SKUAST-K holds 31st Extension Council Meeting

Srinagar: The 31st Extension Council Meeting of SKUAST-Kashmir was conducted through virtual mode under the chairmanship of Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Vice-Chancellor. Prof. Rajbeer Singh, Director ATTARI (Zone-1) Ludhiana and Prof. S.K Gupta, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu participated as expert members. Besides, Directors, Deans, HoD’s of SKAUST-Kashmir, Directors of line departments and progressive farmers attended the meeting.
The purpose of the said meeting is to take stock of the progress in the disseminationof technologies developed by SKAUST-Kashmir for their ultimate adoption by the farmers. Besides reviewing the coordination with line departments, discussing new proposals in agriculture and allied sectors and receiving feedback from the Directors of Line departments and farmers. The scientific advisory capsules in the form of package of practices and an Apple DSS (Decision Support System/ Expert system) were released for greater readership/usership among the technocrats, budding entrepreneurs and progressive farmers.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad in his inaugural address emphasized on collaborative research and extension activities for the welfare of the farming community. He also stressed on time bound completion of technology-focused scientific activities by the scientists. Experts from ICAR, ATARI and SKUAST-Jammu appreciated the university efforts towards improving the socio economic status of the farmers and promised all support for achieving the desired goals.
The officers of line departments hailed the contribution of scientific fraternity in agriculture and allied sciences and research conducted on field oriented problems in view of changing climatic scenario. Entrepreneurs and progressive farmers, in their feedback appreciated the skill development programmes conducted by various constituent units of the university. They also desired more such activities in future as these guarantee employment opportunities to the educated unemployed youth.
Prof. Mushtaq A. Wani, Associate Director Extension (Agri) presented the welcome address and the extension activities undertaken during the year. Prof Sheikh Muzaffar Ahmad Associate Director Extension (I&P) presented the progress made by the constituent units of SKUAST-Kashmir on previous agenda items and fresh proposals put forth by them for the year 2020-21. Prof.MasoodSalim Mir ADE (A.S) presented the vote of thanks.
The daylong meeting was hosted, moderated and coordinated by Dr. IrfanBisati, Dr. Mohd Iqbal Bhat, & Dr. Liyaqet Choudery scientists of the Directorate of Extension.

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