Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-04-27 20:12 Bengaluru: Girls have once again outshone boys at the University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore. Out of the 114 gold medals, 28 girls are going to receive 71 gold medals and 21 boys will be awarded 43 gold medals at the 50th annual convocation ceremony of the UAS. The prestigious institute will also be awarding degrees to a total of 922 students (584 Bachelor degrees, 245 Masters and 93 doctorate degrees) as part of the convocation ceremony. Speaking to the media, H Shivanna, Vice Chancellor, GKVK said the institute was proud that girls have bagged more gold medals than boys. “In post-graduate degree programmes, eight girls and five boys are getting gold medals, in UG degree programmes, five boys and ten girls will be awarded gold medals, and in Master's degree programme, 11 boys and 10 girls will be given the same.” The V-C also said that the university’s new convention centre Dr Babu Rajendra Prasad International Convention Centre, where the 50th convocation programme will be held, was the largest in southern India and second largest in the country. The convention centre located inside the GKVK campus on Bellary Road has been funded jointly by state government and the UAS. The convention centre, which can seat 2000 people, cost Rs35 cr to build and the state government contributed Rs16 cr towards the project, said Devraj MN, Estate Officer, UAS-B. Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, who is also the Chancellor of University, is expected to inaugurate the building on April 30. State to receive good rains this year Speaking about the upcoming monsoon season, scientist in Agrometeorology and Registrar, UAS-B, MB Rajegowda said the state would receive six percent more rainfall this year. “The south west monsoon is set to hit Kerala coast in first week of June. Within couple of days of reaching Kerala, state will receive the rains. The temperature in Bengaluru soared this year because last time the northeast monsoon was weaker, and the amount of carbon emissions has increased in atmosphere.” Drip irrigation can increase yield Dr Sheshadri, Director, Research Department, GKVK, said, “By using drip irrigation system farmers can increase the yield by 30 to 35�nd there will be reduction in the water usage by 40 to 45�Installing drip irrigation system costs around Rs 65,000 to 70000 for one acre, said Sheshadri adding that farmers can cover these expenses by selling sugarcane for a minimum of two years.