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)

  • Gazetted Post (Agriculture Extension Officer, Agriculture Development Officer, Horticulture Extension Officer etc.) 
  • Social Activist in Non-Governmental Organisation
  • Subject Matter Specialist in Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Agriculture Extension Specialist)
  • Officers in Private Agri-Business Firms
  • Agriculture Field Officer
  • Field Officers in banks


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
Total Credits 15  
Semester II 1 Research Methods In Behavioural Sciences 3 Core
2 E-Extension 3 Core
3 Human Resource Development 3 Core
4 Participatory Methods For Technology Development And Transfer 2 Core
5 Master'S Research 2 Core
6 Basic Concepts In Laboratory Techniques 1 Compulsory
7 Agricultural Research, Research Ethics And Rural Development Programmes 1 Compulsory
8 Disaster Management 1 Compulsory
Total Credits 16  
Semester III 1 Entrepreneurship Development And Management In Extension 3 Core
2 Visual Communication 3 Core
3 Gender Sensitization For Development 2 Core
4 Master’s Seminar 1 Core
5 Master’s Research 5 Core
Total Credits 14  
Semester IV  1 Master’S Research 13 Core


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

Y S Negi
Y S NegiProfessor
GK Sharma
GK SharmaProfessor
SK Gupta
SK GuptaProfessor
Ravinder Nath
Ravinder NathAssociate Professor
Santanu Mukherjee
Santanu MukherjeeAssistant Professor
Anurag Kumar
Anurag KumarAssistant Professor
Shweta Sharma
Shweta SharmaAssistant Professor
Sanchit Thakur
Sanchit ThakurAssistant Professor
Rajendra Kumar
Rajendra KumarAssistant Professor
Devanshi Pandit
Devanshi PanditAssistant Professor
Ratika Kayastha
Ratika KayasthaAssistant Professor
Vinaykumar Rachappanavar
Vinaykumar RachappanavarAssistant Professor
Anshul Kumar
Anshul KumarAssistant Professor
Rahul Kumar
Rahul KumarAssistant Professor
Neeraj Singh Parihar
Neeraj Singh PariharAssistant Professor
Muntazir Mushtaq
Muntazir MushtaqAssistant 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 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.

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, and faculty interaction

  • Duration: 2 years

  • Semester Fee

    Himachal Pradesh Domicile : 65000
    Others : 70000

Admissions Open: 2023


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