TN farm varsity set to revamp agriculture education

LN Revathy Coimbatore | Updated on April 29, 2014 Published on April 29, 2014

The farm varsity here is all set to make agriculture education more challenging and competitive. It is in the process of revamping agriculture education by putting the farmer in the forefront.

Sharing his vision on revamping agriculture education, TNAU Vice-Chancellor K Ramasamy said that the University would first look to change the curriculum on par with Indian Agricultural Research Institute, equip and expose the students to global competition.

‘This would start off from the current year. Improving the quality of education would be our main focus to retain and improve our position in ranking of institutes across the country. TNAU is in the 25{+t}{+h} position among the 672 universities in India,’ he added.

Further to foster collaboration in agricultural education, research and outreach programmes with national and international institutes, we will give our students an option to study at any of the agricultural colleges any time during the programme. They can even opt to study abroad. Post graduate students can opt to move to any of the institutions across India.

This however is being done with World Bank assistance. ‘We hope that this arrangement would benefit a good number of students. We intend to train as many as 500 students in 3 years.’

The Vice-Chancellor observed that the awareness level to take the common entrance exam in agriculture to gain entry into any of the Government-run agriculture institutes across the country was quite low in Tamil Nadu. ‘The notification for such an exam is made in November- December and the written test conducted in April – May. Candidates should prepare themselves to appear for such exam’.

Curriculum apart, Dr Ramasamy said TNAU also encouraged students to become entrepreneurs by handholding them and helping them emerge successful. “This is not after completing their programme, but even while they pursue their studies here. We give about ₹35000 by way of assistance and encourage them improvise the idea. There is huge potential. We should identify new avenues of agri growth to retain the youth in rural pockets,” he added.

Published on April 29, 2014
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