Agricultural Education in India: Increasing interest of girls in agricultural education; Number doubled, know what is the current picture
There is an increasing trend of girl students in agriculture education as compared to boys. In the last decade alone, the number of daughters has more than doubled. This new trend of candidates taking admitted to agricultural educational institutions has been informed from the latest data received in recent years. By the way, its study is still going on that what is the reason behind this changing trend. Top officials related to agricultural education say that the lack of promising students in the agriculture sector can also become a matter of concern.
Need for skilled human resource
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Deputy Director General (Education) Dr. RC Agarwal said that there is a dire need for skilled human resources in the agriculture sector. To fulfill this, the provisions of the new education policy are being implemented in all the agricultural educational institutions in the country.
Advance to PhD
Increasing the participation of women can give a new direction to this sector. Their participation in women's agricultural education from undergraduate to Ph.D. has increased significantly during the past decade. The number of women in the national quota of Post Graduate (PG) and Ph.D. has been recorded many times more than men.
The number of women the participants increased
The number of women among the participants who got admission on the basis of national-level competitive examinations, which was 23 percent earlier, has increased to about fifty percent in the last two-three years. In the year 2019, more than 16 thousand students reached PG, while the number of girl students was around 15 thousand. At the same time, in the year 2020, this number reached equally. Whereas in 2021 also the number was more or less 50-50 percent.
The number of women increased to 7337
In the year 2020, where 6743 men applied for Ph.D., the number of women increased to 7337. Similarly, in the year 2021, the number of men was 4699, which increased the number of women to 5346.
Considering the national level competitive examinations as the basis, the trend of children seeking admission in Under Graduate (UG) classes is changing. The share of candidates coming from food grain-producing states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh is decreasing rapidly, whereas the number of candidates from non-traditional states has increased according to the production of food grains in agriculture.
what do the figures say?
For example, in the year 2019, 1550 candidates from Punjab, 7 thousand from Haryana, about 14 thousand from Uttar Pradesh, 11600 from Madhya Pradesh, and 39,000 from Kerala alone have participated which is more than these food-producing states. The trend of admissions in the year 2020 and 2021 has also been more or less the same.
the nationwide campaign will be launched
Dr. Aggarwal told that many times good students are not available at the level of quality. This is definitely a matter of concern for the agriculture sector. In this regard, ICAR will create an attraction for the agriculture sector among the students by running an awareness campaign at the national level. A nationwide campaign will be launched after the study report on this changing trend. A committee has been constituted for this.