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Agriculture Engineering

Department of Agriculture Engineering

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AGRICULTURE plays a crucial role in the Indian economy. Almost 60 percent of the Indian workforce is involved in agriculture, but that has not resulted in substantial growth of the sector. In fact, its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has dwindled to less than 25 percent. It is time that students explore this largely unknown arena. Most students are well aware of the streams like engineering and medicine, and post-graduate degrees like the MBA. But you may have not given any thought to a B.Sc in Agriculture, in spite of the fact that agriculture is a part of the NCERT syllabus for Class 10+2 for science students, and you prepared the chapter for your board exams. The demand for trained professionals in the field of agriculture is high. A student who has completed a B.Sc in Agriculture will get a well-paying job right after graduation. It was in the mid-1960s, Dr. DS Kothari, the then Chairman of the UGC, proposed that each state should have at least one agricultural university, a move that was implemented across the country.


Development of farming community by adoption of advanced agricultural technologies by the way of extension, demonstration and education. To train Agricultural graduates competent enough for assuring food supply and food security for next generations in India. To meet global needs and challenges in Agriculture sector through innovation and knowledge transformation between India and other countries.


Education, Extension, Demonstration and Training


To strengthen the intellectual side of personality, Development of good physique with moral values of students


Typically, a B.Sc in Agriculture is a four-year course, though some universities or institutes offer a five-year course. The curriculum vary, from learning about soil science to agricultural meteorology, and there is a balance between theory and practicals. Your last year will comprise hands-on training, which helps in tying up all you have learned in the first three years, to make you job-ready.

Agriculture is very diverse and the curriculum allows you to choose areas of interest to you. "Students interested in physical, biological, chemical, and computer science can specialise, based on their interest and aptitude. Even an interest in engineering or journalism (writing about agriculture), finds an avenue here," shares Prof. H. S. Gaur, Dean and Joint Director (Edu), Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

Engineering enthusiasts can study Agricultural Engineering. If numbers and calculations excite you, you can take up Mathematical Statistics. Marketing has its own space within the field of agriculture, and so do chemistry and biology. You can also opt for Agri-Botany, Agri-Biotechnology, Agri-Chemistry, Agri-Economics, Agri-Extension, Agronomy, Agri-Engineering and Social forestry.

Agricultural departments, extension services, research organisations, financial sector with focus on agriculture, micro-finance institutions , academia, fertiliser companies, agri-biotech organisations, commercial farming players etc. are few of the diverse fields which can be regarded as prospects or area of oppurtunites for students pursuing B.Sc Agriculture.

Agricultural giants such as ITC, Monsanto and Cargill, which are beginning to establish their presence in commercial farming as well as small farmer-led production initiatives are on the look out for young executives to handle extension services. Since agriculture is a priority area in achieving financial inclusion, many insurance companies and banks also recruit agriculture graduates.

Also, look at research and advocacy-based organisations such as Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). "Extension, that is, taking your expertise from the lab to the land and vice-versa, is the most challenging aspect," says Dr. K M Manjaiah, Registrar (Academic), IARI, enthusiastically. For instance, the AME Foundation, an NGO which focuses on promoting agriculture in difficult circumstances, helps families which thrive on dry farming in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The department plans to take membership of the following professional bodies:-

  • Indian Society of Agricultural Science
  • Indian Society of Agro-Physics
  • Indian Society of Extension Education
  • Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding
  • Indian Society of Horticulture
  • Indian Society of Plant Physiology
  • Indian Society of Seed Technology
  • Indian Society of Soil Science
  • Indian Society of The Clay Minerals
  • Indian Society Of Agronomy
  • Indian Society of Vegetable Science
  • Indian Society of Plant Pathologists
  • Indian Society Of Agricultural Economics
  • Indian Society of Agricultural Information Technology
  • Indian Society for Plant Physiology
  • Entomological Society of India
  • Association of Agrometeorologists

  • Agronomy
  • Animal Husbandry & Dairy Science
  • Agricultural Botany
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Entomology
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Horticulture
  • Agricultural Meteorology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry

Soil & Plant Clinic

State-of-the-art Soil Health Clinic and Plant Health Clinic with disease forecasting facilities have been established in this department for soil and plant analyses and fertilizers recommendation, reclamation measures, nutrient deficiency diagnosis, soil fertility mapping, quality assessment of irrigation water, fertilizer and manures, advocating ad-hoc measures for disease control and for imparting training to students and farmers.

