The Under Graduate Programme in Agronomy Department was initiated during the year 1956 as offered by College of Agriculture, Parbhani. The Agronomy Department offers 35 credits for B.Sc. (Agriculture), 8 credits for B.Sc. (Horticulture), 2 credits for B.Tech. (Agril. Engineering) and 6 credits for B.Sc. (Agril. Biotechnology). Under Graduate syllabus is modified and as per fifth Dean’s Committee Report from the Academic year 2017-2018 for B.Sc. (Hons.)Agriculture 39 credits are offered.
The learning process essential provides a direction to the students to think and act and eventually creates self confidence. Realizing the need of acquisition of knowledge coupled with skills in the field of agriculture by the students of SAUs an innovative concept of Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE) for old syllabus and Student Ready Programme for new syllabus as per V Deans committee. Student Ready Programme is introduced in the course curriculum of degree programme to the students of VII semester as practical training. The programme is aimed to make the students to live with the farmers in villages during village attachment for developing understanding in them about rural community life and different situations prevailing in villages with special reference to agriculture, they are exposed to agricultural industries during Industry attachment, they are introduced to different units and their working during Unit attachment and they get acquainted with plant protection during Plant clinic attachment.
An innovative concept of Experiential Learning Programme in Organic Production Technology (i.e. Module-I) is offered at Department of Agronomy as a course curriculum of B. Sc. (Hons.)Agriculture for VIII semester student with the 0+20 credits as to build up confidence among the students about practical Commercial Production of Organic Manures and Marketing.
The post graduate educational programme leading to M.Sc. (Agri.) in Agronomy with specialization in crop husbandry and soil and water management was started with the establishment of the department in the year 1972 with initial intake capacity of four students. The intake capacity was increased to 12 students from 1985. PG programme was started at College of Agriculture, Latur in 2002 with intake capacity of 6 students. Now it has been increased up to 12 students per year from 2009 looking to the need of the region and increase in private and constituent colleges. Similarly the P.G. programmee started at College of Agriculture Badnapur during the year 2012 with the intake capacity 6. The M.Sc. (Agri.) Agronomy educational programme is implemented through course work (35 credits) and research work (15 credits). The course work is grouped under i) Major course (22 credits) ii) Minor courses (9 credits) iii) Supporting courses (6 credits) and iv) Non credit compulsory courses (6 credits).
The M.Sc. (Agri.) research programme of the students is guided by academic staff of the department and research schemes. During last 36 years 416 students have successfully completed their M.Sc. (Agri.) programme in this department. Out of which 31 students secured ‘Gold Medal’ from this department.
Post graduate instructional programme leading to Ph.D. degree in Agronomy started in the year 1973 initially by research work and from 1978-79 onwards partly by course and partly by research project. This programme was implemented through 35 credits of course work and 35 credits of research. The admission capacity for Ph.D. degree is three students per academic year. So far 81 students have successfully completed their Ph.D. degree in this department. Ph.D. Agronomy educational programme is implemented through course work (40 credits) and research work (45 credits). As par the PG course work schedule decided in the 4th Dean’s committee meeting, in Ph.D. degree also the course work is grouped under :
|3.||Ultra visible Spectrophotometer|
|4.||Soil moisture meter|
|5.||leaf area meter|
|9.||Pressure plate and pressure membrane apparatus|