MSc Agriculture (Plant Pathology) at Shoolini University is the study of fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, and other microbes that cause plant diseases. The focus is on understanding how hosts, pathogens, and environments interact to cause plant diseases and methods to control them. Students are trained to specialise in plant health so groom experts in identifying the symptoms of different plant diseases, disease management and treatment through chemicals.

Faculty members at Shoolini University are an alumnus of leading global and Indian campuses such as NIH, Oxford, IIT and more. 

Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, along with a rural setting and clean air, Shoolini University provides the right environment for study of agriculture.

Key areas of research

Fungual Pathology | Viral Pathology | Bacterial Pathology

Career Opportunities in MSc Agriculture (Plant Pathology)

  • Gazetted Post (Agriculture Extension Officer, Agriculture Development Officer, Horticulture Extension Officer etc.)
  • Marketing officer Research and Development officer in Private Companies 
  • Non-Gazetted Post (Junior Extension Officer, Village Level Worker etc.)
  • Subject Matter Specialist in Plant Protection (KVK)  
  • Agriculture Officer in banks
  • Technical officer in plant quarantine
  • Opening of Agri-clinics

Semester I 1 Mycology 3 Core
2 Plant Virology 3 Core
3 Plant Bacteriology 3 Core
4 Principles Of Plant Pathology 3 Core
5 Detection And Diagnosis Of Plant Diseases 2 Core
6 Plant Quarantine 2 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 19  
Semester II 1 Principles Of Plant Disease Management 3 Core
2 Diseases Of Field And Medicinal Crops 3 Core
3 Diseases Of Fruits, Plantation And Ornamental Crops 3 Core
4 Diseases Of Vegetable And Spices Crops 3 Core
5 Seed Health Technology 3 Core
6 Chemicals In Plant Disease Management 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 Ecology Of Soil-Borne Plant Pathogens 3 Core
2 Disease Resistance In Plants 2 Core
3 Insect Vectors Of Plant Viruses And Other Pathogens 2 Core
4 Biological Control Of Plant Diseases 3 Core
5 Integrated Disease Management 3 Core
6 Mushroom Production Technology 3 Core
7 Post Harvest Diseases 3 Core
8 Master’S Seminar 1 Core
9 Master’S Research 5 Core
Total 25  
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 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 (Plant Pathology) from Shoolini University?

Postgraduates can find employment in Gazetted posts like Agriculture Extension Officers, Agriculture Development Officers, Horticulture Extension Officers, Marketing officers, Research and Development officers in private companies. They can also work as Subject Matter Specialists in Plant Protection and Technical officers in plant quarantine. Students also join as Research & Development officers or as scientists in agro-based industries such as food processing, agrochemicals, etc.

Yes, all students participate in practical training as well as in extension activities where they share knowledge with farmers through field visits. They learn how hosts, pathogens, and environments interact to cause plant diseases and methods to control them. 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 trained to specialise in plant health. They are groomed into experts in identifying the symptoms of different plant diseases, disease management and treatment through chemicals.

Our fully functional Placement Cell with its team of experienced professionals has tie-ups with industry giants and multi-national corporations who visit the 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)

  • Duration: 2 years

  • Semester Fee

    Himachal Pradesh Domicile : 65000
    Others : 70000

Admissions Open: 2023


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