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New-icon National Conference on "Agri NANOM - 2017 - Emerging Trends in Agri Nano Technology 2017" during November 2nd and 3rd 2017 at RARS, Tirupati
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New-icon Employee Data Proformae & Memo
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New-icon Budget Estimates for the year 2017-18
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The Alumni Agricultural Graduates Trust for College Development at Agricultural College, Bapatla

Exams / Results / Admissions

New-icon Spot Counseling for Private Agril / Horti. Colleges on 08-11-2017
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New-icon Third counselling for admission into U.G. Courses of ANGRAU,SVVU & Dr.YSRHU and Private Agril. / Horti. Colleges for 2017-18
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New-icon Second combined counselling for SC category, Counselling for PH/ Sports quota and for AGRICET Ranks 2017
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New-icon First Year B.Sc (Hons) Agril. - Registration and Commencement of classes
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New-icon Combined Admission Notification for BiPC stream UG courses in ANGRAU, SVVU and Dr.YSRHU for 2017-18
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New-icon Procedure to obtain the Original Degree Certificate in UG Programmes

Interviews / Jobs

New-icon Walk-in-Interview for the post of One Senior Research Fellow (SRF) to work in NICRA Project at KVK Amadalavalasa on 21.11.2017
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New-icon Walk-in-Interview for one Women Physical Director on full time contract basis for Dept. of Physical Education at S.V. Agricultural College, Tirupati
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New-icon Recruitment of SRF for Agricultural Market Intelligence Project at the Institute of Agribusiness Management, Tirupati
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New-icon Advertisement for the Posts of University Officers
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New-icon AICRP on PHET - Notification for the recruitment of Research Associate on consolidated pay basis - Walk - in - Interview on 02.11.2017 at the office of the Associate Director of Research, RARS, Anakapalle
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New-icon Walk-in-Interview - Appointment of Teaching Associates on temporary basis at College of Home Science, Guntur on 21.10.2017

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RESEARCH

All India Coordinated Research Project :

The All India coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Home Science was conceived during the VI five-year plan period (1979-83) with the main idea of improving the quality of the life of the people in general and under privileged in particular. Initially, the project was sanctioned to cover three components of Home Science Viz., Foods & Nutrition, Child Development and Family Resource Management in six State Agricultural Universities. Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University (APAU) now renamed as Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), is one among them. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has sanctioned the project by providing 75% financial assistance and the remaining 25% from State Government of Andhra Pradesh. In the year 1996, two more components of Home Science have been added to the programme namely Clothing & Textiles and Extension Education. All the five components were shifted to the Post graduate and Research Centre situated at the main campus of the University, Rajendranagar.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

From 1980, the All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science Food and Nutrition took up several activities for the upliftment of rural communities. The major activities undertaken during VI plan period to X plan period are listed.

VI. TO VIII. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1981-1997)

1. Nutrient composition, milling and cooking characteristics of improved/prereleased / already released / newly released / grown in different locations / varieties of cereals

  • Rice - Objective and cooking quality evaluation of the mutant of rice variety-Samba mahsuri, long slender (Hybrid and mixers) and short slender (Mutants) varieties, dwarf and market samples. Parboiled rice, Scented rice cultures and Quality of rice distributed through Public Distribution System Vs. Rice sold in open market.

2. Nutritional significance of cropping system

  • Nutrient composition of pearl millet intercropped with two varieties of red gram in alternate as well as paired rows .
  • Pearl millet intercropped with different special row arrangements of cow pea, green gram and cow pea fodder
  • Nutritional significance of inter cropping and nutritional evaluation of new high yielding varieties
  • Influence of cropping pattern on nutritional situation of selected groups

3. Nutritional evaluation of new sources of oil seeds, edible oil and oil cakes

  • Mango kernel fat & deoiled and processed mango kernel oil cake
  • Water melon seeds & Soo-babul seeds
  • Nutritional evaluation of mesua ferrae kernel oil.
  • Feasibility of introducing red palm oil into the supplementary feeding in urban ICDS centers
  • Acceptability of red palm oil and ground nut oil blend on hostel children and in slum areas
  • Physico chemical & beta carotene stability in RPO blends & products.

4. Cooking quality and acceptability studies

  • Rice and Pulses and legumes - Nutrient composition and cooking characteristics of prereleased varieties of Black gram (Phaseolus mungo) and Red gram (Cajanus cajan).

