Kerala Agricultural University scholars opt for greener pastures in Tamil Nadu


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Kerala students are accepted to agriculture courses only based on their NEET score, but in Tamil Nadu, students may opt agriculture as a self-financed course. 

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Thrissur: The educational institutions of Tamil Nadu are exploiting the excellence of Kerala Agricultural University by largely employing research students and retired scientists from here.

The seats for agricultural courses in Kerala across various institutions are limited but Tamil Nadu offers these courses in 28 institutions and 4 universities. Kerala students are accepted to agriculture courses only based on their NEET score, but in Tamil Nadu, students may opt agriculture as a self-financed course.

In Kerala, graduation and research in agriculture are possible for Rs 12,500 but graduation in Tamil Nadu takes up to Rs 3 lakh with Rs 2 lakh as fees alone. But there is still high demand for seats here.

Even after being one of the fields in Kerala with a good number of possibilities at the moment, there have been no appointments to the positions of teachers in the agricultural department for the past 11 years. This has affected the quality of education. PhD holders join institutions in Tamil Nadu as teachers and research scholars after completing their studies at the university knowing well that there are not many options in teaching available that they can pursue in Kerala.

Tamil Nadu has been reaping benefits from this situation. The nurseries located around the Kerala Agricultural University also earn huge profits by taking in retired scientists and PhD holders. The nurseries take the varieties developed by the university, create changes in its genetic material ever so slightly and put these varieties up on the market to be sold. This is the reason why scientists are being appointed in nurseries.


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