Junagadh Agricultural University:
Junagadh Agricultural University represents ten districts viz., Amreli, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbandar, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath, and Morbi are historically known as Saurashtra, covering about 32.82 percent area of the Gujarat State. The region is endowed with 788 km of sea coast stretching all along from gulf in the North West through the Arabian Sea in the South up to the Gulf of Cambay on the east. The University offers education in six faculties viz., Agriculture, Horticulture, Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Fisheries Science, Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry and MBA in Agri-Business Management. In all the faculties, higher education is imparted up to Ph.D. through eight constituent colleges. Six diploma programs are also offered at the polytechnic level in Agriculture, Horticulture, Agro-Processing, Animal Husbandry, Home Science and Agricultural Engineering. Twenty-eight hostels including one International and six girls' hostels are available. The number of girls seeking admissions in the University has immensely increased which is about 34 percent at present. To cater to the needs of farmers, research is carried out at 31 research stations, spread over different agro-ecological situations of Saurashtra region.
National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP):
NAHEP has been formulated by ICAR with aims to develop resources and mechanism for supporting infrastructure, faculty and student advancement, and providing means for better governance and management of agricultural universities, so that a holistic model can be developed to raise the standard of current agricultural education system that provides more jobs and is entrepreneurship oriented and on par with the global agriculture education standards.
Institutional Development Plan (IDP):
Among the three components of the NAHEP, Institutional Development Plan (IDP) is the major component of investments toward 21st Century Agricultural Universities Education Plan. The IDP for Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU) has been considered by the ICAR for improving the competency of faculty and education quality at graduation level students among all faculties of the JAU. The theme of the project formulated by JAU is “Automation, Robotics and Drone Technology in Agriculture". This project will attempt to strengthen human resource capabilities by exposing students to the international environment of agricultural education. The project will be pillared on fast-learning of emerging technologies like robotics & artificial intelligence to meet the demand for highly skilled workers; to reduce drudgery in farm operations and to better explore the needs of biological variability, human interference and inspection, decision making and action in the field of agriculture and allied disciplines. The Followings are the major objectives of the IDP for JAU, Junagadh.
- To develop skill and inculcate entrepreneurship among the students.
- To strengthen linkages between institute, industries, corporate and foreign agencies.
- To strengthen student services and integrated management information system.