What is hot? It’s agriculture studies

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By Sangamesh Menasinakai – HUBLI

11th June 2012 11:16 AM

In spite of the increasing demand for medical and engineering courses, many urban students are willing to join agricultural courses in the past four to five years.

Earlier, the trend was to join agriculture courses after failing to get seats in medical, engineering or other vocational courses. Now, students who have scored more than 95 per cent in PUC or other equivalent courses are preferring to learn agriculture. Dharwad’s University of Agricultural Sciences  Vice-Chancellor Prof R R Hanchinal told Express that the demand for agricultural courses is tremendously increasing and many students are being rejected due to intensified competition. The cut-off for BSc (Agri) was 81 percent for general merit students at the university. “Last year, we received 3,281 applications. But, we could admit only 240 students for BSc Agri, 100 for Bachelor in Home Science (BHSc) and other 315 for other degree courses related to agriculture sector,” he explained. He observed that the demand for the course is increasing every year in all agri universities, colleges and Krushi Vijnana Kendras in the state. “As of now, institutions have a maximum capacity of  3,000 for the courses,” he added.

Regarding motivation for the trend, he analysed that the young generation has started to think about natural resources of the nation and are much interested in agri-entrepreneurship. “Increasing job opportunities is another motivation for the trend. However, most students are joining courses with serious thoughts like food security” he remarked.

Head of Project Planning and Monitoring Cell of the University Prof N R Mamle Desai said that many posts are vacant in banks due to shortage of BSc Agri graduates. “Many multi-national companies and non-governmental organisations, working in agri related sectors are also hungry for agri graduates,” he explained.

He also says that agri courses are helpful in competitive examinations like IAS, IFS (Forestry), IPS and KAS. “Especially, a candidate pursuing bachelor’s degree in agriculture or forestry, are getting into Indian Forest Services easily,” he stated.

He emphasised that BSc graduates are leading a happier life compared to their counterparts in medical or engineering field. “As agriculture allows its workers to spend time with their family, the younger generation is turning to the soil after knowing the evils of stress-related disorders,” he said.

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