The first day of counselling at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) on Monday saw a large number of students with high cut-off marks in attendance.
Many of them were those who had missed seats in the medical counselling and opted for agriculture-based courses. The cut-off marks which was fixed at 195, showed that student's interest in agriculture-based courses remain high. The single window counselling process will continue till June 8.
One major reason that attracts students into agricultural courses is the dream to be a part of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). K Indira Priyadarshini, a resident of Udumalpettai said that she wants to go for civil services after completing her BSc in agriculture. "I want to become an IAS Officer. I will attempt the examination after completing my graduation," said Priyadarshini, who scored 198.25 marks overall in her science subjects in the Class XII examination.
The dean of agriculture at TNAU, A Rajarajan says agriculture is a popular subject among the students, who wish to appear for the civil services examination. "A good number of those aspirants take up B Sc Agriculture with the aim to become a part of IAS," adds Rajarajan.
The most sought after course is the 4-year-long, B Sc agriculture. Of the 100 seats, around 81 were already filled on the first day of counselling. There are overall 13 undergraduate courses under the TNAU. These include- BSc horticulture, BSc forestry, BSc home science, BTech agricultural engineering, BTech biotechnology, BTech horticulture, BTech food process engineering, BTech energy and environmental engineering, BTech bio-informatics, BSc agribusiness management, BTech agricultural information technology and BSc sericulture. However, admissions to these courses will begin only after the seats in BSc agriculture are full.
"BSc agriculture course is a broad-based course allowing students to take up post-graduation in almost any other branches," said Rajarajan. Therefore, it opens up avenues for several employment opportunities.
Most graduates in BSc agriculture are offered lucrative placements, making it more attractive. "Most students, on completion of the course, get placed in reputed firms," said K Ramasamy, vice chancellor, TNAU. From placements in MNCs to consultancy, options galore for students once they have completed the 4-year course. "For graduates, this course opens up avenues for embarking on several business opportunities," Ramasamy added.
Meanwhile, if students do not wish to pursue civil services examination, take up a job in an MNC or even explore any business opportunities, the doors to get into academics are always open. "Agriculture courses offers scope to take up a dedicated career in academics. Research-based activities can be both rewarding and fulfilling," Ramasamy said. There are several scholarships which the students can make use of, he added.
A Raheem, a student who had come to the counselling said that agricultural courses are popular among his peers. "After medicine, this is said to be the best option. That is why many of us have applied here," he said.
Source : The Times Of India