The Hindu (Chennai, India)
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Universities should be engines of economic and community development. The Andhra Pradesh government wants to collaborate with the New Mexico State University (NMSU) in the area of extension, which focusses on the economic and cultural development of the community, said Rolando A. Flores, Dean and CEO of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
Prof. Flores, along with four of his colleagues came to Amaravati recently to discusses various areas of collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh government. NMSU is located in the state of New Mexico in the U.S. The university has 24,580 students spread over five campuses located at Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, Grants and Las Cruces in the New Mexico state.
The Agriculture College of NMSU was different from other such institutions because it focussed on community development, Prof. Flores said. The college has extension offices in all the 30 and odd counties in the state. Prof. Flores and his team spent nearly an entire day with Minister for Agriculture Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy.
The Minister was very interested in the extension models of the NMSU. The universities were better placed to do work that encouraged economic and community development, Prof. Flores said. Government departments would be interested in what was relevant to them. The NMSU was able to cross these boundaries and improve the lives of New Mexicans through academics, research and extension. The NMSU model of extension could be duplicated in Andhra Pradesh, he said.
The College of Agriculture chose four pillars for economic and community development. They were food production and marketing, water conservation, family development and health and lastly environmental stewardship.