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


Gold medalist during M.Sc. INSPIRE fellow during Ph. D.

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. UMME SALMA

Assistant Professor

Ph. D. in Agricultural Biotechnology (BCKV)

Email: umme.s@snuniv.ac.in


Research experience:

• Evaluation of growth performance of Trichoderma viride on different culture media and its population count from carrier based culture and subsequently its packaging for distribution (under learning through organizational attachment programme during M.Sc.).

• Mites and insects on medicinal plants, assessment of biopesticides and effect of mite feeding on active ingredients (dissertation for M.Sc. in Agricultural Biotechnology; 2013-2015).

• Accelerated microcloning and in vitro elicitation of pharmacologically active ingredients in Eclipta alba (L.) Hassk” (Ph.D. in Agricultural Biotechnology; 2015-2020).

 

Commercial experience:

• Research Officer at Debgiri Agro Products Pvt. Ltd., managing the tissue culture plant’s mass production, seed production, pure line selection, and seed quality assessment (2019-2021).

 

Publications (Research and review articles- 13, Book chapters- 4):

Best three are as follows-

• Salma U, Kundu S, Ali MN, Mandal N (2018) Elicitor mediated enhancement of wedelolactone in cell suspension culture of Eclipta alba (L.) Hassk. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 134:409–421 (Impact factor: 2.711; NAAS: 8.20).

• Salma U, Kundu S, Hazra AK, Ali MN, Mandal N (2018) Augmentation of wedelolactone through in vitro tetraploid induction in Eclipta alba (L.) Hassk. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture, 133:289–298 (Impact factor: 2.711; NAAS: 8.20).

• Kundu S, Salma U, Ali MN, Hazra AK, Mandal N (2018) Development of transgenic hairy roots and augmentation of secondary metabolites by precursor feeding in Sphagneticola calendulacea (L.) Pruski. Industrial Crops & Products 121:206–215 (Impact factor: 5.645; NAAS: 10.24).

DR. ANANYA GHOSH

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Agronomy from B.C.K.V

Email: ananya.g@snuniv.ac.in


Dr. Ananya Ghosh obtained the degree of B.Sc. (Ag.) Hons. in 2014; M.Sc. (Ag.) in 2016 & Ph.D. in Agronomy in 2021 with research title on “Studies on growth and productivity of Rice hybrids under SRI and conventional transplanting” and “Effect of Zinc and Iron on growth, productivity and grain quality of Relay Grass Pea (Lathyrus sativus) in New Alluvial zone of West Bengal”, respectively. Published 12 research papers, in peer-review journals of national and international reputes along with 2 book chapters and 15 Popular Articles. Qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET), ICAR in Agronomy in 2022. Worked as a Senior Research Fellow (SRF) in IFAD-ICARDA project entitled “Enhancing food and nutritional security and improved livelihood through intensification of Rice fallow system with pulse crop in South-Asia (Bangladesh, India and Nepal)”. Attended more than 10 international and national conferences and seminars in the subject area. Received “Young Scientist Award” in “International Scientist Awards on Engineering, Science and Medicine” in 2022.

Dr. Ananya Ghosh

Assistant Professor

B.Sc. (Ag.) Hons. from Visva-Bharati University M.Sc. (Ag.) from Visva-Bharati University Ph.D. in Agronomy from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya

Email: ananya.g@snuniv.ac.in


Dr. Ananya Ghosh obtained the degree of B.Sc. (Ag.) Hons. in 2014; M.Sc. (Ag.) in 2016; Ph.D. in Agronomy in 2021 with research title on “Studies on growth and productivity of Rice hybrids under SRI and conventional transplanting” and “Effect of Zinc and Iron on growth, productivity and grain quality of Relay Grass Pea (Lathyrus sativus) in New Alluvial zone of West Bengal”, respectively. Published 12 research papers, in peer-review journals of national and international reputes along with 2 book chapters and 21 Popular Articles. Qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET), ICAR in Agronomy in 2022. Worked as a Senior Research Fellow (SRF) in IFAD-ICARDA project entitled “Enhancing food and nutritional security and improved livelihood through intensification of Rice fallow system with pulse crop in South-Asia (Bangladesh, India and Nepal)”. Attended more than 10 international and national conferences and seminars in the subject area. Received “Young Scientist Award” in “International Scientist Awards on Engineering, Science and Medicine” in 2022.

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