NITI Aayog and Gujarat University on Tuesday signed a statement of intent to encourage and promote cooperation in the field of agriculture and its allied sectors.
The SoI was signed by NITI Aayog’s senior adviser Neelam Patel and director of Gujarat University’s Indian Institute of Sustainability, Sudhanshu Jangir.
An MBA programme in agri-preneurship and value chain management was also launched during the event by NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar.
The programme will empower agribusiness leaders, agriculture entrepreneurs, and value chain experts with the necessary skills, knowledge, exposure and attitude. It will foster an understanding of agribusiness, agro-based enterprises, rural and allied sectors.
“This is an excellent initiative by Gujarat University. The course is much-needed to develop an appropriate ecosystem for natural farming. We assure full support to Indian Institute of Sustainability and Gujarat University,” said Mr Kumar.
Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendra Sinh Chudasama said, “Gujarat has been at the forefront of education and agriculture. Globalization, policy reforms, and consumer awareness have brought about structural changes in Indian agriculture. There is a significant demand for agriculture entrepreneurs and value-chain management professionals. IIS’s MBA course will create enormous opportunities for students and nurture an entrepreneurial spirit to serve the agri-food industry and rural development. We welcome the partnership with NITI Aayog, which will open new frontiers in Indian agriculture.”