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Brain storming session and workshop on “Agri-Informatics” in emerging educational system – Modes, Methods and Relevance organized by Shobhit University
Agriculture has been the country’s backbone as it plays a vital role in the economic and social development of the country. In the present scenario the population growth of our country is exceeding the production of food required. Therefore it is necessary to give priority to agricultural development with the focus on increase in production and caring the farming community. Traditionally agricultural infrastructure and man power were considered as the two important factors for agricultural development. But the most important factor that provides development and extension is “Information” using the modern technology. To make skilled and effective man power continuous increase in knowledge is required. Information Technology (IT) is a channel that can help by providing continuous flow of information to guide the farm sector for increase in production and extension. IT has a major role to play in all areas of Indian agriculture. In addition to facilitating farmers in improving the efficiency and productivity of agriculture, the potential of IT lies in bringing about an overall qualitative improvement in life by providing quality information inputs timely for decision making. Agriculture officers, who work at the block level, can provide valuable information such as information related to market, price related information, infrastructure related information, resource related information etc. to the farming community through IT channels. Therefore IT should be used as a strategic tool in Indian agriculture sector for the country’s overall development. The need of the hour is going from green revolution to knowledge revolution.
A brain storming session and workshop was organized on Agri-informatics on 17th Dec 2011 to discuss, deliberate the importance of Agri-Informatics. In the workshop it was emphasised that agricultural sector is the driving force behind the industrial development. In the present scenario the population growth is exceeding the production of food. For self-sufficiency educational capabilities have to be driven to enlighten the farming sector, to double food grain growth. In this context Israel has been doing better in production sector by proper maintenance of water resources. Rain fed areas in our country has no progress and therefore judicious views on Natural Resource management like crop management, water resource management etc. has to be established. British envisioned and prioritized scientific views for developing agriculture sector. Whenever they invade any country they used to have scientific expertise on the geographical location to get good knowledge on the country’s resources. They established Geological Survey of India and Indian Metrological Department.
Today remote sensing satellites having a resolution of < 1m is permitted by government for research oriented schools. This information can be used to model out the geographical issues related to agriculture. In European Union there is a 3 year course on Agri-informatics but in India we lack any such program till now. Such courses find more relevance in India because of problems like 143 known livestock diseases, more than 10,000 pests on crops that amounts to loss of 20,000 crores and 90,000 animal loss which amounts to 44,000 crores. Such huge losses have no logistics to control and can be only be curtailed through ICT.
In India we have 1900 IT institutions, 51 agricultural universities and 95 ICR institutes which work independently. What we require is a synergised educational system where there is transparent knowledge sharing between IT and agricultural sector. In India educational knowledge is from farmer to farmer and MNC’s restrict the flow of knowledge by patenting their work or exercising intellectual property right. This has to be more transparent to solve the productivity issues. There should be both on field and off field science & technology programs. ICT is in the direction of solving above mentioned issues apart from crop cycle management, post harvest management and help in smoothening the supply to production chain by using modelling and simulation techniques. Therefore IT has to be applied in the area of agriculture science. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has also revolutionized governance and library science.
Shobhit University, established u/s 3 of UGC Act, 1956, is one of the only university in India which has taken a bold initiative to start high-end programs, including B.Tech., M.Tech. and Ph.D., in Agri-Informatics. Mandate taken by university is development of knowledge in certain selected challenging areas such as Bio-Medical, Bio-Informatics, Agri-Informatics apart from popular courses such as IT, Computer Science, Electronics, Pharmacy and Bio-Technology.
Advancing in tune with its mandate of going beyond the standards & normal course, Shobhit University cater the niche areas of the field of education. Agri-Inforamtics has been one of the thrust areas identified by the university. The university designs and mentors its curriculum enriching it continuously keeping in view the ever-changing requirements in the field of technology. In this context the University organizes brain storming session involving experts from all relevant arenas so as to mostly update the syllabus as per the requirements and expectations of the end users .i.e. industry or so.
Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Shobhit University Vice Chancellor Prof. Rajendra P. Agarwal, Dr. Vellyuthum, Former Executive Director Swaminathan Foundation, Dr. Simon Holland from Zoraly Solutions,New Delhi, Prof. H. K. Mishra from Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat, Prof. M. Moni DDG from NIC, Dr. Pratibha Lokande from NIC, Dr. A. K. Sharma from YMCA university Faridabad, Dr. Masood Ashan Siddiqui from Jamia Milia Islamia New Delhi, and from Shobhit University Dr PP Singh, Dr. Syed S I Ahson, Dr. DV Rai, Dean Faculty of Biological Sciences, Dr Ranjit Singh Dean Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr Satya Bulusu, Dr Rekha Dixit, Dr Jyoti Sharma, Prof Nidhi Tyagi, Prof Ritu, Mr. Devindra Narain and Mr. George Vergiese were present.
Shobhit University’s Dean, Faculty of Biological Engineering, Prof. (Dr) DV Rai visited Simon Fraser University, Canada for collaboration on industry relevant projects under India Mobility Initiative.
While B.C. premier Christy Clark was on India-China visit to promote economic links between BC and Asia, the education institutes in Vancouver were gearing up to strengthen the education ties between the province and India. Both the leading universities of Vancouver ie Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia have started new initiatives that will not only promote education but businesses too between the two countries.
SFU has invited scholars from India to explore the opportunities of living, studying and investing in the Province. UBC, on the other hand, is deepening its commitment to India by opening offices in Bangalore and New Delhi and establishing partnerships with leading universities and research institutions across India.
Among the visiting Indian scholars were:Prof. (Dr) Durg Viyay Rai, Dean, Faculty of Biological Engineering and senior professor at the Centre for Biomedical Engineering’s School of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at Shobhit University in Meerut; Daya Gaur, head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, at the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar(IITR) and Himanshu Tyagi, an assistant professor at IITR’s School of Mechanical, Materials & Energy Engineering.
The SFU scholars’ visit was part of the larger BC-India Innovation, Exchange and Mobility Initiative. “Under the initiative we plan to exchange scholars and students, and promote businesses between India and B.C. There has been an good inflow of Indian students to SFU but not many SFU students have visited India. As part of the initiative we plan to send more SFU students to Indian education institutes,” said Nav Chima, Project Director, SFU BC-India Mobility Initiatives.
He also said that SFU is known for its quality research in the field of clean energy, life sciences and new media. “We want to promote SFU’s expertise amongst Indian businesses too,” he said.
“The initiative enables B.C. to build connections with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. SFU’s visitng scholars from India are exchanging information with B.C. researchers and companies to create opportunities in clean energy, health and life sciences,” said Nirmal Rajapakse, deand and professor, faculty of applied science at SFU.
A federal investment of $302,535 was announced in June 2011 by Lynee Yelich, minister for Western Economic Diversification, to support the initiative. Andrew Saxton, MP for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary met the visiting Indian scholars at Surrey’s SFU campus on Wednesday. He said, “Thanks to WD funding, these scholars will be able to see why B.C. is the ideal place to live, study and invest.”
The purpose of higher education is to empower the youth and the fruits of technological innovations must percolate to the rural areas if the country is to progress: Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Pro Chancellor, Shobhit University, Meerut
Shobhit University, Meerut supported a National Conference on E-Education & Distance Education- Innovative & Creative Models in Higher Education organized by ASSOCHAM on 8th Dec. 2011 at New Delhi.
Although India has survived with its higher education system for decades, now as it strives to compete in a globalised economy in areas that require highly trained professionals, the quality of higher education becomes increasingly important. So far, India’s large educated population base and its reservoir of well-trained university graduates have permitted the country to move ahead. But the competition is fierce. China in particular is heavily investing in improving its best universities with the aim of making a small group of them world class in the coming decade, and making a larger number internationally competitive research universities. Other Asian countries are also upgrading higher education with the aim of building world class-universities. Taiwan, which is a major designer and producer of IT hardware, is considering merging several of its top technological universities to create an “Asian MIT.”
Thus, to compete successfully in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, India needs innovative and creative models in higher education system that produces bright graduates to support sophisticated research in a number of scientific and scholarly fields and produce at least some of the knowledge and technology needed for an expanding economy.
