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J&K building modern, sustainable agriculture & allied industry through HADP: LG Sinha

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Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha addressed the 8th Convocation Ceremony of SKUAST Jammu at Baba Jitto Auditorium, today during which 590 students including 347 female students were awarded degrees in various subjects, an official press release informed.

It said on the occasion, the LG congratulated the graduating students, teachers and staff of the SKUAST Jammu and all those researchers, innovators, who are contributing in building the university into a centre of excellence for agricultural science and technology. 

He conferred medals to the meritorious students and extended his felicitations to the women students for their excellent academic performance across the subjects and securing 10 gold medals out of total 11.

“With their talent, intellect and skill, young women are gaining prominence in agricultural science and technology. The number of degrees and awards to our proud daughters is heartening. They are the role models for the young generation and have set an example by hard work in pursuit of excellence,” he said.

“Our daughters constitute the core and strength of the innovation ecosystem. It is a matter of pride and there is a need for scaling up the presence of women scientists and tech entrepreneurs at all levels to secure the progress of the nation,” the LG said.

Acknowledging the important contribution of women in agricultural development and allied sectors, the LG said, “Women have toiled hard as unsung heroes in the field since the start of agriculture thousand years ago. Now, their achievements in agricultural science and technology give us the hope and confidence that they will produce path-breaking discoveries and inventions in agriculture”.

At the convocation, the LG called upon agricultural universities and educational institutions to develop innovative agriculture technologies and enhance productive capabilities of the farmers.

“As Jammu & Kashmir leaps towards building a modern and sustainable agriculture and allied industry through Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP), educational institutions will have to take innovative approaches to minimize the input cost for farmers and maximise output with efficient growing techniques and technological support,” he said.

“A huge opportunity awaits India in Agri Innovation, Agri Technology and Processed Food and institutions like SKUAST will play a major role in creating cutting-edge technology and new methods to revolutionise the food processing sector,” the LG added.

The LG assured every possible support to SKUAST Jammu from the UT administration in terms of resources and extended his wishes for the university’s continued success in its endeavours towards shaping a brighter and prosperous future.

He further advised the SKUAST Jammu to work on a dedicated project with immense export potential like Tulip’s planting material that could address the agriculture & allied sector’s needs of the country.

Dr. B.N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor SKUAST Jammu read out the university report and highlighted the academic, research and extension activities of the university.

Due to adverse weather conditions and poor visibility, the landing was not possible in Jammu. Therefore, the Vice President of India was not able to attend the convocation, he said.

The LG also planted a tree sapling in the vicinity of the university.

Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member of Parliament; Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary Agriculture Production Department; Santosh D Vaidya, Principal Secretary Finance Department; Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department; Vice-Chancellors of various universities, heads of educational institutions, senior officials, students and faculty members of SKUAST were present.

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