UAS-B Alumni will provide digital training to city dwellers

Topics include the importance of medicinal plants, making wine and gulkan, a balanced diet, and bonsai.

City dwellers will have the opportunity to connect with Bengaluru University of Agricultural Sciences as the UAS-B Alumni Association organizes short-term digital training and specialist lectures on a wide range of topics for people in urban and peri-urban areas.

The Alumni Association, which includes experts from agriculture and allied sectors, will offer digital training in 22 topics ranging from a balanced diet for a healthy life to winemaking and houseplant management to bonsai. .

The wide range of training topics include the importance of medicinal plants, the importance of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, homemade baked goods, landscaped garden maintenance, mushroom cultivation, vegetable patch, beekeeping, gulkan making and pet management. The conservation of fruits and vegetables, the management of rats and household pests, the maintenance of coconut palms in vegetable gardens, millets and their uses for a healthy life are also among the topics covered.

According to the President of the Association, Dr K. Narayana Gowda, anyone can register for this course, which is offered free of charge. Participants will receive a certificate from the Association.

They must register via a Google form (https://forms.gle/cXtQH825ZN11hC1X6) and indicate their subject of preference. The Association will inform them of the training schedule and their meeting ID, he said.

Course directors, Dr PK Basavaraj (9449152884) and Dr Saralakumari (9611567094) can be contacted for clarification.

Dr Gowda said The Hindu that the Association had decided to focus particularly on city dwellers, because the university had always reached out to farmers through its front organizations like Krishi Vigyan Kendras and its vast network of specialists. “But for an occasional workshop or conference on urban gardening, we didn’t share our expertise with city dwellers. However, many city dwellers are also interested in some of our research topics. This is why we decided to reach out to them, ”he said, while specifying that specialists from different fields would take care of the courses.

In the second phase of the digital training, the Association plans to use the services of final year students of related subjects of UAS-B or its graduates to physically contact the participants in terms of providing seeds or any other material required.

“For example, if someone wants to grow mushrooms, we are considering having our students and graduates provide them at the prescribed or nominal rate so that city dwellers can actually benefit from our technologies,” he said. .

Interestingly, 58% of the people who signed up for the courses opted for the importance of medicinal plants followed by the vegetable garden (52.3%), the maintenance of houseplants and a balanced diet for a lifetime. healthy (both 50.7%). Twenty percent have opted for pet management.

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