TNAU Launches First Degree Program in Agricultural Engineering

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has launched the first of its kind agricultural engineering degree program at the College of Agricultural Engineering and Research Institute in Kumulur.

TNAU Vice Chancellor V. Geethalakshmi inaugurated the scheme on Monday and said it would generate employment and bring agricultural engineering to grassroots farmers in Tamil Nadu.

The two-year course was launched with a capacity of 40 students, with Plus Two qualifications, per batch. Students would learn different aspects of agricultural engineering, including agricultural mechanization, soil water conservation, food processing and renewable energy engineering, Professor Geethalakshmi said. Farmers and agricultural businesses will greatly benefit from this course, the Vice Chancellor said, adding that the TNAU is focusing on full agricultural mechanization of all crops to overcome the labor shortage.

Professor Geethalakshmi also inaugurated the activities of the student club, the integrated agricultural system and the student cafeteria on this occasion.

P. Rajkumar, Dean of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Research Institute, said the facilities created for the new program included lecture halls, laboratories, fields and hostels.

K. Annadurai, director of the Kumulur Institute of Agriculture, said the students would be exposed to hands-on field activities to understand the dynamics of different crops.

Amalia H. Mercado