Department of Agricultural Entomology


glass_43   About Department
glass_43   Academic Programmes
glass_43   Infrastructure
glass_43   Mandate
glass_43   Faculty
glass_43   Co-curricular Activities
glass_43   Research Activities
glass_43   Extension Activities and Achievements
glass_43   Contact Information




About Department

University Department of Entomology was established on 20th October, 1969 with the establishment of Agriculture University in Vidarbha named as Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola. Before establishment of this University, the need for agricultural education in the region was catered by the two Govt. Agril. colleges at Akola and Nagpur and two private colleges at Amravati and Warora.



Academic Programmes

This Department is imparting M. Sc. and Ph. D. education by regular course work. Every year 22 students at Department of Entomology, Akola are regularly admitted for undergoing M. Sc. Agril. Entomology degree program. However, regular Ph.D. Agril. Entomology degree program is run only at Central Campus, Department of Entomology, Akola by admitting two regular students every year and one in-service candidate biennially.


     PG Education
     Present intake capacity

  1. M.Sc. = 21
  2. Ph.D. = 3

Courses for M. Sc. degree programme

Semester Course No. Course No. Course Title Credits>
   Semester -I  Major ENT-501 Insect Morphology 1+1=2
ENT-502 Insect Anatomy, Physiology and nutrition 2+1=3
ENT-505 Insect Ecology 1+1=2
ENT-510 Principles of Integrated Pest Management 1+1=2
ENT-511 Pests of Field Crops 1+1=2
Minor Pl. Path-503 Plant Bacteriology 2+1=3
Pl. Path- 505 Detection and Diagnosis of plant diseases 0+2=2
    Total course Credit 11+5=16
NCCC PGS 501 Library and Information Services 0+1=1
PGS 504 Basic Concepts in Laboratory Techniques 0+1=1
    Grand Total 16 
    Semester -II  Major ENT-507 Biological Control of Crop pests and Weeds 1+1=2
ENT-504 Classification of Insects 1+1=2
ENT-508 Toxicology of Insecticides 2+1=3
ENT-512 Pest of Horticultural and Plantation crops 1+1=2
Minor Pl. Path-506 Principles of plant disease management 2+1=3
Supporting STAT-507 Design of Experiment for plant protection 2+1=3
    Total course Credit 9 + 6=15
NCCC PGS 503 Intellectual Property and its Management in Agriculture ( e-course) 1+0=1
PGS 502 Technical Writing and Communication Skills 0+1=1
    Grand Total 31
  Semester- III Major ENT- 518 Techniques in Plant Protection 0+1=1
ENT-591 Seminar 0+1=1
Minor Micro -511 Biofertilizer Technology 1+1=2
Supporting ENT-509 Plant Resistance to insects 1+1=2
    Total course Credit 2 + 4 =6
NCCC PGS 505 Agricultural research ethics and rural development programmes ( e-course) 1+0=1
PGS 506 Disaster Management ( e-course) 1+0=1
    Grand Total 37
Semester- IV Research   Thesis (Research Work) 20
      Grand Total 57
Courses for Ph. D degree programme
Course No. Course Title Credits Total
I semester Major Courses    
ENT-601 Advanced Insect Systematics 2+1=3  
ENT-606 Recent Trends In Biological Control 1+1=2  
ENT-611 Molecular Approaches in Entomological Research 2+1=3  
ENT-612 Advanced Integrated Pest Management 2+0=2  
  Suporting Courses    
ENT-515 General Acarology 1+1=2  
II semester Major Courses    
ENT-607 Advanced Insecticide Toxicology 2+1=3  
ENT-609 Advanced Acarology 1+1=2  
  Suporting Courses    
ENT-518 Techniques in Plant Protection 0+1=1  
III semester Major Courses    
ENT-691 Doctoral Seminar I 0+1=1  
  Supporting Courses    
ENT- 509 Plant Resistant to Insects 1+1=2  
ENT-513 Storage Entomology 1+1=2  
ENT-602 Immature Stages of insect 1+1=2  
    3+4= 7
IV semester Seminar    
ENT-692 Doctoral Seminar II 0+1=1  
ENT-699 Doctoral Research 45  
V semester      
  Doctoral Research    
VI semester      
  Doctoral Research    
  Total credits   75


