Greetings from the office of the Vice-Chancellor!
March 24, 2020 was a day which will haunt us for many years to come. On this very day, the honourable Prime Minister of India declared nationwide lockdown to combat COVID 19 pandemic and the lockdown both complete or partial continued several weeks afterwards disturbing the normal activities of the country, and AAU was no exception. Despite having a lot of limitations and restrictions due to COVID 19 pandemic, the year ended with many positive developments for the University. Notable among them were -- (1) Padma Award to Dr. Kushal Konwar Sharma, (2) Placements of more than 130 graduates and post graduates in state line departments, administrative service, R&D sector etc. (3) JRF, SRF, NET qualifications by more than 150 students of the University, (4) Release of four crop varieties by CVRC, (5) GI tag for Kaji nemu and Chokuwa rice, (6) Registration of four Farmer's varieties under PPV & FRA, (5) Publication of organic packages of practices of few crops, (7) Publication of packages of practices of livestock and Poultry, (8) External research grants received by more than 10 Faculties/ Scientists and many more.
The year 2021 is going to be more challenging for all of us. As a nation, our top priority is the revival of the economy ; and agriculture has to grow rapidly to achieve the goal of 5 trillion economy by 2025. The honourable Prime Minister of India has a dream of doubling Framers' income by 2022 and every family member of the University will have to play their part seriously and sincerely to make the dream a reality. The University is committed to transforming the rural economy of the state through its flagship programme "Aamar Gaon Aamar Gaurav", and is also going to take its activity beyond Northeast India by converting AAU as a hub for organic research and education in South East Asia by 2025. A road map for a vibrant self-reliant University has already been prepared with few measurable indicators and the detail action plan for five years (2021-25) has already been circulated. I sincerely hope that 2021 would be a year of realising our long-cherished dreams and aspirations. Let us join hands together to fulfil the dream of the honourable Chief Minister of Assam for "Aatmnirbhar Assam" in the next five years.
I wish all of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2021
With thanks & regards,
(Bidyut C. Deka)