College of Agriculture, Akola

 

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About College

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Academic Programmes

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Infrastructure

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Mandate

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Sections

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Faculty

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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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Contact Information

 

About College

The College of Agriculture, Akola has been established on 2nd August, 1955 which is one of the oldest Colleges of the country. The college was under the administrative control of the Department of Agriculture, Maharashtra State and was initially affiliated to the Nagpur University. Later on the affiliation as well as administrative control shifted to Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola during the year 1969.

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The college was established to provide qualitative education in the areas of agriculture, to develop overall personality of the students during their graduation and to provide competitive graduates to the society. It is a matter of great pride and privilege for the region that the college celebrated its Golden Jubilee during the year 2006.

It is the constituent College of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola under the dynamic leadership of Dr. V.M. Mayande, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Dr P.D.K.V. Akola. Presently, the college is headed by Dr. E.R. Patil, Associate Dean. Initially intake capacity of college was 64 students per year which increased to 123. The admissions are centralized through a common process developed by Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Education and Research, Pune. Semester system of education is followed with external evaluation. Admission to the U.G. Programme is done on merit basis. Presently college has ten departments and total strength of faculty is 37 against 59 posts sanctioned. Modern laboratory facilities have been provided for imparting effective practical training to students. College is having beautiful building along with instructional farm of 43.46 hectare land.

 

Academic Programmes

Under Graduate Programme: The Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Education and Research (MCAER), Pune is a statutory body constituted under section 12 of Maharashtra Agricultural Universities Act, 1983 in exercise of the powers conferred upon MCAER in the provision (8) of sub section 3 of the Act. Common rules and regulations for admission to various degree programmes in State Agricultural Universities have been formulated. B.Sc. (Agri.) degree course comprises 8 semesters with credit load of 163, and 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 123.

 ACHIEVEMENTS IN ICAR – JRF EXAMINATION

Year

No of Successful Students

JRF Recipients

2004-05

23

2005-06

52

2

2006-07

42

2

2007-08

58

6

2008-09

35

11

Course curricula are modified as per the recommendations of IV Deans Committee Report by headed by Dr. S.L. Mehta, the then DDG Education, ICAR, New Delhi.

 

Infrastructure

Infrastructure
No of Units Available & Percentage Capacity
Administrative building
1
Class rooms
6
Laboratory facilities
21
Boys hostel (Shivneri)
1 (125 students)
Girls hostel (Jijau)
1 (155 students)
Sports complex
1
Cafeteria
1
Health centre
1
Workshop
1
Auditorium
1
Committee hall
1

Important Equipments available with the College

Sr.No
Name of Equipment
Sr.No
Name of Equipment

1

Centrifuge machine

22

Moisture meters

2

Autoclave

23

Infiltrometer

3

Research microscopes

24

Barometer

4

Student microscopes

25

Flame photometer

5

Dissection microscope

26

pH meters

6

Hot air oven

27

Muffle furnace

7

Incubator

28

Colorimeter

8

Phase contracts microscope

29

Tensiometer

9

Slide projector

30

Water measuring devices

10

Over head projector

31

Brix hydrometer

11

Grain/seed moisture tester

32

Soil hydrometer

12

U.V. Chambers

33

Hand refractometer

13

Digital camera

34

Soil augers

14

Refrigerator

35

Handicam

15

Portable OHP

36

Filar micrometer

16

Seed/Grain grader

37

Projection microscope

17

Big insect rearing cages

38

Spectrophotometer

18

Dumpy level

39

Heating magnetic stirrer

19

Electronic balances

40

Biotechnological apparatus

20

Pan Evaporator

41

Rain Gauges

21

Chlorophyll content meter

42

Nitrogen analyzer

Boys Hostel

The present hostel building was constructed in the year 1961 and was inaugurated by Hon’ble D.S. Desai, the then Minister of Education (M.S.) on 13-01-1961. This modern hostel building has two wings (North and South) with sixty-six rooms for accommodation of students in each of the wing.

The hostel has its own water supply and sanitation arrangements. In the Hostel fresh purified drinking water is provided to the students. Similarly, all the entertainment facilities like Television, Newspapers, Magazines and Indoors game are also provided to the students.

The hostel has a very attractive appearance today with sky scrapping Ashoka trees on both sides of the road, the wide lush green lawn in front of the building adds in the beauty of the hostel, which is maintained by students only.

During the year 2001-02 North wing was allotted to the P.G. students and only South wing is being utilized for accommodation of U.G. students. At present 125 students of College of Agriculture / Horticulture, Akola are residing in the hostel

During the year 2005-06 the modern Gymnasium facility with gymnastic equipments is provided for the students. Dr. V.D. Patil, Ex. Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola inaugurated this gymnasium on 15-07-2006.

Girls Hostel

Jijaoo girls hostel is having the capacity of 61 rooms. Out of which, one is office and two rooms are store. There is a facility of cooled drinking water and inverter during load shading period.

Presently, 155 girls (Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry) are residing in the hostel, each room accommodating 2-3 girls. There is one TV hall and one mini library for competitive examination preparation. There is also big dining hall accommodating 40-45 girls for their meal with tables and chairs.

For the entertainment there is Table Tennis, Chess, Carom board and for outdoor games. There is also volleyball play ground

 

Mandate

  • 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

 

Sections

Sr.No Name
1
Agronomy
2
Agril. Botany
3
A.H. & Dairying
4
Agril. Chemistry
5
Agril. Economics & Statistics
6
Entomology
7
Agril. Engg., Physics & Maths
8
Extension
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
Play grounds / track
Yes
Adequate
2
Gymnasium
Yes
Adequate
3
Indoor games
Yes
Adequate

PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS IN SPORTS AND GAMES

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Name of Sports
Level of Participation
University
Zonal
National
International
Football
Yes
Cricket
Yes
Table Tennis
Yes
Badminton
Yes
Volleyball
Yes
Kabaddi
Yes
Kho-Kho
Yes
Chess
Yes
Wrestling
Yes
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Name of Game/Sport
Year
Winner/Runner Up
Chess
2005-06
Winner
Cricket
2005-06
Winner
Badminton
2006-07
Runner up
Kho-Kho
2006-07
Runner up
Basket ball
2007-08
Runner up
Table Tennis (Women)
2008-09
Winner
Kabaddi (Men)
2008-09
Winner
Kho-Kho (Men)
2008-09
Winner

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, Krishi Din and Shivar pheri organized by the university. The teachers were 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,

Akola- 444104(Maharshtra)

Phone : 0724-2259117, 2258091, 0724-2258200 to 2258217 (Ext – 1140)


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