School of Agriculture
Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for over 80% of the rural people in India. Although it employs about 52% of the labour force, it contributes to only 14.5% of GDP and 10.23% of all exports. Rural women, who constitute 30% of the agricultural work force, are amongst the least paid workers. Any effort of poverty reduction and economic development must address the problem being faced by the agricultural sector and turn the challenges into economic opportunities for the poor.Agriculture has important role in driving national economy as 55% population is still dependent on Agriculture as it provides raw materials to many industries. With the opening of world economy, our farmers have to be globally competitive in terms of quality and cost of agricultural produce.
Rising world population and economies are rapidly increasing the demand for food. At the same time, agricultural systems are being placed under pressure to meet environmental, social and economic goals. Modern agriculture practices are increasingly turning out to be knowledge based systems. India does require agriculture education at all levels so that Indian farmers are better equipped to handle the challenges of globalization. With the entry of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the sector, many MNCs have forayed into the segment with dozens of agro-products with better packaging and high decibel marketing; subsequently this has resulted as a threat to Indian farmers who lack professional expertise to deal with these issues. Hence the need of the hour is to give agricultural education a high priority. Despite rapid strides by the agriculture sector, still there exists many grey areas which require immediate attention. Keeping into account of the fact that increased productivity and production must be the sole objective of agricultural research, our scientific community is leaving no stone unturned for bringing about paradigm changes in agriculture education in the country. ITM University Gwalior has decided to start School of Agriculture to produce practicing agriculture scientists, engineers and marketing proffesionals etc.
- B.Sc. (Ag) /B.Sc. (Ag) Honours
- M.Sc. (Ag) Agronomy
- M.Sc. (Ag) Horticulture
- MBA – Agribusines
These programmes involve a very rigorous academic and skill oriented practical knowledge transfer, along with opening a window with agriculture know- how through various courses planned with different agro- ecological situations and regional variation. Major thrust is given to include the course curriculum and syllabus as per IV Deans Committee Recommendation of ICAR. The personality development and professional capabilities courses are also imbibed in the curriculum to make the student well versed in techniques of presenting their knowledge and skill in efficient manner to deal with the concerns of sustainable development of agriculture in all the aspects.
India achieved spectacular agricultural growth since 1966, after advent of the Green Revolution. The increase in food grain production from a meager 51 million tonnes in 1950 to about 265.57 million tonnes in 2013-2014 is remarkable achievement unparallel in the history of world agriculture. Similar enhancement in production of milk, fish, oilseeds and fruit & vegetables has also been observed. White, Blue, Yellow and Golden Revolution respectively have been responsible for bringing prosperity in the farming community. The cradle of this success beside government policies and high receptivity of the farming community has been the establishment of institutions of higher agriculture education. These institutions developed new breed of skilled human resources who were instrumental in not only generating new technologies but also in their assessment, refinement and dissemination to the farming community.
The School of Agriculture of ITM University Gwalior was started during the year 2013, looking to the ample scope of agricultural development in Madhya Pradesh. Initially undergraduate (B.Sc. (Ag) / B.Sc. (Ag) Hons.) and Postgraduate (M.Sc. (Ag.) in Agronomy and Horticulture) disciplines were started with total intake of 231 students in B.Sc. (Ag) / B.Sc. (Ag) Hons. and 27 students in Agronomy and 12 Student in Horticulture. At present the total intake of students in School of Agriculture is 511. This year MBAAgribusines programme is also being offered.
Technical competence Acquired
School of Agriculture has experienced faculty in the field of Agricultural and Allied sciences. The field of expertise of the faculty is in the Genetic Plant Breeding Soil science, Agronomy Horticulture, Plant Protection etc. The school is trying at her level best to develop the skill oriented sets of teaching, research and extension as per specific need of the students and farming community of the M.P. Since the School of Agriculture is initiated to act at very early stage the development of teaching, research and extension is at embryonic stage.
Augmented Opportunities available in the department
MOU’S with Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, National Research Central for Agro- forestry, Jhansi and Central Institute of Sub-tropical Horticulture are under process.
Resources of the department
Experienced Faculty in the field of GPB Soil Science, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Horticulture and other allied sciences are already available with the School of Agriculture.
School of Agriculture situated at present in Sithouli Campus, however, the building of School of Agriculture is to be constructed at Turari Campus along with basic amenities such as 50 hectare Instructional Farm, Laboratory, facilities for Library, Sport and Recreation for all-round personality development of the students.
Research areas are proposed in the field of Agronomy and Horticulture with special reference to varietal development, package and practices, INM, IPM etc.
For the entrepreneurship development of rural youth, the seed production technology, nursery raising and management of horticulture crops are already proposed.
Career Options & Placement opportunities
There are tremendous career opportunities in Agricultural survices at national level through Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB). Provincial Agricultural Services (PAS) through State Public Service Commission as District Agriculture Officer (DAO), Soil Conservation Officer (SCO) District Horticulture Officer (DHO), Plant Protection Officer 101 (PPO), Extension Officer and other subordinate services. Besides, there is an ample scope in this field of griculture especially – Fertilizer, Agro-chemical, Biopesticide, Post Harvest Technology, Rural industries and Research & Development and Banking Sectors.
There is also an urgent need of agriculture graduate as entrepreneur in village based services such as diagnostic laboratories, Advisors on new innovation, markets and development officer / Asstt. in corporate and contract farming.
Farming & National Food Security
Organized by ITM University,Gwalior
[19-20, FEBRUARY 2016]