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AICRP on Home Science

The AICRP on Home Science was conceived as an instrument to develop a strong base of research and extension the State Agricultural Universities for improving the quality of life of rural families. The project was initiated during the VI Five Year Plan Period. However, it is merged with DRWA in XI Five Year Plan Period. AICRP on Home Science integrates all the five components of Home Science in it namely Foods and Nutrition, Clothing and Textiles, Family Resource Management, Human Development & Family Studies and Home Science Extension Education. Each discipline has a specific thrust area of research that has been knitted together to focus on empowerment of women in agriculture for enhancing their quality of life. At present, the AICRP on Home Science is being implemented through its ten centres located in different State Agricultural Universities of the country viz.

  1. Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Haryana
  2. Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab
  3. Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttaranchal
  4. Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, Rajasthan
  5. Prof. Jayshankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), Hyderabad, Telangana
  6. University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka
  7. University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru, Karnataka
  8. Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam
  9. Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
  10. Marathawada Agricultural University, Parbhani, Maharashtra

Three new centres approved in the XIIth plan are

  1. Central Agricultural University, Tura, Meghalaya
  2. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  3. Sardarkrishinagar Dantewada Agricultural University, Dantewada, Gujarat

In the XII Plan Period, the focus of the project is on the following six thematic areas of research:

  • Food & Nutrition security in selected farming system
  • Drudgery assessment and mitigation
  • Mitigating occupational health hazards
  • Capacity building of agrarian families
  • Empowerment of women
  • Livelihood security of farm families

To achieve the above objectives, the following ten sub-projects will be undertaken by different centres to address the region specific problems and needs of women in agriculture

  • Food based strategies to combat nutritional problems among farm families.
  • Characterization of nutritional diversity in selected cropping systems.
  • Characterization of drudgery of women in the production environment and assessment of technology packages in mitigating drudgery.
  • Developing database and evolving nomograms for women’s work load in agriculture, their physical capacity and fitness.
  • Empowerment of rural youth for quality life.
  • Sensitizing rural youths and their mothers for management of socio-emotional problems of youth.
  • Functional clothing to combat occupational health hazards of farm workers.
  • Utilization of plant sources and animal fibres for textile applications.
  • Techno-socio economic dimensions of farm families in different farming systems.
  • Dynamics and performance of women groups in agriculture and allied sectors.