Infrastructure Facilities

The Department is well equipped with state- of -art equipments in various laboratories like

  1. Insect Toxicology laboratory
  2. Insect Morphology laboratory
  3. Insect Biosystematics laboratory
  4. The Insect Bio-control laboratory
  5. Insect Physiology laboratory
  6. PG Research laboratory


Insect Toxicology laboratory

Toxicology laboratory is the pride of the Department having advance equipments. Toxicological studies especially on newer molecules of insecticides, mode of action and insecticide resistance studies are undertaken in the laboratory alongwith regular in vitro rearing of different insect pests. It has been strengthened through the schemes from ICAR, New Delhi and BRNS, Mumbai.

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This laboratory has perfected and standardized many protocols pertaining to insecticide toxicology.


Insect Morphology and Biosystematics laboratory

  • It is being strengthened with the funds from ICAR to the tune of Rs. 1.16 crore under Network Project on Insect Biosystematics (NPIB).
  • This laboratory has collection of more than 25,000 insect specimens including Heritage collection of more than 100 years old and database of identified species has been developed.
  • Under NPIB project characterization and documentation of short horn grasshoppers from Central India and diversity of scarabeid species from different agro-climatic zones of Maharashtra have been recorded with pictorial keys.
  • Besides, species diversity of plant and leaf hoppers from different agro-climatic zones of Maharashtra has been published.
  • Many visuals of different crop pests and their inventories, biology have been made and displayed for farming community.
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The Insect Bio-control Laboratory

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  • Established in the year 1976, this laboratory has assumed the status of quality control laboratory and has been further strengthened with the funds from the Government of India to the tune of Rs. 20 lakhs.
  • It is a self-reliant laboratory, which is catering to the needs of the cultivators, researchers and extension institutes.
  • By the end of 2010, it has generated a gross receipt of Rs. 33,05,638.
  • Due to handing over of the old biocontrol laboratory building as per the University interest, a new laboratory is established in the department and work on biocontrol agents like Trichogramma chilonis, Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus (NPV) for Helicoverpa and Spodoptera is underway.
  • During 2015-16 produced 1000 Trichocard and sold.


Insect Physiology laboratory

Insect Physiology laboratory is adequately equipped to cater to the educational needs of PG students.

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PG Laboratory

PG Laboratory is also one of the assets in the Department which provides space and facilities for the PG students’ Research work and also has instrumentation facilities.


Experimental Field

The department is having its own research farm of 3.50 ha. for conducting research experiments of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students as well as faculty of the department and also catering to the needs of the corporate sector by way of  testing their new insecticide molecules under Agency Trials which also generates revenue for the department.

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Teaching aids

The department is well equipped with the state of art AV aids. The instructional programme is being implemented with the help of AV aids like interactive Boards, Digital Visualizer, Interactive I-panel, Interactive pad, LCD, OHP, CD, posters, charts, live specimens, preserved specimens etc.




The Department of Entomology was established with the mandate of imparting Education, conducting Research and Extension work in the discipline of Entomology.


This department is imparting M. Sc. and Ph. D. education by regular course work. Every year 22 students at Department of Entomology, Akola are regularly admitted for undergoing M. Sc. degree program. However, regular Ph.D. degree program is run only at Central Campus, Department of Entomology, Akola by admitting two regular students every year and one in-service candidate biennially.


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.

  1. Involvement in state level research festival “Awishkar”
  2. Involvement in intercollegiate and interuniversity sports.
  3. Participation of M.Sc. student in National symposium/conference.
  4. PG students are preparing for ARS and NET.
  5. Involvement of PG students in all university level students programme.

Research Activities

Linkages with other institutes:

  • IARI, New Delhi
  • NCIPM, New Delhi
  • DOSR, Indore
  • CRIDA, Hyderabad
  • National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects (NBAII), Bangalore
  • CICR, Nagpur
  • NRCC, Nagpur
  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • India Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur
  • Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri
  • Marathwada Agriculture University, Parbhani
  • Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola
  • State Department of Agriculture, Pune
  • State Department of Horticulture, Pune
  • Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur.

