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Career Guidance

Career in Agricultural Sciences
By Ameen-e-Mudassar

A career in Agriculture and its related fields means “ sowing the seeds, and reap the harvest without waiting for monsoons since there is a monsoon all the 365 days of a year.”

Current Scenario

Over 70 % of Indians are engaged in agriculture. Years of R&D has given Indian agriculture the power to compete with world standards. It’s now more scientific, technical and increasing employability on a mass scale. Hence a huge demand for qualified people who can work in the field of agriculture, horticulture , floriculture, food processing and agro based Industries year after year

About Agriculture

In the career of agriculture, a person has to be actively involved in planting, harvesting, marketing and other aspects of field work. One can also be an Agriculture scientist, develop on Agri business and make a good Agri Industrialist involving machinery and equipment, food processing and other industries. With awareness about Agri benefits increasing, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Management have broadened the horizon of work and culture.

About Horticulture

Horticulture is an aspect of agriculture that includes the cultivation of fruits and vegetables. It also covers floriculture, or the cultivation of flowers, and other agricultural practices. Horticulture involves doing research work on plants and is a very applied field.

Courses offered :

Agricultural engineering , 4 years
Eligibility : Pass in 12th under the 10+2 system or an equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English.

BSc. – Agricultural Sciences – 4 years
Eligibility : Pass in 12th under the 10+2 system or an equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Maths and  English or Agriculture Group.

Few known Colleges

1. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and Dharwad

2. Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani

3. Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab.

4. Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu

5. Indian Institute of Technology, kharagpur.

6. College of Agriculture, Pune

Admissions in Karnataka

This year 2006, the admissions to the various Agricultural & Veterinary sciences courses will be governed by the CET 2006 marks. Hence students who wish to take up these courses, must have a valid score in the Common Entrance Test 2006 in Medical (PCB)

The Key Skills required for a career in Agricultural sciences.

1. Being a good team player as well independent.

2. Working under hot, cold & harsh conditions whenever a need to be outdoors.

3. Inclination towards understanding the latest needs, trends & the related action towards it.

4. Fundamental concepts of science to be strong.

Job Prospects :

Job Opportunities are available to agriculturists in the following areas:

1. Government agencies, state departments of agriculture, banks like National Seed Corp., State Farm Corp., Ware-housing Corp., Food Corp. of India, NABARD, ICAR etc… Non Governmental organisations in the field of Agriculture also recruit specialists.

2. Specialists in the different related areas can find employment in organisations such as the Horticultural Board, the Dairy Development Board and others.

3. Self-employment by setting up farms, production and marketing of food grain and other farming activities. But one needs to have good financial back up for huge investment & bear if any losses

4. Job opportunities also exists for scientists , professors & Lecturers in various Agricultural Boards & Institutes.

(The Author is a career counselor working with Momin’ Students Welfare Trust)

M.S.W-Career Guidance & Information Center
# 214, United School Building, J.P.Nagar Post, Bangalore – 560 078. Phone : 080-26669784 / 98455 67687. Email : careerguidance Website : www.mswt. org

Knowledge is Precious

Abu ar-Reyhaan al Bayrooni was a prolific thinker and writer whose pen rarely left his hand. He lived to the ripe age of 78 and throughout his life, he never unnecessarily took a break from reading, writing or teaching.

Abul Hasan Ali ibn Eesa said:“ I visited Abu ar-Reyhaan when he was on his deathbed. Upon entering, I immediately recognised that he was on the verge of leaving this life. While in that state, he said to me that there was an issue in Islamic inheritance law that we had discussed the last time we met and that I had said something then that he now realised was a mistake. I felt compassion for him and asked him if it was proper for him to discuss something like that, with him being so ill. He answered, “ I know that I am leaving this world, but don’t you think it is better for me to understand the issue in question than to be ignorant of it?” I then repeated to him the issue and he started to explain it to me. After we finished our conversation, I left and upon exiting, I heard a scream and I knew that he had died. It is only lofty souls like his that remain strong, right until the end.”

Ibraheem ibn al-Jarrah said: “ Abu Yusuf became sick and was vacillating between wakefulness and unconsciousness. When he regained consciousness, he asked me about a religious issue. When he saw the wonder with which I received his question, he said to me, “no matter, we will study this issue in the hope that the knowledge of it perpetuates until it becomes the cause of saving someone.”

This is how our pious predecessors were. Every time they revived, while yet being on their death beds, they would talk about Islamic knowledge, either as a teacher or as a student. How precious was knowledge to their hearts. IN the last moments of their lives, they remembered neither family nor wealth, they only remembered the knowledge that was the toil of their lives.

