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 AGRO-ECONOMIC RESEARCH CENTRE (AERC)

 

The Agro-Economic Research Centre was established in 1954 and became permanent in May, 1990. It stands integrated with Visva-Bharati with effect from April 1995. The centre is sponsored by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India and treated as special centre by the recent amendment of statute by the visitor (Honourable President of India) of Visva-Bharati.
 
The existing building of the Centre has been constructed with the help of capital grants sanctioned by the then Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 1957-58. The building, covering a plinth area 6970 square feet was designed by Sri A. C. Bose, Engineer-in-Charge, Works and Building Department, Visva-Bharati. Sri Suren Dey of Kala Bhavana sculpted the figure in front of the building, under the guidance of legendary artist Sri Ramkinkar Bej.
 
The Agro-Economic Research Centre for East India (originally covering the states of Assam, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal) was established in tune with the University's long tradition of research in agricultural economics centering around the rural reconstruction programme of Rabindranath Tagore at Sriniketan. The main planks of activities of these centres initially included conducting continuous village surveys, studies, investigations of the fundamental problems being experienced in an agricultural economy and rural development as also to provide technical advice to the central as well as state governments on the issues referred to by them. With the passage of time and with a large number of villages surveyed and resurveyed, the Centre finally switched over to problem-oriented studies, rather than, policy oriented studies. At present, the Centre has been operating in an area which comprises whole of West Bengal, Sikkim and Andaman Nicobar Islands.
 

 

By 2018, this Centre had completed more than 189 studies covering a wide spectrum of subjects pertaining to agricultural growth and development which inter-alia include investment, subsidies, livelihoods, credit, marketing, farm inputs, co-operation, food economics, fisheries, agro-rural industries, etc.

 

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