The history of agriculture goes back to the Neolithic era, some 7000-10,000 years. Although in many parts of the world the ancient techniques of agriculture and farming still persist from 18th and 19th century, there have been long strides in agricultural science and technology.
With global food demand growing at a phenomenal rate there is not just a need to grow food for the present generation but also lay the roadmap for a sustainable food supply for the coming generations.
Here at RIMT we are preparing our students to meet one of the biggest challenges of our planet – sustainable food production for an increasing population without putting an irreversible strain on the limited natural resources.
Students and agricultural scientists equipped with knowledge and insight can help farmers grow better food varieties depending on the climate of the region, the quality of the soil and the availability of water. After completing their degree in Agricultural Science & Technology they can even make stellar careers for themselves in agriculture and related fields.
During their studies students will learn the basic and advanced methods of farming. They will learn how to use technology and research to create sustainable, profitable and ethical food production models that can be propagated throughout the world. They will develop a deep understanding of the soil science, plant life cycles, how different plants interact with different varieties of soils, livestock production and optimal farming techniques. On the business side, they will gain knowledge of agricultural economics, industrial use of crops and international laws on farming and food production.
Once the students have completed their degree in Agricultural Science & Technology there is a wide array of career choices for them, listed below.
- Academics: Research and teaching
- Industry and commerce: Agri-based industries, food processing units and international trade.
- Advocacy: Becoming the voice of the farmers and representing them in various national and international forums and helping the farmers improve their ways of working at the grassroots level.
- Entrepreneurship: Starting their own food processing businesses and enterprises from farm produce and agricultural products.
Message from Dean
Dr. Gursharan Singh
Professor & Dean School of Agriculture
Agriculture is considered backbone of the Indian economy given to the fact that it contributes about 17 % to the GDP of the country and nearly 60 % population of the country is dependent upon this. This necessitates the development of competent human resource in agriculture by imparting quality education to achieve and sustain prosperity.
The Green Revolution ushered in an era of food-sufficiency and current food grain production has reached to more than 280 million tonnes against the meager figure of 82 million tonnes in the year 1960-61. Inspite of this unprecedented food grain increase, the challenge of feeding the burgeoning population of the country is still very real.
Development of need based curricula is the pre-requisite for developing quality human resource. The curricula needs to be revised and updated periodically, to meet regional, national and global challenges with focus on meeting the needs of stakeholders in academia, industry, farming sector and other areas. Education division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) undertakes periodic revision of the curricula in agricultural sciences almost after every ten years for which Deans’ Committee is constituted. In the series, Fifth Deans’ Committee accomplished the task of revision of the curricula recently which is now being implemented across the country in all the universities and colleges offering degrees in agriculture. It was, therefore, planned to implement this curricula in various agricultural teaching programmes in the School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of the RIMT University. The major focus in the revision of the course curricula had been on developing much needed skills and entrepreneurial ventures amongst the pass-outs in agriculture to equip them for the self employment or be market-ready to cater to the needs of the stakeholders; thus, final year of the 4-year bachelor’s degree programme has been devoted to this purpose.