5. Consumer preferred characteristics of foods, product development and in vitro & in vivo studies

  • Consumer preferred characteristics of Rice, Sorghum, Red gram dhal and Green gram dhal
  • Analysis of uncommon and unconventional foods specifically used by rural / urban / tribal population
  • Nutritional changes in commonly consumed foods during storage, processing and cooking.
  • Product development, storage stability and acceptability of grain Amaranth, Rajmah, minor millets & Vadiya made with Amaranth(Amaranthus esculanthus) and its blends.
  • Hypo cholestrolemic effect & Glycemic index of grain Amaranth
  • Invitro availability of iron from germinated Green gram and Bengal gram and locally available Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Effect of different methods of processing and cooking on the extractability of calcium, phosphorus and iron.

6. Post harvest problems and effect of storage and processing, on microbial load and fungal toxins

  • Level of mycotoxin in commonly consumed - raw, cooked, and stored foods along with bacterial count responsible for food spoilage
  • Aflatoxin contamination in market samples of selected grains and edible oils - Samples of Rice, Wheat, Maida, Suji, Jowar, Ground nut, Ground nut oil and palm oil.
  • Microbial load in selected dehydrated foods processed commonly at house hold level.

7. Foods & Nutrient intake

  • Food and nutrient intake and nutritional status of women and children in southern telangana zone during summer and monsoon months.
  • Food and nutrition situation of rural families in seven agro climatic zones of A.P: Krishna Godavari zone, North Coastal zone, Southern zone, Northern Telangana zone, Southern Telangana zone, Scarce Rainfall zone & High Altitude and tribal area zone.
  • Assessment of fat intake among low-income urban population.

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IX. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1997-2002)

NUTRITIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMAN HEALTH IN AGRARIAN ECO SYSTEM

  • Development of nutri guide software for normal and therapeutic diet planning: Analysis of proximate principles, calcium, iron and retinal / beta- carotene content of commonly consumed foods & products
  • Nutritional intervention for prevention and control of iron and Vitamin A deficiency among children in rural areas : School going children 7 to 9yrs & 10 to 12 yrs - food & nutrient intake and nutritional adequacy and hemoglobin & serum retinal levels assessment.
  • Screening of food, water and salt samples from rural & urban three agro- climatic zones of A.P . for iodine content.
  • Screening of fluoride levels in food and water.

X. FIVE YEAR PLAN (2002-2007)

SUSTAINABLE APPROACHES FOR NUTRITIONAL SECURITY

  1. Nutritional upliftment of rural population : Establishment of Nutrition Garden, IEC programmes for nutritional improvement & Agro based Health food formulations.
  2. To formulate palatable combinations of cereals, pulses, vegetables and animal products to enhance the nutritive value of foods through locally adoptable preserving and processing techniques.
    • Formulations / fortification / modification of 2 -3 products for pre-school/ school going children, pregnant and lactating mothers & for therapeutic purpose - acceptability of the products, shelf life studies and analysis of nutrient composition and dietary recommendations & in vivo studies of the recipes
    • Nutrification of traditional recipes & data base of value added products
  3. Empowerment of farm women to conserve natural resources to make most efficient use of farm and non-form produce /animal wastes and develop linkages with Government and Non- Governmental organizations.
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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

The Child Development component of AICRP on H. Sc. was sanctioned in the year 1980 with the overall objective of improving development indices of rural children. Hence towards this, and a number of projects were taken up for achieving the goal.

VI & VII. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1980 - 1993)

DEVELOPMENT OF NORMS FOR RURAL INFANTS AND CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO 6 YEARS (1980-1993):

  • Study of the physical development of children in terms of weight, height, head, arm and chest circumference using longitudinal approach with 88 children and cross sectional approach with 500 rural and 500 urban slum children.
  • Study of the developmental indices namely psycho motor and mental development of the selected children using Bayley Scale of Infant Development.
  • Study of the child rearing practices adopted by their families using an interview schedule.

Outcome:

  • The data collected was fed into the larger data from 6 other SAU AICRP Child Development centers and ICAR developmental norms for rural children from birth to 6 years were developed.
  • A technical bulletin was released on different Child rearing practices at different regions on pregnancy related practices, postpartum practices and neo natal and infant feeding practices.

