B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agriculture

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.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture

04 Years full time

2018-19 Entry

120 Seats

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

60,000

Tuition fee per semester**

* It is your responsibility to ascertain that you possess the requisite qualification for admission.
**There will be a separate admission fee, examination fee, caution
deposit etc in addition to the tuition fee.
Semester I
  1. Fundamentals of horticulture
  2. Fundamentals of plant biochemistry and biotechnology
  3. Fundamentals of soil science
  4. Introduction to forestry
  5. Comprehension and communication skills in english
  6. Fundamentals of agronomy
  7. Introductory biology/elementary mathematics
  8. Agricultural heritage
  9. Rural sociology and educational psychology
  10. Human values and ethics
  11. NSS/NCC/physical education and Yoga practices
Semester II
  1. Fundamentals of genetics
  2. Agricultural microbiology
  3. Soil and water conservation engineering
  4. Fundamentals of crop physiology
  5. Fundamentals of agricultural economics
  6. Fundamentals of plant pathology
  7. Fundamentals of entomology
  8. Fundamentals of agricultural extension education
  9. Communication skills and personality development
Semester III
  1. Crop production technology – I (kharif crops)
  2. Fundamentals of plant breeding
  3. Agricultural finance and cooperation
  4. Agri- informatics
  5.  Farm machinery and power
  6. Production technology for vegetables and spices
  7.  Environmental studies and disaster management
  8. Statistical methods
  9.  Livestock and poultry management
Semester IV
  1. Crop production technology – II (rabi crops)
  2. Production technology for ornamental crops, MAP and landscaping
  3. Renewable energy and green technology
  4. Problematic soils and their management
  5. Production technology for fruit and plantation crops
  6. Principles of seed technology
  7. Farming systems & sustainable agriculture
  8. Agricultural marketing, trade & prices
  9. Introductory agro-meteorology & climate change
  10. Elective course
Semester V
  1. Principles of integrated pest and disease management
  2. Manures, fertilizers and soil fertility management
  3. Pests of crops and stored grain and their management
  4. Diseases of field and horticultural crops and their management – I
  5. Crop improvement – I (kharif crops)
  6. Entrepreneurship development and business communication
  7. Geo-informatics and nano-technology and precision farming
  8. Practical crop production – I (kharif crops)
  9. Intellectual property rights
  10. Elective course
Semester VI
  1. Rainfed agriculture and watershed management
  2. Protected cultivation and secondary agriculture
  3. Diseases of field and horticultural crops and their management – II
  4. Post-harvest management and value addition of fruits and vegetables
  5. Management of beneficial insects
  6. Crop improvement – II (rabi crops)
  7. Practical crop production – II (rabi crops)
  8. Principles of organic farming
  9. Farm management, production and resource economics
  10. Principles of food science and nutrition
  11. Elective course
Semester VII
  1.  Rural agricultural work experience and agro – industrial attachment (RAWE & AIA)
  2. General orientation and on campus training by different faculties
  3.  Village attachment (unit attachment in university/ colleges, KVK/ research station attachment)
  4. Plant clinic
  5.  Agro – industrial attachment
  6. Project report preparation, presentation and evaluation
Semester VIII
  1. Production technology for bio – agents and bio – fertilizers
  2. Seed production and technology
  3. Mushroom cultivation technology
  4. Soil, plant, water and seed testing
  5. Commercial bee – keeping
  6. Poultry production technology
  7. Commercial horticulture
  8. Floriculture and landscaping
  9. Food processing
  10. Agriculture waste management
  11. Organic production technology
  12. Commercial sericulture