Externally Funded Ongoing/Completed Projects:

  1. Network Project on Insect Biosystematics funded by ICAR, New Delhi”
  1. Year of Start- 2005-2014
  2. Funded by – ICAR (1.16 crores)
  • Field surveys focused on different agro climatic regions of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Meghalaya in various agro ecosystems during the year2006-2014.
  • Field surveys covered two districts of Maharashtra at the initiation of the project(2005-06),during 2006-07,covered 19 districts of Maharashtra,05 districts of M.P.,03 districts of Chhattisgarh and 05 districts of Gujarat on total 300 ha area. During 2007-08survey was conducted in 15 districts of Maharashtra,04 districts of M.P.,04 districts of Chhattisgarh and 08 districts of Gujarat on 1100ha area in 157 trips. 14 districts of Maharashtra,4 of Chhatisgarh,3of Gujarat and 7of M.P. had been surveyed during 2008-09.During 2009-10 the survey was conducted in 11 districts of Maharashtra,4 districts of Gujarat and 5 districts of M.P. In the year 2010-11 twenty five districts were covered from Maharashtra and 5 of Chhattisgarh. During 2011-12 field survey was undertaken in 17 districts of Maharashtra, 10 districts of M.P. and 3 districts of Chhatisgarh.26 districts of Maharashtra were covered during 2012-13 with 777ha.area under survey in 183 trips. During 2013-14, nineteen districts of Maharashtra have been surveyed with two districts of Meghalaya. Survey was carried out about 266 ha area with 194 trips at different crop stages. More emphasis was given on Scarab beetles of Maharashtra and Meghalaya. Beetles particularly Sophrops   and other scarabs were collected through light traps.
  • Field survey(2006-2014) led to total collection of 25046 insect specimens belonging to orders Coleoptera (11887), Orthoptera (3746), Lepidoptera (3171), Hymenoptera (1205),  Hemiptera (3481), Dermaptera (74),  Diptera (566), Isoptera (257) which made cumulative collection to 25046 processed and documented specimens.
  • Biosystematic studies of White grubs (Scaraboidea:Scarabaeidae) of 2 subfamilies (Melolonthinae & Rutelinae), 4 genera viz., Sophrops  (Sophrops karschi), Leucopholis (Leucopholis lepidophora),Anomala (Anomala dorsalis) and Rhinyptia (Rhinyptia indica, Rhinyptia nigrifrons and Rhinyptiaindet.) carried out those were encountered during the survey of Maharashtra and Meghalaya(2013-14). Sophrops karschi was found predominant in Western ghat and Melghat (Satpura range) of Maharashtra among the scarabs .Besides, five species of Holotrichia of Maharashtra were re-described and pictorial key for the same has been provided. Characterizations of 22 species of short horn grasshoppers from central India have been studied.
  • In addition, during 2013-14 this centre has added 37 species of Coleoptera, 08 species of Lepidoptera, 6 species of Diptera, 6 species of Hemiptera, and 8 species of Hymenoptera to the collection. Accordingly, database of the identified species of the centre has been updated and total 1262 entries have been documented.
  • Total 19 field biology / field diagnostics of important pests of Sugarcane, Soybean, Pigeon pea, Citrus, Okra, Castor, Nagpur Mandarin, Mustard, Sesamum and soapnut etc. prepared, besides natural enemies. Morphometric observations have been undertaken at various stages of the pests and bioagents. 187 visuals and about 15 Video clips crop wise and pest wise have been developed.
  • Good photographs (visuals)of many pests of field crops have been taken during the field survey and the soft copy of the same has been submitted to NPIB coordinating cell IARI, New Delhi as well as NPIB centre, NBAII, Bangalore.
  • Five research papers have been published, out of the information generated during the investigations in this centre and one paper is in press.
  • About more than 100 Identified specimens have been submitted to NPC.
  • A well equipped laboratory of Biosystematics has been developed only because of this project and about 25,000 insect specimens have been preserved properly in the Insect Museum of Department of Entomology, Dr PDKV, Akola, this museum is the unique museum of central India and it has been a source of inspiration in the area of insect taxonomy, insect diversity for the students, researchers and farmers also to create awareness about the insects life.
  1. Crop Pest Surveillance and Advisory Project: 2016-17 (CROPSAP):


