Agriculture engineers.

Byline: Prof (Dr) Altaf Ali Siyal - Tandojam

RECENTLY, the Sindh irrigation department advertised posts for the recruitment of 31 assistant executive engineers in the department through Sindh Public Service Commission.

Applications only from civil engineers were invited, while agriculture engineers were ignored and denied competition against civil engineers, although agriculture engineers have equal or even more knowledge and capabilities to operate an irrigation and drainage network.

An agriculture engineer studies nine core engineering courses on irrigation, drainage, hydrology, hydraulics, construction, etc., whereas a civil engineer studies only five core courses.

Five more related courses on agriculture, crop water requirement, soil, surveying are also taught to agriculture engineers, while civil engineers learn only two related courses.


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