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Agricultural Courses in India – Part 1

The demand for professionals in the agriculture sector is increasing day by day. Hence more people are showing their interest in the field but they aren’t aware of what all courses they can pursue, how and from where? At present we have a number of under graduate as well as post graduate courses in agriculture. But in this article we will only be focusing on the under graduate courses or programs offered in India.

Here is a brief list of the top 10 courses in agriculture:

1. B.Sc in Agriculture

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture or B.Sc. in Agriculture is a four year undergraduate course provided by many Indian colleges. A student after completing his 10+2 in science can preferably take admission in it. B.Sc in Agriculture is a professional degree course recognized by Government of India. There are a number of private colleges as well as government universities in India that offers this course.

The course basically involves study of agriculture sciences and use of modern scientific equipments and techniques in agriculture.  After completing the course you can either go for higher studies like M.Sc in Agriculture or can find jobs in both public as well as private sectors.

2. B.Sc in Genetic Plant Breeding

Bachelor in Science in genetic plant breeding is a three year fulltime course. Plant breeding is essentially an application of genetics and related science to improve cultivated plant species.  Students who have successfully completed their 10+2 with Physics, chemistry and Biology as their subjects can take up the course from any recognized college or university in India.

3. B.Sc in Agriculture Economics and Farm Management

B.Sc in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management is another four year undergraduate program in India. Agriculture economics is an inter-disciplinary field that combines the micro as well as macroeconomic principles towards solving agriculture problems. The minimum eligibility for the course is 10+2 (science stream). At present we have many colleges that offer B.Sc in agriculture economics and farm management.

4. B.Sc in Animal Husbandry

B.Sc in Animal Husbandry is four-year full-time course offered by many well known colleges in India. It is one of the most popular courses in the agriculture/farming sector.  Animal Husbandry is a science of breeding, feeding and nurturing the domestic animals, especially farm animals like pigs, sheep, cattle, horses, etc. The B.Sc syllabus includes- Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology, Genetics and Animal Breeding, Livestock Production and management and breeding systems.

5. B.Sc in Forestry

B.Sc. in Forestry is also a four year regular course that is divided into eight semesters. The main motive of this course is to tell students about the Forestry department and its professional – how and what they do? In India, we have many colleges and universities that offer this course. B.Sc in forestry involves studies in geology, horticulture, forest economics, forest engineering, tree physiology, forest laws and policies, forest menstruations etc.

6. B.Sc Soil and water management

B.Sc in Soil and Water management is a four year fulltime program with a total of eight semesters. The course involves concepts and techniques of agricultural study and research for improvement of soil quality and water management. Aspiring students can take admission in the course after completing their 10+2 (in science) from a recognized board.

7. B.Sc in Horticulture

B.Sc. in Horticulture is an advanced program in the field of agricultural science that deals with cultivation of plants, vegetables, flowers etc. It also studies about the seeds. The course also covers topics like plant diseases, its growth and development. Students who pursue this course are also told about practices that can help improve plant growth and prevent it from damaging. The course is of three years duration.

8. B.Sc Agriculture and Food Business

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Food Business is a four year regular under graduate course. Students can enroll themselves in any of the top colleges offering this course soon after completing their 10+2.  The course is becoming popular in the agriculture sector day by day. There are many private as well government recognized colleges that offer this course.

9. B.Sc in Fisheries

B.Sc. in Fisheries is a four year fulltime course divided into eight different semesters. The course focuses on the fishing sector. The course involves the study of fish, their ecology, food habits, breeding practice and diseases that occur in them. Admission to the course is based upon a student’s performance in the relevant entrance exam and marks obtained in class 12. There are many colleges and institutions that provide this course.

10. B.Sc in Crop Physiology

Last but not the least in our list is B.Sc in Crop physiology.  It is a three year regular based program offered by many universities and colleges in India. To take admission in this course, a student is required to have passed his 10+2 (science) from a recognized board or institution.

To know about the post graduate courses and programs in agriculture sector do read our next article.



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