Agronomy

Agronomy

The Department of Agronomy played a pivotal role in providing linkage to allied departments of the University. The department has excellent infrastructure of well-equipped laboratories and research farm. These are well supported by technical and field staff for proper conduction of research as well as farm practical of undergraduate students and faculty.

Each field of specialization is headed by a senior professor level teacher and supported by well equipped laboratories with highly qualified faculty. The department has provided much required manpower for various development agencies. Some of our faculty members have served in Indian Council of Agricultural Research etc.

Thrust areas

  • Major emphasis would be laid on natural resource management through generation of environment friendly technologies.
  • Low input-cost technologies like zero tillage, bed planting use of leaf colours, etc. Shall receive increased emphasis for all crops.
  • Research on management and recycling of crop residues and agricultural byproducts.
  • Technology for cultivation of aromatic and medicinal plants and organic farming would be developed.
  • Participatory research with involvement of farmers and end-users to develop commercially acceptable technologies.
  • Application of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) for precision farming and management of natural resources.
  • Development of irrigation water saving technology for improving the water use efficiency and water productivity.

The School of Agricultural Sciences is the new initiative of Techno-India Group of Institutions where it is proposed to introduce B Sc (Ag) Hons Course as per rules and regulations of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the system of agricultural education wherein teaching, research and extension programme are proposed to be included in conformity with maintaining standard and quality at par in other institutions imparting the degree in agriculture and allied sciences;

Importance of Agriculture Education System

India, accounting for 17% of world's population and over 30% of world’s smallholder farmers, and hardly 2.5% of the world's land and 4% of world’s water resources, greatly impacts and gets impacted by the state of global food, agriculture and natural resource system. Hence, India Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), apex body of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India come forward to design the course-curriculum in imparting agricultural education, conducting agricultural research and transferring proven technologies (extension) to the farmers to boost up agricultural productivity maintaining uniformity throughout the country. The major global initiatives and foresight must be kept in mind while developing leadership in agricultural sciences to ensure global competitiveness, equitable knowledge sharing, and environmental sustainability. The new curricula, courses and contents have been designed as recommended by the 5th Dean’s Committee constituted to let the students aware of the new global initiatives, such as Global Green Economy; Knowledge Economy; Global Zero Hunger Challenge; UN International Year and International Agriculture and Development Challenge, 2050.

Over the years, the visibility of basic sciences in agricultural curricula has decreased; On the other hand, globally greater emphasis is being placed on life sciences - biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, bio-remediation, bioenergy, biosecurity and computational biology. Agriculture graduates and scientists should increasingly seek employment and research opportunities in these frontier areas. Rural Appraisal Work Education (RAWE) and Hands on Training will remain extremely important in this context, the science-based hands on learning experience be duly promoted.

 

CoursesYearsSemesterEligibility CriteriaMarks Required
Dr. Biswapati Sinha

Assistant Professor

Ph. D. in Agronomy

Email: biswapati.s@snuniv.ac.in


Research Expertise:

  • Research expertise on Establishment & build up of conservation agriculture management practices, farmer-crop-environment relations, especially Conservatin Agriculture i.e. resource conservation techniques including use of leaf colour chart, surface residue, weed management practices and Natural Resource Management.
  • Provided knowledge to the farmer about weather forecasting and climate change and learning in constraint of environments.
  • Socio-economic environmental inequality of the poor farmer.

 

Dr. POULOMI SEN

Assistant Professor

B.Sc. (Ag) Hons in 2013; M.Sc. (Ag) & Ph D in Genetics and Plant Breeding in 2015 & 2021 respectively

Email: poulomi.s@snuniv.ac.in


  • Research experiences
  • “Identification of superior alleles for two phosphate deficient tolerance genes in rice” in M.Sc.
  • “Identification of new alleles and markers for the genes influencing major yield attributing parameters in rice” in Ph.D.
  • JRF on “Development of abiotic stress tolerant rice for West Bengal condition with special emphasis on drought and P deficiency” at (2015-2016), funded by BRNS-BARC.
  • Research Papers
  • Das, D., Sen, P., Purkayastha, S., Saha, A. K., Roy, A., Rai, P., Sen, S., Saha, S., Senapati, B. K., Biswas, T., & Bhattacharyya, S. (2021). A perfect PCR based co-dominant marker for low grain-arsenic accumulation genotyping in rice. Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, 212, 111960. (First two authors share equal contributions, Impact Factor: 6.2, NAAS: 10.87).
  • Sen, P., Purkayastha, S., Das, D., Goswami, J., Sen, S., Rai, P., Biswas, T., & Bhattacharyya, S. (2021). Yield-enhancing SPIKE allele from the aus-subtype indica rice and its allele specific codominant marker. Journal of Genetics, 100, 36. (Impact Factor: 1.16, NAAS: 6.99).
  • Chatterjee, A., Chattopadhyay, T., Maji, A., Sen, P., & Ali, M. N. (2020). A review on conventional and molecular breeding approaches for exploring mechanisms underlying heat stress tolerance in wheat. Journal of Crop and Weed, 16(2), 24-35. (NAAS: 5.28)

Dr. GAYATRI KUMARI PADHI

Assistant Professor

B.Sc. (Ag) Hons in 2012, M.Sc. (Ag) in 2014 & Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology in 2021

Email: gayatri.kp@snuniv.ac.in


Dr. Gayatri Kumari Padhi obtained the degree of B.Sc. (Ag) Hons in 2012; M.Sc. (Ag) in 2014 & Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology in 2021 with research experiences on “Studies on coinhabitation of root knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita and insects in Tomato with special reference to sucking insect”, “Studies on influence of different weather variables on population dynamics of chilli pests and varietal susceptibility against prevailing pests vis-a-vis development of an appropriate management strategy with special reference to Chilli Leaf Curl ” and “ Evaluation Of bio efficacy and phytotoxicity of Spirotetramat 150 OD against sucking pests of chilli, brinjal and okra” a project funded by Bayer Crop Science. She has 7 research papers published in peer-review journals with national and international reputes. She qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Agricultural Entomology in 2014 and Nematology in 2018 and an awardee of Jawahar Lal Neheru Memorial Fund Scholarship for doctoral studies in 2015.She attended more than 11 international and national conferences and seminars in her subject area.

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