107th Indian Science Congress
ABOUT KARNATAKA STATE
Karnataka, situated in the south western region of India, is one of the most prosperous states in India. It is among the top four states in the country excelling in the fields of education, industry, agriculture, literature and tourism. Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of Asia and the Start-up capital of Asia, is the administrative capital of the state.
Historical Profile Karnataka was formed on 1st November 1956 when the States Reorganization Act brought all Kannada -language speaking regions of south India under the state. It was then known as the State of Mysore and renamed as Karnataka in the year 1973. Every year 1st November is celebrated as the Kannada Rajyotsava (Karnataka Formation Day)
THE VENUE: UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, BENGALURU
University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, a premier institution of agricultural education and research in the country, began as a small agricultural research farm in 1899 on 30 acres of land at Hebbal, Bengaluru, donated by Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhiyavaru, the Regent of Mysore. This developed into a Residential School in 1913 at Hebbal which offered "Licentiate in Agriculture" and diploma in agriculture from1920; this School was upgraded to Agriculture College in 1946 which offering a degree programs in Agriculture. The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore (UASB) patterned after the Land Grant College system of USA was established in 1963 through an Act of Legislature.
Inaugurating the University on 21 August 1965 Dr. Zakir Hussain set forth the lofty objectives of the university in the following words: "By bringing about significant improvement in every phase of rural life, by much needed change in methods of production, by influencing the whole outlook of the rural community and rural home, by giving them a new vision and new hope, this University will be able to make great contribution to national welfare".
The university at it inception had Colleges of Agriculture at Hebbal (Bangalore) and Dharwad, the Veterinary College at Hebbal and 35 Research stations located in different parts of the state. In 1969 a College of fisheries at Mangalore and an Agricultural Engineering Institute at Raichur were added. This was followed by the addition of Home Science College at Dharwad and College of Post-Graduate Studies at Hebbal. Over the years the monolithic State Agricultural University was carved out into several universities to meet twin objective of the growing needs of agriculture and allied sectors and ruralization of higher education in agricultural sciences.
The University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad was established in 1986, followed by Karnataka Veterinary Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Bidar in 2004; University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur in 2009; University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot in 2010 and University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shimoga in 2013. The University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore has ten southern districts of Karnataka under its jurisdiction.
The University currently offer six Under-Graduate Degree programs in Agriculture, Sericulture, Food Technology, Agricultural Marketing & Cooperation, Agri-Biotechnology and Agricultural Engineering and Master's Degree programme in 22 disciplines and Doctoral degree programme in 15 disciplines across its five campuses in Bengaluru, Hassan, Chintamani, Mandya and Chamarajanagara. The University also offers Diploma and Certificate courses to meet the human resource needs of technology, services, marketing and extension in agriculture and allied sectors. The curriculum in all academic programmes is dynamic and backed by University's five decades of experience in higher education.
Over the past six decades, UASB has developed several locally relevant production technologies that have substantially enhanced farm productivity in the state and beyond. In less than half a century, UASB has released over 200 varieties in diverse crops. The major flag bearers of these are unique varieties in finger millet
University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, a premier institution of agricultural education and research in the country, began as a small agricultural research farm in 1899 on 30 acres of land at Hebbal, Bengaluru, donated by Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhiyavaru, the Regent of Mysore. This developed into a Residential School in 1913 at Hebbal which offered "Licentiate in Agriculture" and diploma in agriculture from1920; this School was upgraded to Agriculture College in 1946 which offering a degree programs in Agriculture.
Vigyan Jyot - Flame of Knowledge was conceived on the lines of the Olympic flame. It is a movement dedicated to nurturing scientific temper in the society, especially the youth.