Baramati college has tied-up with a Dutch University to offer a four year undergraduate programme in Animal husbandry, a sector that promises many job roles. Prachi Rege reports .
Keeping in mind, the need for humongous manpower in the livestock and milk production sector, the College of Animal Husbandry, Baramati in association with the Van Hal Larenstein (VHL), University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands is offering a four year undergraduate degree programme in Animal Husbandry. The course is open for class XII students with (physics, chemistry and biology).
"First two years of the programme are taught in Baramati and the latter two are held in Holland," informs Mangesh Nakade, professor, College of Animal husbandry, Baramati. This course is a part of an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Agricultural Developments Trust`s (ADT) College of Agriculture, Baramati and VHL. Under this tie up students of agriculture and it`s associate subjects will be trained as per the international standards.
For the International Programme in Animal Husbandry, 30 seats have been alloted. Students have to appear for an entrance test followed by an interview. Post course completion, students are jointly certified by Van Hal and the Mahatma Phule Agriculture University to which the Baramati college is affiliated. Nakade informs that graduates of this course will get an opportunity to intern with major diary cooperatives like Amul, Mother Diary, and subsequently get placed in the company.
Industry trends, seems positive, and it is the right time to consider a career in the animal science sector. Over the years, livestock farming and milk production has been on a considerable rise in India. According to the Basic Animal Husbandry Statistics 2013, milk production in the country has increased from 107.9 million tonnes in 2008 to 127.9 million tonnes in 2013. Along with this there has been a decent rise in the levels of meat production in the country as well.
Following this business trend in the industry, a lot of job roles like animal nutritionist, livestock breeder, diary farmer, poultry farmer, processor in the milk and milk products industry to name a few have come into being. "One can expect a salary of Rs 35,000 to Rs 70,000 while working with a diary or poultry cooperative," informs Nakade. Animal husbandry graduates can also find work as animal trainers and behaviourists. Besides the academic expertise, an animal husbandry professional needs to have good management skills and understanding of the heatlh, breeding and rearing of animals.
1) Rs 1 lakh per year (for the India leg of the course)
2) Rs 6000 (Euro) Rs 6 lakh per year (for the Holland leg of the course)