Career Guidance Programme in Bangalore

A Career Guidance Programme for students who have appeared for SSLC and PUC 2006 Exams was organised by Momin’ Students Welfare Trust on 16 April, 2006 at Darus Salam Building, Queen’s Road, Bangalore. The programme was attended by more than 175 students from 52 schools and colleges in Bangalore . Speaking to the students, the chief guests – U. Nisar Ahmed, Deputy Inspector General of Police and Prof. M. Ashraf Ali, Principal, Al Ameen PU College laid emphasis on excellence in studies and selection of a career by choice than chance. Ameen-e-Mudassar, Career Counsellor and Columnist, conducted the 2 hour interactive sessions on Careers after 10th & PUC which was followed by open Q&A session.

Enquiries from many readers about Admissions

There have been enquiries from many readers about Admissions into the Al-Ameen Medical College-Bijapur. We provide here the details which have been sourced from the website of the college-

Al-Ameen Medical College, Bijapur is affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore and the college is recognised by Medical Council of India since 1994. The college has started Post Graduate courses in various disciplines of Medical Sciences which are also recognised by MCI.

Al-Ameen Medical College provides the following courses:

I Undergraduates: MBBS

II Post graduates:

Degree courses Diploma courses

MD General Medicine DGO
MD Physiology DOMS
MD Pathology DMRD
MD Forensic Medicine MS Anatomy DA
MS General Surgery
MS Orthopedics



For Admission of Ist year MBBS,MD/MS/Diploma/BDS and MDS in Al-Ameen Medical College and Al-Ameen Dental College , Bijapur contact the following address:

Al-Ameen Charitable Fund Trust, No.3, Millers Tank Bund Road, Off Cunningham Road, Bangalore-560 052, India. Telephone:91-80-51248201 / 51248202. Fax: 91-80-51248203.

For information regarding MBBS/PG Courses, contact:
Al-Ameen Medical College, Bijapur - 586108, Karnataka, India. Ph. : 91 835270067.
Fax: 91 8352 270184. Email:

For information regarding BDS/PG Courses, contact:
Al-Ameen Dental College, Bijapur- 586108, Karnataka, India. Ph. : 91 -8352270067. Email:

For information regarding Nursing Courses you may contact:
Al-Ameen Fathima School of Nursing, Bijapur-586108 (Karnataka), India. Ph.- 91 8352 270093(College)

Free Courses

Free Weekend Entrepreneur Development Courses conducted as individual sessions for Managers and Entrepreneurs who are in small and medium enterprises. Contact: Jaya at Ph: 080-25457060, 41646013 and 57647586. Novatech Systems and Solutions (India) Ltd., No 929, 2nd floor, Outer Ring Road, Babusapalya Kalyanagar Post, Banaglore-560043.

An Appeal (hypertension & End-stage Renal Disease)

Thousiefulla Khan, aged 38 years, resident of No 17, 3rd main, Kauser Nagar, R. T Nagar, Bangalore-560032, is suffering from hypertension and End-stage Renal Disease and has to undergo renal transplantation at Church of South India Hospital. The total cost of the transplantation is Rs 2,20,000 lakhs. As the patient hails from a poor economic background, this is an appeal to the community and others to help the patient get back to his feet and lead a normal life.

All donations in the form of cheques or DD can be sent on OPD No-286375, C/O Church of South India Hospital, Karnataka Central Diocese, Post Bag No-4, Hazrath Kambal Posh Road, Bangalore-560051.

Dr G.K Prakash-Consultant Nephrologist

Appeal for New Note Books
KGN School

It all started with a modest play- home, and today the Kamala Gandhi Nehru School (KGN) in Bangalore takes in children from the poorest of the poor sections of all communities and provides them the best education.

Completing her B.Sc in micro-biology, Nusrat Sumera could have joined the best hospitals and spent her time and energy in the laboratories. But this youngster’s concern for the economically downtrodden sections of the society made her direct her goals towards setting up a school for them in the year, 2000. Located in Madduramma Colony in Bangalore, the English medium, KGN school is open for boys and girls from the first to the seventh Standard. Muslim and non-Muslim students form the 100 stud-ents here. “The children who come here will end up spending their time in factories rolling agarbathis or on the streets. So we try to motivate their parents to send them to school. Out of 100, only 10 students pay the school fees of Rs 150, the rest cannot pay this too,.” says Nusrat. While Quran is taught to the Muslim kids, the non-Muslims have a teacher to help them understand their holy books. The school has no brick structure and no electricity. All the children are ferried from their home to the school in the school van and this is not charged to the students. “Almost Rs 5000 is spent on the school van. While kind individuals from the community sponsor the van expenses, but how long can we depend on others too,” says Nusrat.

Despite the hurdles, Nusrat plans to expand the school, take in more students who cannot afford education. Contributions in the form of new note books for the school can be sent to:Nusrat Sumera, Kamala Gandhi Nehru School, Madduramma Colony, B.T.M. Layout. Tavarakere Road, Bangalore-81 Ph: 57722457.