B.Sc. in Agriculture

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    B.Sc. Agriculture Programme

    Agriculture is a very important and significant part of 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. B.Sc. Agriculture involves the study of agriculture sciences and use of modern scientific equipment and techniques in agriculture, land surveying, soil science, water resource management, animal, and poultry management, basics of biotechnology etc. The objective of the course is to use these concepts to train students to improve agricultural productivity.  B.Sc. Agriculture Syllabus includes subjects such as Agronomy, Plant Biochemistry, Water Management Engineering, Study of Pests and Crops, amongst many others. The syllabus is designed to provide an overall knowledge of agriculture and all its related disciplines. BSc 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

    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.

    Features

    Typically offered as a Bachelor of Science (BSc Agriculture),  agriculture courses are highly interdisciplinary, requiring students to have a good grasp of both natural sciences and social sciences, and drawing on areas such as biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, economics and business and management. You will first build a strong scientific foundation in agriculture by studying biology, natural environments, agricultural production and agricultural science. As the course continues, you’ll usually be able to personalize your degree with optional modules to reflect your interests.

    The range and combination of topics taught will vary depending on the institution. This course focus on preparing students for work at national and international level – covering topics such as bio-based economies, sustainability on a global scale, and global food systems.

    Others will have focus on agriculture within a specific country or region, or on a particular aspect of agriculture – such as crop farming, marketing of farm products, animal care, sustainable practices, or large property management. Overall, you’ll gain a wide range of technical skills and knowledge, as well as an understanding of the scientific, moral and commercial principles behind the agricultural industry.

    If your work placement is optional, it’s a good idea to opt in. This is a great chance to put what you’ve learned into practice, get a better idea of the type of agriculture career you’d like to pursue, and gain valuable experience to improve your employability when applying for agriculture job

    Career

    Some well known job posts available in front of Graduates are-

    • Research Officer
    • Quality Assurance Officer
    • Agriculture Officer
    • Agriculture Loan Officer (in Banks)
    • Production Manager
    • Operations Manager
    • Farm Manager
    •  Talking about Private Sector jobs, graduates may find jobs as Managers at Plantations, as Officers at Fertilizer Manufacturing firms, Agriculture Machinery Industries, Agricultural Products Marketing firms, Food processing units etc. Average starting salary is generally between 2-4.5 Lakh Rupees per year.
    •  The Research and Development Sector associated with this field is a promising one. After completing relevant M.Sc. and PhD courses, one may build a career in that sector.