Introduction and Infrastructure of FAR

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I. Introduction and Infrastructure

1. Location

Faculty Centre for Agriculture Education and Research (FAR) is an Off-Campus Faculty of Vivekananda University head quartered at Belur Math, Kolkata. It is located in the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Campus at Coimbatore. Vidyalaya is one of the major and legendary educational institutions of Ramakrishna Mission. Vidyalaya is set 19km apart from Coimbatore main city on the Ooty–Mettupalyam high way. When one travels to Ooty on this high way one enjoys the sight of Western Ghats-stretch, declared as a Heritage site by the government of India on right side. To the left is situated Vidyalaya in about a 300 acre area in a serene environment, away from the bustle of life. Shri T.S. Avinashilingam founded Vidyalaya in 1934 while Mahatma Gandhi laid foundation stone. Over years Vidyalaya had grown into a huge educational complex housing 19 educational institutions, offering courses from pre-school to doctoral levels till date. FAR is one amongst the 19 institutions of Vidyalaya. FAR being a part of Vidyalaya which houses different branches of learning, it is an obvious benefactor to FAR in terms of infrastructural facilities and multifarious branches of knowledge.

2. Genesis

Faculty Centre for Agriculture Education and Research (FAR) started in the year 2014. We are also running Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD) (affiliated to TNAU) which offers Diploma in Agriculture for the past 60 years. This being the case the present Faculty Center has fully furnished basic Infrastructural facilities and other resources.

3. Aims

The new Faculty Center is meant to provide quality agricultural education for a meaningful and self-supporting life to youths and train them to cater to the needs of economically poor and socially underprivileged sections of the society. A unique feature of the courses under this Faculty, which is a common feature of all the courses under the University, is to provide value – based and higher goal-oriented education.

4. Infrastructural Facilities

• Class rooms with LCD projectors
• Well established Experimental farm,
• Agro-meteorological observatory
• Orchard
• Livestock farm
• Air conditioned seminar hall

5. Swami Vivekananda Hostel for Men (Capacity 144)

Hostel has huge dining hall, a prayer hall and playfields for recreation.

6. Recreation

All the buildings situated in Spectacular Sprawling campus of the FAR are well connected by roads. There are beautiful gardens all over with many a species of plants. Many species of birds, especially peacocks are our occasional visitors. An Indoor stadium of international standards, a well equipped Gymnasium, various playfields belonging to Vidyalaya cater to the recreational needs of our students. Large GKD Auditorium with a capacity of 800 is the place where we organize our annual day, cultural events and seminars. There are Ramayana Park and Vivekananda Park for relaxation. There are provisions for staff-members to stay inside the Vidyalaya Campus. These are among the other infrastructural facilities that FAR enjoys because of its setting in Vidyalaya to mention a few.

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