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University tech edge to tillers

Tilling is poised to get easier, thanks to a mobile message scheme launched by Bihar Agriculture University (BAU), Sabour. The helpline would be advisory, providing useful information to farmers on weather, pest control and others.

On the Republic Day function, vice-chancellor Mewa Lal Choudhary launched the scheme and the varsity’s web page — kvk.bhagalpur.com.

He said any tiller seeking advice on agriculture, floriculture, animal husbandry, farming and allied sectors, would enjoy the free message service from the varsity. The university would also provide information on weather conditions, agriculture suggestions, pest control and other problems on the farmers’ cellphones.

After hosting the National Flag on the varsity campus, Choudhary said the varsity had sent a blueprint to the state government for setting up a college at Kishanganj to promote agriculture studies.

“We sent a detailed project report for a proposed college for studies on forests to the state government,” he said. He added that the varsity did not suggest any location for the institute. The government would decide the site.

R.K. Sohane, director, extension of education, BAU, said after the introduction of WiFi, the varsity library now has online access to e-resource. He said the varsity has subscribed to 700 text journals and 800 e-books.

He added that a daylong workshop would be organised at the varsity to discuss availability of Internet facilities in February.

Sohane also said the library presently subscribing to 75 foreign and Indian journals at Rs 15 lakh would be improved and Rs 30 lakh would be spent on purchase of books for postgraduate studies.