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PhD Agriculture is a 3-year program at Shoolini University that involves the study of plants and animals and how they are raised for the production of consumable products. The curriculum comprises the study of biological processes, geology and soils, the history of agriculture, and farming technologies. Doctorate students can choose a specific focus area, such as specific plants, dairy and poultry, small-scale agriculture, agricultural economics, genetic modification, or future development.

Students learn to plan, design and execute projects and productive agrarian processes. They also undertake projects in agronomic engineering that are related to animal and vegetation production. Scholars learn how to develop modern methods of plant breeding and seed production by using technological advancements.

Research scholars are mentored by faculty passionate about agriculture and conducting high-impact research. The internationally acclaimed faculty comes from leading Indian and global universities such as Oxford, NIH, and NCI. Many faculty members have received grants from national and international funding agencies.

The university collaborates with renowned universities worldwide for student exchange programs, faculty exchange, and more. Prominent among these are the University of Arkansas, USA; Lanzhou University, China; University of Naples, Italy; Taipei Medical University, Taiwan; Gachon University, South Korea; South Dakota Mines University, USA.

Shoolini University is UGC Approved and NAAC Accredited.

Specialisations

  • Agronomy
  • Agricultural Extension Education
  • Entomology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Breeding & Genetics

Highlights

  • Emphasis on scientific agriculture with focus on resource-use efficiency.
  • Academic collaborations with universities in USA, UK, Korea, Taiwan, etc.
  • Highly acclaimed faculty with national and international exposure
  • Shoolini University farmland near campus works as a crop cafeteria for day-to-day field practical lessons.
  • Component of animal husbandry with a small-scale milk unit set up to enable practical learning. 
  • Cultivation of vegetables and medicinal plants done at Kalaghat Farm for research and demonstration purposes.
  • Instructional farms of Shoolini University are used to grow seasonal crops as per their importance in the course curriculum.

Career Opportunities

  • Agronomist
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Lecturer
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Farm Manager
  • Research Associate
  • Rural Practice Surveyor
  • Soil Scientist
  • Rural Practice Surveyor

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

Completing PhD Agriculture from Shoolini University opens doors to various job profiles including Agronomy Officer, Area Sales Manager, Agronomist, Subject Matter Specialist, Corporate Agronomist, Rice Breeder, Soil Scientist and Agricultural Engineer.

How do you expose students to industry experience?

Doctorate students get specialised training through field visits, lectures, and interaction with experts. In their final year of the program, they 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).

Yes, students are trained in paper writing and preliminary research during the doctoral program. They participate 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 fully functional placement cell, run by experts, has tie-ups with various industry giants who visit Shoolini’s campus during Placement week for on-the-spot Placements. Our 'Mission 130' aims for 100 per cent employability of students with 30 per cent in the 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.

Enrolling in a PhD program helps you begin or continue research in the field you're passionate about. You can delve deeper, make new discoveries, improve conceptual tactics and apply those concepts through the research conducted. You can decide what to work on, how to work, and chart your journey with support and guidance from a supervisory team.

Shoolini University is India’s No.1 Research University (QS World University Rankings, Asia-2023) with 150+ programs and top placements & internships in India. Over the past decade, Shoolini has built a worldwide network of partner universities to foster exchange opportunities, collaborative academic programs, faculty engagement and research, and other activities. Shoolini offers study abroad opportunities with scholarships to top universities in the USA, Australia, UK, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Italy, among others. Shoolini has filed 1200+ patents; its h-index is >100 with Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) of 2.22. It has 104+ state-of-the-art laboratories, 9 Centres of Excellence, and 2 Shoolini Researchers are among the Top 1% Scientists of the world.

Students with a minimum CGPA score of 7.5/10 in the four-year-undergraduate program (FYUP) will now be eligible for PhD admissions, without having to complete a master’s program, according to the new regulations on the award of PhD degree finalised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The institution's accreditation by appropriate agencies means the program meets high standards of academic excellence. However, other factors, such as the field of research, number of publications, collaborations, etc., are also considered.

Doctoral programs require intensive training in research methods. This includes interviews, surveys, questionnaires, clinical trials, and laboratory experiments. These skills are put into practice when the candidate conducts fieldwork for the dissertation. Skills gained in qualitative and quantitative research methodology and statistical analysis are transferable to non-academic research environments, particularly for industrial research. In addition, employers outside of academia seek individuals with sound research skills to carry out projects at think tanks and research institutes in both the private and government sectors.

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Course Details
  • Eligibility: Four year graduation degree by research or two year masters degree in agriculture/ related discipline with minimum of 55% marks
  • Admission Criteria: Shoolini University's multiple choice entrance test (SU-SAT), and assessment of research aptitude through concept note & faculty interaction
  • Duration: 3 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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