Message from Hon'ble Vice Chancellor Prof. J.P. Sharma
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Jammu (SKUAST-J), a relatively young University, was established on 20th September, 1999 with a mission to become a leading agriculture University in India. The main mandate of SKUAST-J is producing high quality manpower to provide high-throughput technological interventions to resolve problems related to agriculture and allied fields. The University aims to provide a robust educational system to its students with provisions for practical knowledge capable of developing a highly skilled human resource through enhanced external linkages in framework of the New Educational Policy (NEP). The University recently received an educational grant of about Rs 633.18 lakhs for setting up Institutional Development Plan (IDP) under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and World Bank funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) in August 2021. The IDP of SKUAST-Jammu will provide the university an opportunity to improve and strengthen the academic and institutional capacities for quality education, skill development through vocational trainings, exchange programmes and development of effective external linkages. SKUAST-Jammu is grateful to Government of India, ICAR and World Bank for extending support and cooperation for smooth implementation of project. I also thank the Director General ICAR, National Director NAHEP, National Coordinator IDP and the J&K Government for their support, encouragement and faith in SKUAST-Jammu. Besides highlighting the achievements of SKUAST-Jammu under IDP-NAHEP, this project, SKUAST-J website will keep you updated about the various programmes and scheduled events undergoing in the varsity under the Project and transformation in quality of education and entrepreneurial aspects as well.
Message from Principal Investigator, (IDP-NAHEP), SKUAST-Jammu Prof B.C. SHARMA
The National Agricultural Higher Education Project of World Bank and ICAR have emerged as one of the most significant projects in ushering a wave of transformation in the agricultural universities of India. SKUAST-Jammu was granted Institutional Development Plan (IDP) project “Strengthening Institutional Capacities for Delivering Competent Skilled Professionals.” The project is framed keeping in view the NEP to strengthen the Agricultural education and research systems to meet the new challenges for delivery system. Carl Rogers stated that, “the only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change”. This prestigious project also aims to enhance the education quality by adopting smart teaching methods, giving students the idea of agri-preneurship, providing them the opportunity to enhance their skills through various training programmes. The University has already taken initiative to introduce courses on agricultural research, reach ethics and rural development programmes. This comprehensive platform will also provide for clubbing all the employers, entrepreneurs and alumni to ease in their career progression through higher education and employment. Such platforms shall aid in strengthening the linkages among the academia, industry and government organizations. The focus of the project is to build the quality of the university’s human resource that could lead the change and set J&K on the path of building the knowledge based bio-economy.