Times of India | 2 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 10:32 am
PUNE: The demand for trained professionals in agriculture has grown in the past five years and so have the admissions with seats for agriculture and allied courses filling up in the first three rounds. There are at least seven undergraduate courses offered by colleges and universities in agriculture and allied industries and have takers. After the third round of admissions which is underway in the state, nearly 80% of the seats have been confirmed by students this year. Experts said that agriculture was no more restricted to farming and agricultural processes have become more diverse than ever before, offering a wide variety of jobs. Banking, insurance, central and state agricultural departments, irrigation industries, NGOs, and research fields were some prominent areas where agriculture students find jobs. Coordinator of the Maharashtra common entrance test cell for agriculture, Mangesh Nikam, said, “Programmes of agriculture coursesare being updated frequently as per the needs and requirements. Job opportunities have opened up in this sector so the youth are more inclined towards these courses. " The CET cell has conducted three admission rounds for various courses in agriculture in Maharashtra and the rounds for admission at the institute-level are still pending. The cell expects that the confirmation for the seats that are vacant would be fulfilled in these rounds. In the three rounds, 11,425 students have confirmed their admissions. The intake for fishery and forestry courses is less but admissions are full for these courses. The agriculture degree course and management courses also have good takers. Students can pursue degree, diploma, and certificate agriculture courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. Students can also pursue short-term courses after completing Std X. They can study these courses as full-time, part-time, and correspondence and distance programmes.