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Online Desk | May 12, 2013
Ag Day Observed by BD Agri Varisities

Ag Day Observed by BD Agri Varisities

Over the next 40 years, our globe will need to produce 50% more food from the same land and water resource base, in a changing climate, to feed a rapidly increasing world population.

Graduates with an understanding of the agricultural sector and the factors influencing and challenging it are in high demand with two jobs for each agriculture graduate in the sector, more than half of these are located in capital cities.

Employers of agriculture graduates include agribusinesses, research and development organizations, public and private extension agencies, government and policy agencies, and private consulting companies.

You can choose to study Agriculture in one of two ways.

Bachelor of Agriculture: integrates study of the scientific, economic and social considerations involved in managing systems for the sustainable production of food and fibre. You will develop an understanding of the current issues facing the industry, and technological knowledge to assess and improve sectors. You will be critically evaluating options and applying decision-making skills throughout your career to ensure long-term sustainable agricultural practices.

Bachelor of Science: offers a Major in Agricultural Science where you will investigate the science and management of biological systems for sustainable production of crops and animals. You may choose other science subjects to complement the major or integrate this with breadth studies in areas such as economics, business, social sciences and natural resource management.

Most of the public universities in Bangladesh are giving B.Sc. Degree in Agricultural subjects. You will be able to get Bachelor of Agricultural Education (B. Ag. Ed) degree only from Bangladesh Open University (BOU). School of Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) is one of the six academic schools of BOU. The main objective of the school is to impart education through distance mode comprising formal and non formal programs in the field of agriculture and rural development. It offers degree, diploma, certificate at different levels including higher education leading to M.S and Ph.D.

To get the list of universities where you can get your undergraduate degree in agriculture please see the list in this page - Agricultural Universities and Colleges.

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, usually abbreviated as either B.Sc.(Agr.) or B.S.A. or B.Sc.(Ag.) or B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag. is the first undergraduate degree awarded by university faculty of agriculture and agricultural colleges. The program is 4 years of study above Grade 12 High School graduation.

The B.Sc.(Agr.) degree differs from a B.Sc. degree in that the courses focus on agriculture: for example, the student will study agricultural economics rather than economics. Like engineering or forestry, agricultural science courses are infused with practicality.

The B.Sc.(Agr.) degree is normally not a general degree but requires specialization: for example, majoring in animal science, plant protection, soil science or agricultural engineering.

There are also variations on the theme internationally: for example, the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (BAgrEc) degree.

The B.Sc.(Ag.) degree in Bangladesh is typically a 4 year course under credit based semester system. The minimum qualification for entry to B.Sc.(Ag.) is Intermediate (HSC/12 years of school education) in Science (with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Mathematics) or Intermediate in Agriculture stream (limited states). The curriculum is very broad and inter-disciplinary consisting of courses in Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Agricultural Economics, Extension education, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Soil Science, Food technology, Animal Husbandry etc. apart from supporting courses in Basic Sciences, Humanities and Agricultural Engineering. The program also sometime includes a compulsory 1 semester of internship (Rural Agricultural Work Experience). Most of the courses are infused with practicality with emphasis on 'hands on' experience and 'learning by doing'.

Agricultural colleges and universities in industrial countries are faced with declining numbers of students and the need to carefully evaluate alternative structures and functions to meet the challenges of a sustainable food supply. Current education and research are compartmentalized into classical departments and disciplines that often ignore the complex realities of natural, agricultural, and other human-designed systems. Communication with the agricultural industry likewise is confined to answers to specific questions that are perceived to be within the domain of specialized research and expertise. There is relative isolation from the natural resource environment and the urban society context. We propose two models for greater integration of learning activities among departments as well as moving more research and education into the field and food system. These alternative strategies broaden the concept of 'faculty' to include educators from farming, business, government, and non-profit groups, and promote team research and education within the context of the natural environment and with urban society. This type of action research and action learning can provide answers to immediate questions as well as contribute to a long-term, sustainable, locally-based food system through students who are prepared to deal with complex issues in the future.

Recently all public agricultural universities in Bangladesh observed National Agriculture Day which is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA). ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public's awareness of agriculture's role in modern society. And to form your role in the modern world as an earth lover, join the agriculturalists team! শিক্ষা সংক্রান্ত খবরাখবর নিয়মিত পেতে রেজিস্ট্রেশন করুন অথবা Log In করুন।

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