BSc (Honors) in Agriculture

This programme aims at combining concepts of Biology, Technology and Agricultural Science to boost Agricultural Productivity. It is designed to meet the changing needs of the industry, and is continually updated in consultation with our industry advisers. The students study about the merits and challenges of different farm production systems, explore the food chain and learn about the production of safe food in the context of climate change, environmental protection and livestock welfare. These issues, associated with the future sustainability of farming systems, are high on our agenda.

Course Details

Art of Living in partnership with the Government of Odisha is successfully building 650 model villages, providing a valuable insight into the current realities of commercial farming. The students get exposed to a range of systems that have been adopted and recent on-farm research trials, bridging the gap between the laboratory and the farmer. We also deliver rural skills training courses, designed to complement academic studies and meet the needs of future employers.

BSc (Hons) in Agriculture programme is a 4-years-long undergraduate course consisting of topics such as agricultural science, use of modern scientific equipment and techniques in agriculture, land surveying, soil science, water resource management, animal and poultry management, basics of biotechnology, agronomy, nutrition, farm operational management, agricultural marketing or journalism, genetics and animal breeding, production operations management, health, welfare and disease advisors, animal science and technology, research, advisory and consultancy both for the government and the private sector.

The main aim of this programme is to use the above mentioned concepts to train students improve agriculture productivity, manage products and pave way for future developments through research activities.

The courseware will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and practical classes at the SSU farms and laboratories. Our exceptional industry contacts and external visits to livestock and crop enterprises and agribusinesses will provide valuable additional case studies. Modules will be assessed through examinations and coursework, including real-life case studies, presentations and reports. There are timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year.

The Research Project is an integral part of the course. It provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to employment aspirations. Our graduates will be able to apply for placements relevant to their interests and aspirations, and may choose to link these to their choice of electives in the final year or proposed dissertation topic.
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Course
Credit Hours
1Introduction of Agriculture & Natural Resources economics & Farm – Management economic4 (3+1)
2Fundamentals of Soil Science 3 (2+1)
3Elementary Botany & Zoology (For students of Non-Medical Stream) 4 (2+2)
4Statistical & Mathematical methods in Agriculture (For students of Medical Stream)4 (4+0)
5Principles of Agronomy & Agricultural Metrology 3 (2+1)
6Rural Sociology & Educational Psychology 3 (2+1)
7Water Management2 (1+1)
8Introduction of Computer Application2 (1+1)
9Agricultural Microbiology 3 (2+1)
Total Credit (Non-Medical stream)24 (15+9)
Total Credit (Medical stream)24 (17+7)
Code
Course
Credit Hours
1Weed Management3 (2+1)
2Organic Farming 2 (1+1)
3Insect Morphology & Systematic4 (3+1)
4Live Stock Production & Management 3 (2+1)
5Elementary Plant Bio-Chemistry & Chemistry of Plant Products 4 (3+1)
6Principles of Plant Breeding3 (2+1)
7Production Technology of Vegetables & Flower3 (2+1)
8Elements of Genetics2 (1+1)
Total Credit24 (16+8)



Career Avenues

The career options in this course are many and all of them promise good pay packages. Graduates of BSc (Honours) in Agriculture can become Actuarial Analysts – Agriculture, Sales Officers – Agriculture/Instrumentation, Agricultural Portfolio Manager, Programme Manager – Agriculture, Agriculture Officer, Research/Fundamental Analyst – Agricultural commodities, Primary Production Manager, Agricultural Expert, Farming Consultant/Agronomist, Associate Manager – Strategic Planning, Manager - Manufacturing (Agricultural Tractor), Teacher of Agribusiness and related fields, Subject Matter Expert – Agriculture, Marketing/Management Executive – Agriculture, Project Manager – Plantation Establishment, Research Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Agricultural Officer, Agricultural Loan Officer (in Banks), Production Manager, Operations Manager, Farm Manager, Agricultural Field Manager in Banks, Indian Forest Service, Dairy Consultancies, Animal Industry, Agriculture Development Officer, Seed Certified Officer, National Seed Certification Officer and Agricultural Field Manager in Banks.



Eligibility

10+2 or equivalent with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks with Biology as compulsory subject



Fees

Tuition fees - INR 60,000/- per semester Duration - 8 semesters (4 years)
Seats - 120


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