Mandate of the project

  1. To train the Master Trainers of State Department of Agriculture in all 11 districts of Vidarbha.
  2. To train pest surveillance staff in all eleven districts of Vidarbha.
  3. To assist in pest monitoring & preparation of Capsule Advisory IPM module.
  4. To interpret and issue online Advisories on crop pests, Taluka wise twice in a week.

The Department of Entomology, Dr. PDKV., Akola, Department of Agriculture and NCIPM, New Delhi, jointly organizing the novel project known  as “Crop Pest Surveillance and Advisory Project” since 2009-10.

The details of the project:

  • This project received a prestigious Prime Minister Award for excellence in Public administration for the Year 2014-15.
  • Funded by State Department of Agriculture, Maharashtra.
  • Fund received till 2016-17 : Rs. 257 crors.
  • Advisory given: About 57800 number of Taluka wise, Crop wise, and pest wise, regular advisories are given on every Monday and Thursday during 2015-16.
  • Trained about 795 staff of the project, organizing 8 training programmes at Akola and Nagpur during 2015-16.
  • Nominated District scientists for eleven districts of Vidarbha to monitor the pest status.
  • Visited 408 fields of all eleven districts of Vidarbha during 2015-16 and created awareness among the farmers.
  • As a result from 2009-10 to 2015-16 no pest attained out break status in Vidarbha and farmers harvested the crop with higher net profit.

            An important project namely, Crop Pest Surveillance and Advisory Project on management of major pest in soybean-cotton-chickpea, pigeon pea and paddy, was implemented by the Department of Entomology, Dr. PDKV, Akola during 2009-2015 in collaboration with State Department of Agriculture M.S. and other Stake Holders as below.


  • State Agriculture Department, Maharashtra, Pune
  • National Centre for Integrated Pest Management (NCIPM), New Delhi
  • Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), Akola
  • Marathwada Agricultural University (MAU), Parbhani
  • Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV), Rahuri
  • Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur
  • Directorate of Soybean Research (DOSR), Indore
  • Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute for Pulses Research, Kanpur


   CROPSAP Project 2016-17 Training Photographs

 Master Trainers Training 2016-17


Plant Protection and Surveillance Unit,

  • Year of Start : 1972
  • In charge of Unit : Dr. Anil V. Kolhe , Chief Plant Protection Officer (additional charge)
  • Status : Non plan
  • Period : Long term
  • Mandate:
  1. To conduct the survey for pests on major crops of Vidarbha region
  2. To disseminate the plant protection advisory to various agriculture extension functionaries and through various  media.
  3. To interpret the pests situation and to forewarn the farmers to undertake plant protection  measures.
  • Area of Operation: Vidarbha Region
  • Nature of work :

The regular survey work for monitoring of important pests of various crops have to be conducted throughout the year in Vidarbha Region. On the basis of pests situation prevailed in the region on various crops, the management strategies of pests has to be disseminate among the State Extension Officers, workers and farmers through newspapers, magazines, Aakashwani, TV, mobile, email etc in the form of plant protection bulletins, agro-advisory bulletins, wartapatre, news, lekhs, radio talk, SMS, alerts in order to undertake the necessary plant protection measures by farmers  from time to time and as per need and severity of pests. Similarly, on the basis monitoring of pests and climatic conditions prevailed, the forewarning of economically important pests has to be given from time to time through extension media.


