Ranchi (By our correspondent): The Jharkhand Government inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram Ranchi to set up a 150 seat graduate and post-graduate agriculture university in the state.
VC of Ramakrishna Mission Education and Research Institution Belur Maath Swami Amtapriyanand and Director Agriculture of Jharkhand Ramesh Gholap signed the MoUs. Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that this university will be a flag bearer of the change in the villages of the state and will be dedicated to the agriculture and Indian values.
He said that it will be first agriculture university in the state where five years of integrated MSc agriculture course, tribal development and rural development would be provided. He said that the mission has been given a grant of Rs 2.94 crore as agriculture was one of the key focus areas for the state government. He said that to promote agriculture education this institution has been provided the grant which will be given in two phases where 150 students would be enrolled while priority will be given to the locals for filling up the category 3rd and 4th-grade jobs in the university.
Agriculture Secretary Pooja Singhal said that Ramakrishna Mission Vivekanand Education and Research Institution is an approved deemed university which has its approved off-campus functioning from IRTDM center from the mission ashram located at Morhabadi. At present in this center various courses for education and skill development of the youth of the area are being run. Ms Singhal said that apart from the earlier courses new courses having a capacity of 150 seats would be set up in the varsity in which apart from graduation study in diploma and postgraduate diploma will also be done.