To be named IIAM

HYDERABAD: Plans are afoot to develop the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) here into a global institution of excellence in teaching with a deemed university status. Its name is proposed to be changed to Indian Institute of Agricultural Management (IIAM).

Focus

Apart from creating new infrastructure and laboratories, guest faculty would be signed up from top educational institutions in India and abroad as part of the expansion efforts.

With focus on agriculture management, six programmes, including a two-year post-graduate course in agri-business management, are proposed to be launched, NAARM Director S.M. Ilyas told The Hindu.

While PG diploma courses in IT and intellectual property management in agriculture are likely to commence in September with an intake of 20 students in each discipline, the course in agri-business management is expected to be introduced next year.

The other courses planned include a one-year PG diploma in information management in agriculture, a three-month diploma and fellow/ doctoral programme in agricultural research management.

Deemed varsity status

Dr. Ilyas said the assistance of the best academics in the field “from anywhere in the world” would be sought to develop the curricula, content and formulate research studies.

One of the main objectives would be to build capacity of teachers in agricultural universities from entry level. Initially the institute would be affiliated to a university and subsequently seek a deemed university status from the University Grants Commission.

Knowledge and pedagogy in agriculture were constantly evolving and the old models of teaching needed to be overhauled.

The courses would focus on latest areas of research in agriculture, including GIS and GPS, to arrive at informed decisions.