KRITAGYA 3.0 was launched by ICAR to promote “speed breeding” for crop improvement.

Key facts

  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research along with its National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) and Crop Science Division is organizing a hackathon KRITAGYA 3.0 aimed at promoting speed breeding for the improvement of crops.
  • This initiative would give opportunities for students, faculties, entrepreneurs, innovators and others to demonstrate innovative approaches and technological solutions for the crop improvement.
  • Besides achieving desired solutions in the crop sector, it would also encourage wider adoption of technology-enabled solutions in agriculture sector.
  • The KRITAGYA stands of KRI for Krishi, which means agriculture; TA for Taknik, meaning technology; and GYA for Gyan meaning knowledge.
  • In this hackathon, students can collaborate with local startup-ups, students from technology institutions and can win a maximum of Rs.5 lakhs.
  • It will provide an opportunity to learn, innovate and solve problems faced in the crop sector and boost employability and entrepreneurship in the country.
  • It was launched in line with the National Education Policy, 2020.
  • The earlier hackathons focused on innovation in farm mechanization and animal science.
  • These events witnessed the participation of more than 3,000 individuals and winners received a cash prize of Rs.9 lakhs.
  • They extended support for the winners to expand their concept propositions, their scalability and future plan to collaborate with Agri Business Incubators, MSMEs and other investors through support of ICAR.


The Indian Council for Agricultural Research launched the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) in November 2017 with the assistance from the World Bank. Its main objective is to assist participating agricultural universities and ICAR in providing high quality education to students. It was set up with a total outlay of 165 million USD for five years from 2017-18. The cost of this project is equally shared between the World Bank and the Indian Government. It is implemented by the Education Division of the ICAR.




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