Recognizing the importance of the subject a NATIONAL SEMINAR on E-education & Distance Education – Innovative & Creative Models in Higher Education to showcase the spectrum of horizon in the field of e-education and distance education which exists in India was organized in Delhi.
Key themes discussed at this summit were:
- E-education and distance learning practices and policies.
- Ideas for sustainable use of Open Education Resources in E-Education & Distance Education.
- The changing nature of e-learning and distance learning.
- Approaches to promote online and distance education.
- Impact of Technology on E-Education & Distance Education in India.
- Governance, policies and programs in relation to E-Education & Distance Education in India.
Key decision makers across the entire higher education eco-system from enterprises, educational institutions, education regulatory bodies, vice-chancellor, regulators, government agencies, service providers, system integrators, education technology providers and vendors attended.
“Technological innovation in the Indian education system is the need of the hour to equip our graduates to compete in the ever evolving global knowledge economy,” said Mr. Pawan Aggarwal, Adviser (education), Planning Commission while addressing an ASSOCHAM conference on higher education in New Delhi on 8th Dec. 2011, as the Chief Guest of the conference.
“Though India ranks third in the higher education system in the world but innovative, creative models in distance education and collaboration with research partners from across the world are imperative to transform the domestic higher education scenario,” said Mr. Aggarwal while inaugurating a National Conference on ‘E-education & Distance Education’ organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
“The universities and colleges must provide courses based on needs of the industry and ensure better placements for students,” said Mr. Vinay Rai, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Education. “Universities in India must focus on providing online degree programmes as distance learning is gaining a firm base in universities across the globe.”
“India requires a proper business model based on modern technology and can collaborate with countries like Canada to enhance the higher education system,” said H.E. Steward Beck, Canadian High Commissioner to India.
Among others who spoke at the event were: Mr. Anand Nagarajan, CEO, Dexler Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Anil Goyal, Director, Mexus Education, Mr. G.C.Sharma, Head-Financial Education (Schools and Universities) National Stock Exchange, Mr. Anurag Agrawal,Vice President iProf and many other dignitaries of repute.
The Valedictory address was delivered by Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Pro-Chancellor, Shobhit University, Meerut. Shobhit University was also represented by Prof. PP Singh Director General, Prof. Abhay Kumar Dean & Director and Mr. Devinder Narain, Head Corporate Relations at the conference.
During the Valedictory function Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra while highlighting the deliberations of the conference said, “We must find a path of collaborative progress instead of individual success stories in conferences like these.” He emphasized that the purpose of higher education is to empower the youth and that the fruits of technological innovations must percolate to the rural areas if the country is to progress. Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra emphasized that merely using new technology is not innovation. His views on the subject were widely acclaimed by those present in the conference.
Prof SC Agarwal, Director of School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Shobhit University Meerut gets DISTINGUISHED SERVICES AWARD 2009 of Vijnana Parishad of India.
Shobhit University Business Incubator (SUBI) organized a “Indo-German Industrial Cooperation Conference”
Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) & Chairman Distance Education Council (DEC) visits Shobhit University, Meerut
Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai,
Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
& Chairman Distance Education Council (DEC)
visits Shobhit University, Meerut
Prof V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Chairman, Distance Education Council (DEC), visited Shobhit University, Meerut on 8 November 2008; to interact with faculty and students and to share his views on quality education and its role in life management.
In his thought provoking speech, Prof Pillai emphasised that the purpose of education is to improve the quality of life. Education enhances knowledge and life management system skills which in turn improve quality of life in the society. It is necessary to understand the core values of the society in order to apply the knowledge and skills gained during education for the betterment of the society. He said that education provides you the skeleton only, flesh and blood are added by experiences only. Prof Pillai shared his views on distance learning and said that it can play a pivotal role in enhancing literacy rate in the country.
He mentioned that compartmentalized knowledge can not be only part of higher learning as real breakthroughs happen at interface. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the interrelation amongst various disciplines and apply the gained knowledge successfully for the benefit of the society. He encouraged the young students to participate in literacy mission enthusiastically.
