Bhubaneswar: To provide the support to budding entrepreneurs The Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) is planning to set up an incubation centre for startups. For this the varsity has sought Rs 7.40 crore from the state government for the incubation centre to help 100 entrepreneurs.
The proposed incubation centre in the university will provide knowledge, technology and infrastructure to entrepreneurs. Fifty graduates from the university and 50 agri-entrepreneurs will be provided hand-holding supports as per the startup policy of the state government, said vice chancellor of the university, S N Pasupalak. He was speaking on the 55th foundation day of the varsity here on Wednesday.
The university also announced to set up a skill development centre and give training to one lakh youth in agriculture and allied sector in the next three years. For skill training our main target groups will be school dropouts, unemployed youths, farmers and also students. We have sought Rs 5.95 crore for this from the government, said Pasupalak. The varsity will use infrastructure of 31 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) and dedicated commodity-based laboratories for the training purpose, he added.
Among other ambitious plans, the university announced to set up community radio centres to reach farmers and provide them information on agricultural needs, innovations and research. One community radio centre will be set up in each of the 31 KVKs under the varsity with an investment of Rs 20 lakh. The radio centres will have coverage area of 12 km radius through which farmers can know all agriculture and weather related information and developments, he said.
The university has also planned to introduce two new courses like certificate course in veterinary pathology and diploma in agriculture as provided in various Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).
The vice chancellor, however, underlined the need to separate horticulture and veterinary universities as the two colleges are currently under OUAT and filling up of vacant posts. Many neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have separate veterinary and horticulture universities. Our proposal on this is pending with the government since long, he said adding Of the total 500 sanctioned posts as many as 171 teaching posts are lying vacant, which has been affecting research and academic work badly.