MSc Agriculture (Entomology) at Shoolini University has been designed as an integrated study of applied ecology to understand the dynamics of plant protection and the population of insects. The area of focus is insect pests and the benefits of arthropods, a kind of insect that controls biological conditions and pollination. Thus, this programme lays the foundation for research studies in Agricultural Entomology.
MSc Agriculture (Entomology) is taught by experienced faculty members who are an alumnus of leading global and Indian campuses such as Oxford, NIH, IITs and IIMs.
Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Shoolini University is ideal for the study of agriculture as it provides an excellent experience of mountain farming.
Key areas of research
Integrated Pest Management | Bio-Control | Insect Physiology | Toxicology | Apiculture | Sericulture
|Sr. No.||COURSE NAME||CREDITS||COURSE TYPE|
|Semester I||1||Insect Morphology||2||Core|
|2||Insect Anatomy, Physiology And Nutrition||3||Core|
|3||Classification Of Insects||3||Core|
|4||Pests Of Field Crops||2||Core|
|6||Techniques In Plant Protection||1||Core|
|7||Library And Information Services||1||Compulsory|
|8||Technical Writing And Communications Skills||1||Compulsory|
|9||Intellectual Property And Its Management In Agriculture||1||Compulsory|
|Semester II||1||Principles Of Taxonomy||2||Core|
|3||Biological Control Of Crop Pests And Weeds||2||Core|
|4||Principles Of Integrated Pest Management||2||Core|
|5||Pests Of Horticultural And Plantation Crops||2||Core|
|7||Insect Vectors Of Plant Viruses And Other Pathogens||2||Core|
|8||Soil Arthropods And Their Management||2||Core|
|11||Basic Concepts In Laboratory Techniques||1||Compulsory|
|12||Agricultural Research, Research Ethics And Rural Development Programmes||1||Compulsory|
|Semester III||1||Insect Pathology||2||Core|
|2||Toxicology Of Insecticides||3||Core|
|3||Plant Resistance To Insects||2||Core|
|4||Vertebrate Pest Management||2||Core|
|Semester IV||Master’S Research||13||Core|
|Minimum Credit Requirements for Master’s Programme|
Frequently Asked Questions
Who teaches MSc Agriculture (Entomology) at Shoolini University?
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 (Entomology) from Shoolini University?
On completing this degree from Shoolini University, students can work as plant protection officers or farm managers. They can work in the private and public sector companies as experts in Apiculture, Sericulture and Lac Culture or as Agriculture Development Officers in the State Services. Students can also go for an academic career by enrolling in a PhD Agriculture program.
Is practical training a part of this course?
Yes, all students participate in practical training as well as in extension activities where they share knowledge with farmers through field visits. Shoolini University has a crop cafeteria for day-to-day field practicals, a 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 who have completed MSc in Agriculture (Entomology) at Shoolini University?
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! Shoolini has a strong alumni network. The Shoolini Alumni Association organises Alumni Meet every year where former students get together to share 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 (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