By OUR STAFF REPORTER
PANTNAGAR, 22 Dec: The 14th Agriculture Leadership Conclave 2023 was organised by Agriculture Today Group in Holiday Inn, New Delhi. In this conclave, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, was selected for academic leadership, and this honour was conferred upon Dr Manmohan Singh Chauhan, ViceChancellor, GBPUAT, by Arjun Munda, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, in the presence of Saurabh Bahuguna, Minister of Animal Husbandry, Uttarakhand, P Sadasivam, former Chief Justice of India, Om Prakash Dhankar, former Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister of Haryana, and Dr MJ Khan, Chairman of the Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture. Dr JP Jaiswal, Director of Communication, was also present on this occasion.
The objective of this conclave was to bring together all key stakeholders in the Indian and global agricultural system to deliberate on key issues and agenda for educational leadership and to prepare a roadmap for sustainability. There were more than 20 award categories in this conclave.
GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, established in 1960, is the first Agriculture University of India. The establishment of this university brought about a revolution in agricultural education, research and extension. It paved the way for the setting up of 65 other SAUs in the country. Nobel Laureate Dr Norman E. Borlaug eulogised Pantnagar University as the “Harbinger of Green Revolution” for its enormous contribution in making the country food selfsufficient. It was placed in the Global QS Ranking by Subject 2022, and has been recipient of ICAR Best Institution Award and Governor’s Best University Award three times each, and bestowed the ‘Best AIRCP Award’ of ICAR several times. As many as 14 UG and 162 PG programmes are offered by its 7 colleges. It has 20 centres for interdisciplinary research and 9 KVKs for technology dissemination to the farmers. The University has developed 346 varieties of different crops, and is known for the Pantnagar Seeds. It has developed many technologies to help the farmers of the hills and plains. It has 28 patents are to its credit. About 47,000 alumni are spread across the globe, being the brand ambassadors. The University is promoting organic and natural farming for a healthy ecosystem, and is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 under the leadership of its Vice-Chancellor, Dr Manmohan Singh Chauhan.