JORHAT, Nov 8 – A training programme on e-learning began at the Assam Agricultural University here from Monday to equip the teachers and students of the university to compete with the universities of the other developed countries. This programme is the first of its kind ever organised in the university. This programme was organised as a part of the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) Project going on in the AAU and some other universities including Cornel University, USA, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Banaras Hindu University and Sardar Vallavbhai Patel Agricultural University, Meerut. The USA based organisation USAID has funded the entire project.
The university has already provided the internet connection to the university hostels so that they will be benefited from it. The chairperson of the training programme was professor Jyoti Kumar Gogoi. The programme was inaugurated by AAU Vice Chancellor KM Bujarbaruah. In his speech he discussed the importance of e learning among the students. The rapid change in the field of information technology has triggered e-learning as one of the most powerful tools of disseminating knowledge in the present day context.
Development of e-courses state of the art software for electronically aided teaching, strengthening bioinformatics courses, development of data base on natural resource base including soil, water, forest wealth, flora and fauna including the microbes for perspective planning as well as to scientifically use the vast untapped and hitherto unexplored gene pool for crop, animal improvement etc are planned in the university under AIP Project in collaboration with Cornel University, USA.
Dr GN Hazarika, Dean, AAU delivered the welcome address. Dr A Murthy and Dr Rabindar of Satguru Foundation were the resource persons of the training programme.