Srinagar, Nov 18: The Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Centre for Invention, Innovation, Incubation, and Training (CIIIT) Government Polytechnic College Baramulla under the Directorate of Skill Development, Govt of J&K, and Advance Tech India Pvt. Ltd Chandigarh to nurture innovative capabilities of the students and faculty and to foster collaboration in the areas of research.
The MoU is also aimed for student exchange programmes in sandwich mode, guest faculty, placement guidance and involvement of the industry in reshaping the course curriculum. It is pertinent to mention that SKUAST-Kashmir has envisioned a roadmap to be an innovation-based knowledge-based and technology-driven mountainous agricultural University of the country.
At the onset, Vice-Chancellor Prof.Nazir Ahmad Ganai welcomed the delegates and discussed the modalities to enhance the innovative capabilities of the students in the agricultural domain. He stressed on employing the latest farm tools controlled by the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data to reshape the landscape of the agricultural system.
Principal Government Polytechnic College Baramulla, Er.Altaf Gowhar, provided a brief outline about the training programmes conducted by CIIIT customized to fulfil the requirement of the student community and prepare them for industries. In the MOU document, the Director of Advance Tech India Pvt. Ltd, Arvind Dixit, presented an outline about the company and expressed his interest to be involved with the research programme activities of PG and Ph.D students of College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology.