Ranchi, Feb 1: The Birsa Agricultural University is set to organise its 7th Convocation for 1139 students of Graduation, Masters and PhD on February 2. Notably, students of seven newly established colleges of agriculture, horticulture, fisheries science, dairy technology and agricultural engineering will take part in the Convocation for the first time.
As per information, Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais will be the chief guest of the event while Dr Himanshu Pathak, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research & Education, Govt of India and Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will deliver Convocation Address.
Addressing media persons on Wednesday, BAU Vice Chancellor Dr Onkar Nath Singh informed that altogether 24 students will receive gold medals for securing the highest overall grade point average (OGPA) in different UG and PG courses. Three students will receive Chancellor’s University Gold Medal for obtaining the highest OGPA in all the courses of the university during 2019, 2020 and 2021. The three top achievers are Swapnil, M Sc (Ag) in Genetics & Plant Breeding (2019), M Devender, M Sc (Ag) in Entomology (2020) and Kajal Kumari, B F Sc, College of Fisheries Science, Gumla (2021).
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The VC further informed that Agrotech Kisan Mela is being organised from February 3 to 5 to apprise the state farmers about the latest technologies of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, farm mechanization, dairy technology and forestry. Different government departments, units of BAU, ICAR Institutes of the state, banks, and dealers of tractors, farm machinery, seeds, fertilizers and NGOs will display their technologies, products and services at 143 stalls.
Since the United Nations has declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets, a special stall will be dedicated to Nutri cereals millets and its processed products. He said that millets like pearl millet, little millet, kodo millets also known as Etak have higher nutrients than rice. Jharkhand with no problem of floods and water logging is the most suitable state for the cultivation of millets, he added. The University and its units will organize awareness programmes, training, seminars, and symposia on millets around the year 2023.
Grand Horticulture Show, Animal & Bird Show and Farm Machinery Show will be an important part of the three-day event. Rural Development Minister Alamgir Alam will be the chief guest of the inaugural function of the Mela on February 3 while Speaker Ravindra Nath Mahto will grace the concluding session on February 5.
Director Research Dr SK Pal, Dean Forestry Dr MS Malik, Dean PGS Dr MK Gupta, Dean Veterinary Dr Sushil Prasad, Registrar Narendra Kudada and Director Extension Education Dr Jagarnath Oraon were also present during the media briefing.