PINEAPPLE RESEARCH STATION (KERALA  AGRICULTURAL  UNIVERSITY), VAZHAKULAM, MUVATTUPUZHA

 

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Agriclinic & advisory

This station is conducting agriclinic and giving Farm Advisory Service to pineapple and passion fruit growers throughout Kerala and also outside Kerala.

Farmers' queries & scientists' answers

Farmers can have their queries to solve problems confronting with pineapple and passion fruit cultivation. They can mail their questions/queries to prsvkm@gmail.com and scientists will answer the queries by return mail. Subsequently, frequently asked questions and answers (FAQ) will be published here for the benefit of the pineapple and passion fruit farming community. (More ... )

Training

Trainings are given to stake holders in micropropagation of pineapple (consisting of multiplication, hardening, management in mist chamber, polyhouse and in main field) and in large scale cultivation of pineapple and passionfruit covering all aspects from planting material selection to harvest.

Consultancy

Consultancy services on payment are provided in micropropagation of pineapple (consisting of multiplication, hardening, management in mist chamber, polyhouse and in main field) and in large scale cultivation of pineapple and passionfruit covering all aspects from planting material selection to harvest.

Quality testing

Quality testing services on payment are offered for Precision weights, moisture content, TSS, pH, reducing, non-reducing and total sugars, ascorbic acid, etc

Project work of U.G. & P.G. students of other Universities

Meritorious students from other universities can do their project work at this centre on payment basis subject to terms and conditions (in Word / PDF) issued by Kerala Agricultural University from time to time. Outstanding students having excellent academic records, strong aptitude for research and long term interest at this centre will be given preference. They will get excellent opportunities to become well-versed with scientific research methodologies and protocols in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Technology, Information Technology, etc. They will be encouraged to work in the well equipped laboratories of the station for gaining first hand research experience and building up a good career. They will be given due preference for appointments in temporary vacancies arising at the centre.

Kerala Agricultural University Orders No. R5/65863/08 dated 20.03.2010, 12.08.2010, 26.03.2012 & 15.06.2012 permit external candidates to do their project works at KAU research stations with intimation to Director of Research, KAU. Kerala Agricultural University has issued revised orders and guidelines for student projects and short trainings with effect from 04.07.2014 (Guidelines in Word / PDF). Application of the external candidate in the specified format duly recommended by the Head of the Institution along with fee should be sent to the Head of the KAU Research Station. Fee is fixed as Rs.5000+12.36% Service Tax for first month and Rs.4000+12.36% Service Tax for every additional month of project work. The fee shall be paid either in person as cash or by post as Demand Draft in favour of Associate Professor & Head, PRS, Vazhakulam payable at State Bank of India, Vazhakulam-686670, Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam District, Kerala (Code No: 7844). Expenses on additional facilities and materials are to be met by the candidate or the sponsoring organisation. An undertaking by the candidate and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Rs.100 stamp paper by the institution in the prescribed proforma shall be given by the candidate duly countersigned by the concerned Guide/Head of Department/Institution. The KAU Research Station and its supervisors are to be properly acknowledged with due authorship in the publication/presentation/patenting and report of the project work, a copy of which shall be handed over to the Station Head for filing in the Station Library.

The project work should be in pineapple or passion fruit and a maximum of two candidates will be permitted at a time in a subject. Those who want to do the UG or PG project work at this centre may please carefully go through the KAU Revised Guidelines in Word or PDF, fulfill the requirements and  come well prepared for a detailed discussion on the project work with the lab team, finalize the plan of work, complete the formalities and carry out the project work within the time frame. The project work has to be done by the candidate under the guidance of the station head and the lab team.

Students desiring to do project work at PRS, Vazhakulam should submit to the Station Head the following after finalizing the programme of Project work.

