Meeting defers proposal for hike in course fee

The academic council of the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has decided to launch new courses in organic farming, bioinformatics and farm machinery.

It also decided to re-launch a diploma course in agriculture.

The 115th meeting of the academic council held at Vellanikkara, near here, on Tuesday deferred proposals for a hike in course fees.

Vice-Chancellor K. R. Viswambharan said that the proposals would be taken up after discussions with student representatives.

He said that a one-year diploma course in organic farming will be offered by the College of Agriculture, Thiruvananthapuram. The council authorised the dean (Faculty of Agriculture) to formulate the content for the course.

A proposal for starting an M.Sc. (Bioinformatics) course was approved by the council.

The course will be offered by the Bioinformatics Centre at KAU main campus under the Biotechnology Information System Network (BTISnet) of the Union Department of Biotechnology.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the course would provide high quality training in bioinformatics to meet the research and development needs of agriculture, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. .

The council nodded in favour of resuming a diploma course in agriculture. It will be offered by the Regional Agricultural Research Station, Pattambi.

The duration of the course will be four semesters of 110 days each.