11 August 2020, New Delhi: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched Krishi Megh Cloud Infrastructure and Services for National Agricultural Research & Education System. He also launched KVC ALUNET (Krishi Vishwavidyalaya Chhatr Alumni Network) and Online Accreditation System for Higher Agricultural Educational Institutions (HEI).
The Government of India-World Bank funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project is designed for strengthening the national agricultural education system in the country. The objective is to provide more relevant and high-quality education to the agricultural university students that is in tune with the New Education Policy – 2020.
Mr. Tomar accentuated the need to save and preserve the important research-based data in a prompt digitized form to enable its access anywhere in any corner of the country and the world. He also stressed on enabling private investments in agriculture.
Image analysis based on deep learning for disease identification
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) underlined about 58 Universities which have been supported in various categories under the ICAR National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP). He also stressed on maximizing the use of internet technology / digitalization.
Dr. Mohapatra highlighted the main features of the Krishi Megh that is equipped with the latest AI / Deep learning software / tools kits for building and deploying of deep learning based applications through image analysis, disease identification in livestock, etc. He stressed that the Krishi Megh is a new chapter in digital India enabling the farmers, researchers, students and policy makers more equipped with updated and latest information regarding agriculture, research, education and extension in digital form generated by ICAR institutes and State Agriculture Universities.
ICAR-Krishi Megh at NAARM Hyderabad is synchronized with ICAR-Data Center at ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi. It has been built to mitigate the risk, enhance the quality, availability and accessibility of e-governance, research, extension and education in the field of agriculture in India. NAARM, Hyderabad has been chosen as it lies in different seismic zone than ICAR-Data Center at ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi.