The Prof. Jayashanakar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) has found a place on the national map, bagging the second spot among agri-varsities as per the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) Agricultural Universities Ranking 2017.
Though officially PJTSAU is placed in the 6th position in the country, the top four are research institutions and not universities. Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has clinched the first rank. In South India, PJTSAU is in the first place.
The PJTSAU has improved its position from 12th place last year to sixth this year, thanks to some innovative measures focussing on research and internationalisation of education, said PJTSAU Vice Chancellor V. Praveen Rao. The varsity secured the 82nd rank in the MHRD-NIRF rankings 2018.
Research initiatives of the university reflected in the release of several outstanding varieties in rice, maize, bajra, green gram, red gram, black gram, sesame and castor that gained popularity in neighbouring states as well.
The PJTSAU varieties are pushed under the brand name “Telangana Seeds”, thus drawing the nation’s attention.
Dr. Rao said the gender ratio is very high with more than 50% of students being girls and the student to faculty ratio is 7:1. The student intake was 637 during 2017-18, with 465 undergraduate students in Agriculture, Home Science and Agricultural Engineering put together and PG student strength was 172 across all faculties.
The output reflected with the undergraduate students faring well at national level and securing 11 JRFs and GATE admissions.
About 1,450 students from, UG, PG and diploma were selected as AEOs in the State Department of Agriculture recently.
A key factor for securing the top rank was the faculty strength.
The university went on a marathon recruitment drive last year filling 179 vacant posts of assistant professors, taking the total teaching staff in position nearing 80%.
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