Bachelor of Science in Agriculture has become the most sought after course for girls hailing from cities and towns, thanks to availability of lucrative jobs in rural banking sector, agricultural department, and seeds and fertilizer companies. They also outnumbered boys in Naira Agricultural College, affiliated to Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University. As many as 45 girls joined the course in the current academic year as against 26 boys, indicating the change in the attitude among parents and students.
College Associate Dean M.Venku Naidu said that students of other States were also keen on joining the agriculture course with the availability of jobs immediately after completion of studies. “More research is being done in agriculture sector since the government wanted to ensure food security. Banks are also keen on concentrating on rural sector. These two factors are playing a key role in creation of more job opportunities in the sector. The students will begin their career as gazetted officers in the government sector as they are appointed mandal agricultural officers,” he added.
Students are selected for B.Sc. (Agricultural) through EAMCET every year. Around 40 percent seats are filled under quotas allocated for polytechnic (agricultural), NRI and Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) which conducts nation-wide test. Many parents are not willing to admit their kids in medicine since it would take almost 10 years to complete postgraduation.
“After intensive study about the opportunities in agricultural sector, my father encouraged me to join this course. I am very happy now though initially I was afraid of the course due to my urban background,” said T.Alekhya.
Another girl B.Sowmya of Odisha said she was optimistic about the career with the huge demand for agricultural officers, scientists and professors in the sector. G.Harika and E.Pyditalli from Vizianagaram said that they were gaining a lot of practical knowledge in agriculture after joining the course.