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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

  • 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

  Sr. No. COURSE NAME CREDITS  COURSE TYPE
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
  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 (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
    Non-Himachal Pradesh Domicile : 70000

* One-time refundable security fee of Rs. 10,000

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