An agricultural polytechnic was established by Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) at its Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) compound in Tirupati last week.
After the first such agri-polytechnic was established in Mahaboobnagar district in 1989-90, ANGRAU got fifteen more in the public sector and two in the private sector. The Tirupati polytechnic was opened along with similar facilities in Lam farm, Warangal, Nandyal and Chinthapalli from the current academic year 2011-12, to cater to the needs of meritorious students hailing from rural areas, who ill-afford higher education.
The Agricultural Polytechnic course is a two-year diploma course, for which students with 55 per cent marks in SSC and having studied in non-municipal areas for at least four years are eligible for admission. The medium of instruction is Telugu. “After completion of the course, the students are getting employment in agriculture department, ANGRAU as agricultural extension officers, besides having ample scope to get absorbed in public sector agencies like DWMA, DRDA and other private companies”, says K.Raja Reddy, Associate Director of Research, RARS, Tirupati. After this course, students wishing to pursue higher education can also join B.Sc (Ag) based on the rank obtained in an entrance test ‘AGRISET' conducted by ANGRAU exclusively for the diploma holders.