The rural Awareness Work Experience Programme (RAWEP) for undergraduate students of horticulture is offered during the 7th semester. Under this program, every student is expected to work for 6 weeks with farmers within the vicinity of Research Stations/s of the university. This is a unique opportunity for the students to work with the farmers at their farms and identify various production, protection, and marketing constraints. In addition, RAWEP develops competency in the areas of technological, managerial, and communication skills among the students. The main components of the program include Crop Production, plant protection, rural economics, an extension program, and a research station/attachment to Agro-based industries. Apart from this, during the program, the students will be attached to any one of the identified agro-based industries for two days to acquaint themselves with the organizational setup, the functioning and to gain first-hand information on the industries. The duration of the program shall be for 6 weeks corresponding to Kharif / Rabi. A group of ten to twenty students shall be allotted to each Research Station. The students in turn shall be allotted in batches of three to five boys or six to eight girls to the selected villages in the vicinity of the research station/ and attached to one host farmer each. The students shall have to make their own arrangements for boarding and lodging in the village and they will be paid a stipend of Rs.1500/ -per month during the program.
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