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Amisha Rathore studying B.Sc (agriculture) from Janardan Rai Nagar University, Udaipur said that she got the inspiration to study agriculture due to the scheme of the Rajasthan government that promotes girls studying agriculture. She said, “I want to learn more and more about the latest techniques in agriculture and do innovation in this sector.” She said that earlier they used to purchase vegetables from the market but now she grows vegetables at home.
Similarly, Anushka Sharma, a student of second year B.Sc Hons in Vivekananda Global University in Jaipur said that she got the scheme amount of Rs 5,000 per annum from the state government in class XI and XII and got Rs 12,000 after joining the first year B.Sc. She said her father is a farmer and she always wanted to make her future in the agriculture sector. She wants to learn the improved techniques in the field of agriculture and help in increasing her family’s income by using the techniques. She said that it was difficult for her to take admission to the subject of her choice and regularly study, but due to this scheme, she was able to continue her studies.
Women play a leading role in the agriculture sector including sowing to harvesting, irrigation, plant conservation, removing weeds and storing. The state government to ensure their empowerment and effective participation is running a scheme to promote girl students to study agriculture. The objective of the state government is that the girls should study the latest techniques in the agriculture sector and should get formal education training so that not only the income of their family will increase but will also contribute to the prosperity of the state and the country. To promote the girls opting for agriculture as their subject are being given Rs 5000 to Rs 15,000 per annum under this scheme from studying in class XI till doing their PhD.
Agriculture department joint director GL Kumawat explaining the scheme said that girls studying agriculture in class XI and XII are being given Rs 5,000 per annum, while girls studying subjects such as horticulture, dairy, agriculture engineering, food processing in graduation and doing post-graduation (MSc agriculture) are given Rs 12,000 per annum. Similarly, a provision has been made to give Rs 15,000 per annum for girls doing PhD in agriculture subject (maximum up to 3 years).
He said that under the scheme to promote girls studying agriculture, 65,424 girls have been paid Rs 4257.78 crore in the last four years. In the year 2018-19, 14,130 girls have given Rs 967.93 lakh, Rs 930.06 lakh to 15,780 girls in the year 2019-20, Rs 1075.23 lakh to 14647 girls for the year 2021-21 and Rs 1284.56 lakh 20,867 girls studying in agriculture faculty.
The girls who are domicile of Rajasthan and are studying agriculture faculty in any government or state government-recognised school, college or university are eligible for this scheme. The necessary documents required for the scholarship are jan adhaar card, last year’s mark sheet, domicile certificate, e-signed certificate from the head of the institute, certificate of being a regular student by the institute head and a certificate of not taking admission for grade correction and all these documents should be uploaded online.
Interested girls through e-mitra or from her SSO ID can apply for this amount at the Raj Kisan Sathi portal. To get information about the scheme or in regard to application, the girl candidates can contact the agriculture supervisor or assistant agriculture officer at the nearest Kisan Seva Kendra or the deputy director of agriculture (extension) at the district level.