2009-10 to 2015-16

  • Department has one ongoing externally funded project i.e. Crop Pest Surveillance and Advisory Project (CROPSAP) which bagged prestigious Prime Minister (2014-15), also bagged E-Governance Gold Award (2010-11) and Krishi Karma Awards (2010-11).
  • D. K. Ballal Silver Medal for University Best Teacher Award (Dr. S. M. Dadmal)
  • ICAR Best Teacher Award during 2012-13 (Dr. S. M. Thakare)
  • ICAR Best Teacher Award during 2014-15 (Dr. S. M. Dadmal)
  • ICAR Best Teacher Award during 2015-16 (Dr. N. S. Satpute)
  • Outstanding Scientist Award during 2016-17 (Dr. S. K. Bhalkare)
  • M. Puttarudriah Memorial Endowment National Award 2010 in appreciation for sustainable and commendable contributions to field of Plant Protection in India received on 03/04/2010 at IIT, Banglore with the hands of Secretary (Agril.)Government fo Karnataka (Dr. S. M. Thakare)
  • Second prize in Agro-Tech, Dr. PDKV, Akola-2014 (Department of Entomology)


 Extension Activities and Achievements

Department of Entomology also implementing following 21 points Extension Programme:

  1. Krishi Melawas/ Charcha Satra/ Field Days
  2. Field Visits
  3. Diagnostic field Visits
  4. District Monthly Workshop
  5. Farmers’ Queries
  6. Shivar Pheri/ Exhibitions
  7. Attending Trainings
  8. Organizing Trainings
  9. Organizing field Days
  10. Organizing FFS
  11. Organizing TOF
  12. Delivering Lectures in Trainings/ Workshops
  13. Popular articles
  14. Leaflets/ Booklets
  15. Books
  16. Research Articles
  17. Krishi Vartapatra
  18. Agro-meteorological Bulletin
  19. Plant Protection Bulletin
  20. Survey & Special Survey
  21. Akashwani & Doordarshan



1. Training to Master Trainers Achievements:

Sr. No. Year No. of Master Trainer Trained
1 2009-10 145
2 2010-11 148
3 2011-12 94
4 2012-13 89
5 2013-14 134
6 2014-15 127
7 2015-16 113
8 2016-17 147

2. Training to Surveillance Staff:

Sr. No. Year No. of Surveillance Staff Trained
1 2009-10 1420 (In 7 Trainings)
2 2010-11 273
3 2011-12 302
4 2012-13 244
5 2013-14 373
6 2014-15 387
7 2015-16 351
8 2016-17 328

3. Pest Monitoring:

Field Visit 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Total No. 72 126 179 202 313 271

4. Online Advisories Given:

Advisories Given Cotton Soybean Pigeon pea Chickpea Paddy
2009-10 129 66 17 27
2010-11 152 92 104 52
2011-12 136 84 88 50 340
2012-13 136 76 104 50 165
2013-14 185 92 108 54 280
2014-15 175 88 104 52 280
2015-16  196 96 104  50  256

CROPSAP Training and Field Visit Photo 2014-15



Transfer of Technology:

The department has develop 160 technologies regarding crop protection that are being regularly disseminated for the benefit of the cultivators including alarming situations through various media like special bulletins, newspapers and frequent programmes through All India Radio, Doordarshan, other TV channel programmes, etc. These are the regular recurring activities of this department.


Vision 2025:


  1. Introduction of molecular taxonomy.
  2. Introductory genomics for Plant Protection.
  3. Advances in residue analysis techniques in Horticultural crops.
  4. Plant Protection in High-tech Horticulture.
  5. Plant Protection in Medicinal plant.
  6. Improvement in teaching methodology through e-learning.



The research activities of this department will be focused on the following thrust areas and as per the need of the farming community.

  1. Integrated Pest Management.
  2. Insect Biosystematics.
  3. Toxicology
  4. Biological Pest suppression
  5. Pest Forewarning
  6. Pest population dynamics in relation to climate change.
  7. Plant resistance to insects
  8. Low cost plant protection technology

Extension Education:

  1. To train extension functionaries in relation to new technologies in plant protection.
  2. Trainings to extension workers in relation to pest monitoring and short term forecasting.
  3. Establishment of special Plant Protection training centre/institute at University level.

 Linkages of the Department with International & National Government and Non-Governmental organization.


Contact Information

Dr. Dhanraj Undirwade

Department of Entomology
Dr. PDKV, Akola
Phone (0724) 2258050 Cell : 09850819992


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