VIII. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1993 - 1997)

PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OFRURAL CHILDREN FROM 6- 18 YEARS (1993 - 1998)

  • Study the physical development of rural children in terms of weight, height using a cross-sectional study approach with 3110 children.
  • Study the mental development of rural children with 922 children using Coloured Progressive Matrices.
  • Study the psycho social development of 922 rural children using Multifaceted Assessment of Personality (MAP) series.

Outcome

  • Developmental norms for rural children from 7 years to 18 years were established as ICAR rural children's developmental norms on physical development
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IX. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1998 - 2002)

COMPREHENSIVE CHILD CARE THROUGH FARM CRECHE

  • Started a farm creche, to provide developmental assessment and intervention to rural infants and young children. A farm creche was started with 40 children and a control group of 46 children were selected from a nearby village.
  • To develop a developmental intervention program me for rural infants from birth to 36 months. Five intervention packages were developed and intervention given for three years. The packages were antenatal and neo natal care, understanding developmental milestones, conducive home environment, stimulatory toys, infant feeding and health care.
  • To collect base line data and impart the developmental intervention to children and their primary care givers. Weight and height, psychomotor and mental development indices and post testing.

IX. FIVE YEAR PLAN (2002 - 2007)
1. SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE RURAL GIRL CHILD

  • Situational analysis of the rural girl child in the 7 agro climatic zones of the state using focused group interviews on girls from 57 villages (1833 girls) with the help of an Interview Schedule.

2. EMPOWERMENT OF THE RURAL GIRL CHILD FOR QUALITY LIFE

  • Identification of the areas of empowerment & Developing intervention packages on General knowledge, communication skills, Health & Nutrition, Legal awareness and Economic skill activities. This center developed the communication skills manual; Interpersonal communication, General communication skills & Self esteem exercises.
  • Pre testing on adolescent girls on selected measures; General knowledge, Self esteem, intellectual ability, Communication skills, legal awareness and personality and testing the efficacy of the intervention packages through pre-post testing of 78 girls between 10-18 yrs from 5 villages.

FAMILY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The Family Resource Management component was sanctioned under AICRP (Home Science) in 1980 with mandate to conduct a systematic study on the management of resources available in the different socio economic segments of farm families . The mandate was successfully approached through specific socio economic surveys, laboratory & field studies and action programmes with themes earmarked for implementation.

VI. & VII. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1980 - 1989)

1. FUEL ENERGY MANAGEMENT

1.Fuel consumption trends were documented

2.Technologies was developed

  • APAU smokeless chulha
  • Improvised steam cooker
  • Validated of technology developed
  • Tested the efficacy of Biomass Fuels in APAU Improved Chulhas
  • Field feasibility studies on Non Conventional and Alternate Energy Devices
  • Disseminated the smokeless chulha under NEDCAP programmes in the adopted villages and observed a positive impact in the energy use of households

2. LOW COST SANITATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME

  • (1989 - 91) About 52 low cost domestic model sanitary latrines were constructed in 3 villages of Medak district on self help basis and by or ganizing linkages with UNICEF & Panchayat Raj department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. The programme contributed to the upgradation of rural sanitary conditions.

VIII. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1992 - 1996)

FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN REORGANISATION

  • Anthropometric measurements of farm women were collected in 3positions normally used by women for performing work in the kitchen.
  • The kitchen characteristics were explored & analyzed against the anthropometrical data.
  • The rural kitchen reorganization plans were evolved and tested.

IX. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1997-2002)

1. ERGONOMIC STUDY OF FARM WOMEN'S DRUDGERY

  • Documented the work of farm women in terms of physical drudgery involved.
  • Ergonomically evaluated Transplantation, Harvesting and weeding of operations in paddy cultivation.
  • Modified / Evolved suitable technology option for relieving women of drudgery.
  • Modified paddy row seeder
  • Water trolley
  • Multipurpose decorticator
  • Field tested the evolved devices
  • Hand weeders
  • Cotton bag for harvesting cotton, castor, green gram etc.,
  • Water trolley
  • Row Seeder for paddy
  • Multipurpose decorticator
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2. TRAINING PROGRAMMES

  • Popularization of energy saving & drudgery saving technologies
  • Augmentation of resources for farm women through training in income generation activities

