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Startup idea pitching contest commences at SKUAST-K



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Srinagar, Sept 28: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Kashmir (SKUAST-K) in collaboration with Lemon School of Entrepreneurship, Mumbai is conducting a four-day startup idea pitching contest, ‘What an Idea’, for the students of the university.

The objective of the online contest is to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs and provide them with a mentoring platform and incubation facilities.

The inaugural event was chaired by Director Planning & Monitoring and PI NAHEP, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai in presence of Director Lemon School of Entrepreneurship, Mukesh Ashar, HRM Consultant for NAHEP IDP Prof Farooq Ahmad Zaki, Dr Farahanaz Rasool and Dr Naveed Bhat of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Cell of IDP SKUAST-K. The jury panel included for first two include Prof Hamid Rather, HOD, Food Sciences – SKUAST-K, Anshal Gulati, CEO, Peer Oil Pvt Ltd, J&K), Khurshid Dar, Incharge, CII J&K chapter), Dr Farahanaz Rasool SKUAST-K, Mukesh Ashar Director, LSE), Girish Raju, Lead Catalyst Business acceleration, Lemon Ideas) , Saurabh Shah, Partner -West India, Lemon Ideas).

Seven teams of students presented their ideas in front of the jury on the first day of the contest. The ideas put forward in the contest were: 1) Functional Chicken Bite – Ready to eat chicken nuggets incorporated with pectin, designed in the shape of ice-cream, High-density walnut and apple plantation, Organic Lavender cultivation,  Production of Functional Dairy Products, e-Mandi – Agricultural digital revolution, Instant conversion of human hair wastes and Poultry wastes completely into 100% novel organic liquid fertilizer ‘Kera-GroW’, breeding of ornamental fishes in cold water conditions of Kashmir.

The Lemon School of Entrepreneurship (LSE) is also conducting a three-month online programme for the SKUAST-K students on Entrepreneurship Development & Skill Building. The program was designed to train and develop entrepreneurial skills in the students to enable them to take up entrepreneurship as a career. SKUAST-K is conducting a number of programmes under World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project for boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in the university.

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SKUAST-K flags off sericulture students for rural exploration visit



SKUAST-K flags off sericulture students

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Srinagar, March 17: To benefit students from the indigenous traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir commenced a seven-day ‘Rural Exploration Training Programme’ for sericulture students to far-flung areas of Uri Tehsil.

The training is organised by the university’s College of Temperate Sericulture (CoTS), Mirgund under the World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) for the institutional development of the SKUAST-K.

Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof Mushtaq Ahmad flagged off the students for the rural exploration in the presence of Director Planning and Monitoring and PI NAHEP, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, and Associate Dean, CoTS, Prof MF Baqual.

Speaking on the occasion, the vice-chancellor said organising such activities will build and nurture students for the sustainable approaches of agriculture practices as these rural pockets have a repository of indigenous knowledge.

He said, alongside modern techniques and knowledge, students must be aware of these age-old agriculture practices, which are environment friendly and sustainable.

The V-C also distributed certificates of merit among students who were involved in awareness programmes regarding the COVID19 pandemic programme.

Director of Education, Prof MH Balkhi, in his message, said that such events will help in shaping our students by exposing them to far-flung areas, where agriculture is the mainstay.

Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, who was the guest of honour, said these kinds of exploration visits help students to build their understanding of the rural economy and the role of agriculture in the livelihood of the majority of the people.

Prof MF Baqual highlighted the importance of the training programme for building the skills and the confidence of the students. He thanked the vice-chancellor and PI NAHEP for extending their support to the programme.

Organising secretary of the programme, Dr Firdose Ahmed Malik highlighted the impact of the rural exploration programme in improving the comprehension of students and understand rural life by way of living, eating and working in deep and backward areas of Uri.

Dr Zia-ul-Haque and Dr KA Sahaf delivered the welcome address and the vote of thanks respectively.

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10-day workshop on horticulture technology concludes at SP College



Workshop on horticulture technology concludes

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Srinagar, March 16: A ten-day workshop on horticulture technology concluded at SP College here on Tuesday.

The workshop was organised by the Department of Botany in collaboration with SKUAST-Kashmir for students of integrated PG 6th semester to acquaint them with skills and practices in varied fields of horticulture technology, including Greenhouse Production, Industry Technology, Pest Management, Plant Industry Operations and Taxonomy.

Nodal Principal Prof Yasmin Ashai was the chief guest at the valedictory session, while Principal SP College Prof Khursheed Ahmad Khan, Chief Patron of the programme, was the guest of honour.

