College of Agriculture
The College of Agriculture is the biggest college of the University. It came into existence in October 1978. The teaching work is done in the four wings of the college of agriculture building with laboratories having sophisticated equipments, spacious lecture rooms, sitting space for the staff member and a beautifully designed auditorium to seat 295 persons. Besides, it has a few green houses and glass houses and a stand by power generator to cater to the needs of campus water supply and student’s hostels.
There are nineteen departments in this college, viz, Agronomy, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Horticulture, Vegetable Science, Agricultural Economics, Soil Science, Agricultural Statistics, Entomology, Biochemistry, Crop Physiology, Plant Pathology, Nematalogy, Microbiology, Forestry, Extension Education, Agriculture engineering, Food Technology, Fisheries and Agril. Meteorology. These departments are engaged in three main functions of teaching, research and extension.
A four year B.Sc.(Agriculture) degree programme is being offered in the college. Farm practical is a vital component of the training programme for various agricultural operations. Under the Earn-while-you-learn scheme, the students execute all the field operations themselves and the earnings are divided amongst them. The final year students also go for village extension training programmes every week. There has been a feeling that the students graduating from agricultural colleges do not possess the required practical knowledge and skills to be engaged in the agricultural profession effectively and efficiently. To achieve this goal Internship in Agriculture programme (IAP) has been started in this University at B.Sc.(Ag.) level to provide an opportunity to the students to develop self-confidence in training and better understanding of the practical problems faced in the field by the farmers as well as to see the socio-economic aspects of the villages more closely. After completion of course work, the students undergo Internship in Agriculture Programme (IAP) in the last semester. Under this programme, they are impart extensive entrepreneurship training in the field of their own choice ranging from preparation of feasibility report to the execution of projects.
With the modernization of agriculture and changing scenario influenced by open market economy, there is an urgent need to introduce specialization at B.Sc.(Ag.) level. The objective of such specialization is to cover a wide-spectrum of agricultural activities, so as to produce graduates who can effectively meet the changing requirements of the farming community and the Department of Agriculture and allied agencies. Specialization at under-graduate level equips the graduates better to effectively compete in their lives. The B.Sc.(Ag.) programme, therefore, has a package of elective subjects at the under-graduate level offered by various departments.
- Course on standards/patenting relevant to agriculture
- International Agricultural Trade
- Agricultural Geography Education
- Courses in German/French/Russian
- Inclusion of courses on quarantine policy and options to promote International Law on exchange of biological materials to safeguard against transfer of undesirable diseases, insects, nematodes and weed seeds.
- A course on constitution/Central;/State Government Policies on major issues including agricultural education.
- A course on rural reconstruction.
- A course on legal education as applied to agricultural sector.
- Promotion for research on agricultural education and instruction to meet future varying needs of the country with special emphasis on sustainability issues and generation of high quality indigenous technology.
The M.Sc.(Ag.) teaching programme was started in the year 1981-82 in four disciplines viz. Agronomy, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Horticulture and Vegetable Science with 28 students. Numbers of disciplines were increased during subsequent years. At present the M.Sc.(Ag.) degree is awarded in 17 disciplines viz. Agronomy, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Horticulture, Agricultural Economics, Vegetable Science, Entomology, Soil Science, Biochemistry, Crop Physiology, Plant Pathology, Extension Education, Agril. Statistics, Agril. Meteorology, Fisheries, Food Technology, Microbiology and Nematology. The Ph.D. degree programme was started from the second semester of 1982-83 in the disciplines of Agronomy, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Horticulture and Agricultural Economics by admitting 3,3,2 and 2 students respectively. However, 3 of them left the course, thus the number of students remained 7 in 1982-83. The Ph.D. Programme is now running in the disciplines of Agronomy, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Horticulture, Agricultural Economics, Soil Science, Vegetable Science, Entomology, Crop Physiology, Biochemistry and Plant Pathology.
In programmes leading to, both M.Sc.(Ag) and Ph.D. degree, a portion of the total training is spent on course work of advanced nature offered by the members of the faculty, followed by one or more years of research under the guidance of a scientist on problems of immediate or future relevance to agriculture, live stock production and allied areas in the region.