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Horticulture University to increase seats
Horticulture University, Bagalkot, will increase the number of seats in various courses from the next academic year.
Vice – Chancellor S.B. Dandin told press persons here on Monday that such a decision was taken in the backdrop of the increasing demand for courses in horticulture science.
In the last academic year, only 20 per cent of the total number of applicants could be accommodated.
The university would increase the strength in B.Sc. (Horticulture) from 360 to 500 in 10 affiliated colleges. Similarly, the 120 M.Sc. (Horticulture) seats would be increased to 150 and the number of seats for Ph.D. course would be increased to 50 from the existing 25.
Besides, the university also plans to introduce various diploma and short – duration courses from the next academic year.
Mr. Dandin said the State Government had allocated 60 crore as grants to the university which would be utilised to develop the learning, research and physical infrastructure.
Apart from building hostels and other structures, seven farms would be developed in addition to the existing three. In the 10 horticulture colleges, only three had experiential gardens and seven additional gardens would be developed this year, he said.