School of Agriculture

The School

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.

2) Programmes offered

2.1 B Sc (Ag) Hons

2.2 PhD Programmes: in the process of planning and under execution;

2.3 Postgraduate Programmes: in the process planning and under execution;

2.4 Undergraduate Programmes: 4-year degree course;

2.5 Diploma Programmes: Not at present

2.6 Certificate Programmes: Not at present

2.7 Continuing Education & Outreach Programs: Not at present;

3) Research: It is under processing and execution

3.1 Thematic Areas: Water Resource Development; Medicinal Plants; Irrigation and Fertilizer Management

3.2 Facilities: In the field proposed in Bhagnar Block II, 24 Parganas (N), West Bengal

3.3 Sponsored Projects: completed and on-going: Not at present; in process;

3.4 Publications: Yes

3.5 Patents: No

4) People associated

4.1 Board of Advisors

1. Dr R. B. Ghosh, USA

2. DrSmarajit Roy, UK

3. Dr. Tapas Biswas, Australia

4. Dr. Dr. WaisKabir, Bangladesh

5. DrRanajit Kumar Smanta, India

4.2 Faculty

Prof (Dr) AftabuzZaman, Director, School of Agricultural Sciences

4.2.1 Profile with photograph: Enclosed

4.2.2 Research Areas: Water Resource and Irrigation Management

4.2.3 Projects Completed: Project funded by Government of India, ICAR, Ministry of Water Resources completed

4.2.4 Projects ongoing: IFFCO and NABARD

4.2.5 List of Publications: Attached

4.2.6 Patents: No

4.2.7 PG Scholars: 50

4.2.8 PhD Scholars: 8

4.3 PhD Scholars: Nil (at present)

4.4 Research Staff: Nil (at Present)

5) Events: Undergoing

5.1 Upcoming Events: Programme is in the process

5.2 Past Events:

So many past events in the career like organizing several National and International Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Symposiums in several places of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal;

List of some important publication (2016-2020)

1. Zaman, A., Zaman, P., Hedayetullah, M. and Talukder M L. 2016. Management of acid soils for sustainable crop production in eastern India; Journal of Crop Science & Technology, 4(1): 22-32;

2. Sarkar, S., Sarkar, A. and Zaman, A. 2016. Yield, water use and economics of chickpea (Cicerarientum) as influenced by different levels of irrigation and mulches; Indian Journal of Agronomy, 61(4): 479-483;

3. M. Ray, Roy, D C. and Zaman, A. 2016. Evaluation of rice (Oryza sativa L.) based cropping systems for increasing productivity, resource use efficiency and energy productivity in Coastal West Bengal. Indian Journal of Agronomy;61(2): 131-137;

4. Zaman, A., ManikLal, P. Zaman and Md. Hedayetullah. 2016. Adoption of Improved water Management Technologies for sustaining agricultural productivity. International Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 1(1) 34-39;

5. Zaman, A., Zaman, P., Hedayetullah, M. and Talukder M L. 2016. Effective utilization of lowland ecosystem for water and crop productivity; Journal of Ecology, 5(1); 1-4;

6. Maitra, S and Zaman, A., 2017. Organic farming in India: status, scope and potential, 2017: 1-10;

7. Sarkar, S., Sarkar, A. and Zaman, A. 2017. Effect of irrigation and phosphorous levels on braod beans (Viciafaba L.) for improving growth, yield and water extraction pattern, Legume Research: An International Journal. 40(2): 257-263;

8. Sarkar, S., Sarkar, A. and Zaman, A. 2017. Effect of irrigation and phosphorous fertilization on growth, yield and nodulation of broad beans (Viciafaba L.); Indian Journal of Agricultural Research 51(1): 69-73;

9. Maitra, S and Zaman, A. 2017. Brown manuring - an effective technique for yield sustainability of cereals crops. International Journal of Bio-resources Science 4(1): 1-5;

10. Zaman, A., Zaman, P., Hedayetullah, M. and Talukder M L. 2016. Water resource development and management for agricultural sustainability in eastern India; Global Journal of Biological Research, 1(1): 33-36;

11. Zaman, A. and Maitra, S., 2017. Organic Agriculture: Prospects, Problems and Constraints, 2017: 1-13

12. Zaman, A., Zaman, P. and Maitra, S. 2017. Water resource development and management for agricultural sustainability; Journal of Applied and Advance Research, 2(2):73-77;

