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Cabinet clears three-year action plan of Agricultural Education Division & ICAR Institutes

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the continuation of the Three-Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs. 2225.46 crore [Rs. 2197.51 crore + Rs. 27.95 crore (State share) as salary component for AICRP-HS] for strengthening and developing higher agricultural education in India. 
 
The plan comprises Strengthening and Development of Higher Agricultural Education in India - Rs. Rs.2050.00 crore; ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) - Rs. 24.25 crore and ICAR - Central Institute of Women in Agriculture (CIWA) including All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science (AICRP-HS) - Rs. 151.21 crore.
 
An official press release said the scheme is aimed at generating quality human resources from the institutions of higher agricultural education. It encompasses several new initiatives, including steps to attract talented students, reducing academic inbreeding and addressing faculty shortage.  
 
"This will lead to generation of competitive and confident human resource. In addition, research on gender issues in agriculture and allied fields, formulating gender-equitable agricultural, policies/programmes and gender-sensitive agricultural-sector responses will be undertaken by ICAR-CIWA and capacity building needs of the human resources and stakeholders of the entire National Agricultural Research & Education System (NARES) will be catered leading to enhancing of competencies and capacities of the stakeholders including farmers, young scientists, students and agri-industry in NARES by ICAR-NAARM," the release said.
 
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