Nagpur: Maharashtra state government has approved setting up of a food technology college in Yavatmal. The intake capacity of the college will be 40 students. It will be affiliated to Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), Akola.
Government has asked PDKV to acquire four hectares land for college and the government will provide Rs 102 crore for setting up the college. The university has been asked to start courses after getting the land and recruiting the necessary manpower.
According to PDKV registrar Prakash Kadu assured the college would start from next academic session. Kadu also informed that, Yavatmal collector has submitted a letter to the university promising to make land available.
PDKV had also proposed an agriculture engineering college in Yavatmal. The same had been cleared by cabinet subcommittee headed by revenue minister Chandrakant Patil. The proposal was cleared by state cabinet on September 11 this year. However, the government resolution (GR) in this regard is yet to be issued.
GR for the food institute states the state at present has only one food technology institute at Parbhani under Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth (VNMKV). The second one would help in producing food technology trainers, food inspectors and agricultural assistants. This will benefit both Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and farmers.
The GR only mentions the agriculture engineering college and that 20 hectares land was needed for the same. Rs 102 crore have been sanctioned for coming five years. Of this, Rs 49.37 crore is for salaries, Rs 1.12 crore for recurring expenditure and Rs 51.57 crore for setting up infrastructure of the college.
Government has in principle approved 47 teaching posts and 83 non-teaching posts for the college. However, PDKV will have to get 130 posts approved by the high power committee comprising various principal secretaries.
Vidarbha has 11 districts, each which has different crop pattern and climate. The need of the hour is to produce manpower trained in processing agriculture produce. Such trained persons can set up agro-processing industries of various scales and help the farmers, it adds.