PJRB SPARC

Pandit Jagat Ram Bhargava School for Profitable Agriculture and Resource Conservation
Pandit Jagat Ram Bhargava School of Profitable Agriculture and Resource Conservation
PJRB SPARC is a dynamic, innovative, networked institution for Education, Research, Certification
and Support of profitable, resource efficient and health giving agriculture

Over 9000 farmers committed suicide last year- most because they felt crushed under the burden of their debt. The root cause – lack of water and information, access or the ability to adopt water efficient, resource efficient, high income generating methods of farming. PJRB SPARC has been set up with the intent to fill this gap. Through our specialized courses, training programs, consultations, innovations and outreach projects, we want to spread knowledge about profitable, sustainable Agriculture We offer:

Education, Training and Behavior Change Communication – To spread awareness and knowledge about water and resource conserving, yet profitable agriculture, we offer a bouquet of knowledge enhancement options such as diploma courses, certificate courses, short term training and community outreach programs. The topics are designed to help trainees avail of the opportunities in the current markets. The teaching style is modern and result oriented.

Research and Policy Think Tanks – To support information based decision making, particularly by policy makers, we conduct research, consultations, conferences and expert think tanks. Inputs from experts, our ground-level interventions and all relevant stakeholders are compiled to give a 360 degree view of agriculture related issues in India.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support – The immensity of the food and water crisis requires out of the box ideas that bring about transformative change. These ideas when implemented by social enterprises, scale up impact and make the change sustainable. Through Living Learning Laboratory programs and Incubation, we offer support to innovators and entrepreneurs working for efficient, profitable, resource conserving agriculture. We have partnered with our sister organization – FORCE Institute of Social Innovation (FISI) for this service.

Certification and Advisory Services – We offer  ‘BforWater‘ Certification for farm output and agro-products. The ‘BforWater’ certification is given to those products created through processes that have minimized wasteful use of water. A ‘BforWater’ certificate for a product is also a de-facto assurance of low chemical fertilizer and pesticide use in growing that product. We also train BforWater surveyors.in the certification process and BforWater advisors for guiding farmers for water efficient farming. Our panel of experts and mentors guide and support farmers, professionals and entrepreneurs make the transition towards Profitable, Resource Efficient agriculture.

The Education courses offered in the year 2018-19 are:

ONE YEAR DIPLOMA:

Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture

With a curriculum based on the Guidelines of the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India, this is the foundation course of the Center. Inputs from Agriculture Sustainability courses of top ranking global universities add to the learning in the course. Interaction with industry and field experts, networking with people working for sustainability and internship gives valuable practical exposure to students .

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION : Graduate                                                                                                 DETAILS

Diploma in Conservation Agriculture

With a curriculum based on Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – a United Nations (UN) organization- guidelines for Conservation Agriculture, this course will give students a detailed understanding of its technologies and practices.  Inputs from Conservation Agriculture courses of top ranking global universities add to the learning in the course. Interaction and field experience with farmers practicing this form of agriculture, industry experts and networking with people working in the area gives valuable practical exposure to students.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION : Graduate                                                                                                  DETAILS

Diploma in Marketing and Supply Chain for Profitable, Resource Efficient Agriculture

The course curriculum is based on the guidelines for Doubling Farmer Income issued by the Department of Agriculture Co-operation and Farmer Welfare, Government of India.  A high degree of interaction with industry experts will be exciting for students as they get to know new opportunities in the agri-products market. It will give students a detailed understanding of the market linkages and marketing tools to support Sustainable Agriculture. They will learn about innovative marketing and supply chain practices. It will also create opportunities for networking.  This course will be useful both for agriculturists and for marketers of products.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION : Graduate                                                                                                    DETAILS

