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MoU signed to set up Kalam Centre for Science and Technology at CUJ

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Central University of Jammu (CUJ) for the establishment of Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST) at the university. The MoU was signed in presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Key Highlights of MoU

MoU Objective: To undertake as well as facilitate multidisciplinary directed basic and applied research and technology development in identified research verticals. These research verticals would be namely- Computational System Security and Sensors.

Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST):

It will be a world-class centre that will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment leading to increase in research scholars in these areas.

The centre will be a national asset and will contribute towards making India stronger and prosperous.

The DRDO under Union Ministry of Defence will be establishing a high-end research centre to promote quality research which in long run will create a pool of scientists from this region.

About Central University of Jammu (CUJ)

It is a Central government-funded university and was established under Central Universities Act 2009.

It was founded with the vision to contribute knowledge and technology innovation to the country and the world.

Govt. launches ‘Krishi Kisan’ mobile app

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar launched ‘Krishi Kisan’ mobile app to help farmers take benefit of field demonstration of new farm technologies, seed hubs as well as weather advisories.

The Minister urged farmer to utilize these services for betterment of their cultivation methods and thereby ensuring higher agricultural productivity.

About Krishi Kisan App

It will provide farmers the information of best demonstration of high-yielding crops and seeds in their nearby vicinity.

The mobile app is free of cost and can be downloaded from Google Playstore. The Farmers can then login and get details of nearest crop demonstration fields, which the government does to showcase new technologies and visit them.

The ‘Krishi Kisan’ platform can be utilized by any farmer with high quality of crops to demonstrate best practices of cultivation to other farmers so that this will help other farmers also to adopt these methods.

Besides providing demonstration of high-yielding variety (HYV) of crops and seeds the App will also help in geo-fencing and geo-tagging of crop. In the Krishi Kisan app the government has geo-tagged crop demo fields and seed hubs not only to track their performance but also help farmers to take benefits.

The government is also distributing seed mini-kits to farmers for multiplication and since now that they are geo-tagged, the government can track whether mini-kits are being used. The app will also give weather forecast message to farmers. Through app, the government will also provide farm level weather advisory on a pilot basis in following four districts-

  • Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Rajkot (Gujarat)
  • Nanded (Maharasthra)