Vadodara, Gujarat: Parul University and Zydex Group have embarked on an ambitious journey to introduce Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Bio Farming, designed to shape the future of sustainable organic agriculture in India.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was officially signed today, solidifying the collaboration between Parul University, renowned for its academic excellence, and Zydex Group, a leading name in sustainable solutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ajay Ranka, CMD, Zydex Group said, “Zydex is committed to enabling farmers to produce nutritious, safe, and affordable food for all. Our pioneering bio farming technique that eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers and crop care chemicals along with higher yields with lower water consumption from the first crop cycle itself, has already demonstrated its effectiveness in real-world fields. Through the signing of this MoU with Parul University, we aim to nurture a new generation of passionate and brilliant agro-scientists dedicated to leading India into an organic future.”
Dr. Parul Patel, Vice President, Parul University, was quoted saying, “this MoU with Zydex marks a pivotal step towards bridging the gap between academic and practical agricultural knowledge and solidifies our efforts in providing our students with the necessary skills and expertise in the ever-growing field of bio farming and sustainable agriculture. We look forward to the exciting journey that lies ahead as we work together to launch and develop these transformative Bio Farming courses.”
“A strong Industry-Academia partnership is the need of the hour as it is instrumental in advancing research and creating a skilled workforce. This MOU between FGI (Federation of Gujarat Industries) members – Zydex Group & Parul University has the potential to contribute to the betterment of both – industries and the universities. It will help create graduates who have know-how of the industry that they will work in and create better future employees. We are quite hopeful that this is just the beginning of many more such partnerships between various other industries and universities,” said Mr. Tarak Patel, President, FGI
The 4-year Bachelor’s and 2-year Master’s courses are slated to run for a minimum of 10 batches, offering a comprehensive education in the field. The admission process is stringent, targeting candidates with B.Sc. degrees in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or related fields, with rigorous scrutiny, entrance exams, and personal interviews.
The curriculum uniquely blends theoretical coursework with hands-on field training, demanding high levels of discipline and commitment from students, under guidelines set by both Zydex Group and Parul University.
To incentivize participation, admitted students will receive generous monthly scholarships (Rs. 10,000 for Bachelor’s and Rs. 12,500 for Master’s) for the entire duration of the course, contingent upon signing an undertaking to work with Zydex for 11 months upon course completion.
Examinations will be conducted following Parul University’s regulations, with fieldwork assessments overseen by a panel consisting of mentors from Zydex Group and Parul University faculty members.
This ground-breaking collaboration marks a significant step towards fostering sustainable agricultural practices and nurturing experts in bio farming in India.