Professional degree status at 9 out of 12 agriculture courses in Pune

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Professional courses such as agriculture, horticulture, agricultural engineering, sericulture, forestry, food technology, biotechnology, home or community science, food nutrition and diabetes were recognized.

FROM THIS academic session, nine courses, including agriculture and horticulture, have obtained the recognition of “professional diplomas”.
The state government made the announcement recently, after receiving permission from the Indian Agricultural Research Council (ICAR) – an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Agriculture. Welcoming the move, which comes after several years of persistent demands, mainly from the Association of Former Students of Agricultural Universities of India, experts said the move should not only streamline Allied courses, but also give modern agriculture the desired specialist attention.

Of the 12 courses that the state government had offered for recognition as professional courses, nine were granted status. Rajaram Deshmukh, former vice-chancellor or Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyalay, said: “It is a welcome decision and now the agriculture department will now get technical status. This will benefit the entire agricultural sector.

Professional courses now include agriculture, horticulture, agricultural engineering, sericulture, forestry, food technology, biotechnology, home or community science, food nutrition and diabetes. Previously, experts in any field of agriculture could qualify for focus work, rather than providing comprehensive advice on issues related to seeds, water conservation, soil quality. , etc.

“As the courses are now professional, specialized requirements can be provided as Indian agriculture increasingly needs attention at the micro level,” Deshmukh added. Jalyukta Shivar, one of the Maharashtra government’s flagship water conservation programs, is best undertaken with the help of hydrologists and agricultural engineers, who can provide expertise in the calculation of seepage water and runoff.
In addition, changing the nomenclature of the course can also help the agricultural transformation service. “This will help the secondary stage of agriculture, ie mainly in exports and therefore the sector as a whole can see a facelift,” added an expert from the College of Agriculture in Pune.

If the current curriculum needs improvement, Deshmukh said, “The Fifth Dean’s Committee met last year and the current curriculum is being updated. 70% of the curriculum of all agricultural colleges remains the same, while universities also have free rein to include certain subjects as per the requirements of their regions.


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