ICAR-CIFRI celebrated Agricultural Education Day on 3 rd December
ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore celebrated ‘Agricultural Education Day’ on 3 rd December
2018 in a grand way to highlight the importance of agricultural education in nation building. Dr.
George John, Former Vice Chancellor, Birsa Agricultural University and eminent fish geneticist
and biotechnologist chaired the programme as Chief Guest. Dr. Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, Deputy
Director General, Indian Meteorological Department and an eminent educationist also graced the
occasion as the Guest of Honour.
Three years back, Government of India decided to celebrate National Agricultural
Education Day towards strengthening Agricultural Education, Research and Extension for a long
term and sustainable development in agriculture. To maximize the use of advanced technologies,
adequate strengthening of agricultural education is essential. On 3 rd December 2018, Agricultural
Education Day has been being celebrated in all ICAR institutes including KVKs across India in
the memory of our First Agricultural Minister, Dr Rajendra Prasad. About sixty-five students of
B.Sc. in Industrial Fish and Fisheries from APC College, New Barrackpore, M.Sc. Zoology
students with specialization in fisheries from P. K. Roy Memorial College, Dhanbad, and Vinoba
Bhave University, Hazaribagh participated in the programme. Lectures followed by laboratory,
field visits and demonstrations were organized for them. Some of the students have expressed
their views on the importance of agricultural education in the country. Dr. B.K Das, Director,
CIFRI in his inaugural address emphasized on the need of agricultural education in present
scenario of India. He interacted with the students and motivated them to contribute in Nation
building. Dr. Bandyopadhyay also gave a presentation on importance of weather forecasting in
agriculture and fisheries sector. Lastly, Dr. George John addressed the students and inspired
them to contribute to the field of agriculture and fisheries in future.