Flowers can Blossom your career. Flowers are the best way to express one’s feelings, whether it’s marriage, anniversary, farewell or any another occasion flowers add to them an artistic touch. In a country like India any auspicious occasion is incomplete without flowers. In one word we can say that flowers are the masterpiece of nature’s artistry. Apart from giving an arty look to a ceremony, flowers are also a source of income for many people.
People’s fascination with flowers make them take up a career in the branch of Horticulture. Horticulture is a branch of agriculture that deals with the study and research of ornamental flowers, medicinal flowers, fruit flowers and hybrid flowers. It may surprise you to know that Horticulture alone contributes four percent to the national economy. Youth are now looking up to horticulture as a blossoming career prospect. There are various job opening in private and government sectors for a candidate from horticulture stream. Perfume industry, fruit jam, juice, squash etc are the industries that are directly dependent on Horticulture.
Desirable attributes of an aspirant in horticulture
Before taking horticulture as a career, one must have the love and passion for flowers because without having a passion for anything one cannot succeed. Secondly, an aspirant who wants to select this stream needs to be well informed about the latest research in this field. Thirdly the candidate should know the various departments that come under horticulture, so that it will be easier for him/her to select the department.
Aspirants must have passed out with science (botany) in 10+2 examination. Some colleges and universities have made it mandatory for students to score at least 60 percent marks in 10+2 exam, in order to be eligible for the entrance test. Many regional universities conduct their independent common entrance examination like CET (Common Entrance Examination) by Karnataka Examination Authority, AUCET (Andhra University Common Entrance Test), Banaras Hindu University entrance exam for agriculture which offers post graduation degree courses in Horticulture. One can also do bachelors and post graduate courses in Horticulture. Students interested in research need to do PhD in Horticulture.
Top Collages for flower Career in India
- BIHAR -Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur
- DELHI -Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
- GUJARAT -Navsari Agricultural University Vijalpore Navsari, Anand Agricultural University, Anand.
- HARYANA-Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hissar
- KARNATAKA- University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot University of Agricultural Sciences,Raichur Karnatakta.
- MAHARASTRA- Vidyapeeth, Krishi Nagar, Akola, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli, Ratnagiri.
- UTTAR PRADESH- Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Modipuram, Meerut
- Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P & Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad
- WEST BENGAL- Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur Nadia, West Bengal.
Govt. Jobs / Public Sector: PhD. degree holders can apply for lectureship and research in Horticulture, post graduate degree and bachelors can easily apply for CGL exams conducted by SSC. In private sector the PG and bachelors can get job in various industries that are directly depended on flowers, fruit and vegetables. Salary ranges from 20k to 45k for a junior staff.