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September 18, 2019

ICT Modern Classroom opens in Agricultural Institute in Pyinmana

Representative from NICHE presents the detail of the ICT Modern Classroom in Agricultural Institute in Pyinmana yesterday. Photo: MNA

Information and Communication technologies (ICT) taught as part of agricultural science will improve the farming sector as well as national development, Dr. Aung Thu, Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, said yesterday.
The Union Minister made the remark in his address at the opening ceremony of the ICT Modern Classroom held in State Agricultural Institute (SAI), Pyinmana yesterday morning.
The ministry, Inservice Training and SAI Division have opened SAIs in states and regions that provide both theory and practical training in agriculture that will produce mid-level agriculturists annually, officials said.
A total of 19,271 agriculture diplomas and 19,688 livestock breeding diplomas have so far been awarded and 6,290 students are undergoing training in the 2017-2018 academic year, it is learnt.
“On the part of the teachers, they are not to lose sight of technology developments and new methods and should train their students so that they become entrepreneurs who are experts in agriculture”, said the Union Minister.
After the opening ceremony, the Union Minister, Nay Pyi Taw Council members, Inservice Training and SAI Division director and the representative of the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education (NICHE) cut a ceremonial ribbon to open the ICT Modern Classroom which is being conducted with the support of NICHE in SAI, Pyinmana.
NICHE is a Netherlands-funded development cooperation programme. By sustainably strengthening higher education and technical and vocational education and training capacity in partner countries, it contributes to economic development and poverty reduction.
For the development of the agricultural sector, training of mid-level agriculturists are being conducted with partner organisations.
The Department of Agriculture, Inservice Training and SAI Divisions are conducting a four-year project with NICHE to improve vocational education and training for food security. The programme began on 21 November 2016 and will continue until 20 November 2020, it is learnt.

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