Nauni varsity signs MoU with successful agri-entrepreneurs for student internship and placement

Nauni varsity signs MoU with successful agri-entrepreneurs for student internship and placement
Group photo of entrepreneurs along with University management during MoU signing.

Nauni, September 22, 2021: In a bid to increase internship and placement opportunities for its graduates, Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has signed MoUs with leading entrepreneurs in the agri-horticulture sector. The entrepreneurs are also alumni of the university.
The University has tied up with Khan Mushroom Farm cum Training Centre, Una; Dhauladhar Mushroom Village, Jawali; and Agri Clinic Diagnostic and Solution Centre, Solan. Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor signed the MoU on behalf of the university at the Skill development workshop organized under the Institutional Development Plan of ICAR NAHEP. Yussouf Khan and Sunil Dutt, proprietors of Khan Mushroom Farm and Dhauladhar Mushroom Village respectively, were present on the occasion. Agri Clinic Diagnostic and Solution Centre was represented by Dr. Brijesh Kamal. 
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Kaushal welcomed the entrepreneurs who are also former students of the university. He said that the students have got a wonderful opportunity to learn from former students who have chosen to become entrepreneurs. While thanking the entrepreneurs for agreeing to train young graduates, Dr. Kaushal urged more and more students to come forward and become job providers instead of job seekers. He assured the students that the university will provide technical guidance to students for setting up their enterprises in the agri-horti sector. He said that the university recognized that the support and motivation from successful entrepreneurs and alumni will also be important and therefore the entrepreneurs were roped in under this initiative. Earlier, Dr. Ajay Sharma, the Convernor of the workshop welcomed the participants and the guest speakers. Dr. Harish Sharma, Activity in Incharge of Experiential Learning Programme shared that under the agreement the three enterprises will help the students to understand and undertake entrepreneurial activities. It will also create better placement opportunities through campus placement along with internship/ industrial training of students of the university.
In the technical session of the workshop, the entrepreneurs shared their success stories with the students. Dr. Brijesh Kamal talked about the upcoming opportunity in setting up Agriclinics and the various services offered along with the requirements to set up a clinic. He also shared the method to proceed in the diagnosis of plants brought by farmers and recommending treatment based upon the analysis of the sample. 
In his talk, Yussouf Khan talked about Hydroponics cultivation and how to become a successful entrepreneur in the field. He also shared his views on the future of agriculture entrepreneurship and the attributes to be a successful entrepreneur. Khan also shared the economics involved in hydroponic cultivation. Sunil Dutt talked about the potential of mushroom cultivation as an agri enterprise and the resource availability from Government and private sector banks. He also shared the compost preparation by long and short methods and how to establish production units both with controlled and natural conditions. Topics like marketing and Post-harvest management of produce were also covered.

Director Research Dr. Ravinder Sharma, Dr. Divender Gupta, Director Extension Education, Dr. KK Raina PI IDP, Dr. Harish Sharma, Activity Incharge of ELP, Dr. Ajay Sharma, Convenor of the workshop, Dr. Prem Prakash, Co-Convenor, statutory officers, scientists, and staff along with undergraduate students attended the workshop.