Agriculture

As the agricultural industry undergoes a critical phase of adaptation and change, it faces numerous environmental and social challenges. Expansion of the economic market for industrial goods and services hinges on the development of agriculture. Hence, growth and development of agriculture is crucial for the overall economic development. For sustainable growth and development, the Agriculture sector demands trained human resources in its various sub-disciplines, especially scientific agriculture.

Faculty of Agriculture at Shoolini University aims to create innovative thinkers and instil technical and managerial skills among graduate and postgraduate students. This prepares them to pursue a rewarding career in food, environment, health, heritage and creativity. Located in the midst of a thriving Himalayan ecosystem, we aim at professionalising agriculture so that our graduates take pride in being part of Agriculture courses.

MS Swaminathan School of Agriculture

The MS Swaminathan School of Agriculture is inspired by the living legend in agriculture sciences. Known as the “Father of Green Revolution in India”, he is highly regarded for his contributions in introducing and developing high yielding varieties of wheat in India. He is an advocate of sustainable development and wants to rid the world of hunger and poverty through "evergreen revolution”.

Dr. MS Swaminathan is a recipient of many national and international awards and recognitions. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1967 and Padma Bhushan in 1972 by the Government of India.

Courses in Agriculture

Our four-year graduate degree programme is being run as per the guidelines of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Students have the option to choose electives in the second year of the programme. Course modules like Rural Agriculture Work Experience & Agro-industrial Attachment (RAWE & AIA) and the Experiential Learning Programme (ELP) give students hands-on experience and confidence to face real life challenges in their agri-entrepreneurial endeavours.

For an MSc in Agriculture, we offer some cutting-edge programs across the important areas of study. List of the programs available is given below.

Need for Agriculture Education

Quality human recourse is the main driver of development initiatives in this field. Recognizing this importance of well trained human resource for agriculture, agricultural education has also gone through drastic changes in its orientation. Emphasis is now on scientific agriculture, with a focus on resource use efficiency. Indian farmers, especially marginal and small farmers, work under huge pressure of resource scarcity and climatic variability. Getting the best out of their small landholdings requires a well-tested scientific farming approach. The government of India, through Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other related agencies, took up the challenge to modernise Indian agriculture and introduction of formal agricultural education is a step in this direction.

Practical Learning

Agriculture students of Shoolini University have access to the SPRINT (Skill Progression through Rapid, Intensive & Innovative Training) program. Designed on the Stanford model, this program aims at grooming & polishing the personality of our students from the perspective of employment and entrepreneurship on the global stage.

Meet the Faculty

Courses

COURSE NAME DURATION ELIGIBILITY
BSc (Hons) Agriculture 4 years 10+2 in PCM/ PCB with minimum 60% marks.
MSc Agriculture (Agricultural Extension Education) 2 years BSc (Agri)/Horticulture with 6.00/10 OGPA or 60% marks.
MSc Agriculture (Agronomy) 2 years BSc (Agri)/Horticulture with 6.00/10 OGPA or 60% marks.
MSc Agriculture (Plant Breeding & Genetics) 2 years BSc (Agri)/Horticulture with 6.00/10 OGPA or 60%.
MSc Agriculture (Soil Science) 2 years BSc Agriculture/Horticulture with 6/10 OGPA or 60%.

Why Enroll for Agriculture at Shoolini?

Despite being located in the hills, Shoolini University has sizable farmland near the main campus that work as crop cafeteria for day-to-day field practicals. Additionally, a component of animal husbandry with a small scale milk unit has been set up to enable practical learnings for students. 


The Kalaghat farm, popular with the students, has a new plantation of fruit crops, which brings the number of plants to about 360 fruit plants.  Cultivation of vegetables and medicinal plants is also done on this farm for research and demonstration purposes. 


Instructional farms of the university are used to grow seasonal crops as per their importance in the course curriculum. In the last seasons, students were actively involved in cultivation of Kharif (maize, soybean, cowpea, green gram, black gram, horse gram (Kulth); and seasonal vegetables like, tomato, brinjal, capsicum, colocasia, etc.) and Rabi (wheat, barley, sarson (mustard), peas, onion, garlic, methi (Fenugreek), chickpea, lentil, etc.) crops.

Career Paths

  • Agriculture Officers (Government, banks)
  • Consultants/Extension officers (Government, NGOs, INGOs, industries, etc.)
  • Higher Studies
  • Watershed Managers
  • Sales and Service Representative (agri-firms)
  • Marketing and e-Marketing Specialists
  • Agripreneurs (nursery raising, beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, precision agriculture, etc.)

Faculty

Faculty at the  Swaminathan School of Agriculture comprises academicians who have worked extensively as researchers and professors in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, crop improvement, wildland, etc. We focus equally on teaching and research, which has helped us push the boundaries of knowledge for India's most important economic sector.

Dean of the School of Agriculture Dr. YS Negi is a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley with a teaching and research experience of 38 years. In the past, he has worked in some of India's leading agriculture universities, including the Agro-economic Research Centre (HPU Shimla) and Dr YS Parmar University (Nauni, Solan).

Placements

Student Voices

Dikshita Thakur (MSc Biotechnology)
The exposure and education at Shoolini enabled me to secure a job in BioCon, one of the top Biotech firms.

Rajan Rolta (B Tech & M Tech Biotechnology)
I am grateful to Shoolini and my mentor for supporting me in filing nine patents during my B Tech and M Tech programs.

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