Farm Information Unit

The Farm Information Unit (FIU) undertakes various activities in development and communication of farm information and its dissemination to farmers as well as field extension workers.

Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC)

The Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) will be started during the year . The Centre will provide information on agriculture technologies in addition to providing other inputs like seeds, plant materials, etc. including advisory services through single window system. The ATIC is intended to providing formal management mechanism between the scientists and technology users. The Subject Matter Specialists provide technical support to the farmers and others who visit ATIC. Thus, ATIC will be functioning as a repository of agricultural information. An information Kiosk will be established, which provides information of various crops & technologies to the farmers.


The library is organized with specialized collections of various documents in fields of Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Basic Sciences, Humanities, Technology, Veterinary Sciences, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries & other allied subjects. The collection includes Books, Theses, Periodicals, Government Publications, Maps, & CD-ROMs. The library has been modernized with well equipped, Xerox machine, printer .

Library subscribes current print journals and 10 Newspapers and 12 Magazines and 10 Agricultural Newspapers. The main objectives of the library are to develop and promote information resources to students, faculty, researchers, scientists, trainees and agricultural officers both in conventional and electronic format. The library has congenial environment, good ventilated and spacious reading rooms to its readers. The present library has seven main units providing Reference/ Referral services, User awareness services/ Orientation services, Newspapers, Internet-CDROM services Abstracting services, Book Bank services, Circulation cum reading services, Current awareness services, Bibliographic services, Reprographic services, Interlibrary Loan services, online journals /thesis access.


Dr. Nakuleshwar Dut Jasuja

Designation: Associate Professor

Qualification: Ph.D., UGC Research Fellow, NET (ICAR/CSIR-UGC), AICZ, M.Sc. (Microbiology), M.Sc. (Zoology)

Experience (In Years) : 9 years

E-Mail: nakul.jasuja@vgu.ac.in

Area of Interest : Microbiology, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Entomology, Nanotech & Bioscience

Publications : 55

Books : 02

Ph.D. Supervised/Submitted : 05

Award : Young Scientist Award (UGC) in 2013, Gold Medal of ZSI in 2015.


Dr. Deepika Sharma

Designation: Assistant Professor

Qualification: PhD, M.Sc( Biochemistry), MBA(Pharmaceutical Mgmt.)

Experience (In Years) : 4 years

E-Mail: sharma.deepika@vgu.ac.in

Area of Interest : Biochemistry, Food chemistry


Ms. Garima Khaspuria

Designation: Assistant Professor

Qualification: PhD*

Experience (In Years) : 2 year Teaching

E-Mail: garima.khaspuria@vgu.ac.in

Area of Interest : Medical Genetics, Immunology, Molecular and cell biology and Genetic Engineering.


Ms.Rashmi Hada

Designation: Assistant Professor

Qualification: M.Sc.(Bioscience), B.Ed

Experience (In Years) : 4 year

E-Mail: rashmi.hada@vgu.ac.in

Area of Interest :Molecular Genetics,Molecular and cell biology and Genetic Engineering.


Mr. Rajendra Beniwal

Designation: Assistant Professor

Qualification: M.Sc (Agronomy), NET

Experience (In Years) : 1 year

E-Mail: kumar_rajendra@vgu.ac.in

Area of Interest :Agronomy & Soil Science


Ms. Apoorva Upadhyay

Designation: Assistant Professor

Qualification: M.Tech (Biotechnology and Bioinformatics as major and nanotechnology as minor), Gate XL cleared

Experience (In Years) : 1 year

E-Mail: aaupadhyay@vgu.ac.in

Area of Interest : Cancer biology, Molecular and cell biology and Genetic Engineering.


Ms. Seema Manwani

Designation: Assistant Professor

Qualification: M.Sc (Botany),B.Ed

Experience (In Years) : 1 year

E-Mail: seema.manwani@vgu.ac.in

Area of Interest : Molecular Biology, Plant Taxonomy, Plant Physiology

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