ICAR-VPKAS, Almora organized RAWE Programme for Agriculture Students of Jaipur National University

The ICAR-VPKAS (Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan) is proud to announce the successful completion of the Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE) programme for 16 students from Jaipur National University, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The programme, spanning from June 30 to October 20, 2023, marked a significant milestone in in imparting agricultural education and practical experience to the B.Sc. (agriculture) students of 7th semester. RAWE, an nitiative by the ICAR-VPKAS, aimed to expose young B.Sc. (agriculture) students to the realities of hill agriculture, research and extension activities. The 16 students from Jaipur National University, embarked on this training programme for four months to gain first-hand experience in hill agricultural practices, understand rural agricultural systems, and contribute to sustainable agricultural development. Throughout the programme, the students were introduced to various facets of agriculture, including crop cultivation, Crop improvement, Vegetable production, soil management, Crop protection, secondary agriculture agri-preneurship, rural development and technology transfer. They had the opportunity to work closely with hill farmers associated with institute, researchers, immersing themselves in the hill agriculture Almora, Uttarakhand.

Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director of ICAR-VPKAS, expressed his appreciation for the students' commitment and hard work during the programme. He emphasized the significance of RAWE in bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, thereby nurturing a new generation of agriculturists and agri-professionals. During the closing ceremony, Dr. Lakshmi Kant congratulated the students and awarded certificate for their dedication and encouraged them to continue their pursuit of excellence in agriculture.

The students from Jaipur National University not only learned essential agricultural skills but also contributed to the institute’s activity by participating in Kishan mela, symposium, field operations etc. They actively engaged in community outreach, and disseminating knowledge on best agricultural practices. The ICAR-VPKAS extends its gratitude to Jaipur National University for collaborating on this initiative and is committed to promoting similar educational programs that enhances practical knowledge and sustainable agricultural practices.  Dr Ashish Kumar Singh, Scientist, Nematology was the coordinator of the RAWE programme.