Pune: APG Learning’s first batch for Postgraduate Diploma in Agribusiness Management commenced on Monday at the institute’s Pune campus. The diploma for the programme will be awarded by APG Learning in association with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) University, a reputed UGC-affiliated research university and the oldest Asian institute for professional social work.
A batch of 50 students was addressed by Vikas Dangat, Group Director of SV Group of Companies, who mentored the students on various aspects of entrepreneurship. He shared the importance of having a clear vision, validating new ideas and its execution and the potential in the food industry.
Dr Sudhir Kumar Goel (Ex-Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra) was the other dignitary who addressed the students. He spoke on identifying the gap between farmers and the market due to lack of knowledge on supply management, which has given rise to a number of opportunities for the students. Dr Goel recommended the students to explore these opportunities to help bridge the gap instead of opting for industry jobs.
“A focused approach is needed to enhance the capabilities and the opportunities in the agriculture business. India needs talented youngsters to support the growth and address challenges of the sector,” said Abhijit Pawar, Chairman of the AP Globale Group. Expressing his delight with APG Learning’s partnership with TISS, he added, “We are pleased to partner with TISS on the programme as it combines the best of two worlds. This vocational educational programme is being implemented for the first time in India with a focus on job-specific skills rather than providing only a broad-based education.”
Need for Agribusiness Mgmt
Agribusiness, of all trades, is the oldest and most important industry that encompasses half of the world’s labour force. Indian agricultural sector contributes to 23 per cent of the country’s GDP, providing employment to 65 per cent of the working population.
Expansion of technology has made the world smaller, thus adding complexities to the agricultural industry that involves a constellation of activities. Despite the wealth of experience, apt education on the lines of fertilisers, pesticides, irrigation, mechanisation is a major handicap to the vast industry. Skilled manpower has become the need of the hour to cater to the challenges, along with swift and right decision-making.
Both, TISS and APG Learning, work in the field of skill development and entrepreneurship and therefore, have now come together for the programme to reduce the gap between industry and education.
The programme is a blend of theory and on-the-job instruction, which includes 680 hours of industrial training that will enable the graduates to take up suitable jobs in the agriculture or allied sectors. The current batch will graduate from the programme in July 2019 and the registration for the second batch has already begun. More details on this can be found on APG Learning website.