Parents wonder, why B.Sc.(Agriculture) ? It’s really strange that being a primary source of livelihood for the world population, it remains as the least priority of students choosing it as a career option. B.Sc. (Ag.) is a broad based course with a significant potential. It deals with the fields like Agricultural Food Production, Horticulture, Animal Rearing, Rural Development, Environmental Health etc. Everyone must have noticed one thing during COVID-19 pandemic period that all the sectors had been shut down and none of us rushed to buy gold, land, car or expensive phones but all of us rushed to buy rice, wheat, milk and vegetables to tide over the situation. This indicates the importance of agriculture for our existence.
Keeping in view the significance of applied sciences for proper understanding and development of different areas of agriculture and allied fields, School of Agriculture, GIET University, Gunupur, Rayagada located at a tribal hinterland of Odisha, had introduced a four year undergraduate B.Sc.(Ag.) course in the year 2017. B.Sc.(Ag.) being a professional course, we at School of Agriculture impart quality education giving emphasis on practical field exposure to the students through a large network of departments like Dept. of Agronomy, Horticulture Soil Sc., Plant breeding and genetics, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Agril. Economics, Agril. Engg,., Extension education, forestry, Agril. Biotechnology, Agril. Meteorology, etc.
The college strives to achieve its mission of developing knowledge, attitude and skill based agricultural professionals capable of undertaking rural development and poverty alleviation through its team of 22 highly competent, well qualified and experienced faculty members.
The College owns a well-managed qualitative farm comprising of nearly 70 acres of land in its near vicinity. Out of which, 13 acres of instructional farm is being monitored by students and guided by their respective faculties. The centre of attraction of the farm consists of Mushroom unit, Farm machinery unit, Azolla unit, Organic plots, Medicinal Plant unit and Field crops such as oil seeds, pulses, millets, maize, tuber crops, green manuring crops. In addition, all types of vegetables and some of the exotic varieties viz. Red Cabbage, Capsicum, Broccoli, Cherry Tomato, Spinach and Lettuce are grown to give exposure to the budding agri graduates. To draw the attention, Agro forestry intercropped with Pineapple and Turmeric, etc. is also maintained. The college also has a young orchard of 13 acres area consisting of different varieties of mango, guava, citrus, litchi, pomegranate etc. Hi-tech horticultural practices have been adopted in the orchard with an aim of carrying out several research and development activities. An IFS (Integrated Farming System) unit as well as a well-equipped greenhouse are in seeding stage. Around 44 acres of dedicated land is available to give an in-hand practical exposure to the students on cultivation of different varieties of paddy.
The major thrust area of School of Agriculture is to expose the students more practically so that students passing out from this college will have ample job opportunities in the government as well as private sectors.
Agripreneurship is going to give excellent results at rural level and has the potential to transform the face of rural India from a low profit traditional farming to a profitable one. Considering the above opportunities, it can be concluded that B.Sc. (Agriculture) course has multiple career options locally and globally.
|Rural Agriculture Work Experience|
|*The minimum attendance for RAWE programme is 85%. Students shall complete the record work based on dally field observation notebooks and weekly diaries maintained by them. They will be evaluated by course coordinator as well as by a designated evaluation committee.|
|SN||Activities||No. of Weeks||Credit Hours|
|1||General Orientation & On campus training by different faculties||1||20 (0+20)|
|3||Unit attachment in Univ. / College. KVK / Research Station Attachment||2|
|5||Agro-Industrial AttachmentThe students would be attached with the agro-industries for a period of 3 weeks to get an experience of the industrial environment and working.||3|
|6||Project Report Preparation, Presentation and Evaluation||1|