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"We welcome you to the World of learning"


India ranks second in farm outputs globally. Agriculture provides employment for 50 percent of the Indian work force and contributes nearly 17 percent to country's GDP. The economic contribution of agriculture to India's GDP is steadily declining with the country's broad-based economic growth. Still, agriculture is demographically the broadest economic sector and plays a significant role in the overall socio-economic fabric of our nation. India is the largest producer, consumer and importer of pulses in the World. We are the largest producer of milk and also holds world's second-largest cattle population. Also, the second-largest producer of rice, wheat, sugarcane, cotton, groundnut, fruits and vegetables is India.

While agriculture in India has achieved self-sufficiency in food grain but the production is, resource intensive, cereal centric and regionally biased. The resource intensive ways of Indian agriculture have raised serious sustainability issues too. Increasing pressure on water resources of the country would definitely need realignment and rethinking of policies. Desertification and land degradation also pose major threats to agriculture in the country. The yields of major crops and livestock in the country is much lower than that in the rest of the World. Considering the fact that the frontiers of expansion of cultivated area are meagre, meeting the continuing high demand of future must come from yield increment. There is a need to strengthen adaptive research and technology assessment, refinement and transfer capabilities of the country so that the existing wide technology transfer gaps are bridged. For this, an appropriate network of extension service needs to be created to stimulate and encourage both top-down and bottom-up flow of information between farmers, extension workers, and research scientists. This will promote the generation, adoption and evaluation of location specific farming technologies.

NMIMS understands these challenges and is committed to teach the basics and advances of agricultural research, and take the technologies to the farming communities. Our priority and focus are to produce Agri-Scientists, Agripreneurs, Agribusiness Managers and Social Entrepreneurs who could strive for increasing farmers’ profitability and environmental sustainability. Our School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SAST) aims at increasing employability of the graduates and paying back to farming communities in a most fitting manner. Our association with top-notch universities and research centres in India, and abroad opens up opportunities to learn and imbibe new thought processes and techniques to graduates.

We continuously encourage our faculty to learn and teach the latest developments while relating them with past experiences and future outcomes to derive societal prosperity. We strongly believe in the co-existence of students with faculty, farmers and industry to sharpen the brains and to instil confidence to visualize a glorious future. We Welcome You to the World of Agriculture Learning.

Dr. Gowri Sankara Rao

 

           
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