Prof Pillai informed that knowledge commission has recommended opening of 1500 Universities to strengthen higher education system and to improve the gross enrolment rate which is quite low presently. To support such cause and to make India a developed country, about 10 Lac school teachers and 5 Lac professional teachers are required.
Prof Pillai said that number of institutions and teachers are required to enhance literacy rate and creation of such infrastructure needs a lot of time. Hence, there is need of utilization of new technologies to address this issue. However, as technology can not teach, only teachers can teach, so teachers should use these technologies to effect quality teaching learning process. The available technology shall be used to infuse synergy in the system.
Prof Pillai paid rich tributes to Babu Vijendra Kumar Ji, the Inspirer of Shobhit University, for his vision and his endeavour to establish institutes of higher education especially in rural area. Prof Pillai also inaugurated state of the art VLSI laboratory in School of Electronics Engineering of Shobhit University. He visited School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Biotechnology, School of Computer Engineering & Information Technology, School of Business Studies and School of Basic & Applied Sciences of the University. Praising the Shobhit University for excellent infrastructure, wonderful ambience and laudable academic standards, he said that Shobhit University is doing well and is poised for exponential development and growth. He congratulated the management for the successes achieved and developments on the ground in such a short period of time.
On this occasion, a Concept Document on “International Skill Initiative” of
Shobhit University was presented by the Vice Chancellor of Shobhit University
Prof. Anoop Swarup, IRS in the presence of Hon’ble Pro-Chancellor Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra and other officials of the University
Dr Anoop Swarup, IRS has joined Shobhit University, Meerut, India as Vice-Chancellor on Oct. 01, 2008
Dr Anoop Swarup, the Vice Chancellor of Shobhit University, joined Indian Revenue Service in the year 1985. He holds a Doctorate in Science and distinguished University Gold Medals for his Master of Science and Master of Philosophy and has been invited to several international conferences and has been a resource person with the Linnaean Society, London; the British Natural History Museum, London; the World Intellectual Property Organization, Washington DC; the United Nations Environment Program, Trieste (Italy) and the World Wide Fund for Nature, New Delhi. Dr Swarup also has to his credit a Master of Science in Defence & Strategic Studies from DSSC Wellington and an MBA (Finance & Strategy) from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.
Dr Swarup has been a recipient of the Presidential Award of Republic of India in 2003. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to the United States in 2005, won commendations from UN Resident Representative India for outstanding work in Orissa super-cyclone, 1999 and Gujarat earthquake of 2000 and was awarded UN-ESCAP Hon’ble Mention on HRD for Youth Empowerment (2000), he has been a recipient of the prestigious National Science Talent Scholarship in 1975, the CSIR fellowship in 1981, National Gandhi fellowship in 2001 and was nominated for biographical inclusion in the Tenth Edition of International Directory of Distinguished Leadership of the American Biographical Institute, Inc., USA, 2001.
Dr Swarup has varied and extensive experience of over 27 years at key positions in public, private and not for profit sectors. He was the Commissioner of Customs for Rajasthan at Jaipur, holding the additional charge of Commissioner (Preventive), New Delhi. He was appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as UN Finance Expert for implementation of UN Security Council Resolution. In the past he has been the Executive Director of NYKS, the largest Youth Organisation of its kind in the world and the Managing Director of the National Youth Cooperative Bank that he helped setting up. He served as a Commissioner (Appeals), Director (Anti smuggling) and Director (International Customs) with Government of India in the federal Ministry of Finance and as the Secretary General of National Think Tank on Indirect Taxes. His experience and expertise are in Financial Investigations, Anti money Laundering Strategies and Techniques; Project Formulation, Management, Evaluation and Monitoring; Financial Risk Management; Change Management; Voluntarism and Entrepreneurship, Cooperatives & Community Programs; Small and Medium Enterprises Planning, Expansion & Growth; Global Markets and Trade Regimes, Free Trade Agreements & Rules of Origin, Export/ Import Policies, Strategies, Negotiations and International Law; Performance Audit, Corporate Social Responsibility, & Investigative Techniques; Business Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Tax Administration policies and practice, Trade Facilitation, Security & Compliance; Environmental Economics and Resource Management; Capacity Building, Training â€“ Curriculum Development, Design and Delivery.
