Maharashtra-based DY Patil Group has added one more education institution to its portfolio and set up the DY Patil Agriculture and Technical University in Talsande, a small village in the Kolhapur district. The new university was formally inaugurated on July 1 in a virtual event by Sharad Pawar, former union agriculture minister and NCP President, who has also served as the chief minister of the Maharashtra state. The event was presided over by the former governor of Bihar, Tripura and West Bengal, Dr. DY Patil.
The university will begin its operations from the academic year 2021-22. The curriculum is designed as 50% for pure education, 30% for practical education and the remaining 20% for experiential learning. “The education of this university will not be focusing only on theoretical but also practical knowledge. The curriculum has been decided after considering all the future aspects and prospects,” said Dr Sanjay Patil, president, DY Patil Group.
While one of the university’s specialisation is agriculture, there is equal emphasis on preparing students for careers in Architecture, Management, Engineering and many such domains. Importantly, the university is replete with state-of-the-art connectivity for global webinars and lectures which will allow students or teachers—local or international—to communicate irrespective of their location.
Pawar said, “Such universities are essential to uplift and strengthen the core of Indian economic status. New innovations and technological advancements in agriculture through research in such universities will massively help the agriculture sector.”
Satej Patil, MoS for Home, Housing, Transport, Information Technology, Maharashtra and Vice President, DY Patil Group, said: “The variety that the curriculum will offer shall bring out the researchers in students. And the research work done at the university will prove to be a boon for the farmers since much of Maharashtra is dependent on agriculture. The student will be given industry experience while s/he is learning for the same which will make the students caree-ready,” he added.
The main focus of the university will be to promote skill development that will help students for national as well as international careers. While the University is physically located near Kolhapur, the university is national as well as global with international educational tie-ups in process, industry collaborations, renowned international faculty, internships and projects as part of the curriculum.