The union cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod for setting up an Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in Assam at a cost of over Rs 155 crore to promote agri-education and achieve second green revolution in the North-Eastern region. The first IARI was set up in the national capital in 1967. The Modi government had announced plans to set up four such institutes in the Budget for 2014-15.
“The work to set up an IARI in Ranchi (Jharkhand) has commenced. The IARI-Assam was delayed as the previous government did not provide land. The current (Sarbananda) Sonowal government has allocated 587 acres of land for the institute,” union minister of power Piyush Goyal said. He also said that Rs 700-1,000 crore will be spend over the next seven to eight years for setting up IARI. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the ceremony later this month where the work on setting up IARI-Assam will commence formally.
IARI will be set up in Dhemaji district in Assam. It has also approved 98 positions, an official statement said. The IARI-Assam would focus more on research activities and will teach 67 MSc students and 106 PhD students, Goyal said, adding that it will promote research in agriculture and benefit eight North-Eastern states.
“Development of North-Eastern region is a priority for the government and has the potential to bring second green revolution”, he said. IARI-Assam would work on the agrarian challenges and complexities of North-Eastern India in coordination with all existing central and state government research and development institutions and private sector enterprises, an official statement noted.
It will be an off-campus of IARI, New Delhi, and undertake integrated multi-disciplinary research through Schools of Crop Sciences, Natural Resource Management, and Animal Sciences and Fisheries, it added.