Investment in People Create an Environment for Growth and Prosperity
We are living in a period of major structural change. The global scenario of knowledge based economy has posed a serious challenge to the developing world. The demand to upgrade one's knowledge and professional skills in the knowledge-based economy has become increasingly important. Even in developed world the human capital is now estimated to be at least three times more important than that of physical capital. It is believed that without improved human capital, countries will inevitably fall behind and experience intellectual and economic marginalization and isolation. The result will be continuing poverty. No country has a choice on whether or not to develop human resource. Human resource is the life blood of any country. Shortage of trained manpower is the major constraint in improving agricultural productivity in the country because it pervades the whole spectrum of activities aimed at increasing food, feed and fiber production. Considering the need, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council established Training Institute [now Agricultural Ploy-technique Institute (API)] at National Agricultural Research Centre in 1983, which was one of the efforts to cater the training needs of all stakeholders of National Agricultural Research System.
Based on the needs of clientele groups, API tailors different training courses in various disciplines of agriculture. Such courses provide on job training by sharing latest information available with fellow scientists both at federal and provincial levels. Besides on-job trainings, the training for the farmers, extension workers, agricultural and livestock students, working women & house wives, and NGOs are also arranged to update their knowledge about the latest advances being made in the field of agriculture and livestock. In addition, different knowledge sharing activities like development of booklets on different agricultural technologies, participation in exhibitions, arranging workshops and field days, replying to farmers’ queries and publication of articles in print/electronic media are undertaken by API.
- Capacity building of different stakeholders for development of agriculture in Pakistan.
- Acquire and disseminate information relating to the agriculture
- To organize trainings for human resource development.
- To acquire and synthesize available information on agricultural technologies and share different stakeholders.
- To diagnose problems for feed-back.
- To strengthen linkages among farmers, extension and research workers.
- Agriculture scientists and extension staff
- Farm managers, social welfare officers and staff of NGOs working in the rural areas
- Livestock and dairy development officers
- Working women and house wives
- Progressive growers/farmers
Different training courses are organized for improving skills and technical knowledge of agricultural scientists, technicians and farmers. API has access to more than 18 specialized research institutes in different areas of agriculture, which provide an excellent learning environment. Experienced and eminent scientists of the council serve as resource person in the training programs and if required, the services of different famous professors of the universities are acquired.
Different teaching techniques are used at API. The participants have an opportunity to lead and participate in group discussions, seminars and moderate panels. Materials provided to the trainees include training manuals, practical work books, lecture notes and field visits.
The objectives of the training courses are achieved through proper use of the following means:
- Theoretical lectures
- Hands on "skill learning”
- Practical problem-solving exercises
- Group discussion
- Games, simulations, brain storming sessions
- Special project/assignments/case studies
Keeping in view importance of transfer of knowledge in agriculture, API used to focus on two distinct approaches: Human Resource Development and Technology Transfer. However, in the light of the discussion and decisions taken in API-TWG meeting held on 17 November 2014, API has been restructured in three programs, viz., Human Resource Development, Knowledge Management and Technology Exposure with the objectives in mind not only utilize manpower efficiently but also increase output of the Institute. Detail of the newly established programs is as follows:
i. Human Resource Development
- Trainings/Capacity Building
- Placement of Research & Internship Students
- In-service Trainings
- JICA-PSDP Project (Capacity Development of Agriculture Extension Services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province)
- RADP Sub-project (Skill Development of the Farmers of Balochistan)
ii. Knowledge Management
- Updating of brochures/leaflets
- Publication of articles in newspapers
- Technology Reporter
iii. Technology Exposure
- Field Days
- Exposure/Study Visits
Internship program is a compulsory requirement for the award of degree in various agriculture sciences in different universities. Students of agriculture come from different universities of the country and are placed at different institutes of NARC by API to work with the experienced scientists and gain practical knowledge in their respective field of specialization.
The internship program provides opportunity to the students in learning:
- How to conduct field experiments
- Gain in depth knowledge about the respective crop/field of specialization
- How to interact with supervisors and colleagues in the offices
- What are the important parameters and how to record data on them
- Acquire skills in selfing and crossing techniques for crop improvement
- Data compilation, analysis, interpretation and report writing
Agriculture Poly-technique Institute (API) plays the role like a bridge between internship/research students, universities/colleges and respective institutes at NARC. API helps the students in all aspects regarding internship/research at NARC. After the completion of internship/research, students have to submit their internship/research report to their co-supervisor and also to the Director (API). API awards certificate to the internees/research students accordingly.
Mr. Aamir Ilyas
PA to Director
|Tel: 051-90733415, Fax: 051-9255056|
BOARDING AND LODGING FACILITIES
NARC, Agriculture Poly-technique Institute (API) has established a well furnished hostel with experienced and courteous staff available 24 hours for services to our distinguished guests. Rooms with double as well as single occupancy with attached baths are available. The family suites furnished with all facilities including a kitchenette are also available. NARC Hostel has also VIP rooms fitted with AC’s. The charges of the hostel accommodation are given below category wise. These charges are cheaper than any other lodging facility available at Rawalpindi/Islamabad. The lodging facility is available for Govt. Officers, Staff of NGOs, Working Women, Students and General Public. In campus, location of the hostel building provides very charming environment surrounded by soothing green areas.
CODE OF CONDUCT
All Guests are requested to observe the following code of conduct at NARC, hostel.
- Payment of hostel dues for intending period of stay shall be made at the time of occupying the room. Make sure that your entry in the register has been made by hostel staff. A proper receipt must be obtained from the authorized staff member of hostel.
- A list of articles / accessories present in room be prepared and taken over by the guests.
- At the time of check out these articles must be returned and proper receipt must be taken from hostel staff.
- Please do not keep your precious items Gold & Cash in the room. Bags must always be kept under lock and key.
- Smoking as well as use of alcoholic beverages in the room and corridor is prohibited.
- While leaving the room, please switch off all electrical appliances.
- Any suspected person must be reported to the hostel attendant.
- Guests are not allowed to stay with the occupant no guests after 11.00 pm.
- Respect privacy of your neighbor and avoid use of audio/visuals.
- Laundry facility is available near the hostel on payment. Ask attendant to make arrangement in this regard.
- Do not engage the telephone of the hostel reception unnecessarily.
- Do not clean your shoes with curtains/ Bed sheets.
- All the items of hostel shall be handed over to hostel attendant before check out.
- Please check your baggage/ items at the time of check out.
- Cooking and serving of foods is not allowed in the rooms.
- Any damage of hostel property will be charged accordingly.
- Check out time is 1200 hrs.
Note: On breach of any clause, room shall be vacated.
Cafeteria attached with the hostel has a well furnished air conditioned dining hall with the capacity of about 150 persons. The management of cafeteria is well experienced and has been catering for the national and international level participants at different events held at NARC. Guests staying at NARC hostel can have their breakfast, lunch, dinner and other catering services according to their choice.
|Muhammad Akhlaq Malik||Director (Admn), NARC|
Tel: 051-90733008, 051-9255047 Fax: 051-9255034