With the aim of digitising agricultural services and agricultural education, Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) has launched slew of e-portals which provides research oriented information and useful information for farmers, students, and scientists.
Agriculture Education Portal
It is an unified portal of students for all state and central universities. It is an Academic Management System which enables automation and streamlining of all academic activities of a university. It has been developed at ICAR-IASRI. It allows all ICAR Deemed Universities to follow the best standards and builds a repository of the academic records and e-learning resources. Presently the system is operational at IARI New Delhi, CIFE Mumbai, IVRI Izatnagar, NDRI Karnal and CAU Imphal.
It has been decided that under Eakikrit Krishishiksha Takniki Ayaam (EKTA) initiative of Education Division, ICAR this system will be extended to all the Central Universities by March 2018. Unique Student Id for all students registered under NARES system has been assigned.
e-Learning portal on agricultural education
e-Learning portal offers online & offline courses. e-course contents available on this website have been developed by the subject matter specialists of the respective disciplines at State Agricultural Universities and Deemed Universities of ICAR, New Delhi. Through this portal, Course material for undergraduate students are available as per ICAR syllabus, which can be accessed by all the students.
Krishikosh Digital Repository of NARES
Under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) an initiative was taken through sub project “Strengthening of Digital Library and Information Management under NARES (e–GRANTH)” at ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. It acts as a lead centre to provide digital access to different library resources for National Agricultural Research & Education System in India which comprises of Agricultural Research Institutions and Agricultural Universities. Under this initiative digital repository ‘Krishikosh’ and digital library platform ‘IDEAL’ has been developed for capturing, digitizing & online sharing of the library resources in order to cater to the increasing need of the scientific/ research/teaching community.
In the last ten months, 50 more Institutes / SAUs have been added in the Krishikosh repository, 83 SAU’s / ICAR institutes are registered in Krishikosh. Currently this repository has more than 83,000 articles items which include more than 35,000 theses.
Developed by Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore. It is the result of 2 year research project entitled developing a user centred website on sugarcane production technologies.
The focus is on providing research based information to sugarcane farmers from time to time. The primary aim of the project is to make the information available with Sugarcane Breeding Institute and other research institutions more readily accessible to the farmers, research and development personnel and other stakeholders.
Consortium for e-resources in Agriculture
It is total E-consortium of agricultural libraries under ICAR, founded on November 2007. It consists of 152 members of ICAR institutes. It is mostly used by the scientists or faculty. It’s objective is to provide 24×7 access of online journals/ resources. It is handled by Department of Knowledge management in agriculture.
Knowledge based resources information systems hub for innovations in agriculture. Krishi is a centralised data repository system of ICAR. Krishi brings its knowledge resources to all stakeholders at one place. The portal is being developed as a centralised data repository system of ICAR consisting of
• Experimental data repository
• Observation data repository
• Publication repository
• Survey data repository
• Technology repository
KIRAN – Knowledge Innovation Repository of Agriculture in North East
Empowering agricultural knowledge in the north-east. ICAR Research Complex in Barabani envisages an information portal for agriculture to ensure an efficient use of knowledge and technology product.
KIRAN’s objective is to act as an information, knowledge and technology gateway and programme sustainable agricultural developments in the region and provide support for future strategy formulation in research and extension.
RKMP – Rice Knowledge Management Portal
It is a first step towards enabling the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in agriculture, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research is developing national level agricultural knowledge management portals. The flagship initiative for this is development of an exclusive portal on rice viz., Rice Knowledge Management Portal.
User can access the information in local language. Another feature of the portal is the indexing of mandi prices of paddy from regulated market yards (from Agmarknet).
Compiled by Pavithran. R, agricultural graduate.