3rd December celebrated as Agricultural Education Day

For strengthening the future of agriculture in India, it is important to attract youngsters towards agricultural education. And this may require massive awareness programmes amongst the youth focusing on various facets of agriculture and related subjects.

Keeping this in view, the Competent Authority of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has decided to celebrate 3rd December as Agricultural Education Day, which is the Birthday of first President of Independent India and first Union Minister of Agriculture of India in 1946, Bharat Ratna, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was one of the famous leaders of the Indian Nationalist Movement next to Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, and Vallabhbhai Patel. He gave up a lucrative profession in order to pursue a greater goal of attaining freedom for the country. He was one of the chief architects in shaping the Republic of India.

Dr. Prasad entered into politics in a quiet and light-footed manner. He attended the 1906 Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress as a volunteer and officially joined the party in 1911. Later he was elected to the AICC. He was also appointed as the Food and Agriculture Minister in the interim Government headed by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1946. As a strong believer in the maximization of agricultural production he made a slogan ‘Grow More Food.’

Presently, efforts are being made to introduce several topics, courses and programmes on different aspects of agriculture for students in schools as well colleges. The main objective of Agricultural education day is to expose students to various aspects of agriculture and its significance in country's growth and development. On this day, an attempt is made to inspire and motivate students towards farming so that they could develop some interest in this field.

The Government of India has also started implementing many courses and programmes to fortify Agricultural Education, Research and Extension for an enduring and sustainable development in agriculture.

Before concluding I would like to tell you something very interesting. The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), popularly known as the Pusa Institute was originally located in Pusa Bihar as the Imperial Institute of Agricultural Research in the year 1911. It was then renamed as the Imperial Agricultural Research Institute in 1919 and after a major earthquake there, it was moved to Delhi in 1936.

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