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Agriculture university to double intake for coming academic year

The University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences (UAHS), Shivamogga, is planning to double its intake for undergraduate and diploma courses from the academic year 2016-17 by introducing new disciplines.

The university, which was established in 2012, has Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Davangere, Chitradurga, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts under its jurisdiction.

At present, the university is offering B.Sc. course in Agriculture on its Shivamogga campus, B.Sc. in Horticulture in Mudigere and Hiriyur, and B.Sc. in Forestry in Ponnampet. The total intake for these courses is 300.

C. Vasudevappa, Vice Chancellor of UAHS, Shivamogga, told The Hindu that, the university is planning to introduce B.Sc. courses in Agriculture Marketing, Agriculture Business Management and Food Science and Technology from the coming academic year. The intake for these courses would be 90 each.

Ample opportunities

There was ample job opportunities in Agriculture Marketing and Food Science and Technology fields. In fact, companies in these sectors were facing a high rate of attrition and dearth of trained candidates, he said. At present, UAHS, Shivamogga is offering a two-year Diploma in Agriculture at its Agricultural and Horticultural Research Station in Kathalagere in Davangere district, and at the Zonal Agricultural and Horticultural Research Station in Brahmavar in Udupi district, with an intake of 50 each. Candidates who have passed SSLC can get enrolled for the course and 40 per cent of the seats are reserved for those whose parents are farmers.

The objective behind introduction of diploma course was to provide training for the young members of agriculture families on scientific farming practices. Those who pass diploma course are getting placements with firms engaged in sale of agriculture inputs.

Growth in horticulture

There has been a rapid expansion in the area of cultivation of horticultural crops in the 7 districts that come under the jurisdiction of UAHS, Shivamogga. The university would also introduce a Diploma course in Horticulture at its Mudigere campus from the next academic year, he said.

The issue would be tabled in the next meeting of Board of Management of the university. The approval from both Central and State Governments would also be sought in this regard, he added.
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