Blended Learning Ecosystem for Higher Education in Agriculture 2023
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the World Bank recently hosted a three-day international conference on ‘Blended Learning Ecosystem for Higher Education in Agriculture 2023.’ At the end of the conference, a ‘Delhi declaration’ was decided to make.
The declaration talks about how important it is to improve digital infrastructure, like e-learning content and the use of new immersive technologies in India’s higher education institutions for agriculture.
As part of the Resilient Agricultural Education System (RAES) development project of the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP), the conference was held.
A statement said that the ‘Delhi declaration’ on modernizing the agricultural education system, which is in line with the National Education Policy, emphasizes the need to use digital resources and tools to make teaching and learning in agriculture more effective and easy to access.
It focuses on making a system that works well for both men and women and is sustainable in the agriculture education sector. The declaration said that science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math (STEAM) policies in higher education for agriculture should be changed and multidisciplinary education should be helped by technology.
The statement quoted RC Agrawal, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Education) of ICAR and National Director of NAHEP, as saying that the three-day international conference had about 19 keynote speakers and panel discussions on six important topics related to blended learning in agriculture.
Auguste Tano Kouame, the Country Director for the World Bank, said that more than 5,000 students get PhDs in India every year, which is more than anywhere else in the world. Kouame said, ‘We will keep working with the ICAR and the Indian government to spread new technologies so that every state in the country can benefit from them.’
It said that NAHEP is a five-year project that started in 2018. The World Bank and the Central government each gave $82.5 million (about ₹600 crore) to the project. The goal of NAHEP is to change higher education in agriculture. It said that part of the project was the ‘Blended Learning Platform.’