JORHAT, April 12 - Assam Agricultural University (AAU) is all set to launch the formal year-long celebrations of golden jubilee of the institute by organising a series of programmes starting with Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu attending the inaugural function as the chief guest on April 17.
The function will be attended by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state Agriculture Minister Atul Bora.
AAU Vice Chancellor Dr KM Bujarbaruah, addressing mediapersons here today, gave a brief presentation of the university�s success since the varsity was established in 1969.
He recalled at the way the AAU and its constituent colleges got developed in the past 9 years of his tenure and before, and envisaged the continuity of a vibrant environment and pioneering research-based on bedrock of financial stability.
Bujarbaruah said that a total 32 events, some here and some in other college campuses of the AAU, will be organised. A calendar of the events will be published soon, the Vice Chancellor said.
The events will include agriculture college alumni meet to be held on May 3-4, brainstorming sessions with farmers, seminars on organic farming and climate change, a students meet and a meet to thrash out ways to attract students to agriculture.
At present the university has eight foreign students, 530 PhD scholars, 275 in agriculture, 190 in veterinary science and 55 in the College of Community Science.
Regarding contributions to the society, the university had produced 118 crop varieties for the North-east and the country, two animal varieties and one poultry breed. Regarding recognition, Bujarbaruah said that the university had won 123 national awards, in individual and group categories in the past eight years.
For five consecutive years the students of AAU had bagged best student award and even recently in an international students� meet in Malaysia, an AAU student had received the best student award.