Students can now major in paddy
UNIVERSITY students can now obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees specialising in paddy.
The Yezin Agricultural University located in Nay Pyi Taw will offer the new major starting this academic year, said professor U Aung Kyaw Myint.
“Classes focusing on paddy will begin in the second year of undergraduate coursework as a specialised subject,” he said. “For students of the five-year postgraduate degree, the university will offer a track specialising in paddy starting from the second year through the remaining four years,” he said. Previously, the university offered the course only as an elective.
As both a major rice consumer and producer, Myanmar needs to be able to rely on its agriculture sector, university rector U Myi Kywel said. Focusing on paddy, a staple crop, is especially important as the country navigates the challenges of climate change and annual flooding.
The new subject will be open to 50 undergraduate students, 30 postgraduates and 20 master’s candidates.
Retirees from the Department of Agriculture and experts from the International Rice Research Institute will be invited to share their experiences.
– Translation by Zar Zar Soe