Teenagers coming from rural areas often don’t see job opportunities and move away to the big cities, thus adding to urbanization. To provide them with a professional alternative to earning their living in their rural home regions, the Bayer Ramanaidu Vignana Jyothi School of Agriculture was established in 2007 in Medak district of Andhra Pradesk.
Bayer – RVJ School of Agriculture took shape as a part of Bayer’s overarching objective to boost and nurture science education and to make it a part of our sustainable agricultural practices. An important objective of this program has been to encourage young people to view agriculture as a desirable profession.
The school conducts two 6-months vocational training courses every year with approximately 30 students registered per course. An additional grant was made in 2014 with the aim of upgrading the training facilities in sync with advancements of agricultural technology. The objective is to make it more relevant for the students and improve their employment prospects.
A Farm Assistantship course is offered from this institute, free of charge for students, in addition to placement assistance on completion of the course. The content covers topics such as an introduction to agriculture including basics in seed production techniques and principles of integrated crop protection. Plant diseases and their appearance on the fields are also tackled. A knowledge base in business administration including agricultural marketing, communication and increasing awareness for teamwork forms an integral part of the curriculum as well. In addition, special guest lecturers are invited to speak on selected topics. As a part of CSR funding, additional lab facilities such as Farm Technology Lab, Plant Protection and Extension, Soil and Water Management, Seed Technology and Soil Science Lab were implemented on the campus.
The school is an educational initiative developed as an innate part of the Child Care Program. It is a first-of-its-kind social intervention model successfully implemented with a farm-based supply chain that aims at getting children off the fields of contract farmers and into school.
With close to 400 students that have graduated from the school since its inception, it continues to contribute to the development of scientific farming and creation of a talent pool of skilled agricultural professionals.