The ICAR – NAARM has organised 1st Meeting of External Advisory Panel, constituted under NAHEP to provide the ICAR/NAHEP with knowledge, strategic thinking and innovative approaches for higher education, in the long and short term higher education. The panel comprised renowned education and agricultural experts – six from India, three from the USA and one from Australia.
The online meeting was chaired by Dr R C Agrawal, National Director and DDG (Education) held on 13 Oct 2020. The members are appraised about the progress of NAHEP by Dr P Ramasundaram, Dr R B Sharma, Dr Prabhat Kumar and Dr Hema Tripathi, the National Coordinators of NAHEP.
Dr. R.C. Agrawal, National Director, NAHEP and DDG (Agril. Edu.) while highlighting the success of NAHEP on different fronts and its preparedness for new educational policy, flagged important issues for improving the quality and relevance of agricultural education and sought guidance from Dr P L Gautam, Dr J C Katiyal, Dr P K Joshi, Dr B Venkateswarlu from NARES and Dr Pankaj Mittal of Association of Indian Universities and Dr JLN Sastry of Ministry of Ayush, GOI and Dr Ch Srinivasa Rao, Director, NAARM. The meeting also witnessed the presence of Dr Glen C Shinn of Texas A&M University and Dr David Kraybill of Ohio State University.
The panel provided high-quality inputs and suggestions to take the NAHEP further for excellence viz. asynchronous learning, enhancing the visibility of agricultural universities, digital platforms for education, quality of faculty competency, systemic reforms, the institutionalisation of best educational practices, cooperation and collaboration, more communication in policy, management of change etc.
The Programme was coordinated by Dr S K Soam CPI and Dr. D. Thammi Raju, Co-PI of NAHEP Component 2, ICAR – NAARM.
Group photo of the Members & Special Invitees
Dr Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General of Association of Indian Universities speaking on the occasion