Suresh Krishnamoorthy

SRTRI a perfect model for replication, says Raghuvansh

DNA fingerprinting to be used for testing seed qualitySRTRI to soon acquire status of rural university

BOODHAN POCHAMPALLY(Nalgonda dist.): A little-known institute 60 km away from the State capital is set to help farmers by propagating seed quality testing using DNA fingerprinting technique.

Located in a sprawling 100-acre campus, the Swamy Ramananda Tirtha Rural Institute (SRTRI) and 56 extension centres have imparted vocational training to about 60,000 rural youth in 15 trades. They include electrical, garment making, zardozi, quilt and bag-making, textile printing and dying, computers.

Monday was a red-letter day for the SRTRI. Union Minister for Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh visited the campus accompanied by State Minister D. Srinivas. They launched five courses, including a six-month diploma in seed quality testing using DNA fingerprinting.

While appreciating the institute's work Mr. Singh said the Centre would support vocational training activity for any number of candidates. He recalled the focus of the UPA Government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on eradicating poverty and unemployment.

Poverty and unemployment were inter-related and if one were taken care of there would be a cascading effect on the other, he said. If simple, basic training programmes of one to six months duration could guarantee income of over Rs. 3,000, the SRTRI model could be adopted.

Rural varsity soon

Mr. Srinivas said the SRTRI would soon acquire the status of a rural university. When presspersons asked the Union Minister on the issue, he asked, "Are universities able to guarantee jobs, like SRTRI? However, when the time comes we shall see".

M.N. Reddy, SRTRI Chairman, said the institute could do with more Government grants and special help for improving the infrastructure.