Departments of the Faculty of Agriculture

 

 

Department of Agricultural Biology

 

Department of Agricultural Economics

 

Department of Agricultural Engineering

 

Department of Animal Science

 

Department of Crop Science

 

Department of Food Science and Technology

 

Department of Soil Science

 

Computer Unit

 

 


Department of Agricultural Biology


Objective

Conservation and utilization of stored photosynthetic energies to further to further enhance the wellbeing of human society in a sustainable manner using various organisms.

Vision

The 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.

Mission

Teaching, 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.

 


Department of Agricultural Economics


Overview

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 Management.

 


Department of Agricultural Engineering


Vision

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.

Mission

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 mankind.

 


Department of Animal Science


Overview
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.
Vision

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 animals.

Mission

The MISSION 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

 


Department of Crop Science


Overview

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.
Vision

Advance technologies in the spheres of plant sciences to meet present and future challenges in augmenting plant productivity.

Mission

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 agencies.

 


Department of Food Science and Technology


Overview

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.

Vision

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

The 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. 

 


Department of Soil Science


Overview

 

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


Overview

 

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 moment.

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.

The 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.


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