The government is making concerted efforts to include agriculture in the school curriculum, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. Tomar, during a brainstorming session hosted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), said agriculture, the priority and strength of the Indian economy, acts as the backbone in adverse conditions, an official statement said.
He also emphasized the mainstreaming of the agricultural curriculum in school education under the New Education Policy (NEP)-2020. The session covered policy development and a pathway to introduce agriculture as a subject in the course curriculum and provide students with the opportunity to explore careers in the different arenas of the agricultural sector.
National Council of Education Research and Training Professor and Head of the Department of Curriculum Studies Anita Nuna said: “The NEP-2020 will enable the overall development of schoolchildren, in addition to providing them with only the scholastic knowledge. It will also equip the students to turn the knowledge into action.” ICAR Director General Trilocan Mohapatra, ICAR Deputy Director General (Education) RC Agrawal and General Secretary Pankaj Mittal of the Association of India Universities attended the session. Experts from the ICAR, NCERT, CBSE and several school leaders and teachers participated and discussed the need and process for introducing agriculture as a subject in the school curriculum.
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