Diploma in Government Schemes for Agriculture and Rural Development

Designed for those aiming for a career in Agro consultation, this course fills a big gap in knowledge available to farmers.  It gives students knowledge about government schemes for agriculture, rural development and farmer welfare. The course not only informs students about the scheme benefits but also about the process and documentation required to avail of the scheme. Students will also be given a broader understanding of the working of the government. They will get the opportunity to interact with government officials, agro-industry experts and farmers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION : Graduate                                                                                                      DETAILS

SIX MONTH CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
Certificate Course in Micro Irrigation

A course designed to give a practical understanding of Micro Irrigation. Students will learn about the science behind micro irrigation, its methods, available technologies, how to create and get maximum benefit from micro irrigated fields, government policies, banking and insurance support for micro irrigation. Students will benefit from case studies and the exposure to industry, farmers and scientists involved in production and use of micro irrigation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Graduate or 10+2 with 2 years relevant experience                          DETAILS

Certificate Course in Hydroponics and Aquaponics

Keeping in view the fact that Hydroponics and Aquaponics are fast emerging fields, this is a course designed to give a practical understanding of the subjects. Students will learn about the science behind them, their methods and available technologies.Training will also be given on subsidy schemes of the government and other support schemes. Students will benefit from case studies and the exposure to industry, farmers and scientists involved in production and use of hydroponics and aquaponics.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Graduate or 10+2  with 2 years relevant experience                          DETAILS

Certificate Course in Organic Farming and Certification

Based on guidelines of National Centre of Organic Farming , Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, this is a course designed to train students on how to practice organic agriculture and how to obtain organic certification. Students will learn about the science behind organic farming, its methods, available technologies. Training will also be given on government policies, certification process and marketing of organic and certified produce. Students will benefit from case studies and the exposure to industry, farmers and scientists involved in the organic production and marketing industry.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Graduate or 10+2 with 2 years relevant experience                            DETAILS

Certificate Course in ‘BforWater’ Certification for farms and farm produce

‘BforWater’ is a water efficiency certification label being launched by the FORCE Institute of Water Efficiency (FIWE). In this course the students will learn about issues related to water availability, quality, sustainability, its use in agriculture and the impact of water issues in one sector on the other. They will learn the concept of Water Footprint, how it applies to Indian agriculture and how it compares with global footprints. The students will be trained to be a ‘BforWater’ surveyor and certification professional for agriculture produce. On passing the course students will have the option of being empanelled with FIWE as a part of its BforWater Certifier network.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Graduate or 10+2 with relevant experience                                          DETAILS

Certificate Course in Agro-Homeopathy

Agro-Homeopathy is the use of the homeopathic method in agriculture. It allows the practitioner to influence biological processes of plants. This can be used not only to increase yield but also to control diseases. Using homeopathic formulations on plants guarantees non-toxicity. Agro-homeopathy is a win- win solution for farmers. They can use this method with confidence that it will neither damage the organism, the soil nor the plants.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Graduate                                                                                                         DETAILS

THREE MONTH CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
Certificate Course in Effective Communication and Personality Development for Agri-Professionals

Today companies from India and abroad are increasingly sourcing agricultural products directly from farmers. In this scenario, being an effective communicatorand having a good personality can open new opportunities to achieve success as an agriculture professional. This course teaches English business communication and personality development skills. A highly interactive, practice oriented course, it gives students the ability to discuss and the confidence to aim for the best business deals for their farm produce.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: 10+2                      DURATION – 3 MONTHS                                                 DETAILS

Certificate Course in Internet and Mobile Applications for Agri-Professionals

Today companies from India and abroad are increasingly sourcing agricultural products directly from farmers. A lot of information is available on the internet and on mobile phones. This course teaches students about the various internet and mobile applications from which they can access agriculture relevant information and identify new opportunities.  A highly interactive, practice oriented course, it gives students the ability to find the best opportunities for their farm produce.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: 10+2                     DURATION – 3 MONTH                                                     DETAILS

NOTE:  The Diplomas and Certifications are privately awarded by the Pandit Jagat Ram Memorial FORCE Trust.

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