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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

Career Opportunities

  • Gazetted Post (Agriculture Extension Officer, Agriculture Development Officer, etc.)
  • Agriculture Officer in Bank
  • Plant Protection Advisor
  • Subject Matter Specialist in KVK (Entomologist)
  • Assistant Director in Directorate of Plant and Quarantine Storage
  • Field Officers in Pesticides Companies

  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
5 General Acarology 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
Total 16  
Semester II 1 Principles Of Taxonomy 2 Core
2 Insect Ecology 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
6 Storage Entomology 2 Core
7 Insect Vectors Of Plant Viruses And Other Pathogens 2 Core
8 Soil Arthropods And Their Management 2 Core
9 Commercial Entomology 2 Core
10 Master’S Research 2 Core
11 Basic Concepts In Laboratory Techniques 1 Compulsory
12 Agricultural Research, Research Ethics And Rural Development Programmes 1 Compulsory
13 Disaster Management 1 Compulsory
Total 23  
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
5 Plant Quarantine 2 Core
6 Master’S Seminar 1 Core
7 Master’S Research 5 Core
Total 17  
         
Semester IV   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
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 (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.

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.

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! 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.

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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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