Admissions [Fully On-Line Mode of ‘PGCDS Program’ Available Now!]

Everything you need to know about Admissions


Important, please Note!

Announcing admissions for the 2nd Batch to a one-of-a-kind PGCDS (PG Certificate in Dryland Studies) Program conducted by Professors and experts of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (BGU)

The Certificate is offered by BGU, Israel. The On-Campus & Off Campus Certificate Program is being conducted respectively in ABIDAT, Chennai or via fully ‘On-line mode’. For the On-Campus program Students (including In-Service Candidates) are required to be in Chennai for the duration of the 2 (two) semesters Certificate Program. Students opting for the ‘Off Campus’ (fully ‘On-line mode’) can attend classes online from anywhere, however they will be required to participate in the Internship program physically in Tamil Nadu &/or any place the same is scheduled, in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the PGCDS program. Participation in Trials-cum-Exercises during the Summer Break between the 2 Semesters &/or at the end of 2nd Semester will entitle Students to an additional Certificate.

Interested candidates can register now.


Students who possess degrees in Agriculture & allied disciplines (including Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Dairy, Agricultural Engineering, Water Technology, etc); besides, those who have graduated with major subjects in Environmental Sciences, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biotechnology & allied Life Sciences, with a minimum of 50% Aggregate Score. Applicants expecting to complete their graduation by August-September 2023 are eligible. In-Service candidates, and post graduates can add value to their qualification and experience by enhancing career prospects.


This program will benefit all those interested in getting an in-depth multidisciplinary approach to ecosystems of wide ranges, agriculture and dryland systems, besides degraded and fragile landscapes and management approaches. Credits earned in the program will be considered as a partial fulfillment for future studies in obtaining a M.Sc. degree in Desert Studies offered by The Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies in the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, with a possibility of grant of Fellowship (Scholarship), as obtained by 100% of our 1st Batch (2022-23).

Value proposition

  • The PGCDS program is an excellent, futuristic program addressing the imminent crises of Climate Change, Water Scarcity, Drylands, Desertification, Degradation, etc through a multi-disciplinary scientific approach towards future global sustainability;
  • Since it is an International Education Program, with the Academic Credits earned being valuable, it has an equivalency to any of the World Class Universities;
  • Access to hundreds of US$ worth of State of the Art GIS Software and learning to use it Hands-On is just 1 of the 12 Courses students will be taught;
  • Furthermore, the possibility of being admitted to BGU, Israel, literally at Zero Cost, the following Year, for a full-PG Degree wherein all 30 Credits earned here in India at ABIDAT being considered for the Master’s Degree [as obtained by 100% of our 1st Batch (2022-23)].
  • The Certificate Program would enhance worth, i.e., Employability Quotient (EmQ) of those seeking to contribute for sustainable approaches for the delivery of products and services, even to become entrepreneurs.
  • Besides, it is an exceptional opportunity for the In-Service Personnel to upgrade themselves for their performance, career and ultimate improvement in the ‘Production ecosystems’ for the advantage of Agriculture and many more sectors of NRM of India and the world.
  • In short, 1 Year of Time & the Capital investment is a direct gain for 3 years; Of course, the lifetime dividends are enormous.


All students of the PG Certificate Program are enrolled in the BGU Student Register and have a BGU Student ID, BGU Email ID and access to the BGU Library and digital assets (including Softwares). The Fees for the 1 Year’s PG Certificate Program ( 2 semesters) is payable in 2 to 4 instalments. The fees only cover Tuition and Academic costs. Local board and lodge will be extra and to students’ account for those opting to be pursue thru’ On-Campus mode. ABIDAT assists students with identifying lodging in and around Chennai, which is friendly for educational development and growth.




Online Application is open for eligible candidates.

The ‘Online-Application’ is to be filled stating true & correct entries, uploading the appropriate documents.

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An Intimation-Letter for participating in an Interview-cum‘Counselling’ will be issued to the candidates, who will have to virtually appear for an Interview before proceeding to the subsequent stages of selection. This process may take place with the involvement of BGU, Israel.



All original documents relevant with reference to identity, qualifications, etc will be required from the applicants to be physically presented during the Admission process. One set of the self-attested photocopies of all these documents will have to be submitted at the Registrar’s Office. Any candidate found ineligible during the process of Admission or thereafter will be debarred forthwith and his/her enrolment cancelled with no refunds of any payments whatsoever. Legal proceedings will be initiated, if any candidate is found involved in unlawful activities.



Once the applicant has fulfilled all the prerequisites, the final selection, enrolment, etc will take place, in compliance with the norms of BGU, Israel. The Professional Fees (Admission-cum-Tuition and Academic Fees) for the 1 Year PG Certificate Program (2 semesters) is payable in 2 to 4 instalments. The enrolled ABIDAT student will be identified as a non-degree Scholar by BGU, Israel.