13. Zaman, A. 2017. Water Management under rainfed ecology: Rainwater harvesting technologies for crop and water productivity;http://agroinformatics2017/ water management-zaman.html. 22: 1-6;

14. Patra, S. and Zaman, A. 2017. Tapping the unrealized potential of residual soil moisture through mustard and rapeseed paira cropping in lowland rice ecosystem, Success stories of Water Management Project, Gayeshpur Centre (Series-1, Published by the ICAR in its Website: pp 114-117;

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Books published

1. Zaman, A and Devi, W. P. 2012. Processing quality of potato (Effect of nutrient on potato quality): Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. pp 1-140; ISBN 978-3-659-14585-8;

2. Zaman, A. and Patra, S. K. 2010, Sustainable Food Security. Chapter: Farmers participatory water management technologies for food security; pp 25-31; Mittal Publications, New Delhi; ISBN No. 81-8324-356-8

3. Zaman, A. and Patra, S. K. 2010. Water Productivity in Agriculture. BCKV pp 1-74;

4. Zaman, A. 2009. Krishitejalerutpadashilotabriddhi; JalSampaderjathajothobyabohar; Training Manual; BCKV

5. Zaman A and IndudharRedddyKareddy, : 2016 Aerobic Rice, Lambert, Germany

6. Zaman, A and Ganga Rani: 2016. Direct Seeded Rice, Lambert Publications, Germany

7. Zaman A and S Maitra. 2019. Cutting edge Technology in Agricultural Sustainability; New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi; 436 pages (Edited);

8. Zaman A and S Maitra. 2019. Palm View Publication, New Delhi;

9. Zaman, A. and Md. Hedayetullah. 2019. Farming System and Sustaiable Agriculture; Agrotech Publishing Academy; Udaipur;

10. Zaman A. 2019. Integrated Farming System and Agricultural Sustainability; 336 pages; New India Publishing Agencies; New Delhi

11. Zaman, A. 2019. Agricultural Sustainability; Kalyani Publishers: 283 pages https://www.kalyanipulishers,

Courses Years Semester Eligibility Criteria Marks Required
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agriculture* 4 8 Passed/Appeared in 10 + 2 (Stream: Science) 60%

*Course curriculum as per Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

Prof. (Dr.) Aftabuz Zaman

Director, School of Agricultural Sciences

Prof. (Dr.) A. Zaman is an internationally renowned scientist with specialization in agricultural water management and having a spectacular career of 39 years. His lifetime and original research contribution in the field of irrigation water management, rain-fed agriculture, cropping system, watershed management, dry land agriculture and bio-diversity conservation, to name a few, are globally appreciated leading to outstanding teachers in farm universities in India and abroad. A large number original concepts, strategies, techniques and tools those developed, which have contributed enormously to agricultural science and benefitted the global society. He served as Irrigation Agronomist and formerly Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Director of Research, Head, Department of Agronomy in Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (SAU), West Bengal, India. He is the former Chief Scientist in AICRP on Water Management (ICAR) and former Associate Director of Research, Regional Research Station, Old Alluvial Zone (Presently UBKV, Pundibari). He has coordinated, associated and has been involved in post-graduate teaching programs at the university and has significant research experiences in field of water management and in academia and well as having considerable administrative experiences in different capacity at various time frame. Dr. Zaman worked as Head, Irrigation Expatriate Team, Government of Uganda for 2 years under ITEC Programme being deputed by the Government of India to design, lay out and installation of famers managed small scale irrigation for sustainable crop cultivation. He was also designated as IFFCO-Chair Professor. His scholarly publications include more than 150 research papers most of which published in peer-reviewed journals having national and international reputes, 9 book chapters, 7 books with global publishing houses. His academic contribution was profusely appreciated by Dr Rash B. Ghosh, Fellow of Nobel Laureate Charles Town of California, USA where he became co-founder of International Institute of Bengal Basin and organized International Conferences in India and Bangladesh bi-annually. He organized and chaired many prestigious internal workshops, chaired many technical sessions in scientific meetings and platforms. He has delivered number of invited plenary lectures and key-note addresses and acting as member of Editorial Board members, Examiner and question setter in various agricultural universities in India and Bangladesh.

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