In her presidential remarks, Prof Ashai appreciated the Botany Department for organising the programme on an important theme. She said such programmes can go a long way in training budding students about the technological advancements and newer practices in the area of horticulture, which holds a great promise for entrepreneurship and innovation at present as well as in future.

In his address, Prof Khan said it’s the continued endeavour of his college to facilitate holding of extension programmes alongside imparting quality teaching to the students.

He applauded the Department of Botany for choosing a theme of immense societal importance, especially in the context of J&K, for the 10-day programme.

“Technological interventions in our vast horticulture sector can not only lead to enhanced production but also bring about great efficiency vis-à-vis marketing the horticulture produce,” he said.

Prof Khalid Musthaq, Head, Division of Fruit Science SKUAST-Kashmir was also present on the occasion.

Prof Manzoor A Wani, Associate Professor and Dr Tabassum Qadri, Senior Assistant Professor, presented concluding remarks about the programme and a brief about deliberations during the technical sessions.

HoD Botany Prof Wilayat Rizvi welcomed the guests and highlighted aims and objectives of the programme, while Dr Shabana Aslam, Assistant Professor at the Department conducted proceedings of the valedictory session. Prof Shazia Mushtaq delivered a vote of thanks.

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GIMI Israel to train SKUAST Kashmir faculty in modern agri-tech



122 faculty members to take part in 10 programmes

Srinagar, March 9: With an aim to enhance capacities of SKUAST-K in various modern agriculture technologies, and business management skills, Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel is conducting a series of programmes for the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir faculty.

The International Faculty Development Programme has been organised under the World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) for the institutional development of the SKUAST-K.

All in all 122 faculty members of the SKUAST-K are participating in 184-hour comprehensive academic training. Among the participants, 15 female faculty members have been provided scholarships for the training by the GIMI Israel under its Women Empowerment Programme. The programme, specially designed as per the needs of the SKUAST-K faculty, comprises of 10 courses.

The courses are: Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Integrated Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Times of Change, Irrigation Methodologies for Improved Yield Production, Development of Sustainable Aquaculture Industry, Advanced Technologies for Dairy Livestock Farms, Agribusiness Sustainable Farm Management for Smallholders, Environment Management Solutions, and Renewable Energy.

Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof Mushtaq Ahmed, who was the chief guest at the inaugural function, appreciated the collaborations of SKUAST-K with many international institutions of excellence and higher learning through NAHEP. He advised the faculty to be proactive in channelizing their faculties and energies in creating a desirable teaching-learning environment and employ modern concepts and research methodologies in developing the technologies for the farmers.

Director Education, SKUAST-K, Prof MH Balkhi emphasized the necessity of seeking new knowledge. He highlighted the importance of training in the present-day education system and asked the teachers to develop the habit of critical thinking.

Dr Joseph Shevel, President GIMI, Israel, who was the keynote speaker and delivered his lecture online, presented an overview of the economy and civil amenities in India and Israel. He said that Israel has become a $400 billion economy with only 9 million population through discoveries, innovations and knowledge-driven business development. While emphasizing on the need for adoption of the latest technologies in water resource management, optimum input use, super crop varieties, digital and precision farming, greenhouse technologies etc which Israel has evolved in recent times, he said it is possible to double the income of farmers in India.

He emphasized the need for strengthening the cooperation between GIMI, SKUAST and farmers of J&K UT for taking the benefits of advanced technologies to farmers.

He also informed about the partnerships and collaborations of GIMI with various states of the country and the Government of India in agriculture and allied areas.

Director Planning & Monitoring SKUAST-K and PI NAHEP, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, gave a comprehensive account of the vision, mission and mandate of the IDP-NAHEP. He highlighted the relevance of partnership and collaborations with the institutions of excellence and higher learning abroad for the capacity building for the faculty and students of the university. He said discovery, innovations and leadership skills in the next generation human capital are key to driving a knowledge-intensive and technology-driven Agri economy.

HRM Consultant for IDP-NAHEP, Prof Farooq Ahmad Zaki presented the overview of developments and advances made in the agriculture scenario of Israel. He talked about greenhouse technologies, water conservation and irrigation technologies, genetically engineered crop varieties, greening o  deserts, manmade forests etc.

Dr Parvaize Sofi, Associate Professor, FOA, Wadura welcomed the guests and Dr Ikhlaq Wani, Associate Professor, Forestry presented the vote of thanks.

Deputy Director-General, GIMI, Guy Wolf; Dean Students Welfare MAA Sidique; Associate Dean College of Temperature Sericulture, Dr MF Baqual, besides various faculty members and training participants, attended the inaugural function.

‘Agrucation’, the bi-monthly newsletter of SKUAST-K under NAHEP-IDP, was also released at the occasion.

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