DIRECTORATE OF EDUCATION MESSAGE
The jurisdictional area of the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shimoga is endowed with integrated farming situations involving agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries and forestry. This provides a strong backdrop for ongoing educational programmes in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and forestry in the university at present and a justification for the proposed integration of veterinary and fisheries education also with this university in future.
The educational programme of the university consists of undergraduate and master’s programmes in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry and Ph.D. programmes in five branches of Agriculture. It also consists of post matriculate two years Diploma (Agri.) programme.
The constituent colleges are located at Shimoga (Agriculture), Mudigere (Horticulture), Hiriyur (Horticulture), Ponnampet (Forestry), Kathalagere (Diploma in Agri.) and Brahmavara (Diploma in Agri.). Though the University is newly formed (2013), the constituent colleges which were established almost 20-25years ago are very well developed and have a reckoning at State and National levels.
These colleges are very ably supported by well developed Agricultural and Horticultural Research Stations on these campuses one of which was established 100 years back and many others 50-60 years ago.
The proof of high quality education is provided in the fact that during its very first year of existence the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shimoga has bagged third highest numbers of Junior Research Fellows in the country out of 45 Universities in the competitive examination conducted by ICAR, New Delhi. Twenty three Students have obtained JRF with fellowship, while nearly 60 students have cleared JRF without fellowship out of about 120 Students who appeared for the competitive examination from this university.
The University imparts education in Semester system having both internal and external evaluation. The University has adopted course curricula and syllabi as per ICAR Fourth Deans Committee recommendations with slight modifications. High emphasis is given to practical education through Experimental Learning and Rural Work Experience Programmes aiming at helping the graduates to become agricultural entrepreneurs rather than job seekers.
The College campuses are situated in rural areas providing agricultural education in real situation. Students coming out of this situation do not tend to get urbanized and feel comfortable to work in rural areas.
Adequate programmes on personality development and career guidance are also conducted. Career guidance cells are established at university as well as college levels to help the students to secure good jobs.
The University Examination Centre which is responsible for conducting final external examinations and announcing of results for all the undergraduate courses in the university is functioning under this directorate.
University Communication Centre and Kannada Studies Section are functioning under the Directorate of Education,University Communication Centre (UCC) is a co-ordination body to help the UAHS Administration, Research, Teaching and Extension wings in respect of publications, Audio-visual Aids, Graphic, artwork and Photographic and Printing work. This service of printing work is also provided by the Centre to various departments of the University on request. The Communication Centre will bring out scientific journals, Periodicals and newsletters of the university besides printing of annual report and convocation speech, University Calendar and the like.
Kannada Studies Section has the responsibility of bringing out books, bulletins and journals in Kannada for the benefit of the farmers and extension workers. It will also arrange for effective translation of latest scientific and semi-scientific literature available in English to Kannada language.