The Agricultural development trust was established in 1971 with the objectives of serving the downtrodden masses and brining the Agricultural and Educational development among them. The trust has developed 110 acres of demonstration farm at Malegaon with different Agriculture and Horticulture units such as diary (Modern Housing system), sheep-goat division, poultry, soil and water analysis, green house and sericulture. The trust undertook various training programmes for rural youth and farmers through establishment of young farmers association. This trust has got recognition as post graduate study and research centre in the field of Agriculture by the state Agricultural University viz. Mahatma Phule Agricultural University, Rahuri. The trust later on established educational campus for women (Primary to Post Graduate level) and farm science centre (KVK) for effective transfer of technologies and implementation of research findings by the way of extension, demonstration and Education. These units have been started in pursuit of rural development through agricultural education. This is in response to the need and challenges of globalization. This is a concrete proof of Agriculture Development Trust’s recognition of value and potential of the science and continuous efforts to create trained manpower requires in Agriculture and allied sectors.
It is noticed that, the education in India is more focused on the knowledge part than on the skills and attitude. Students, their parents and staff are being focused on Marks/Merit system and not on application of knowledge. Individual work/study culture is being noticed in current educational system. In this context, we are trying to provide demand driven curricula, students centered and problem solving approach in curriculum with the objective of entrepreneurship and leadership development in students. ADT believes to start empowering its staff well ahead of time on above mentioned problems, so as to enable the competencies in them to face upcoming global challenges. Hence, India’s first exchange programmes like of 2+2/3+1 International Bachelors programme in Agriculture/Agribusiness and Business administration and 2+2 Animal Husbandry have been started at Baramati with joint collaboration of ADT Baramati and Van Hall Larenstien University in Netherlands. ADT is entered into MoU with international universities like Yunan Agriculture University China, Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok, UC Davis University California for staff and student exchange programmes.
|Mr. Sharad G. Pawar||President|
|Mr. Rajendra D. Pawar||Chairman|
|Dr. Avinash B. Baravkar||Trustee|
|Mr. Vishnupant A. Hingane||Trustee|
|Mr. Rajiv H. Deshpande||Trustee|
|Mr. Ranjit D. Pawar||Trustee|
|Ms. Sunanda R. Pawar||Trustee|
|Dr. Rajani S. Indulkar||Trustee|
|Ms. Supriya S. Sule||Trustee|
|Mr. Ramchandra V. Chavan||Trustee|
|Dr. Shankarrao S. Magar||Trustee|