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Under MSc Agriculture (Agronomy), Shoolini University provides the study of sustainable agriculture, ways to improve and increase agricultural productivity, theories to understand and create food security etc. Students apply such learnings to real-world situations by combining research with in-depth instruction in Climatology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Physiology and Plant Breeding.

Most of the faculty is an alumnus of 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

Weed Science | Nutrient Management | Water Management | Crop Management | Soil Management

Career Opportunities

  • Gazetted and Non-Gazetted post in state departments
  • Agriculture Field Officer in banks 
  • Teaching and non-teaching posts in State and Central universities
  • Jobs in herbicide and fertilizer companies 
  • Food Corporation of India
  • Subject Matter Specialist in Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Agronomist)

Semester I 1 Modern Concepts In Crop Production 3 Core
2 Principles And Practices Of Soil Fertility And Nutrient Management 3 Core
3 Principles And Practices Of Weed Management 3 Core
4 Agronomy Of Oilseed, Fibre And Sugar Crops 3 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  15  
Semester II 1 Principles And Practices Of Water Management 3 Core
2 Agrometeorology And Crop Weather Forecasting 3 Core
3 Agronomy Of Major Cereals And Pulses 3 Core
4 Agronomy Of Medicinal, Aromatic And Under-Utilized Crops 3 Core
5 Dryland Farming 3 Core
6 Principles And Practices Of Organic Farming 3 Core
7 Master’S Research 2 Core
8 Basic Concepts In Laboratory Techniques 1 Compulsory
9 Agricultural Research, Research Ethics And Rural Development Programmes 1 Compulsory
10 Disaster Management 1 Compulsory
Total  23  
Semester III 1 Agronomy Of Fodder And Forage Crops 3 Core
2 Agrostology And Agroforestry 3 Core
3 Cropping Systems 2 Core
4 Mechanism Of Herbicide Action 3 Core
5 Master’S Seminar 1 Core
6 Master’S Research 5 Core
Total  17  
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

Course Instructors
Amit RayProfessor
Ashish KhoslaProfessor
Virender RihaniProfessor
Shyam Singh ChandelProfessor
M. S. ThakurProfessor
Bhaskar GoelProfessor
Ram Prakash DwivediProfessor
Abhilash PathaniaAssistant Professor
Robin ThakurAssociate Professor
Pankaj VaidyaProfessor
Raj Kumar SainiAssociate Professor
Raj KumarAssociate Professor
Sashank ThapaAssistant Professor
Sorabh AggarwalAssistant Professor
Sushil KumarAssistant Professor
Veena KashyapAssistant Professor
Brij Bhushan SharmaAssistant Professor
Ashwani SharmaAssistant Professor
Namita GandotraAssistant Professor
Hemant SharmaAssistant Professor
Diksha SharmaAssistant Professor
Nitisha SharmaAssistant Professor
SoniaAssistant Professor
Arunava PoddarAssistant Professor
Arvind Singh BishtAssistant Professor
Kushal KanwarAssistant Professor
Bharti ThakurAssistant Professor
Prachi AgrawalAssistant Professor
Navsal KumarAssistant Professor
Nitin Kumar SharmaAssistant Professor
Rahul ChandelAssistant Professor
Frequently Asked Questions

The MS Swaminathan School of Agriculture at Shoolini University has a blend of senior and young faculty with Doctoral degrees in their respective fields. All faculty members are enthusiastic and motivated to experiment with promoting scientific agriculture for the benefit of the farming community. Dr YS Negi is the Dean of the School of Agriculture. With over 38 years of teaching and research experience, he has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

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

After completing this degree from Shoolini University, students can work as data analysts in Agri-startups and tech firms or work in banks and other financial firms. Students can also pursue an academic career by enrolling in a PhD Agriculture program.

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), and faculty interaction
  • 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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