Horticulture college starts functioning in Kolar

Fifth college in the State controlled by Bagalkot Horticulture University

The college is the fifth of its kind, affiliated to the Horticulture University, headquartered at Bagalkot. A college in Mudigere under Bangalore University, the one in Gokak under Dharwad Agricultural University, and one each in Bagalkot and Bidar are the other four horticulture colleges. Kolar has now secured a place in the list of these places.

As many as 30 students from different parts of the state -  Mysore, Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Davangere, Chitradurga, Tumkur and Kolar have secured admission for the maiden  academic year of the college. Classes have already commenced from July 27.

The college is functioning from a rented building at Tamaka, on the outskirts of the City. There are five full time faculty and five more appointed on contract basis, apart from a special officer. Gardens located near Kolar, the jackfruit grove near Tamaka, the nursery near Deputy Commissioner’s office, Hogalagere garden in an extent of 150 acres near Srinivaspur, the garden at Kukkanahalli have been selected for the practical and laboratory classes. Horticulture Department has been requested to grant permission for the use of these gardens, special officer Dr V Nachegowda told Deccan Herald.

The college will prove beneficial for the residents of the district, also known for horticulture, in more than one way. Local students can pursue a degree in horticulture without spending much. The students, hitherto had to go to Bangalore for the studies. There has been a demand for horticulture now-a-days, and thus, there will be plethora of job opportunities for successful candidates. In fact, there is a shortage of horticulture graduates in the State, and in this scenario, the college at the City will certainly a ray of hope for the students of this drought-ridden district.

The college, in addition, will also benefit the farmers. It doubles up as an information centre for the farming community. “They can obtain information and guidance on horticulture crops from the college,” said Dr Nachegowda. He informed that a proposal has been submitted to the Horticulture Department indicating that grant of permission to use the jackfruit grove at Tamaka and Hogalagere garden near Srinivaspura would provide scope for research and development works.

Long-pending demand

The Horticulture University for the City was a long-pending demand of the district. Alanguru Srinivas, during his tenure as the Horticulture Minister had submitted a proposal. However, the dream could not be realised. Later, Horticulture University was established at a cost of Rs 22 crore  Bagalkote, one of the backward districts. The permission to start the college was granted on the last day of the Assembly Session. Though a University cannot be secured, the elected representatives have to put in efforts in retaining the newly-established college in the City.

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