Department of Agronomy

 

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About Department

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Academic Programmes 

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Infrastructure

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Mandates

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Sections

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Faculty

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Students

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Co-curricular Activities

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Research Activities and Achievements(including projects)

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Extension Activities and Achievements

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Research Recommendations (Approved in AGRESCO)

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Publications

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Contact Information

 

About Department

Historical Perspective of the Department

An independent Post Graduate Department of Agronomy was started in 1971 with separate staff for teaching at Post Graduate level. Basically the Department is imparting education at both the Post Graduate and Doctorate degree levels.
The Head, University Department of Agronomy has technical control over teaching and research activities in Agronomy of constituent and affiliated colleges and research units/stations of the University
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Academic Programmes

  • Department is imparting education at both the Post Graduate and Doctorate degree levels.

  • There are four specialized fields viz., Irrigation Management, Weed Management, Soil Fertility & Crop Nutrition and Agro- Meteorology under which different courses are offered and also the research projects were conducted in partial fulfillment for award of M.Sc.(Agri.) and Ph. D. (Agri.) degree

  • The courses are grouped under two major fields of specialization viz., crop husbandry and soil & water management

  • The postgraduate education leading to M.Sc. (Agri.) and Ph.D. degree is offered at Department of Agronomy, Akola whereas Agriculture College, Nagpur offers M.Sc. (Agri.) degree programme. The total intake capacity for Post Graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) is as under

Degree Programme in Agronomy

Akola

Nagpur

Total

M.Sc.(Agri.)
16
08
24
Ph.D.(Agr.i)
03
03

 

Infrastructure Facilities

The Department has well furnished staff rooms, well equipped classrooms and seminar hall with Computer (Internet), LCD, OHP, Digital cameras etc., which are frequently used by the students and faculty.

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  • Department has 4 well-equipped laboratories
  • Soil Fertility & Crop Nutrition
  • Irrigation
  • Agro-meteorology
  • Weed Science
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Soil Fertility & Crop Nutrition   Irrigation
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Agro-meteorology

 

Weed Science

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Class Room

 

Practical Demonstrations to the Students

 

Laboratory Equipments Available

Sr.No

Name of Equipments

Use

1

Nitrogen Analyzer Unit

Estimation of available and total nitrogen from soil/plant/fertilizer/samples

2

Digital Colorimeter

Estimation of phosphorus from soil samples

3

Digital Flame Photometer

Estimation of potassium content from soil samples

4

Digital pH Meter

Determination of soil/water pH

5

Digital Conductivity Meter

To test electrical conductivity

6

Grinding Machine

To prepare plant and soil samples for analytical work

7

Water Distillation Units

To make available the distilled water for chemical analysis of soil and plant samples

8

Weighing balances/ machines

To obtain precise weight of the reagents/ dry matter

9

Laboratory Ovens

To dry plant and soil samples

10

Refrigerator

To keep chemicals and analytical material

11

Computer Set

For feeding the analytical data and obtaining precise results

12

Water meters, parshal flume, V notch

Measurement of irrigation water

13
Bouyoucos hydrometer Soil mechanical analysis for texture determination
14
Core samplers, augers, penetrometer Soil physical studies
15
Single Stevenson Screen Aerial temperature estimation
16
Psychrometer Estimation of vertical temperature & humidity profiles
17
Soil thermometers Estimation of soil temperature

 

Mandate

  • Postgraduate education and research for developing new concepts and approaches of agronomic technology.
  • To disseminate information on recent techniques on crops and cropping systems.
  • To develop environmentally sound and economically viable practices for avoiding wasteful inputs and sustainable crop production.

 

Sections

Ph.D. (Agriculture)

Sr.No

Course No

Course Title

Credits

1

Agron 801

Concepts of crop production

2+1

2

Agron 802

Crop growth and Yield analysis

1+1

3

Agron 803

Crop nutrition

2+1

4

Agron 804

Crop geography and ecology

2+0

5

Agron 805

Agro- Climatology

3+1

6

Agron 806

Crop production in dry region

2+1

7

Agron 807

Weeds and Principles of their control

2+1

8

Agron 808

Theory and use of herbicides

2+1

9

Agron 809

Crop and seed physiology

2+1

10

Agron 810

Advance course in sugar crops

1+1

11

Agron 811

Advance course in cereals

1+1

12

Agron 812

Weed control in field crops and non crops

1+1

13

Agron 813

Advance course in forage crops

1+1

14

Agron 815

Root system of field crops

1+0

15

Agron 817

Advance course in millets

1+1

16

Agron 818

Advance course in oilseeds

1+1

17

Agron 819

Pasture & grassland management

1+1

18

Agron 820

Research technique in crop husbandry

1+1

19

Agron 821

Water-Soil-Plant-Atmosphere relationship

3+1

20

Agron 822

Principles of irrigation & drainage

2+1

21

Agron 825

Manures and fertilizer use

2+1

22

Agron 827

Seed bed management and seed environment

1+1

23

Agron 830

Irrigation management

2+1

24

Agron 832

Fertilizer use planning

1+1

25

Agron 833

Seminar I (Major

0+1

26

Agron 834

Seminar II (Minor)

