As many as 80 farmers across the state received a pleasant surprise when they received an invitation from Modern College to attend a specially designed agricultural finance seminar on September 13.
80 farmers have signed up for the seminar, which will feature talks by experts in agriculture and finance. Pic/Dattatraya Adhalge
All the farmers invited have their wards studying in the same college and, thanks to this initiative, most of the parents will be visiting the city and the college for the first time.
“I have been living in Pune for three years now, but was unable to invite my father to see my college,” said Sagar Shravgi, a third year BCom student who hails from a small village in Nashirabad in Jalgaon district.
“My father looks after our five-acre farm in my village. Jawar and cotton are the main crops grown in our region. In rural areas, getting adequate information about various government and bank schemes is a major hurdle. He will benefit from the sessions as experts in agriculture and finance will be present at the function,” he added.
Modern College’s principal, Sanjay Kharat said, “Unlike city students, those coming from rural areas very rarely get the opportunity to meet their parents. The Kisan Palak initiative will give them a chance to do so.”
Kharat added that the college is making all the necessary arrangements to ensure their stay in the city will be pleasant and for this they have booked the university’s guesthouse.
Experts from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), College of Agriculture Pune and Cosmos Bank are going to guide farmers especially on modernisation of farming and financial aspects.
Coordinator of the Kisan Palak initiative, Vijayalaxmi Kulkarni, said, “Cosmos Bank has given its approval to appoint students as bank facilitators, who will open bank accounts in their respective places on behalf of their parents, under the recently launched Jan Dhan Scheme by PM Narendra Modi to ensure each and every citizen has a bank account.”
As part of this plan, students will be provided with computer tablets from the bank and by completing other formalities, students can directly open zero balance accounts for villagers in their region.
Modern College has specially invited reputed Hinjawadi-based farmer Dnyaneshwar Bodke to share his success story. Bodke has a farm in Hinjewadi and once a week, staff members from Modern College receive a fresh supply of vegetables from his farm. Bodke has been using innovative marketing techniques to ensure direct contact with consumers by boycotting the middlemen.