4 Nov : Agriculture Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar today expressed concern at talented youth not preferring research and education as their careers, and asked research bodies to take urgent action for attracting and retaining bright candidates.
Speaking at the foundation day function of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) here today, the minister advised ICAR and ASRB to devise proactive recruitment policies, learn best practices from international organizations and update their assessment methodologies. ‘ASRB should not remain confined to only recruitment and promotion but must act as a think tank to help the ICAR and the government in evolving policies for science and technology departments. Further, globalization is affecting all walks of life, and finding right people and retaining them is becoming a challenge. Selection and methodologies cannot remain unchanged and have to conform to the best practices that are in vogue in other national and international science organizations. For this to happen, accreditation for recruitment agencies will have to be put in place. There is a lot to be learnt from organizations such as the U.N. Staff College, which is in the forefront in evolving such practices that facilitate accreditation. ASRB, being one of the earliest such agencies, must work for it, and should become an ISO certified body,’ he said.