The students would be able to pursue a new MSc course in Allahabad University. Named as MSc (rural development and technology), the two-year semester-based course has been approved by the academic council of the University.
Brainchild of the present head of botany department Anupam Dikshit, the course would be conducted under the aegis of Centre of Rural Development and Technology, which would be opened in the department. The course is divided into four semesters and have 15 seats initially, admission for which would be done through an entrance test.
"The objectives of the course is to assess rural areas and people, promote rural entrepreneurship (like self-employment through sericulture, lac farming, flower farming, bee keeping), e-waste management, conservation and promotion of indigenous knowledge," Dixit said.
The course would generate awareness regarding government policies, rural planning, and implementation of rural development projects and to develop skills in students for the task, he added.