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Factors Contributing to Employability in Agriculture Department as Perceived by the Diploma Holders

Factors Contributing to Employability in Agriculture Department as Perceived by the Diploma Holders

Muhammad Tariq Chaudhary1, Saleem Ashraf 2, Muhammad Yaseen3 and Muhammad Luqman3
 
 

1Adaptive Research Farm, Sheikhupura Punjab, Pakistan; 2In-Service Agriculture Training Institute Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab, Pakistan; 3University College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, Pakistan.


Correspondence | Saleem Ashraf, In Service Agricultural Training Institute Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan; Email: saleem1828@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

This study explored some notable factors contributing to the employability in agriculture department, Government of the Punjab as perceived by the Diploma in Agricultural Sciences (DAS) holders. who were recruited in agriculture department during 2017. This study was quantitative and data were collected through questionnaire from 300 respondents who were recently appointed as Field Assistants (FAs) in Agriculture Department. Total 237 questioners returned by the respondents were found complete, thus, sample size was reduced to 237. Effective Schools Model presented by Lezotte (2010)” was employed as theoretical framework of this study. Collected data were analyzed through Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Results unveiled that average age of respondents was 25.03 years. Maximum respondents (31.96%) had received DAS from IATI, Sargodha while least contribution came from University of Agriculture Faisalabad (2.86%). Family background of 77.45% respondents was rural and farming was key source of income for more than half of respondents (56.14%). Satisfaction with classroom facilities (Mean=2.47±0.67), higher grades in examination (Mean=2.39±0.77) and relevance of the coursework (Mean=2.38±0.75) learned at training institutes helped respondents to get through the recruitment process. Regression analysis affirmed that extra-curricular activities (P<0.05), being a sportsman, (P<0.01), higher grades in examination (P<0.05), educational environment at IATI Sargodha (P<0.01) and Rahim Yar Khan (P<0.05) were the prominent determinants of their employability. Study concludes that educational activities and co-curricular activities were equally important for the successful academic performance and earning an employability. Study stresses to streamline extracurricular activities at institutes level and conductance of inter and intra institutes competitions to bring positive change in behavior of students to pave the way towards success.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

June

Vol. 53, Iss. 3, Pages 801-1200

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