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MSc Agriculture (Soil Science) at Shoolini University offers in-depth knowledge about developing sustainable agricultural production strategies. Aspirants learn to research and monitor the properties of soils, study physical attributes of soil, biological composition and chemical makeup, determine the best crops to grow in a specific soil at a given place and time, and above all, use their findings to help solve a wide range of soil-management issues.

Shoolini University is located at the foothills of the Himalayas. Located at a short distance from Solan town, we enjoy clean air and a rural setting. This offers the apt environment for study of agriculture.

Faculty members come from leading campuses across the world, including Oxford, NIH and IIT.

Key areas of research

Soil Fertility | Soil Pedology | Soil Physics | Soil Microbiology | Soil Chemistry | Soil Pollution

Career Opportunities

  • Soil Chemist
  • Jobs in Fertilizer Companies 
  • Pollution Control Boards
  • Assistant Professor in Soil Science in State Agriculture and at Central Agriculture Universities
  • Subject Matter Specialist at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Soil Science)
  • Jobs in Regional Rural Banks and Public Sector Banks

  Sr. No. COURSE NAME CREDITS  COURSE TYPE
Semester I 1 Soil Fertility And Fertilizer Use 4 Core
2 Soil Mineralogy, Genesis, Classification And Survey 3 Core
3 Soil Chemistry 3 Core
4 System Approaches In Soil And Crop Studies 3 Core
5 Library And Information Services 1 Compulsory
6 Technical Writing And Communications Skills 1 Compulsory
7 Intellectual Property And Its Management In Agriculture 1 Compulsory
Total  16  
         
Semester II 1 Soil Physics 3 Core
2 Soil Erosion And Conservation 3 Core
3 Radioisotopes In Soil And Plant Studies 1 Core
4 Soil,Water And Air Pollution 3 Core
5 Land Degradation And Restoration 1 Core
6 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  16  
         
Semester III 1 Soil Biology And Biochemistry 3 Core
2 Geomorphology And Geochemistry 2 Core
3 Radioisotopes In Soil And Plant Studies 1 Core
4 Soil,Water And Air Pollution 3 Core
5 Remote Sensing And Gis Techniques For Soil And Crop Studies 3 Core
6 Analytical Techniques And Instrumental Methods In Soil And Plant Analysis 2 Core
7 Management Of Problematic Soils And Water 3 Core
8 Fertilizer Technology 1 Core
9 Land Degradation And Restoration 1 Core
10 Master’S Seminar 1 Core
11 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
Y S NegiProfessor
GK SharmaProfessor
SK GuptaProfessor
Ravinder NathAssociate Professor
Santanu MukherjeeAssistant Professor
Anurag KumarAssistant Professor
Shweta SharmaAssistant Professor
Sanchit ThakurAssistant Professor
Rajendra KumarAssistant Professor
Devanshi PanditAssistant Professor
Ratika KayasthaAssistant Professor
Vinaykumar RachappanavarAssistant Professor
Anshul KumarAssistant Professor
Rahul KumarAssistant Professor
Neeraj Singh PariharAssistant 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 (Soil Science) from Shoolini University?

On completing this degree from Shoolini University, you can work as an assistant professor or research scientist in educational and research institutes and MNCs. Postgraduates can also find employment in banks as Agriculture Field Officers and in research labs as research fellows/ research associates. They can pursue research at different agricultural universities, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Soil Testing Laboratory. Postgraduates can also excel in 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.

Students at the School of Agriculture, Shoolini University are given ample exposure through field visits, lectures, and arranging interactions with experts. In their final year of the program, students get exposure 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 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! 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), and faculty interaction
  • 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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