students and faculty members of other institutes in modern
agricultural technologies via an online course.
The students will then train farmers in the use of
modern technologies to increase their agricultural output, an
IIT Kharagpur spokesperson said on Wednesday.
The short-term course ''Application of Digital
Technologies in Agriculture'', offered by IIT Kharagpur''s
Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering, will focus on
the use of sensors, drones, robots and artificial intelligence
for enhancing farm output, she said.
In the first phase of the course which is expected to
begin soon, the institute will train the students and faculty
members of Vasantarao Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth of
Maharashtra, the spokesperson said.
"The recent calamities and their aftermath have shown
why we need to be ready for a bad monsoon or climate change or
even return to organic farming while enhancing agricultural
yields using technology," IIT Kharagpur Director Prof Virendra
Kumar Tewari said.
The course will be offered under a project of the
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Delhi. PTI SUS