Srinagar: With an aim to enhance higher-order professional skills among the research scholars, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology held a seven-day training programme on “Data Science using R software”.
According to a press note, the training was organised by SKUAST-K-LISA, Division of Agricultural Statistics, Faculty of Horticulture, in collaboration with the World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project(NAHEP) and LISA 2020 (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis), University of Colorado Boulder, USA.
Thirty participants from various faculties of SKUAST-K participated in the training. Renowned academicians from the USA, South Africa and Brazil, delivered lectures and conducted the training covering a wide range of topics in the broad realm of Data Science.
SKUAST-K’s Director Planning and Monitoring, and PI NAHEP, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function, while congratulating the organisers for conducting a workshop on such an important topic, highlighted the role of big data in the future agriculture. He gave an insight into various aspects of Data generation and highlighted the importance of data scientists in handling big data in today’s era.
Dr Imran Khan, coordinator of the training programme briefed about the topics covered in the weeklong training programme. He deliberated upon the feedback/suggestions received from the participants to highlight the importance of such training programmes from the perspective of students.
Director Research said that such skilled training is important for shaping the students of the University for the future. Professor Shabir Ahmed Wani, Dean, Faculty of Horticulture thrust upon the knowledge-based economy and the skills students need to compete in the private sector which is driven by data science. Head, Division of Agri.
Statistics, Professor Muhammad Syed Pukhta presented the vote of thanks to the dignitaries and the participants. He thanked the teaching and non-teaching staff for their tireless efforts in making the training a successful programme.