Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: For creating a favourable impact, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University believes in creating ideal learning environments for its students, its Vice-Chancellor C. Ramasamy said here on Tuesday. Inaugurating the Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE) programme on the university premises, Dr. Ramasamy said that students who underwent the programme would be able to appreciate and understand farmers in the capacity of managers, investors, producers and marketers.

The programme, that was offered to the final year B.Sc. (Agriculture) students numbering 84, comprised five components, viz., agro-industrial tie-up programme (17 days), village stay programme (30 days), exposure to State Department of Agriculture (15 days), Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Placement (15 days), and two educational tours (28 days). Each student would be allotted a village and attached to a progressive farmer. The farmer would act as the host farmer to guide the student.

K. Vanangamudi, Dean (Agriculture), said the students would be attached to 15 private agro-based firms to develop their entrepreneurial skills. They would also be exposed to the work of NGOs such as Gandhi Ashramam, Bannari Rural Foundation, DHAN Foundation and the like. Here they would learn the functioning of the NGO and also interact with the beneficiaries to assess the impact. The Vice-Chancellor urged the students to use the opportunity to advise farmers, give solutions for their farm problems and also conduct demonstrations on new technologies. He commended the students of the university who had excelled in the 2007 Civil Services examination (more than 50 per cent of those who had passed from the State were alumni of the university), and the Agricultural Scientists’ Recruitment Board examinations.