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MSc Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) at Shoolini University offers eligible students the essential academic tools required for theoretical and empirical economic analysis, particularly in relation to the renewable natural resources sector. Through this discipline, students learn to apply economics to measure the impact of agricultural practices and are also trained to forecast it. With a specialization in Agricultural Economics, students are known to enjoy a wider range of professional opportunities.

Shoolini University enjoys a prime location at the foothills of the Himalayas. Such a rural setting provides an excellent experience of mountain farming to students of agriculture in particular.

Faculty members come from global universities such as Oxford, NIH, NCI, John Hopkins Medical School, as well as top universities of India like IISc, JNU, DU, and ZSI. Many faculty members have received grants from National and International funding agencies.

Key areas of research

Agriculture Economics | Natural Resource Economics | Economic Analysis of Himalayan Farming Systems | Crop Diversification | Farm Management | Agricultural Growth | Sustainable Agriculture

Career Opportunities

  • Officers in Agriculture Department (Agriculture Development Officers, Economists in different projects)
  • Economists and Marketing Officers in Agro-industries
  • Assistant Professor/Subject Matter Specialists (SMS) in SAUs (State Agril. Universities)
  • Economists/socioeconomic experts in NGOs, INGO
  • Assistant Scientists in ICAR Institutes
  • Higher studies

Semester I Sr. No. COURSE NAME CREDITS  COURSE TYPE
1 Micro Economic Theory And Applications 2 Core
2 Macro Economics And Policy 2 Core
3 Agricultural Production Economics 2 Core
4 Natural Resource And Environmental Economics 2 Core
5 Library And Information Services 1 Compulsory
6 Technical Writing And Communications Skills 1 Compulsory
7 Intellectual Property And Its Management In Agriculture 1 Compulsory
Total  11  
Semester II 1 Evolution Of Economic Thought 1 Core
2 Agricultural Marketing & Price Analysis 3 Core
3 Research Methodology For Social Sciences 2 Core
4 Econometrics 3 Core
5 Agricultural Finance And Project Management 3 Core
6 International Economics 2 Core
7 Agricultural Development And Policy Analysis 2 Core
8 Commodity Futures Trading 2 Core
9 Master’s Research 2 Core
10 Basic Concepts In Laboratory Techniques 1 Compulsory
11 Agricultural Research, Research Ethics And Rural Development Programmes 1 Compulsory
12 Disaster Management 1 Compulsory
Total  23  
         
Semester III 1 Linear Programming 2 Core
2 Institutional Economics 1 Core
3  Intellectual Property Management 1 Core
4 Rural Marketing 2 Core
5 Master’S Seminar 1 Core
6 Master’S Research 5 Core
Total  12  
         
Semester IV 1 Master’S Research 13 Core

 

Minimum Credit Requirements for Master’s Programme
  Credits
Major Subject 20
Minor Subject 9
Supporting Courses 5
Seminar 1
Research 20
Total Credits 55

 

Course Instructors
Y S NegiProfessor
GK SharmaProfessor
SK GuptaProfessor
Ravinder NathAssociate Professor
Santanu MukherjeeAssistant Professor
Anurag KumarAssistant Professor
Shweta SharmaAssistant Professor
Sanchit ThakurAssistant Professor
Rajendra KumarAssistant Professor
Devanshi PanditAssistant Professor
Ratika KayasthaAssistant Professor
Vinaykumar RachappanavarAssistant Professor
Anshul KumarAssistant Professor
Rahul KumarAssistant Professor
Neeraj Singh PariharAssistant Professor
Frequently Asked Questions

The MS Swaminathan School of Agriculture at Shoolini University has a blend of senior and young faculty members with doctoral degrees and postdocs from reputed institutions. Dr YS Negi, with a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, is the Dean of the School of Agriculture. He has over 38 years of teaching and research experience.

What are the future opportunities after completing MSc in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) from Shoolini University?

Students can find employment as agriculture officers, watershed managers, consultants, and marketing specialists in the government sector, NGOs, INGOs, banks, industrial units, etc. They can also work as marketing, sales and service officers or representatives in agricultural firms such as seed, insecticides, pesticides or agri-implement. Students also join as research & development officers or as scientists in agro-based industries such as food processing, agrochemicals, etc.

Yes, we emphasise hands-on experience, and all students participate in practical training as well as in extension activities where they share the knowledge they gained with farmers through field visits. Shoolini University has a crop cafeteria for day-to-day field practicals, small-scale milk unit, Kalaghat Farm for research and demonstration purposes as well as instructional farms to grow seasonal crops as per the course curriculum. Our students take the lead in organising events on occasions like World Food Day, World Soil Day and Parthenium Awareness Week, Science Exhibitions, etc.

We organise regular field visits, lectures, and interactions with experts. In their final year of the program, students are exposed to rural agricultural settings and agro-industries through course modules like Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE), Agro-Industrial Attachments (AIA) and the Experiential Learning Program (ELP).

Our fully functional Placement Cell with its team of experienced professionals has tie-ups with industry giants and multi-national corporations who visit Shoolini campus during Placement Week for On-the-Spot Placements. Our ‘Mission 130’ provides 100 per cent employability to students with 30 per cent in top companies.

Yes! The Shoolini Alumni Association organises Alumni Meet every year where alumni get together to share their valuable experiences with current students. We also invite outstanding alumni for expert talks, workshops, and seminars.

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Course Details
  • Eligibility: BSc Agriculture/Horticulture/ Forestry with 6/10 OGPA or 60%.
  • Admission Criteria: Shoolini University's multiple choice entrance test (SU-SAT)
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Semester Fee
    Himachal Pradesh Domicile : 65000
    Non-Himachal Pradesh Domicile : 70000

* One-time refundable security fee of Rs. 10,000

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