JNAU Unit to reshape as agri entrepreneurs incubation centre

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jul 2017 10:42:57


By Piyush Shrivastava,

TRANSFORMING agriculture entrepreneurship into a vibrant stream, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) to reshape its Business Development and Planning Unit as Agri-Entrepreneurs as per mandate of READY programme incepted by 5th Deans Committee of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR). ICAR’s 5th deans committee has strongly recommended to the State Agriculture Universities to encourage agriculture graduates to adopt entrepreneurship by linking education with enterprising works. Application of recommendation of Indian Council of Agriculture Research will help in adopting entrepreneurship traits by learning about economic of enterprise, enhance food production ratio, raise quality of yield and strengthen socio-economic status of farmers’ families by generating additional employment at this village based enterprise.

JNAU is running BPD Unit in University as per recommendation of 4th Deans Committee of ICAR recommendation to give exposure of market and business potential, self-employment opportunities in agriculture sector as well as incepted some academic programmes for undergraduate and post-graduate students. In 5th dean committee report recommendations on developing incubation centres, business development and education about financial assistance from banks and marketing system in the State Agriculture universities and colleges besides an year long time has been separated in four year degree course to learn traits of entrepreneur. Every year, around 1,000 students pass out from agriculture and veterinary universities of the State.

Placement rate of agriculture graduates is high in different streams including banking, insurance and agriculture implement companies as well as in public sector too. JNAU is the first Agriculture University in the country adopting READY Programme for it over 1,000 students are coming out with graduate or post graduate programme.

JNAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Vijay Singh Tomar said JNAU is working on the concept since last seven years and is running a separate Business Development and Planning Unit. To shift farming to secondary agriculture practices and to generate more self-employment in agri-based enterprises ICAR has incepted READY programme and also Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) and Industry Attachment Program (IAP). With these initiatives, ongoing BPD unit is needed to be reshaped. We are planning to develop an model incubation centre for agri-business.

“Our motive behind reshaping BPD unit as an incubation centre for agri-entrepreneurs is to encourage involvement of more and more people in secondary agriculture for employment. Education of agriculture graduates about enterprising world will generate a new range of MSMEs and cottage industry in the country,” said Professor Tomar.