Department of AGRICULTURE

India is an agricultural country. Agriculture and its allied activities act as the main source of livelihood for more than 80% population of rural India. The Department of Agriculture Science, SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat, Haryana aims to emerge as a leading world-class university that creates and disseminates knowledge upholding the highest standards of instruction in Science and Humanities. BSc (H) in Agriculture Science Programme is a 4-years-long undergraduate course that aims to use modern concepts to train students to improve agriculture productivity, manage products and pave the way for future developments through research activities. The courseware will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, and practical classes at the farms and laboratories. Our exceptional industry contacts and external visits to livestock and crop enterprises and agribusinesses will provide valuable additional case studies. Our Programme provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or direct relevance to employment aspirations.

Introduction to B.Sc. (H) Agriculture Science

BSc (H) in Agriculture Science programme is a 4-years-long undergraduate course consisting of topics such as agricultural science, use of modern scientific equipment and techniques in agriculture, land surveying, soil science, water resource management, animal and poultry management, basics of biotechnology, agronomy, nutrition, farm operational management, agricultural marketing or journalism, genetics and animal breeding, production operations management, health, welfare and disease advisors, animal science and technology, research, advisory and consultancy both for the government and the private sector. The main aim of this programme is to use the above mentioned concepts to train students improve agriculture productivity, manage products and pave way for future developments through research activities. The courseware will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and practical classes at the farms and laboratories. Our exceptional industry contacts and external visits to livestock and crop enterprises and agribusinesses will provide valuable additional case studies. Modules will be assessed through examinations and coursework, including real-life case studies, presentations and reports. There are timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year. The Research Project is an integral part of the course. It provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to employment aspirations. Our graduates will be able to apply for placements relevant to their interests and aspirations, and may choose to link these to their choice of electives in the final year or proposed dissertation topic.

Graduate Attributes in B.Sc. (H) Agriculture Science

Graduate will be expecting to

  • Having an ability to apply mathematics and science in agricultural applications
  • Having a clear understanding of the subject related concepts and of contemporary issues
  • Having an ability to design a component or a product applying all the relevant standards and with realistic constraints
  • Having an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Having an ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for agricultural practices
  • Having problem solving ability- solving farmers problems
  • Having adaptive thinking and adaptability
  • Having a clear understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Having cross cultural competency exhibited by working in teams
  • Having a good working knowledge of communicating in English
  • Having a good cognitive load management [discriminate and filter the available data skills
  • Having interest in lifelong learning

Career Opportunities after B.Sc. (H) Agriculture Science

Graduates have several career option to serve at various capacity viz., Agriculture officer, Farm or Plantation Manager, Agricultural Research Scientist, Agriculture Development Officers, Agriculture Technician, Practicing progressive agriculturists, Business Development Executive, Marketing Executive, professional in colleges and universities, Technical advisor in NGOs, Agricultural innovators and entrepreneurs.

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Programme Overviews

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)

  • To produce graduates who have a clear understanding of the subject-related concepts and contemporary issues.
  • To produce graduates who will be able to accommodate insightful information on Agriculture principles necessary for the applications of Agriculture.
  • To provide graduates with the knowledge of recent trends in technology and solve problems in industry and farmers.

Programme Specific Outcomes (PSO)

  • Students at the time of graduation will have a detailed knowledge of various agri-business activities.
  • Students at the time of graduation will be able to identify, interpret and solve the problems encountered in day-to-day agriculture by implementing their knowledge of recent agricultural technologies.

Programme Outcomes (PO)

  • The Programme will impart students with firsthand knowledge of agriculture and allied sciences.
  • Through the learnings of the Programme, students will be able to acquire extensive knowledge of agro-allied sectors like livestock, horticulture, Poultry, and sericulture.

What are the job opportunities for this Programme?

The curriculum is designed to train students through a multidisciplinary approach by integrating technological advancements and the offered courses are in tune with international standards and as envisaged by Indian Council of Agriculture Research. At present, our Corporate and Industrial Relations Directorate is linking students with various industries and helping them with placements depending on industrial demands. Specifically, students get placement in government departments as Agricultural or Extension Officers and in banks as Agricultural Development Officers. In addition, students are eligible to apply for any jobs where a general science degree/agriculture is set as eligibility condition. For example, students can apply for Indian Civil Service examination after securing a degree in Agricultural Science.

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture: What is it about?

B.Sc. in Agriculture course equips students with all-round knowledge of sector and normally includes the following:

  • Agronomy: Basics of Agronomy, Kharif and Rabi Crop, Crop Protection, Weed Management, Irrigation Techniques, Water Resource Management, Organic Farming, Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Plant Genetics: Botany, Basics of Genetics, Plant Breeding, Seed Technology, Basics of Biotechnology.
  • Soil Science: Introduction to Soil Science, Soil Fertility, Soil Chemistry, Fertilizers, Agricultural Chemistry.
  • Entomology: Pest Management, Beneficial Insects, Grain Storage and Management.
  • Agricultural Economics: Market prices, Trade prices, Marketing, Finance, Agribusiness Management, Farm Management.
  • Agriculture Engineering: Agriculture Machinery, Power and Tools, Harvest Technology, Environment Science and Engineering, Renewable Energy.
  • Agricultural Meteorology: Climate patterns, Climatic hazards on Agriculture, Climatic Zones, Weather forecasting.
  • Plant Pathology: Crop Diseases, Nematology.
  • Horticulture: Fruit Crops, Medicinal Plants, Aromatic Plants, Flower Production, Spices, Plantation Crops.
  • Agricultural Extension: Dimensions of Agricultural Extension, Extension Methodologies, Entrepreneurship Development program.

In all the above areas of study, practical sessions related to theoretical knowledge are also built into the course. There are some elective courses, study tours, field trips, in some semesters.

What are the government sectors offering jobs for B.Sc (H) Agriculture Science?

Following are some government sectors which have job opportunities for B.Sc. Agriculture graduates:

  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute
  • National Seeds Corporation Limited
  • State Farms Corporation of India
  • Food Corporation of India
  • National Dairy Development Board
  • NABARD and other banks
  • Agricultural finance corporations
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
  • North Eastern Region Agricultural Marketing Corporation

What are the private sectors offering jobs for B.Sc (H) Agriculture Science?

Following are the private sectors which offer jobs to agriculture graduates:

  • Agro industries
  • Agriculture Marketing
  • Financial sector with focus on agriculture
  • Micro-finance institutions
  • Fertilizer companies
  • Agri-biotech organizations

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