0+1

M.Sc. (Agriculture)

Sr.No

Course No

Course Title

Credits

1

Agron 501

Modern concepts in crop production

2+1

2

Agron 502

Principles and practices of weed management

1+1

3

Agron 503

Principles and practices of Water management

2+1

4

Agron 504

Soil fertility management and fertilizer use

2+0

5

Agron 505

Seminar

3+1

6

Agron 511

Agronomy of major field crop – I

2+1

7

Agron 512

Agronomy of major field crop – II

2+0

8

Agron 513

Dry land farming

2+1

9

Agron 514

Crop ecology and geography

2+1

10

Agron 515

Crop and seed physiology

2+1

11

Agron 516

Soil conservation and watershed management

2+1

12

Agron 517

Management of problem soil

2+1

13

Agron 518

Fodder and forage crop

2+1

14

Agron 519

Medicinal and aromatic crop

2+1

15

Agron 520

Agronomy of vegetable crop

2+1

16

Agron 521

Agroforestry

2+1

17

Agron 522

Seed production agronomy

2+1

18

Agron 524

Organic farming

2+1

 

Students

The undergraduate education is offered at the College of Agriculture, Akola and Nagpur. Agronomy is among the top choice of agricultural graduates of SAUs to pursue PG studies. The postgraduate education leading to M.Sc. (Agri.) and Ph.D. degree is offered at Department of Agronomy, Akola, whereas Agriculture College, Nagpur offers M.Sc.(Agri.) degree programme. The total intake capacity for Post Graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) is as under:

Sr.No

Degree Programme in Agronomy

Akola

Nagpur

Total

1
M.Sc.(Agri.) 16 08 24
2
Ph.D.(Agri) 03 03

So far this discipline has produced 344 M.Sc. and 35 Ph.D. scholars (up to 2005), amongst who are holding important positions in State Universities, State Departments, as well as in private sector undertakings. Six students have cleared NET and one student each secured JRF & ASPEE foundation scholarship

Number of post graduate research studies completed in the various areas of discipline

Sr.No

Area of Research

No of Research Students

1

Agronomy of new promising genotypes

21

2

Production Agronomy

68

3

Cropping system research

30

4

Nutrient management

118

5

Weed management

59

6

Soil and water conservation

11

7

Irrigation management

59

8

Agro-meteorology

13

Total

379

A meeting of Board of Studies in Agronomy, Meteorology, Forage and Pasture management is annually convened for review of academic performance of UG and PG students, finalization of outline of Research work of PG students and other relevant issues.

 

Co-curricular Activities

The faculty of the department associates with various co-curricular activities pertaining to admissions, examinations, University sports, Social gathering, University convocation, student’s educational tours etc.

 

Research Activities

Departmental research studies completed (up to 2005, * Since 1988-89):

Sr.No

Departmental Units

Research Studies

1

Soil fertility & Crop nutrition

37*

2

Weed Science

60*

3

Irrigation management

33*

4

Agro-meteorology

193

5

Others

 

i

NATP RCPS 5

1

ii

NATP ROPS 10

1

iii

NATP RNPS-22

1

iv

NATP MM-III-17

1

v

CACA and CAPE Project

1

 

Total

328

Research Achievements

Before establishment of crop research units in the University, most of the Agronomic research on different crops was carried out in the Department of Agronomy. Subsequently, the emphasis was given on basic and strategic aspects of crop husbandry and soil & water management. Research work is primarily based on various problems received as feedbacks from time to time and finalized in the project level meeting of Agronomy discipline. Research outcome is discussed in the annual RRC and RFRC meetings and then research recommendations are released after approval in Joint AGRESCO. Agronomy has contributed significantly in developing improved production technologies. The most important achievements are briefly summarized below :–

  • The scientific approach of irrigation scheduling based on IW/CPE ratio was dealt in different crops of the region. The details regarding depth of irrigation, irrigation layouts / land configurations and identification of critical growth stages for irrigation have been worked out.

  • Screening and suitability of herbicides for weed management in different crops, weed control in non-crop area and integrated weed management have been attained for different crops. Recommendations on use of herbicides particularly dose, time and methods of application have been worked out.

 

Extension Activities and Achievements

Major breakthroughs in crops have been facilitated by enhancing productivity of various Agronomists. Besides the main the function of postgraduate teaching, the staff members are actively involved in extension activities like krishi melawa, shivar pheri,field days.

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This Department has organized 21 days winter school on Organic Framing on Sustainable Crop Production from 22 November to 12 December 2004.

 

Publications

Contact Information

Dr. V. M. Bhale
Head, Department of Agronomy
Dr. PDKV, Akola
Phone and Fax (0724) 2258218
E-mail : hdagronomy@pdkv.ac.in
vmb1957@yahoo.co.in
Mobile: 9960564637


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