Lovely Professional University (LPU) has always been known for its strong placement record. From major MNCs to industry giants, it is no secret that LPU students have secured some of the top jobs in their respective fields. And now, it has added another feather to its hat.
In a first for agricultural education, Kavita Faman, a student of M. Sc. Agriculture (agronomy) at LPU, has been hired for an annual package of Rs 1 crore by Monsanto Canada, which is a part of the crop sciences division of the Bayer Group. Faman, who hails from the Gurdaspur District in Punjab, will now be working in Canada, with a package that is almost equal to 200,000 Canadian dollars.
Monsanto Canada has offered Faman the role of production manager for its Manitoba office, which she would be joining in April 2019 itself. Within this role of hers, she will be involved in the planning and coordination and control of the manufacturing processes followed in the company.
For Kavita Faman, this offer is ‘a dream come true’. She believes that agriculture science is on the cusp of a technology-led disruption at present; the field has begun embracing the latest of technologies, ranging all the way from biotechnology to utilizing data science. Faman is very excited about her prospects at the company, and will be striving to learn and gain as much experience as she can in the coming years.
The job offer by Monsanto Canada was made on the basis of a preliminary test that was followed by an interview that was conducted by the officials of the company.
LPU is of course very proud of her achievement, not only because of the package, but also because she has managed to get it in agronomy. According to Aman Mittal, Director of LPU, agriculture education is not the first thing that comes to mind when one talks about rewarding packages, as the list generally consists of students from the IT industry, electronics or consultancy. This the first time that a student from agriculture education has managed to reach a seven-digit package before even leaving the university, which should help raise further awareness.
On the whole, this development is bound to give agriculture education in the region the boost it deserves.
For Dr. Ramesh Kumar, Dean of LPU’s School of Agriculture, Miss Faman’s achievement goes on to prove that there are several career opportunities in agriculture for students who are ready and willing to learn and work hard. He hopes to see more students secure such impressive packages in the agriculture sector.
Admission to LPU’s B.Sc & M.Sc Agriculture programme is through the university’s own entrance test LPUNEST. The last date of application is closing shortly. Visit https://www.lpu.in/programmes/ for more information.