State Universities to join all-India entrance test – ICAR

  • The State Agriculture Universities are asked by the Indian Council of Agriculture to join the entrance test conducted by the National Testing Agency for admissions to agricultural science courses instead of holding separate examinations in their states.
  • States have also been requested to increase seats by 10 percent per year from the next academic session as the scope of agricultural sciences has been widened and as the number of applicants has been increased.
  • Some states have already agreed to join the all-India entrance examination but sufficient time will be needed to cover all the states as agricultural education is a state subject. The states have also been asked to relax the rule of mandatory hostel staying as many students may also like to stay outside thus easing the burden of building new infrastructure.
  • Private colleges that offer agricultural courses do not come under the direct control of ICAR and they have been asked to reserve seats for the students who qualify all-India entrance. Students who pass the all-India entrance will study in private colleges under a reservation formula if they get accredited by ICAR
  • Students were sent abroad for international exposure in foreign universities in a program assisted by ICAR’s World Bank in January 2019 through which more than 500 students including those from UG visited foreign universities in the US, Europe, Australia, Japan, etc.

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