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Agriculture Commerce and Education Centre

samanyu bhatnagar 31/09

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in India
It contributes to only 14.4% of GDP and 10.23% of all exports
The cradle of the success has been the establishment of
institutions of higher agricultural education
Worldwide agriculture is becoming competitive. Price and brand
equity have become more prominent than before
Infusion of frontier science, good practices of trade, market
intelligence techniques have become more important to promote
efficiency, awareness, equity, and competitiveness in agriculture
About The Organization

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an

autonomous organization under the Department of Agriculture
Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture. Established in
1929, the organization has 99 institutes and 53 universities spread
across the country. It has played a major role in promoting
excellence in education and research in agriculture.

Most of the ICAR Universities have slackened owing mainly

to inadequate modern infrastructure for education and
The present situation demands a renewed thrust and
Development and institutionalization of easily accessible
and user-friendly knowledge systems to support decision making
by various client groups has become necessary
It has become important to generate globally competitive
human resource
Organization Motives
Effort of poverty reduction
Economic development must address the problems being faced by the agricultural sector
To turn the challenges into economic opportunities for the urban poor
To address both the emerging areas of agriculture which would be:
Consolidating technology gains
Improved farming experiences.
To fulfill the need for agricultural graduates and provide a class of services such as diagnostic
laboratories, advisories on new innovations and markets.

Pune has also emerged as a business centre. The
hinterland of Pune witnesses intense farming of sugar
and grapes, horticulture, and floriculture.

Given the distinctive characteristics of this

industry, many value-added industries like food
processing have flourished in and around Pune. Pune
has a locational advantage, being close to several
demand driven markets such as
Mumbai, Nasik, Nagpur, and Aurangabad.
Poona The Queen of Deccan
Pune, derived from its ancestral name Poona. A city which
now is a technological hub of India has always served the
empires as a centre due to its location and accessibility.

The Mula and Mutha rivers which crosses the city right from
the centre was the reason for agricultural land and the active
agricultural activities present in the region.

Its development index is one of the highest in

The literacy rate of the town according to
Census 2011 was 81.6%
The climate is variable yet suitable for multiple
types of crops to grow
The abundance of farmers in the proximity
The advent of foreign capital particularly in
research oriented, agriculture based industries
Successfully emerged as a Modern Architecture
POPULATION Migration is the most crucial
component for growth of any city.
Working Population
41% Total Working
41% 37% Population
30% 90% 63%
25% 0%
0% Total Non
1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011

The 90s witnessed huge changes on the economic

front which were reflected in the speedy expansion
of the Agriculture sector

Addition of 38 villages in the limits of Pune

Municipal Corporation

Dependency directly or indirectly on agriculture

Noticeable increase is observed in the workers

proportions in primary and secondary sectors

To start with is the Pune Agriculture College:

Sufficiently high demand for competent Intake in Agriculture particularly in institutes
human resource in the area of Agro Business of Maharashtra
Management Also that the earliest known Agriculture Research
Increasing the scope and effectiveness of Institute was in the old Poona University during
networking with educational institutions and British reign
research organizations and their integration Outlay of Rs. 25 crore to each of the three old
As proposed by the ICAR, the Centers of historical colleges
Excellence (30-35 in number pan-India) will Funding by the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. Of
be developed with Agriculture Universities India for developing Regional Research
Modernization of AU Farms.

This new mega program was started in 2010-11 with the State Agricultural Universities and Central
Universities with Agriculture Faculty.

Infrastructure will be given a boost to support the Horizontal Agriculture Beds and a Waste Re-
mediation Building

Usage of new age technology through architectural elements will be incorporated for the
The support from the XII Plan scheme laid out by ICAR in the National Agricultural
Education Project - 2012 is thus:

Agricultural education will be concentrating mainly on market research oriented


Need to shift from primary to secondary agriculture and non land based activities

Rs. 15.00 crore for 5 years per Centre for equipment, infrastructure, consultancy and
training (both national and international)
The methodology is the systematic approach to be followed
in two phases such that the end result will be authentic.

Phase II
Outlook Research Interpret
In depth Implementation Development Concept
Understanding Derive some
study from first hand Indulge in Concept
the proposal Refer to research Evolve and take
the books and conclusions generation on the
the internet and combine the forward to bring
basis of compiled about a final
research data ideas with the
knowledge thus product

Phase I

Need for integrating agricultural education with job creation

Setting up of Agri-clinics and Agri-business Centers across the length and breadth of the
country in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

A holistic program including farmers and consumers would be on the relevance and utility of
agricultural S&T activities and programs

Agricultural Education will need to be enriched with real life subjects and an exposure to the
Provide the campus with a Research Institute

Development of a large scale Commercial plaza scope

Make a high-end research laboratory

Develop a Waste Re-mediation Centre

Creating a Greenhouse Development Centre

Develop a compressed urban farming landscape

Bringing together the services

Self sustainable typology study and its needs

Integration of the Processing and Storage facility

Obtain a socio-cultural development program

Work on the following elements during design:

Green Roof Systems
Evolve Lighting Techniques for the plaza
Interactive spaces

Integration of a set of mixed use elements which include the Institute, the
Commercial Plaza and the Research Facility should be separated yet accessibly

With a whole new program and specific public community to target, the
efforts will go into making people aware of it and reap its benefits

Developing well adaptable spaces out of a mixed use building typology

Use of the commercial plaza to attract the public

Usage of surroundings to our advantage


Focus on a programme oriented research institute

Ensuring a well connected campus

Increase the green edifice of the city that has faced a transformation into a concrete jungle

Giving the region a new distinctive atmosphere

All-round growth by following the ICAR Education Department guidelines

Transformation of the commercial activity

Develop a community level recreational space


Ever decreasing arable lands and increasing distances to

those that remain

Depleted and missing farms leave larger and larger urban

populations at the mercy of supply disruptions

The advent of an increased farmer input in the district


Produce>market>income>growth>profits>research virtuous

Co-individuals and groups will work on the properties and

within the urban farm space to refine technologies and

To improve and sustain quality of higher agricultural system

To reap the profits and finally give it back to the farmers

The National Agriculture Education Project Report; By - ICAR Education Department (2011)

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Draft Development Plan (2007-2027)

Old PMC Development Report;

By - Pune Municipal Corporation (2011)
www.egovpmc.com for Pune Laws

Control Regulations for Development Plan (Amended)- 2013, Pune; By - Pune Municipal

Compressed Agri Initiative - North Dakota State University; By - Thomas Homic (2013)

Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture & Food Security (RUAF), Hyderabad; By - RUAF
Foundation India (2011)

Urban Farming for India, an article by The Nourishing Planet-2011 By - Matt Styslinger

The Hyderabad Declaration on Wastewater use in Agriculture (2002); In - Seronica Journal Vol. 3
No. 2, May 2012

Environment Status Report 2008-2009, PMC

Gokhale Institute Demography Report-2011