Conservation and utilization of stored photosynthetic energies to
further to further enhance the wellbeing of human society in a
sustainable manner using various organisms.
Department of agricultural Biology will be centre of excellence in
education and knowledge in the field of agricultural biology, and widely
recognized as such due to the success of teaching, and the significance
and usefulness of research conducted.
research and extension for solving problems in agriculture and natural
resources through an understanding of the biological science and to
provide professional assistance needed to develop insight into
biological research in agriculture.
To understand different
systems of agriculture, one has to be knowledgeable about the different
components of these systems; crops and animals, technology used, and the
human factor. While the student gathers knowledge on the former two
aspects in other departments, the Department of Agricultural Economics
is mainly concerned with the last, the human factor, especially
management and economics. Though the Department is named as Agricultural
Economics, it offers courses in two other important disciplines in the
field of agriculture which are Agricultural Extension and Agricultural
Agricultural Engineering Department is to become a
recognized institute nationally and internationally as a program of
excellence in the application of engineering principles to agricultural
production and processing, natural resources management, environmental
conservation and rural technology development.
The mission of the department of Agricultural Engineering
is to promote teaching, research and extension aspects of Agricultural
Engineering and Technology development for the well being of the
Department of Animal Science
Department of Animal
Science is one of the oldest Departments in the Faculty, completed its
Silver Jubilee in 2003. In addition to normal academic work, Department
of Animal Science is involved in international and local research
projects and also take active part in improving livestock production in
the southern region. We are attempting to be a center of excellence not
only in higher education but also in improving school education,
training of agriculture teachers and diverse personal involved in
livestock production, disseminating knowledge, working in collaboration
with different institutes, providing consultancy services, etc.
The VISION of the Dept. is to advance technologies to help the animal
industry to provide healthy, nutritious food economically, drought
power, and recreation for mankind through sustainable crop stock
integration without compromising either the environment or the welfare
of the Department is to provide leadership through high quality academic
programmes to enhance human resources, in research to improve efficiency
of animal production and product quality and through out-reach
programmes to disseminate knowledge.
Crop science is the
one of the basic disciplines in the Agriculture and thus represent the
core of the Faculty of Agriculture. In principle, the Department of Crop
science deles with agronomic, eco-physiological and post-harvest aspects
of all plant species, with are of nutritional, industrial, medicinal and
environmental importance. At the same time, major emphasis is placed in
maintaining and an appropriate balance between farming and environment
with the aim of conserving the environment while sustaining the plant /
crop productivity under constantly changing socio-economic needs.
in the spheres of plant sciences to meet present and future challenges
in augmenting plant productivity.
Encompass agronomy and physiology of plant species,
which are nutritional, industrial, medicinal and environmental
importance. The Department
consists of a teaching laboratory, research laboratory and biotechnology
& plant tissue culture unit, which are modestly equipped to cater to the
ongoing teaching and research programs of the Department. Further, two
plant houses and a protected agriculture unit facilitated with
hydroponics system is also available to serve the same. In recognition
of the scientific merits of the research programs conducted in the
Department, numbers of research grants are offered to some senior
members of the Department from national and international funding
The Department of Food Science and Technology was
formed very recently in June 2006. Prior to this, the Department was
named, Department of Agricultural Chemistry consisting of the two former
divisions, Food Science and Soil Science.
People are dependent on products of plants
and animal origin for their food. The need for preserving food for long
periods of time has increased with the modern lifestyles. Therefore, the
importance of food preservation and product development is imperative to
sustain the growing human population of the world. Considerable
attention has been given to Food Science and Technology as a discipline
during the past few decades by universities worldwide due to its
industrial and contemporary importance. Compared to all other
disciplines in Agriculture, Food Science is probably the most important
single subject with regard to both its industrial applications and
employment opportunities for graduates. The Department laboratories are
equipped for experimental work in Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology and
Food Technology. Research in the Department reflects the wide range of
disciplines encompassed by Food Science and Food Technology.
The VISION of the Department is to become a
national leader in food science education and research by training
undergraduate and postgraduate students for careers in the food
industry, promoting and facilitating research programmes that will
enhance the wholesomeness and availability of food and transferring
research knowledge to the consumer and the food industry.
MISSION of the Department is to achieve and
sustain excellence in teaching and research in the field of food science
and technology; to develop and maintain its position as a leading
service provider to the food industry and to enrich regional, national
and international communities through the significance of its innovative
research and quality programmes of education.
Teaching and research in Soil Science at the
Faculty commenced initially in the former Department of Agronomy in
1978. When four new departments were created by the dissolution of
Agronomy Department in 1993, the mandate for Soil Science was vested
with the former Department of Agricultural Chemistry, which functioned
till May 2006. The new Department of Soil Science was formed in June
2006 and it is the second such department in the country.
The importance of soil as a natural resource has
long been recognized by people and, along with water and atmosphere,
soil act as the life support system of our planet earth. Although the
scientific study of soil started with the rapid development of
agriculture, it is now considered as a fundamental subject with
applications in agriculture, forestry, engineering and environmental
sciences. However, despite the significant transition from agriculture
related subject to a fundamental one, the mandate for Soil Science
education and research is still vested with agricultural
colleges/faculties of universities around the world.
The MISSION of the Department is to develop
knowledge of basic soil science and the interrelationships with plant
nutrition and environmental quality; to apply this knowledge to advance
resource efficient and environmentally sound soil, plant, and
environmental management technologies; to improve the quality of life by
providing research-based information and educational opportunities on
the appropriate use and management of land resources; to prepare
undergraduate students with an understanding of and ability to apply
fundamental principles of soil science, agronomy, environment, and
natural resource management; and to prepare graduate students to conduct
basic and applied research that will be used to solve problems for the
advancement of science.
Computer Unit was established in 1991 in order to
provide services to undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff of
Faculty of Agriculture. At present the computer unit has 40 fully
networked computers and infrastructure facilities with lab space for 150
computers. Number of computers will be expanded up to 70 in near future.
Students are allowed free computer time for data analysis of their
project work, computer applications in their course work and free
internet access throughout the day. The unit provides services for 800
undergraduates, 100 postgraduates and the 80 staff members at the
The vision for
the computer unit is to educate, support and expose latest developments
in ICT to all parties in the Faculty and engage with undergraduate,
postgraduate and community development program in pair with the
University and Faculty mission and vision.
computer unit facilitates and assists students to acquire computer
literacy and strengthen their fields of study for better career
opportunities. The Computer Unit has introduced a Computer Awareness
course for 1st year 1st semester, Information and Communication
Technology course for 1st year 2nd semester as compulsory courses and
Database Systems for 2nd year 1st semester and Rapid Application
Developments for 2nd year 2nd semester as optional courses. In addition
to those, the unit provides the facilities for all other 7 departments
for reference activities of the students and other practical classes of
Statistical application packages, GIS and Remote sensing applications
and soft skill development.
The unit is responsible for
developing and maintaining the Faculty website and the Faculty network
system. The Unit also provides internet and email facilities for the all
faculty members. Further the Unit handles the Learning Management System
(LMS) in the faculty since 2007. With this system some examinations are
offered online to the students and lecturers have facility to upload
their course modules, assignments and quizzes, all those resources can
be accessed by the students through this system. Further it provides a
maintenance service for the hardware and software failures of computers
and other peripherals of the entire Faculty.
So far, we have reached great achievements in
software solutions in ICT in agriculture including other software
requirements in the Faculty.