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Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has virtually launched the Krishi Megh (National Agricultural Research & Education System -Cloud Infrastructure and Services) along with the KVC ALUNET and Online Accreditation System for Higher Agricultural Educational Institutions (HEI).

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
•    It is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
•    It was established on 16 July 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in pursuance of the report of the Royal Commission on Agriculture.
•    The ICAR, headquarter at New Delhi, is the apex body for co-ordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences.
•    With 101 ICAR institutes and 71 agricultural universities nationwide, this is one of the largest national agricultural systems in the world.
•    ICAR has played a pioneering role in ushering Green Revolution and subsequent developments in agriculture in India through its research and technology development that has enabled the country to increase the production of food grains by 5.6 times, horticultural crops by 10.5 times, fish by 16.8 times, milk by 10.4 times and eggs by 52.9 times since 1950-51 to 2017-18, thus making a visible impact on the national food and nutritional security.
•    It is engaged in cutting edge areas of science and technology development and its scientists are internationally acknowledged in their fields.

Highlights
    Krishi Megh has been set up under the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP), funded by both the government and the World Bank.
    The NAHEP is designed for strengthening the national agricultural education system in the country with the overall objective to provide more relevant and high-quality education to the agricultural university students that are in tune with the New Education Policy - 2020.
    There is a need to save and preserve the important research-based data in a prompt digitized form to enable its access anywhere.
    The data recovery centre has been set up at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad.
    The Krishi Megh as a step forward towards digital agriculture of New India.


Key Advantages
    For meeting the services and infrastructure needs of Digital Agriculture of National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES). The existing Data Centre (ICAR-DC) built during 2012 shall be strengthened with cloud computing infrastructure.
    NARES-Cloud Infrastructure and Services with its constituents ICAR-DC and ICAR-Krishi Megh provide a robust and dynamic platform to meet the growing IT needs of the NARES system with the deployment of mission critical applications such as e-Office, ICAR-ERP, Education Portal, KVK Portal and mobile apps, ICAR institute websites, Academic Management System, Alumni Portal, e-Courses of UG and PG level etc.
    Under NAHEP, the outreach of existing ICAR DC is broadened to cover the Agriculture Universities enabling them to host websites and IT solutions.
    In the present COVID-19 situation, 24x7 availability of IT applications made it possible to work from home as well as to collaborate with fellow scientists through video conferencing.
    ICAR-Krishi Megh, synchronized with ICAR-DC 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 with respect to ICAR-DC at ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi.
    Hyderabad is also suitable as skilled IT manpower is available along with other suitable climatic conditions such as low humidity level which is controllable in the data center environment.
    This new Centre has latest AI/Deep learning software/tools kits for building and deploying of deep learning-based applications such as disease and pest identification using image analysis, detection of maturity and ripening of fruits through image analysis, disease identification in livestock etc.

ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI)
    It is a pioneer institute of ICAR undertaking research, teaching and training in Agricultural Statistics, Computer Application and Bioinformatics.
    It is responsible for conducting research in Agricultural Statistics and Informatics to bridge the gaps in the existing knowledge.
    It has also been providing education/ training in Agricultural Statistics and Informatics.
    The research and education are used for improving the quality and meeting the challenges of agricultural research in emerging areas.
    It has made several important contributions in strengthening National Agricultural Statistics System, which has a direct impact on the national policies.

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Cloud Computing, Agricultural Infrastructural fund, Kisan Call Centre, NABARD, PM-KMY, Model Village Programme, SHC Scheme