INDIA - Bihar’s state agriculture university, Rajendra Agricultural University (RAU) has been upgraded to central university.
In this regard, Bihar state government and Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up central university at Pusa in Samastipur district.
ICAR secretary general-cum-centre's agriculture education secretary S Ayappan and state agriculture production commissioner (APC) Vijoy Prakash signed the MoU in this regard.
After its conversion into central university, the name has been changed to Rajendra Central Agriculture University (RCAU).
For the new set up, the central government has already approved a proposal to provide $65 million under the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) towards this purpose. Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh who was present at the signing ceremony, along with Bihar chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi, said that a full-fledged central agricultural university was a long pending demand of the state and it will prove to be a blessing for the farmers and people.
Speaking at the function, Bihar chief minister, Manjhi said the agricultural university would prove to be a milestone in the history of Bihar and hoped that the Centre would expedite the processes connected with it.
Manjhi also stressed that there is need to adopt bio-fertilisers and organic practices or else the future generations will point their fingers at us.
The state has increased the agriculture budget of Bihar from $16 million during 2005-06 to $434 million during 2014-15 and have plans to spend $24.15 billion under the 'agricultural road map' for the state till 2022, Manjhi stressed.
With this, the entire state of Bihar would come under the coverage area of RCAU and Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour (Bhagalpur).