Srinagar, September 12: The Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) collaborated with the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar to host a two-day event in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory with the goal of encouraging startup businesses and sparking tech-based agricultural innovations.
Igniting Deep Tech Revolution in Agriculture and Allied Sciences was a conference that was conducted by the Division of Veterinary Biochemistry, FVSc at SKUAST-K in partnership with the incubation hub (AWaDH) of IIT Ropar.
An interaction session and networking dinner were held on the first day of the event at the SKICC in Srinagar. Participants included the Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-K, Professor Nazir Ahmad Ganai; the Vice Chancellor of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Professor Akbar Masood; the Chairman of the J&K Board of School Education, Professor Parkishit Singh Manhas; the Registrar of Central University of Kashmir, Professor M Afzal Zargar;
During the event, the former head of the Division of Veterinary Biochemistry at the Faculty of Veterinary Science (FVSc) was presented with a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his significant contributions to the advancement of research and development in his area of expertise.
A roundtable discussion on the role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in tackling difficulties in the agricultural sector of Jammu and Kashmir was conducted on the second day of the event. The Vice Chancellor of the SKUAST-K, Professor Nazir Ahmad Gani, presided over the session while the Registrar of the Central University of Kashmir, Professor Afzal Zargar, served as the moderator.
Professor Ganai said, in his comments, that SKUAST-K has developed into a premier agricultural university in the nation for the encouragement of young minds towards innovation. According to what he stated, the institution has determined that the NEP-2020 mission requires it to become the first innovation-led agri-university capable of generating future agripreneurs.
In his comments, the Chairman of the JKBOSE, Professor Parkishit Singh Manhas, who is also the head of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), stated his enthusiasm to duplicate the model at the school level while expressing his appreciation for the SKUAST-K effort. Manhas is also the director of SCERT.