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Agricultural colleges to get a major infrastructural boost
Due to sanctioning of a slew of project under the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard)- Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), agricultural education is all set to get a major infrastructural boost. Due to job security and opportunities for research, agriculture courses continue to be in demand.
Over the next two years in various institutions affiliated to Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University across the State over Rs.125 crore would be spent on construction of college buildings, hostels. A new campus for the university has been sanctioned under the A.P. Reorganisation Act and it is being built on the premises of Regional Agricultural Research Station, Lam.
Bapatla Agricultural College is the oldest college in the State. It would get a major boost with the construction of college annexe building at a cost of Rs.50 crore, for student knowledge centre Rs.5 crore, for girl’s hostel Rs.4.50 crore and for a Central Instrumentation Cell Rs.5.32 crore.
The AG College, Bapatla is established in 1945, has been in the forefront of development of new varieties in paddy (BPT 5020), cashew nut and other crops. At a cost of Rs.12 crore, the Institute of Agribusiness Management, Tirupati, would have a new building for Agri Business Management to be built and at a cost of Rs.8.50 crore, a new college for home science would be built on the premises of RARS, Lam.
At S.V Agricultural College at Tirupati, construction of a girl’s hostel would be taken up at a cost of Rs.4.50 crore. An electronic media centre at Regional Agricultural Research Station, Nandyal, would be built at a cost of Rs.4.05 crore. An Agricultural College has been sanctioned for Mahanandi and it would be built at a cost of Rs.6.50 crore.
The university has proposed a new experiential learning building, girl’s hostel and a new boy’s hostel in Bapatla with courses in Food Science and Technology in great demand.