IATI RYK stuck in ifs, buts

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RAHIM YAR KHAN (ENNS)

The In service Agriculture Training Institute (IATI)
Rahim Yar Khan is considered an ignored asset of Government of Punjab because it
is still an institute with its dilapidated buildings after 58 years.
IATI RYK actually was established at Khanpur in 1952-53 to impart training to 50 Agriculture Field Assistants (AFAs) through one year certificate program.
Later in 1958 a Village Aid Program (VAP) was
started by the then Bahawalpur State for settlement of migrated people for agriculture and different portions of main building was constructed on 44 acres of land near old city with 25 acres research
farm at Chak 101-P.
In 1961 VAP was closed and its entire staff along
with other assets was transferred to agriculture department.
ISATI Khanpur was shifted to VAP building Rahim Yar Khan in same year and
its capacity was enhanced from 50 to 100 AFAs.
In 1966-67 the one year
certificate program was up graded to 2 years diploma program.Then IATI got affiliation with University of Faisalabad (UAF) during 1979-80 and later two year diploma was equalized to intermediate in the year
2000. In 2007 this diploma was upgraded to 3 years diploma as Diploma in Agriculture Sciences (DAS).Currently there
is total 132 employees including teaching, administrative and
supporting staff. There are workshops, laboratories, hostels, auditorium
and residential colony in dilapidated condition which were not repaired during last 58 years except white washing of main building
only.
In 2007 a library,computer lab and 3 classrooms were added in this institute through Human Resource Program Government of Punjab.
An officer in IATI requesting anonymity said that an agriculture technical board should be established in which IATI RYK, IATI
Sargodha, ATI Layyah, BATI Rawalpindi and PGPI Multan should be
included. He said that UAF and IATI RYK faculty model not matches with
each other. He disclosed that contract appointments in IATI were creating problems and there was no permission of projects in the institute.
Deputy Director IATI Imtiaz Ahmed told that IATI could
be used as hub for cottage industry in this area.He told that cottage industry related to agriculture including honey bee (Apiculture), silk
warm (Sericulture), mushroom cultivation,food technology, farmers IT
training and farmers technology transfer center in this institute could benefit the farmers of RYK where cotton and sugarcane is
cultivated on 500000 and 600000 acres respectively and 72000 acres of
mango orchards.
He stressed that the IATI could be converted into the
sub campus of UAF with BS and MS programs because it has a big piece of land in center of the city.

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