Coimbatore, Nov 10: "Since there is a problem in rightly conceptualising niche areas, institutions are facing difficulty in implementing projects under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) funded schemes," S P Tiwari, Deputy Director General (Education), ICAR, New Delhi, said on Friday, Nov 7. He was inaugurating the second annual group meeting on the ICAR funded "Niche Area of Excellence - Strengthening and Development of Agricultural Education" at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU).
"This programme concentrates on research, training and education. Importance should be given to human resources development to build up master trainers. The programme will not support extension activities," he said.
The programme was launched by the ICAR in agriculture universities in the State and four ICAR institutes during the X Five Year Plan with the objective of achieving excellence in teaching, research, consultancy and other services. TNAU was one of the stakeholders, implementing the project "Improvement and Popularisation of Bio-fuels," for five years.