India has been known as a rural country, as the majority of population lives in rural areas; and also the majority of the same, either directly or indirectly, is dependent on agriculture,. The cultivable area at the national, especially at the state level, due to diversion of arable land to urbanization, industrialization and other changes of land use (CLUs), has been squeezing year after year. Consequently, the need to produce more and more, in continuously shrinking available cultivable land, is increasing.

A well known fact is that our population has been increasing with such a pace that in times to come we will be the most populous country at global level. Another hard fact is that the productivity of major crops, especially of that of oil seeds and pulses has almost stagnated. Therefore, under the prevailing scenario we are left with not much scope to grow horizontally, rather vertically.

To feed the increasing bellies from continuously squeezing land and tackling the issues like declining crop productivity etc., the emergence and adoption of innovative technologies and technical knowhow in the field of agriculture remain the only solution of the problem. To achieve the desired and required targets, the need of hour is to prepare agricultural graduates and post graduates with latest knowledge along with innovative and modern research experience in agricultural and allied fields. The innovative and modern agricultural technology applied at farmer’s field will ultimately help us in achieving the goals.

 Realizing the need and increasing demand of agricultural graduates and post graduates in public and private sectors and also more and more demand of agricultural produce and processed food, it was envisaged to start Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at SGT, University.

The goal of agricultural education is to train the agricultural graduates with the knowledge, leadership and skills to provide occupational, professional and community services in varied settings; including corporate, industry, governmental and farms levels.

The goal of agricultural education is to train the agricultural graduates with the knowledge, leadership and skills to provide occupational, professional and community services in varied settings; including corporate, industry, governmental and farms levels.

Four – year program (with theory , practical & experiential learning in various aspects of agricultural fields)

 

The candidate seeking admission to B.Sc.(Hons.) Agriculture course must have passed Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) of the Board of School Education, Haryana, Bhiwani or an examination recognized equivalent thereto with at least 45 % marks (40% marks in case of SC/ST candidates of Haryana State only) in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Math taken together both in qualifying and/or competitive examinations and must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Math and English individually in the qualifying examination.

Note:   The age of the candidate shall be determined as per entry in the Matriculation/Secondary School Examination certificate or any other examination recognized equivalent thereto.

 

The courses taught in the degree course equip the graduates to find career opportunities in:

  • educational and research fields in public and private institutions
  • the State Department of Agriculture and Horticulture as Agricultural development Officers and Horticulture Officers, respectively
  • in public and private sector banks as Rural Development Officers
  • Soil Conservation and Soil Testing Division, Department of Agriculture as Officers
  • various fertilizer organizations as Technical personnel
  • The graduates can also find various options in pesticides and seed companies, starting from Management Trainee to Marketing Officer in Marketing Division;
  • Research Officers in Research & Development Division
  • They can also find employability as Technical Personnel in various food processing industries.

The following will be the core disciplines to be taught in the degree course:

  1. Agricultural Economics
  2. Agricultural Extension
  3. Agro-forestry
  4. Agrometeorology
  5. Agronomy
  6. Entomology
  7. Genetics and Plant Breeding
  8. Horticulture
  9. Nematology
  10. Plant Pathology
  11. Soil Science
  12. Vegetable Science

The curriculum based on interdisciplinary approach, is an integrated system of learning. The major thrust remains on practical and problem based learning. The students’ involvement and interaction with the problems faced by them in the agricultural and allied fields will be the main stay of the teaching strategies.

It is assumed that there will be 1280 (approximately) teaching hours in one year period of the degree course. Breakup of these hours will be for theory and practical classes. The theory teaching will be of 900 hours and practical will be of 380 hours. The teaching will be on various topics and subtopics.

 

Heads Semester wise Total hour/year
Theory classes 36 hours /week and 450 hours/semester 900
Practical classes (in laboratory and field) 15 hours /week 190 hours/semester 380
Total 640 hours/semester 1280

The theory teaching will be classroom teaching, including explaining the subject matter by using board (white), multimedia, charts, models, specimens, carrying out group discussion, etc. Lecture delivery will be done keeping in mind the standards of all strata of the students. Formative assessment will be part of the teaching methodology. For the students this kind of assessment will be a sort of fun, fast and friendly (not a burden/stress). It may include verbal interaction, group discussion, MCQs where students will not be judged, but class teacher will get an idea if the student has received what has been delivered.

Elective Training / Optional posting: During the penultimate semester of the degree the students will find an option to elect one module out of five (Commercial Agriculture, Crop Production, Horticulture, Plant Protection, Post-Harvest Technology & Value Addition) choices, depending upon his /her interest or prospective career which he/she will intend to pursue. The constitution of the modules has been shaped with market- driven forces or future prospects of the module.

During the last semester of the degree, the students will be exposed partly to the rural environment wherein they will be attached to Agricultural personnel like ADO (Agriculture Development Officer) and will themselves experience the rural life and will be exposed even to the smallest activity of agriculture and allied fields. This will be hands on training in the rural area for major part of the semester. For rest period of the semester they will be attached to some agro-based industry to have industrial experience, which they may opt as a career after completing the degree course.

In addition to this, the students will be given practical training for 20-30 days at the end of each academic year. The duration of the training will depend upon nature and importance of training program. Two short-term training programs can be clubbed together. The training areas will be mushroom production, bee–keeping & honey processing, budding and grafting, vermi-composting, poultry farming, piggery, protected cultivation, certified seed production, etc.