“This virtual lab also known as the e-Sagu Clinic is the USP of this course.”

The International Institute of Information Technology-Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is offering an innovative course for agriculture, horticulture and agri-business management graduates that seeks to blend agriculture and IT courses.

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Agriculture and Information Technology (PGDAAIT) is a one-year fully residential course designed to empower agriculture and horticulture students with modern IT and applied agriculture skills besides exposing them to the actual application of these IT skills for remote crop production and protection through the currently operational and highly successful award winning e-Sagu project of IIIT, Hyderabad.

In e-Sagu, the crop information from several farms is uploaded to a specialised database in text, photo, audio, video format for remote analysis by agriculture experts and relevant feedback to the farmers. The students of PGDAAIT will have an opportunity to work with these experts and examine thousands of actual crop-related production and protection cases, which is unimaginable in the traditional ‘Farm Visit Model’.

“This virtual lab also known as the e-Sagu Clinic is the USP of this course, which enables students to examine thousands of crop-related issues and expose them to a multitude of crop problems, both spatial and temporal.”

The course also ensures that the students are trained in soft skills, says D.S.K. Rao, IT & Innovation Consultant working with IIIT-H.

The course has only 25 seats and the last date for submitting applications is May 30. Entry would be based on a written test and interview to be held on June 14 at Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Course fee is Rs. 2 lakh including hostel and mess charges. “Andhra Bank has agreed to provide loan for the course fee,” Mr. Rao said. Details can be had on www.iiit.ac.in/pgdaait

R. RAVIKANTH REDDY