‘Get your hand dirty – Punjab agriculture calls its youth for action!’

Launch of Agents of Change Programme, an initiative of Khalsa College and Centers for International Projects Trust

The biggest gap facing the agriculture sector is disconnect between what is happening at the farmer fields and what is being taught at the academic level or discussed at policy level, said Dr. SS Johl, Chancellor, Central University of Punjab. This gap needs to be bridged by developing a thorough understanding of the real issues and challenges facing the sector.

Dr. Johl was speaking at the launch of the Agents of Change Programme at Khalsa College, Amritsar. The Agents of Change Programme is a joint initiative of Khalsa College, Amritsar and Centers for International Projects Trust, New Delhi. The programme will engage students from the Department of Agriculture, Khalsa College and involve them in a programme comprising training of farmers and developing projects relating to sustainability of agriculture. While doing so the students will work as a team and engage with farmers.

Dr. Johl said that the students and youth comprise a large section of India’s population. The youth of today is empowered with knowledge, voice, information and a determination to make a difference to our society and environment. He urged the students to investigate reasons on what does not allow diversification in Punjab. He indicated that Punjab is exporting its water in form of grains to other states. This is having an impact on the natural resources of the state. He called for collective action to identify viable solutions for conservation of resources.

Agriculture needs to be integrated with the rural life and economy, remarked Dr. Johl and asked the students to live the life in the villages. Dr. Mehal Singh while welcoming the dignitaries and students said that it is important for students studying agriculture to be in touch with ground realities of the sector and engage with the farming community to develop a clear understanding of matters concerning the farmers. He indicated the programme would be a milestone initiative in bridging the gap between classroom and farmer fields. Agriculture is crucial for the growth of Punjab and it will be important for all of us to undertake efforts to make agricultural operations sustainable, concluded Dr. Mehal Singh.

Dr. Kamal Vatta, Director, Centers for International Projects Trust highlighted the programme will provide a platform for students to think about new ideas which help us find solutions to some of the problems facing the agricultural sector. At a time when there is intense competition for resources it will be crucial for young minds to channelize their energies and efforts for the growth and development of Punjab agriculture. Let’s move into the real lab – should be our motivation, concluded Dr. Vatta. Sardar Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, Hon. Secretary, Khalsa College Governing Council expressed his happiness that large number of female students are joining the agriculture programme. The youth of today are empowered and destined for bringing a change and it is a glorious moment for Khalsa College to be part of this initiative.

Dr. Sukhdev Singh, Head, Department of Agriculture, Khalsa College while giving the vote of thanks assured the audience that the students and faculty of Department of Agriculture will actively participate in the programme and work towards its success.

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Dr. Kamal Vatta
Centers for International Projects Trust