Expert lecture on the topic “Indian Agriculture: Vision 2047”
“Indian Agriculture: Vision 2047”
On 25 th March, 2023, an expert lecture on the topic “Indian Agriculture: Vision 2047” was jointly organized by Akal college of Economics, Commerce and Management and Dr. Khem Singh Gill Akal College of Agriculture in the university auditorium. The lecture was delivered by eminent scientist Prof. A. K. Sarial, Former Vice Chancellor CSK HPKV Palampur. At the outset, Prof. S. K. Chauhan, Dean, AC ECM, gave a brief introduction of the chief guest and introduced the audience about the topic of the lecture. After that, Prof. A.S. Ahluwalia, Pro Vice Chancellor, Eternal University, enthusiastically welcomed the Chief guest, Deans, faculties and all the students. In his short welcome address, he talked about Eternal University and highlighted its significant achievements. Then, Prof, A. K. Sarial, who was an expert speaker, stated that agriculture sector plays a significant role in the overall economy of the country as it provides livelihood and employment to about 42.60 per cent of the population and contributes approximately 16.50 per cent to the country’s GDP. He emphasized that agriculture sector survived well during covid pandemic and witnessed a 22.62 per cent growth rate. In his lecture, he discussed that the instinct of the Government of India “Vision 2047” cannot be achieved by increasing productivity and production alone but by the adoption of modern agricultural practices, choices of right inputs, optimal usage of inputs and above all by increasing the knowledge and awareness among farmers. Prof. Sarial urged the development of the most modern and advanced technologies, to address the challenge of food security of the ever rising population of the country. He further stressed on the role of scientists and prudent management to make India a developed nation by 2047 through blended learning for higher education in agriculture. Lastly, the vote of thanks was given by Dr. S.K Sharma, Dean, Dr. Khem Singh Gill Akal College of Agriculture expressed thanks to the guest speaker and all the participants. The lecture was attended by senior officers like Former Vice Chancellor Dr. H.S Dhaliwal, Mrs. Dhaliwal, the founder Dean of College of Agriculture Dr B.S Boparai and Dean Postgraduate studies Dr B.S Sohal. The lecture was attended by over two hundred participants including scientists, staff and students of the university.