Higher academic institutions agree on forming India’s first HEIs-led Agri-Consortium

Higher academic institutions agree on forming India’s first HEIs-led Agri-Consortium

In a significant move, India’s higher educational institutes (HEIs) have agreed, in essence, to create a HEI-led Agri-Consortium – a move initiated by IIM Kashipur. An in-principal framework in this regard was adopted by participating institutions (HEIs) during the ‘Agri-Entrepreneurship in South Asia’ Consortium-2023, recently organised by the Foundation for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development (FIED), an incubation centre of IIM Kashipur, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

The two-day Agri Consortium 2023 aimed to provide a common platform for academicians, researchers, students, and industry professionals to interact and deliberate on the latest trends and advancements in technology, research, funding avenues, and industry requirements in the agriculture industry.

During the consortium, higher education institutions (HEIs) and universities agreed upon a principled agreement with three steps: first, sharing of startup databases among consortium members; second, dissemination of incubation or startup support programmes; and finally, networking and sharing best practices on the platform.

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Prof. Kulbhushan Balooni, Director of IIM Kashipur, thanked everyone for the successful completion of the two-day ‘Agri-Entrepreneurship in South Asia’ Consortium 2023.

In another development, the RKVY RAFTAAR Scheme, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India through FIED, IIM Kashipur, has provided funding of 1 crore 60 lakh rupees to 10 startup companies. These companies operate in the fields of drone technology, agricultural supply chain, food processing, hydroponics, waste to wealth, and agricultural biotechnology industries.

Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Kulbhushan Balooni, Director of IIM Kashipur, said, “This Agri Consortium will serve as a platform for sharing information on agri-startups supported by member higher education institutions from different parts of the country. This opens the avenues of collaboration between startups from different geographies, helping each other take their innovative solutions to a large number of farmers.”

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Prof. Safal Batra, Associate Professor, IIM Kashipur, and Director, FIED, said, “Through this consortium, we are building a knowledge pool for the startup ecosystem so that we can extend our support to various industries in developing significant startups within the agriculture sector. Additionally, we are going to establish a knowledge bank for failed startups in the agricultural industry to provide insights into their failures. These insights will be shared with policymakers and the government to assist in crafting policies for their benefit.

Approximately 10 HEIs, including Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV) Raipur; CCS Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar; Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Guntur, Andhra Pradesh; ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly; ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi; Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology (GBPUAT), Pantnagar, Uttarakhand; VCSG Uttarakhand University of Forestry & Horticulture (VCSGUUHF), Bharsar, Uttarakhand; CCS National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM) Jaipur; and IIM Kashipur, have agreed to a principled agreement to collaborate in the Agri Consortium.

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