Faculty   Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Horticulture
Head of Department: Dr. Jitendra Kumar
The department of Horticulture was established in 1970 to impart teaching/research to M.Phil. students (pre-requisite for Ph.D.) with specialization in Pomology, Floriculture and Olericulture. In the last two decades, about 250 and 60 students of the department of Horticulture have obtained M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees, respectively. Besides, the faculty members also undertake extension work in horticulture in the nearby areas time to time. The faculty members provide free consultation, technical advice towards development of the campus, nearby farms and assistance to farmers.
Fields of specialization:
Pomology, Floriculture and Olericulture.
The department is presently offering following regular programmes of study:
(1) M.Phil. (Horticulture) Programme
It is a one year (Two Semesters) course for M.Sc.(Ag.) Horticulture students. This programme imparts education to students in Olericulture, Floriculture and Pomology based on recent advances in the field of Horticulture. The student must submit a research project at the end of final semester.
(2) Ph.D. Programme
The department has a full time Ph.D. programme. The major areas of research include Nutritional Studies (use of major and minor elements), Standardization and Improvement in Agro-techniques, Improvement in Plant Propagation Techniques, Post Harvest Management of Cut Flowers and Application of Plant Bio-regulators in Horticultural Crops, etc.
(i) M.Phil. (Horticulture)
It is a one year (Two Semester) course for M.Sc.(Ag.) Horticulture students with research project.
(ii)   Ph.D. (Horticulture)
It is a full time Ph.D. programme according to University rules.

(i)  M.Phil. (Horticulture)
(ii)  Ph.D. (Horticulture)

Eligibility Conditions:
(i)  M.Phil. (Horticulture)
Second class Master’s Degree in Horticulture with 55% marks. Four years Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with 55% marks and second division in Intermediate Examination or 50% marks in each of the Bachelor’s degree and Intermediate Examinations, separately.
(ii)  Ph.D. (Horticulture)
As per University rules.
Intake (Number of Seats):

(i)  M.Phil. (Horticulture) - 10
(ii)  Ph.D. (Horticulture)- As per University rules.

