BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday called upon agriculture students from across the country to focus on opening start-ups in the agriculture and food processing sectors.
Inaugurating ‘Indradhanush’, the 16th annual festival of agriculture universities being held at the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) here, the Chief Minister said Odisha will shortly put in place a Start-up Policy that would promote entrepreneurship among the youth. “Agro industry and food processing are thrust areas in our Industrial Policy Resolution (IPR),” he said.
The four-day festival is witnessing participation of over 1,500 students from 50 agricultural universities. Promoted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the festival is aimed at promoting national integration, communal harmony, peace and prosperity. In the morning, students dressed in colourful attires took out an impressive rally, representing their States. The students will participate in an array of events and competitions including folk song and dance, theatre, literary activities and fine arts competitions at the festival.
Naveen also congratulated OUAT to have earned the title of champion during the past editions of the festival in the last 15 years. “This cultural festival will create an opportunity for students to strengthen the pluralistic culture of India,” he said.
OUAT Vice-Chancellor Manoranjan Kar said it was an an effort to provide the students with an opportunity to represent their respective States and express their cultural pursuits. They have been accommodated in different hostels on the campus.