Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University should examine how the State has developed in terms of its agricultural practices, R.Radhakrishnan, Vice Chancellor (VC), Anna University, Coimbatore, said here on Monday.

Inaugurating the Award Ceremony at TNAU, he said about 3,000 to 4,000 acres of fertile land were remaining idle because of pressure from the real estate segment. The university should address the issue, the VC observed.

Interlinking of rivers was yet another project which had remained unresolved owing to want of funds and political concerns. TNAU, along with Anna University, could submit a joint fund proposal to the Government.

With the technical expertise of both the universities, the project could be initiated.

Implementing the project in the State would cost less than Rs.5,000 crore, he pointed out.

Climate change and waste disposal were issues that universities should address.

It was not just the duty of the Government but, of each citizen, faculty members and students included, to make Coimbatore a cleaner and greener place to live, Mr.Radhakrishnan said.

Technological competence was a pre-requisite even in agriculture and scientists should take up advanced research. Universities should have a commitment towards society.

Vice Chancellor of TNAU C.Ramasamy said competition was the buzzword.

“Unless we compete, we cannot grow,” he said.

India still had a long way to go in terms of science and technology. Even now, the country did not have a proper technology for waste disposal.

He urged the scientists to strive for excellence. The awards ceremony was held in order to motivate those who had done well.