X. FIVE YEAR PLAN (2002 - 2007)

FARM WOMEN EMPOWERMENT : Continuing

CLOTHING & TEXTILES

The AICRP on Home science in Clothing & Textiles component was initiated during the IX plan period and is striving forward successfully through X plan. With a holistic approach towards providing quality of life to rural families, the scientists had taken up value addition to natural fibres and dyes derived from agricultural and animal waste. Natural fibres such as banana, sisal, pine apple etc., are thrown as agricultural waste. If they are utilized for extraction of fibre content and preparation of value added products, it will provide additional income to the farmers and rural families. With this mindset, the following objectives of research were set and work was initiated from August 1997.

IX. & X. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1997-2002 & 2002-2007)

1. IDENTIFICATION OF AGRO AND ANIMAL BASED FIBRES AND DYES

In the I phase of research, a survey was conducted in three regions of Andhra Pradesh to identify the sources, availability and use of the natural fibres and dyes.

2. VALUE ADDITION TO THESE BY DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES

In the II phase of research various plant materials were screened to investigate for natural pigments and five such sources were selected. The sources include Bixa orellana, Cassia fistula, Bombax malabaricum, Eclipta prostrate, Santanum alba. Around 5000 natural dye shades were produced using various mordants and mordant combinations. The colour fastness to standard conditions of fading was also assessed for all shades. Software cum electronic cataloguing of shades was developed separately on cotton, silk, and wool to help the beginners and weavers and artisans involved in dyeing with natural dyes.

3. TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY TO RURAL FOLK

A practical manual was developed with standard procedures of dyeing with natural dyes and all other AICRP clothing & textiles scientists were trained.

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4. ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF THE TECHNOLOGIES AT THE COTTAGE LEVEL

The technologies developed were field tested to assess their economic viability. Later these technologies were successfully transferred to weavers, artisans and women self help groups and the adopted rate is satisfactory Another product eco-friendly gulals was developed and field tested successfully. Several groups were trained in this technology and at present the technology is being adopted by many women groups.

The natural dye varieties that can be grown in Andhra Pradesh were identified and the farmers were advised to grow these varieties for sustainable market. Linkages were developed with various agencies and organizations to improve the utilization of natural dyes in Andhra Pradesh.

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EXTENSION EDUCATION

A project titled "Data base on rural women" was sanctioned , by ICAR during the year 1996-'97 and the project commenced in ANGRAU during the year 1997-98, under AICRP Home Science Extension.

X. FIVE YEAR PLAN (1997-2002) & (2002-2007)

The extension on education component of AICRP was sanctioned with the mandate of

  • To study the work profile of rural women in terms of their socioeconomic status, participation, decision-making and time utilization pattern in farming, animal husbandry and homestead activities.
  • To identify the indigenous technologies for scientific validation, documentation and dissemination.
  • To develop technology information packages for dissemination to the grass root level functionaries and rural women.
  • To build livelihood security for quality and decent living by increasing income for various non farm occupations and enterprises.

1. WORK PROFILE OF RURAL WOMEN

The data pertaining to socio-economic status, participation profile, decision making and time use pattern of 3000 rural women from seven agro climatic zones of Andhra Pradesh was collected and to add the dimension of qualitative data for gaining an in depth understanding, case studies on 105 rural women were conducted.

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2. IDENTIFICATION AND SCIENTIFIC VALIDATION OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE OF RURAL WOMEN

Indigenous knowledge with regard to animal health, maternal health and the information on medicinal plants being used for different ailments and diseases by the rural folk and folk healers of different agro climatic zones were collected through memory harvesting techniques and focus group discussions. The information collected was scientifically validated and documented.

3. PREPARATION OF TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION PACKAGES

Booklets: Soybean-miracle bean, Cowpea in diet, Indigenous structures for Storage of grains, Multiple uses of Neem, Occupational health hazards of Women in Agriculture.

Video cassettes/CDs/Slide story: Soybean processing and utilization at home level, Value addition to pulses, Application of PRA techniques in adopted village, Occupational health hazards of Women in Agriculture.

4. Promotion of livelihood security among rural women

To promote livelihoods among rural women, strengthening of the existing self help groups and analysis of livelihood profile, factor conditions and demand conditions is going on in the selected villages.

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