1. A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Rs. 100 stamp paper purchased in the name of the Associate Professor & Head, duly filled in the format prescribed, keeping the date blank, signed by the Guide/Head of Department / Institution on all pages. MoU is required only once for a college.
2. Application of the student for doing the project work,
3. Undertaking by the student
4. Sponsorship certificate from the college
5. Synopsis of the Project work
6. Project fee either in person as cash or by post as Demand Draft in favour of Associate Professor & Head, PRS, Vazhakulam payable at State Bank of India, Vazhakulam-686670, Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam District, Kerala (Code No: 7844)


Student Training for Experience gaining

Gaining hands-on experience is very crucial for building up a good career. Students from other universities can undergo training at this centre on payment basis subject to the terms and conditions (in Word / PDF) issued by Kerala Agricultural University from time to time. Meritorious fresh graduates and post graduates are encouraged to work in the well equipped laboratories of the station. They can work in the biotechnology, biochemistry and microbiology laboratories along with the R & D Team of the centre for gaining first hand experience. They can acquaint with the operation of various equipment like Gel documentation, ELISA Reader & washer, PCR, Colourimeter, UV- Transilluminator, Flame photometer, Centrifuge, Microscopes, Electrophoresis, Shakers, ovens, Precision Weighing balances, Deep freezer, BOD, Laminar Air Flow, still, etc. They will get excellent opportunities to become well-versed with scientific research methodologies and protocols in the concerned fields. Training certificate showing the areas trained and proficiency gained will be issued for the period they work in the laboratories. They will be given due preference for appointments in temporary vacancies arising at the centre.

Those who have academic excellence, strong aptitude for Research and Development and long term interest over three years at this centre are always encouraged to join the PRS family. Selection of candidate is a three stage process. Confident and interested candidates having consistently good academic record with more than 75% aggregate score throughout may email to prsvkm@gmail.com their full biodata/resume in the prescribed application format complete in all respects. Local candidates residing within 20 km from PRS, Vazhakulam with an aggregate score of more than 65% can also apply. Those having less than 65% aggregate score throughout their academic life and interest to work for less than two years need not submit resume and try for placement at the centre. Our team will evaluate your application, answers, views and vision. Every application will be evaluated critically giving 40% weightage for your academic score and 60% weightage for your general capabilities by awarding marks for each answer in the application form. You will be informed of the results with details as to whether essential qualifications met, your test score, status remarks, qualified for further test or not, and our advice memo. Candidates securing more than 60% will be invited for a written test, discussion and interview to assess the candidate's scientific, technical and managerial capabilities. On receiving the Advice memo/Email invitation, you may personally call me over phone and fix up the date and time of your test and interview at your earliest convenience. You are requested to bring your updated CV/biodata in the prescribed application format in compliance with the job notification when you come for the test and interview. The written test consists of two papers; one subject paper and another general proficiency paper, each carrying 50 marks. Subject paper questions will be of graduate and post graduate level. Common sense questions will be in general proficiency paper. Candidates securing more than 70% combined score in written test and found promising in discussion and interview will be given a chance to prove their expertise, skills and efficiency in our research centre. Desiring and determined candidates can avail up to three attempts, provided they improve the test score at least by 10% every time. Prospective candidates will be provided ample opportunities at the station to develop their expertise, skills and efficiency and build high performing teams. Excellent performers will be fitted in available vacancies in line with our Motto 'Quality People, Infrastructure & Work culture for Quality Technology, Products & Services; Merit alone counts for Quality suitable for the purpose and one has know-how only when it is proven in real life. In case of no vacancy, they will be wait-listed. Whenever, a future vacancy arises, they will be considered for the post.

Fee based training programs are also available for the needy candidates in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Technology, Information Technology, etc. as per the Kerala Agricultural University revised orders and guidelines for student projects and short trainings with effect from 04.07.2014 (Guidelines in Word / PDF)

Students desiring to undergo training at PRS, Vazhakulam should submit to the Station Head the following.

1. Application of the student for the training,
2. Undertaking by the student
3. Training fee either in person as cash or by post as Demand Draft in favour of Associate Professor & Head, PRS, Vazhakulam payable at State Bank of India, Vazhakulam-686670, Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam District, Kerala (Code No: 7844)

Large scale Tissue Culture production

Large scale Tissue Culture production of Pineapple, passion fruit and banana on memorandum of understanding with the Kerala Agricultural University and advance payment.

 

Esteemed readers may please suggest additional services expected of us and mail to prsvkm@gmail.com

 

 


For More Information Contact:

Associate Professor & Head

Pineapple Research Station
Vazhakulam-686 670, Muvattupuzha, Kerala
Tel: +91 485 2260832, Cell: +919446010905
FAX: +91 485 2260832
Email: prsvkm@kau.in, prsvkm@gmail.com

Websites:  http://www.kau.edu/prsvkm, http://prsvkm.tripod.com

 

 

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