 Designation Name Qualifications Specializations E-Mail Resume
Professor (Head) Jitendra Kumar M.Sc. (Ag.) Horticulture, M.Phil., Ph.D. Olericulture, Floriculture, Pomology Email Resume
Asstt. Professor Pavitra Dev M.Sc. (Ag.) Horticulture, Ph.D Olericulture Email Resume
M.Phil. (Horticulture) 1st Semester
Course: 1st
Advances in Plant Propagation
  • Introduction.
  • Cellular basis for propagation.
  • Propagation structure, Media, Fertilizers, Soil mixtures and Containers.
  • Principles and Techniques of propagation by seed.
  • General concept of asexual propagation.
  • Anatomical and physiological basis of propagation by cuttings.
  • Theoretical aspects of grafting, budding, layering and cutting.
  • Propagation by specialized stems and roots.
  • Aseptic methods of micro propagation.
M.Phil. (Horticulture) 1st Semester
Course: II
Advances in Fruits & Vegetables Processing Technology
  • History, importance, present position and future of fruit and vegetable preservation industry in India.
  • General principles and methods of fruits and vegetable preservation, Microbiology of preserved fruits.
  • Principles and guide lines for location and layout of fruit and vegetable preservation  units.
  • Canning and bottling of fruit and vegetables:- Brief history of scientific canning, equipments for home and commercial production.
  • Important consideration for laying out a cannery.
  • Canning of important fruits and vegetables. Spoilage in canned fruits and vegetables.
  • Fruit and vegetable juices, unfermented beverages (Sweetened and unsweetened), principles of preservation, home and commercial scale equipment’s for juices.
  • Preparation and preservation of juices, squashes and cordials from citrus fruits, mango, phalsa, jamun, grapes, pomegranate and tomato etc.
  • Fruit juice concentrates and their general methods of preparation.
  • Preparation of jam, jellies, and marmalades:- Role of pectin, sugar and acid in jelly formation, general methods of preparation of jams, jellies and Marmalades. Equipments for home and commercial production. Butter, preserves and candied fruits: General principles and methods of preparation. Various products made from mango and tomato.
  • Sun drying and dehydration of fruits and vegetables: Equipments and methods.
  • By product from fruit and vegetable wastes in home and commercial production.
M.Phil. (Horticulture) 2nd Semester
Course: III
Protected cultivation of Horticultural crops
Principles of protected cultivation, Structure and types of green houses, Regulation of controlled environment (RH, temperature and ventilation) and nutrient management. High-tech nursery raising technology, Production technology of high value vegetables like Tomato, Capsicum, Cucumber and flowers viz. Rose, Carnation, Gerbera, Lilium, Chrysanthemum. Soil and media, Plant protection, harvesting, grading and packaging.
(1) M.Phil. (Horticulture)
M.Phil. (Horticulture) Ist Semester
Course: Ist
Advances in Floriculture and Landscaping (MP-41)
Importance and scope of floriculture, history and development of gardens, use of plant growth regulators in floriculture, preparation of bonsai, flower arrangement, indoor gardening, special gardens like dish, terrarium, hanging basket, window boxes, miniature gardens, plant stands and vertical gardens, role of biotechnology in floriculture, principles and elements of landscaping, garden features and adornments, turf grass management, seed production of annual flowers, protected structures and protected cultivation of cut flower crops like-rose, gerbera, carnation, alstromera and chrysanthemum.
Course: IInd
Advanced Pomology (MP-42)
Introduction, importance and scope of fruit production, planting systems of an orchard, concept of high density planting, orchard management practices, selection of planting materials for orchard establishment, fruit splitting and its control measures, fruit drop, plant hormones and their role in fruit culture, assessment of needs of nutrients and their supply to fruit plants, techniques of mass multiplication of selected fruit crops, production technology of fruit crops:-mango, banana, papaya, litchi, guava, apple and grape.
M.Phil. (Horticulture) IInd Semester
Course: IIIrd
Principles of Vegetable Production (MP-48)
Importance of vegetables, its area and production in India, types of vegetable production, nursery raising techniques of vegetable crops, principles governing vegetable production under green house, role of plant growth regulators in vegetable production, physiology and biochemistry of seed germination, dormancy of seeds, climatic requirement of vegetable crops, cropping systems in vegetable production, weed management, soilless culture and hydroponics.
Course: IVth
Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops (MP-49)
Importance and scope of postharvest management of horticultural crops, maturity indices, factors affecting the postharvest life and processing quality, different methods of storage, principles and methods of canning, treatment prior to shipment viz. chlorination, waxing, chemicals, bio-control agents and natural plant products, value addition in loose and cut flowers, biochemistry of maturity and ripening, enzymatic and textural changes.
(2) Ph.D. (Horticulture)
Recent Advances in Horticulture Research (Pre-Ph.D. Course)
Horticulture:- An introduction, contribution of horticulture in national economy, concept of organic farming in horticultural crops, soil and climatic requirement of horticultural plants, protected structures, mode of propagation in horticultural plants, integrated nutrient management practices, raising and management of nursery, role of PGR and biofertilizers in horticultural crops, role of plastics in horticulture, advanced irrigation technologies, storage.
Research Methodology and Computer Applications
(This course is common for all Ph.D. students in the discipline of Agriculture)
Facilities in the Department:
The department has full flashed laboratory equipped with autoclaves, microscopes, chromatography chamber, distillation water plant, electronic single pan balance, hand refractometer, incubator, oven, laminar flow bench, micro Kjeldahl, mechanical shaker, vaccum evaporator, deep freeze, seed germinator, cooling centrifuge and spectrophotometer etc. The department also has computer facilities with Internet connectivity and 1.5 acres land for conducting experiments.
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