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)
|Sr. No.||COURSE NAME||CREDITS||COURSE TYPE|
|4||Principles Of Plant Pathology||3||Core|
|5||Detection And Diagnosis Of Plant Diseases||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|
|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|
|8||Basic Concepts In Laboratory Techniques||1||Compulsory|
|9||Agricultural Research, Research Ethics And Rural Development Programmes||1||Compulsory|
|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|
|Semester IV||1||Master’S Research||13||Core|
|Minimum Credit Requirements for Master’s Programme|
Frequently Asked Questions
Who teaches MSc Agriculture (Plant Pathology) 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 (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.
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. 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.
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 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.
What are the placement opportunities available for students?
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.
Do you have a strong alumni network?
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.
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
Himachal Pradesh Domicile : ₹65000
Others : ₹70000