Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economics

he Department of Agricultural Economics the courses in Agricultural Economics for the B.Sc. (Hons.)Ag. programme commenced from the start of College of Agriculture in 2020.  At present the department functions in an area of 600sqft and has a well equipped U.G. class room with computer, projector and internet facilities. The department has a well maintained library with reference books. Computer with internet facilities are provided to the staff and students and has a WiFi zone.

Extension and other activities undertaken by the department includes:

  • To impart theoretical and practical knowledge with a view to develop professionals who are highly competitive in this field. 
  • To undertake research in the emerging issues that have a bearing on policy formulation and beneficial to the farming community.
  • To organise and participate in seminars, workshops, summer institutes and extension programmes.
  • These programmes are of 4 years duration.

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.

 

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Dr. ARUNIMA KONAR

Assistant Professor

PhD in Agricultural Economics from Bidhan Chandra KrishiViswavidyalaya in 2019

Email: arunima.k@snuniv.ac.in


Research Achievement:

  • Research on “An Economic Study of Growing Rapeseed and Mustard in Burdwan District of West Bengal” for dissertation of M.Sc. (Agriculture) in Agricultural Economics. (2012-2014).
  • Research on “Socio-Economic Study of Household Livelihood Security in Unorganised Sectors of Bankura District of West Bengal” for thesis of Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. (2014-2019).
  • Research is focused on evaluating household livelihood with respect to economic, food, habitat, health, education, social and environmental securities of workers of unorganised sectors such as cultivation of agriculture, agri-business, fish-breeding, handloom and terracotta enterprise, calculation of consumer unit, calorie, protein, fat intake on the basis of nutrition chart based on Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and cost of cultivation of different crops.

Research Publications:

  • Published book “Study of Rapeseed-Mustard in Burdwan District of West Bengal, India” from Lambert Publishing Academy (LAP).
  • Published 7 research papers in different reputed National and International journals and 5 popular articles.
  • Presented 6 abstracts in several National and International Conferences, Seminar and Symposium.

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