KAU budget proposes new research, education projects

Staff Reporter

New courses at farm university from next academic year

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The general council of the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), which met here on Saturday, passed the budget for 2006-07, which anticipates income of Rs.142.37 crores and expenditure of Rs.155.38 crores.

The budget, presented by general council member V.S. Hareendranath, has proposed new projects in education, research and knowledge dissemination. The projects would be implemented by the College of Agriculture, Vellayani, in association with Michigan University.

The agricultural university has also decided to start an M.Sc. course in Microbiology and open a veterinary clinic on the campus at Vellayani.

Drinking water projects

The budget has envisaged commissioning of drinking water projects. It has proposed measures to conserve Vellayani Lake.

It proposes to set up a bio-control experimentation laboratory to control diseases in pepper, cardamom, ginger, turmeric and spices at an estimated cost of Rs.1.2 crores.

A residue laboratory to examine the poisoning of food products owing to the presence of pesticide contents has been proposed at Vellayani.

A postgraduate course in Bio-Chemistry and Ph.D courses in veterinary public health, veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine have been proposed at the Veterinary College at Mannuthy. Facilities for research in Bio-Physics would be set up at the Veterinary College at Pookode. The budget also proposes to start projects for processing milk, bone and leather products.

It has been decided to start an MBA course in marine fish products trade at the Fisheries College, Panangad.

As many as 30 students will be admitted to the MBA course in agricultural business management being conducted by the Cooperative Banking Management College at Vellanikara in the next academic year.

It has been decided to start M.Sc. in Wood Sciences at Forestry College, Vellanikara.

Agro-eco tourism project

Some of the other major proposals are to start agro-eco tourism project sat Vellayani and Mannuthy, organising of the Indian agricultural science congress next year and setting up of a seed research centre at Forestry College, Vellanikara.