College of Agriculture, Sonapur, Gadchiroli


glass_41   About College
glass_41   Academic Programmes
glass_41   Infrastructure
glass_41   Mandate
glass_41   Sections
glass_41   Faculty
glass_41   Co-curricular Activities
glass_41   Reaearch Activities and Extension Activities Achievements
glass_41   Contact Information


About College

The College of Agriculture, Gadchiroli, Dr. PDKV, Akola came into existence from Academic year -2009-10 by the Act of the Maharashtra State Legislature, entitled “The Agricultural University Act, 2009”. However, the College of Agriculture, Gadchiroli became operational under the umbrella of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola for facilitating the sustainable and accelerated development of Agriculture and its education in the naxal affected tribal dominated Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

The College of Agriculture, Gadchiroli is the primary and the principal instrumentality of the Gadchiroli district in providing human resources,  skills and technology, required for the sustainable development of its Agriculture, defined broadly encompassing all production activities based on land and water, mechanization including crop production, forestry and co-operatives by conducting, interfacing and integrating education, research and extension in these spheres of economic endeavor. Remarkably Tribal Development Department has funded this College for initially for 5 years on condition that 80 % of the seats were reserved for ST community only. This rule is strictly followed in all the admissions of this College. The College of Agriculture, Gadchiroli offers graduation degree in Agriculture i.e. B.Sc. (Agriculture) till date and onwards called B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agriculture discipline.

It is the constituent College of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola under the dynamic leadership of Dr. V.M. Bhale, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Dr P.D.K.V. Akola. Presently, the college is headed by Dr. S. B. Amarshettiwar, Associate Dean. The intake capacity of college is 64 students per year. Presently College has ten departments and total strength of faculty is 31 (18 Teaching and 13 Non teaching) against 80 (27 Teaching and 43 Non teaching)  posts sanctioned. Modern laboratory facilities have been provided for imparting effective practical training to students. College is having specious and beautiful building along with instructional farm of 40 hectare land.

Academic Programmes

Under Graduate Programme: 

Common rules and regulations for admission to various degree programmes in State Agricultural Universities have been formulated. The new course curriculum of B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture has been formulated and implemented since 2017-18 comprises 8 semesters with credit load of 184 for students with non remedial course and 186 for students with remedial course. For greater skill, entrepreneurship development and situation oriented learning experience in rural areas the student READY programme for fourth year students is been implemented. Eligibility for the course is XII standard science passed in 10+2 pattern from Maharashtra State Board of Higher Secondary Education or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English, with optional subject Mathematics. Presently, the intake capacity of the UG programme is 64. The admission process is centralized and carried out by MCAER, Pune. The Common Entrance Test is been conducted every year. The 70 % Marks obtained in CET and 30 % Marks obtained in HSSC are considered for the merit assessment along with the weightage for agricultural land holders, landless agricultural labours etc.


Infrastructure No of Units Available & Percentage Capacity
Administrative building 1
Class rooms 3
Examination Hall 2
Laboratory facilities 30
Section Head/Staff Room/Halls 21
Library with reading room 1
Computer section 1
Boys hostel 41 Rooms (82 students)
Girls hostel 41 Rooms (82 students)
Gymnasium 1
Cafeteria 3
Conference Hall 1
Seminar Hall 1

Important Equipments available with the College

Sr.No Name of Equipment Sr.No Name of Equipment
1 Centrifuge machine 17 Ice cream making machine
2 Autoclave 18 pH meters
3 Research microscopes 19 Colorimeter
4 Student microscopes 20 Tensiometer
5 Dissection microscope 21 Hand refractometer
6 Hot air oven 22 Handicam
7 BOD Incubator 23 Spectrophotometer
8 Digital camera 24 Magnetic stirrer
9 Refrigerator 25 Biotechnological apparatus
10 LCD Projector 26 Rain Gauges
11 Electronic balances 27 Nitrogen analyzer
12 Pan Evaporator 28 Laminar Air Flow
13 Chlorophyll content meter 29 Colony counter
14 Flame photometer 30 K-Yan for interactive learning
15 Khoa making machine 31 Public address system
16 Cream separator 32 Deep Freezer

Boys Hostel: Speciously built three floor Boys hostel with 41 rooms with the capacity to accommodate 82 students is available. The recreation hall with TV is available for recreation of the students. Separate Mess building has been built for the student’s food with facility of cool and safe drinking water.

Girls Hostel: The three floored specious 41 rooms are available for the accommodation of 82 girls in the Girls hostel with facility of recreation and mess. The well aerated and protected environment is provided in the campus with facility of the volleyball ground.


Girls Hostel   Volleyball Ground


  • To provide qualitative education in the areas of agriculture
  • To develop overall personality of the students during their graduation in agriculture.
  • To provide competitive graduates to the society


Sr.No Name
1 Agronomy
2 Agril. Botany
3 A.H. & Dairying
4 Soil Science and Agril. Chemistry
5 Agril. Economics & Statistics
6 Agricultural Entomology
7 Agril. Engg., Physics & Maths
8 Extension Education
9 Horticulture
10 Plant Pathology
11 Physical Education

Co-Curricular Activities

Sports and Physical Education

Sr.No Games and Sports Equipments & Infrastructure Available Adequate/Inadequate
1 Gymnasium Yes Adequate
2 Table Tennis Board Yes Adequate
3 Volleyball ground Yes Adequate

Participation of Students in Sports and Games

Name of Sports Level of Participation
University Zonal National International
Cricket Yes
Table Tennis Yes
Badminton Yes
Volleyball Yes
Kho-Kho Yes
Chess Yes
Athletics Yes
Name of Game/Sport Year Winner/Runner Up
Kho-Kho 2015-16 Winner
Volleyball (Men’s) 2016-17 Runner Up
Badminton (Women’s) 2018-19 Runner Up

Educational Tours

The educational tours for B.Sc. (Agri.) students are arranged every year. The aim of the educational tours is to provide platform for the students to get acquainted with the practical knowledge and aspects of agriculture and allied sectors in other parts of country.

Research Activities

The faculty with responsibilities of teaching and extension work spares comparatively less period for research activity. This is mainly because teachers allow most of their time for teaching. However, they are involved in some basic research with the help of PG students from respective disciplines.

Extension Activities and Achievements

Almost all the teachers of the college actively participate in the training, Annual Krishi Melawa, Krishi Charcha Satra and Krishi Din organized by the college and the Krishi Vigyan Kendra. The teachers are actively involved in the extension activities by visiting the farmers field. In addition to their own duties the teachers have given radio talks, TV programme and published popular articles for the benefit of the farming community

Contact Information

Associate Dean
College of Agriculture
Sonapur, Gadchiroli -442 605 Maharshtra, India
Email :
Phone No. +91 07132 223061 Fax No. +91 07132 223062

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