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CCEA approves additional Rs 200 crore for Agri. Education

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New Delhi, Jun 29 (UNI) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved Rs 200 crore additional funding for strengthening agricultural education in the country for the remaining period of the Tenth Plan with emphasis on quality education, its relevance and usefulness.

This will be over and above the regular provision of approximately Rs 720 crore, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters after a CCEA meeting here.

The CCEA also gave 'in principle' approval to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for regulation of higher agricultural education in the country.

The move is aimed at producing professionals and academicians who are ''self-confident, self-reliant and self-competing and not while collar job seekers,'' Mr Mukherjee said.

The funds will be used for studies on manpower need and workshops to review and assess the need for new courses and networking facilities and equipments. building Niche Area Excellence, Human Resource Development involving ] training and re-training vocational education and facilities for engendering courses of study.

The money would also be utilised for renovation, re-modelling, modernisation of classrooms, laboratories and experimental farms, hostel/boarding facilities and other works related to modernisation of teaching and learning facilities.

Provision for replacement of obsolete equipment by state-of-the-art equipment for Post Graduate research in basic and frontier science subjects, promoting distance education and experimental learning units would also be taken up.

UNI RB VD DS1404

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