UAS diploma in agriculture soon

Panel formed to secure Central Agriculture University status

Varsity Vice-Chancellor Dr K Narayana Gowda told mediapersons here on Monday that the objective of the course was to create quality human resources at the grassroots. The course will be offered at Mandya, Kattalagere and Davangere campuses with 50 students each.

The State government would pay a scholarship of Rs 1,000 to selected students.
Out of the 400 students of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the varsity, as many as 140 secured jobs during the campus recruitment. According to the University Placement Cell, it was the first time that some banks picked up more than 15 students at one go. Canara Bank recruited 63 students with Bank of India offering the highest package of Rs 5.80 lakh per annum. The VC said two students of the varsity had clinched top two positions for junior research fellowships in social science and physical science.

The University has formed a committee to look into the requirements and parameters to secure Central Agriculture University (CAU) status. Dr Gowda said the five-member committee comprising senior professors would submit a report seeking all the requirements to obtain the CAU status. “Once we secure the status, the University will become an autonomous body without the interference of State or Central government. We will also get more funds for research and attract best scientists and teaching staff,” he said. The status would also give the flexibility in revising the curriculum.

As of now, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi and Central Agriculture University, Imphal, are the only autonomous agriculture universities. Currently, the UAS receives Rs 100-115 crore from State and about 25 crore from Indian Council of Agriculture Research.

A team of delegates from the Israeli consulate will visit the UAS campus on Tuesday to recruit 20 BSc agriculture students.

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