Dr Swarup has been a visiting professor and a teaching faculty being intimately involved in curriculum development and training for over 27 years with various educational institutions and Universities that include Monash University, Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics (2006 to date), Swinburne University (2001 to 2003), National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad (1996 to 2005), Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradoon (1995 to 1996), National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics, New Delhi (1996 to 2005), Barkatullah University, Bhopal (1991 to 1994) and Vikram University Ujjain (1981 to 1984).
Dr Swarup has authored a book on ‘The World of Money Laundering, Financial Crimes and Commercial Frauds’ apart from delivering several lectures on the subject in universities and other national and international forums. Some of his initiatives include accreditation of National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics at Faridabad as the WCO Asia Pacific Training Centre, setting up of National Customs Museum at Goa, election of India as the WCO Asia Pacific Vice Chair. He initiated capacity building programmes at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN) so as to build organisational competencies in close association with the World Customs Organisation. Apart from being a UNEP Certified Trainer he has delivered key lectures at National Academies of Customs Excise and Narcotics, the National Institute of Financial Management and other institutions. Dr Swarup has to his credit several publications in Indian and International journals and has the rare distinction of combining his science background with postgraduate degrees in Banking, Finance and Risk Management. At the international policy level also Dr Swarup has been responsible not only as a national contact point for linkages but also contributed to treaties, pacts and exchanges through country representation such as in the US Container Security Initiative, FATFs Forty Recommendations on Money laundering and the special Nine Recommendations on Terrorist Financing, WCOs Kyoto Protocol, Bilateral Customs Cooperation Agreements with the EU, USA, UK, France, Russia, China, SAARC, Australia and many other countries and the Free Trade Agreements with ASEAN, Thailand, Singapore, SAFTA, MERCOSUR (South American Countries), China and other countries.
He was invited to the United States as a visitor on money laundering and terrorist financing in 2005 where he had the unique opportunity to have extensive discussions with the FATF, FINCEN, US Treasury, Federal Reserve, the federal and district attorneys, the Citibank Group and other banking and finance organisations and a host of other private and public sector institutions. He has professional expertise as well as core competency in investigation of financial crimes, money laundering, anti smuggling and commercial frauds. He established online and real time linkages between various trans national and international agencies such as the UNODC, FATF, INCB, DEA, INTERPOL, WCO, WTO, WIPO and also the various national Customs and Police Administrations across the globe and national agencies such as the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (responsible for financial fraud and money laundering investigations and enforcement of customs and tax offence in India), Central Bureau of Investigation (responsible for federal police compliance, investigation and enforcement), Enforcement Directorate (responsible for foreign exchange regulation and management acts), Financial Investigations Unit, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Central Economic Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB responsible for federal drug trafficking and enforcement apparatus) as also other central intelligence agencies and state intelligence and enforcement agencies.
Recently, India-based Shobhit University, Meerut led by the Chancellor Shobhit Kumar worked with Quang Ngai government on the investment to the first proposed university in Quang Ngai named after late Prime Minister Pham Van Dong. Two days of intensive discussion resulted in signing off a Letter of Intention and drafting an Aide Memoire. PDU is designed to sit on about 24 ha with total cost estimated at 22 million USD, phased into two stages, 2008-2012 and 2012-2020.
Shobhit University has shown interest in soft investment of providing equipment, technology transfer and training the teaching staff for English, IT faculties and an electronic library whereas Quang Ngai is to provide infrastructure and buildings. There is a potential of expanding cooperation scope to Business Management, Technology and Engineering departments if the initial phase gets fruitful. In the meantime, it is agreed to initially start with English and IT courses in cooperation with the existing Teacher Training College in the soonest time.
A Letter of Intention was co-signed by Quang Ngai PPC Vice Chairman Nguyen Hoang Son and Shobhit University representative, Mr. Vivek Mittal, Director, International Affairs. It is strongly believed that once this education project becomes possible, Quang Ngai is confident to keep pace with other provinces of Vietnamin terms of socio-economic development and integration progress to the world with the help of Shobhit University, Meerut, India.