Agriculture is the backbone of a developed economy and is the resource to food security and the driving force in any economy. India has a vast potential for agricultural growth and development with several agro-based industries and agricultural elements. When we talk about agriculture, we mean giving food to the masses and providing raw materials to several industries across the country.
With the advancement of research across diverse fields, agricultural research too will emerge as a demanding field. The research in agriculture will lead to better production and enough food for the ever-increasing population of India. Simultaneously, it will aim to sustain the entire system of food production and consumption. The School of Agriculture (SoAg) at GIETU is established precisely for that cause.
School of Agriculture, GIET University, Gunupur, Rayagada was established in the year 2017 with an objective of promoting teaching, research and extension activities in agriculture in the backward districts of South Odisha. Located on the foot hills of Eastern ghats with an intake capacity of 60 students, the campus boasts of a picturesque landscape and provides all the facilities that young budding agro-professionals aspire to dream of.
The four year full time regular B. Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture programme imparts courses in Agronomy, Horticulture, Soil Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Plant Physiology, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Statistics, Agricultural Extension Education and Agricultural Biotechnology keeping in mind the growing demand for agro-professionals in the agrarian state of Odisha where more than 60% of the population are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood.
Besides the Student’s READY Programme provides vocational training to the students by honing professional skills and knowledge through meaningful hands on training and exposure to industrial environments which can’t be simulated in the institution and provides an opportunity for preparing themselves for entrepreneurship in agri – and allied sciences.
The School regularly conducts many workshops, conferences, and training, implanting extracurricular activities and plantation drives for all. SoAg is a space for wholesome and diversified first-hand knowledge of agriculture. With its farmland for vegetation, fruits and green manure, the school incorporates different irrigation styles like drip irrigation, sprinkler irrigation, and sub-irrigation as good sets of practical knowledge.
The School of Agriculture is equipped with several world-class infrastructures like Hot air oven, Laminar Airflow Chamber, Colony Counter, Binocular Microscope, BOD Incubator, pH Meter, Spectrophotometer, Centrifuge, Water bath. The biodiversity research inquiries do not stress across the scientific spectrum alone. It helps understand extensive scale processes, whole organism, climatic changes, evolution, physiology, behaviors, neurosciences, and discovering origins of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial lives through an astrophysical analysis of geological, biological, chemical principles of plants and their evolution.
It is science-led agriculture, facilitating the human resources to make the best use of technology to help implement and to revitalize nature’s best resources. The School of Agriculture, GIETU makes special efforts to look after that nature is never compromised at any stake. Aiming and working tirelessly to contribute and address market reforms, the global food crisis, nutritional security, and SoAg combats challenges like ailing soil health, decreased productivity, diminishing water reserves, or shrinking land and population increase.
The School of Agriculture is a remarkable think tank and a progressive forum to research and implement science for increasing productivity, profitability, equity, and sustainability of Indian agriculture. Since its inception, SoAg has emerged as a distinctive institution devoted to educating and promoting agricultural research, agricultural education, and indulging in national and international partnerships to transform agriculture and related policies.
“To be recognized as the Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Education in the Tribal dominated region ensuring technological development in Agriculture and allied sectors that are life enhancing, socially acceptable and economically viable”