Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam proposes to set up a “Centre for Tea and Agro Studies” on its campus with effect from early 2007.The idea of the proposed Centre has evolved through a process of wider consultation with the industry of the state represented by personnel from prominent tea industries of this region. It goes without saying that the economy of the state depends primarily on tea apart from oil and the tea industry has for nearly two centuries now been contributing immensely to the economy as well its socio cultural life.
In recent times, there has been significance expansion of this agro industry with small tea growers in the form of self help groups determining for themselves a very important role. The industry however, is being confronted with major challenges from strong competition in the global market and must in the near future be able to combine expansion with improved techniques for high yield and enhancement of quality, in order to be able to recover lost grounds and to open up new markets.
In the circumstances, as mentioned above, this University, strategically situated among tea gardens all around it and with a tea garden of its own in the name of M/S Rajabheta Tea Company, needs to initiate and create facilities for teaching and research so that the industry can gain from qualified and motivated personnel taught and trained up by it.
With this in mind, the University has farmed a syllabus in consultation with the industry regarding its real and urgent needs as well as long-term policies, with the intention of imparting education/training in the areas of tea technology and plantation management. In the said course, special emphasis has been put on field-oriented programmes.
Research/instruction/training in the ‘Centre’ aims at fashioning out innovative as well as more production skills for (i) productivity management,(ii) quality management (iii) the vital aspect of community development in the interest of increased productivity and social justice. Practical training in the specified areas is intended to be carried out taking the help of the University’s own as well as neighboring Tea Industries. The programmes also require active participation by academic personnel from different disciplines now in existence at the University and other allied Institutes as well. The Centre has two major areas of focus: (i) teaching and (ii) research in collaboration with the industry, TRA, Tea Board of India, ABITA, ATPA, BCP and other tea related bodies.