MSc Agriculture (Agricultural Extension Education) at Shoolini University endeavours to transfer technology from the laboratories to the farmers and food producers working in the fields. The aim is to extend the fruits of technological development to our fields and maximize agricultural produce. The innovative methods and practices suggested by our students help modernize the agricultural sector.
Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, and with a rural setting, Shoolini University offers an excellent experience of mountain farming to students.
Faculty members at Shoolini University come from leading Indian and global campuses such as Oxford, NIH, NCI, John Hopkins Medical School, IISc, JNU, DU, and ZSI.
Key areas of research
Socio-Economic Indicators | Adoption Rate | Rural Development | Programme Evaluation | Technology Gap
Career Opportunities in MSc Agriculture (Agricultural Extension & Communication)
|Semester I||Sr. No.||COURSE NAME||CREDITS||COURSE TYPE|
|1||Development Perspectives Of Extension Education||2||Core|
|2||Diffusion Andadoption Of Innovations||3||Core|
|3||Development Communication And Information Management||3||Core|
|4||Perspectives Of Distance Education||2||Core|
|5||Market Led Extension||2||Core|
|6||Library And Information Services||1||Compulsory|
|7||Technical Writing And Communications Skills||1||Compulsory|
|8||Intellectual Property And Its Management In Agriculture||1||Compulsory|
|Semester II||1||Research Methods In Behavioural Sciences||3||Core|
|3||Human Resource Development||3||Core|
|4||Participatory Methods For Technology Development And Transfer||2||Core|
|6||Basic Concepts In Laboratory Techniques||1||Compulsory|
|7||Agricultural Research, Research Ethics And Rural Development Programmes||1||Compulsory|
|Semester III||1||Entrepreneurship Development And Management In Extension||3||Core|
|3||Gender Sensitization For Development||2||Core|
|Semester IV||1||Master’S Research||13||Core|
|Minimum Credit Requirements for Master’s Programme|
Frequently Asked Questions
Who teaches MSc Agriculture (Agricultural Extension Education) at Shoolini University?
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 Agriculture (Agricultural Extension Education) from Shoolini University?
Postgrads 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.
Is practical training a part of this course?
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.
How do you expose students to industry experience?
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).
What are the placement opportunities available for students?
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.
Do you have a strong alumni network?
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.
Eligibility: BSc Agriculture/Horticulture/ Forestry with 6/10 OGPA or 60%.
Admission Criteria: Shoolini University's multiple choice entrance test, and faculty interaction
Duration: 2 years
Himachal Pradesh Domicile : ₹65000
Others : ₹70000