricultural graduates.
The four year B.Sc. (Ag.) degree programme needs to be reoriented with
two years study of basic courses, one year professional learning and in
the IV year from the first semester for Rural Awareness Work Experience (RAWE)
and the second semester should be devoted to interactive sessions.
The degree programmes should include super-specialization in some of
the emerging areas such as Natural Resource Management, Hi-Tech
Horticulture, Precision Farming, Crop Production and Crop Diversification,
Fashion Designing and Rural Home Management.
There is a need to introduce need-based courses and their regular
revision with changes in socio-economic condition of stakeholders and
policies on macro development strategies at government level.
The Master's Degree in Agriculture Engineering should be awarded with
specialization in major areas of Irrigation Water Management, Renewable
Energy Technology and Post Harvest Technology and Engineering.
A meeting of Deans of all Home Science Colleges and Senior Home
Scientists of SAUs and traditional universities be convened to discuss
various issues related to higher education in Home Science in SAUs and to
make the programme viable, professional and career oriented.