Department of Plant Protection

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Coordinator: Prof. P.K. Sharma

The Department of Plant Protection was established in 1998 under the self financed scheme (SFS) of the UP state government and the university to meet the demand of students, farmers, pesticide companies, bio-control laboratories, and government and private organizations. The study of plant protection aims at developing strategies, and means for overall improvement in crop production by minimizing crop losses due to insect-pests, diseases, weeds, nematodes, rodents, etc. The department has modern laboratories, which are well equipped for under-taking isolation, purification, identification and maintenance of cultures, mass rearing of natural enemies, mass production of bio-pesticides. Major equipments in the Department are BOD incubator, hot air oven, autoclave, Laminar air flow, GEL documentation system, deep freezer, high quality research microscopes, high quality inverted phase contrast microscopes, double distillation unit, bio-safety cabinets, PCR machines, electronic balances, horizontal electrophoresis unit, deep freezer, refrigerated centrifuge, pH meter, sprayers, etc. The department has its own departmental library, which consists of more than 800 books of different titles, and journals. A computer lab with internet facility is also available. The department is having active academic collaboration with several national Institutes /laboratories in India like–Central Potato Research Institute (ICAR-CPRI), Shimla; National Research Centre for Integrated Pest Management (ICAR-NCIPM) New Delhi; National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (ICAR-NBPGR) New Delhi; National Research Centre on Litchi (ICAR-NRCL), Muzaffarpur (Bihar); Indian Institute of Wheat & Barley Research (ICAR-IIWBR), Karnal; Indian Institute of Pulses Research (ICAR-IIPR), Kanpur; Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow (ICAR-IISR) and Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research (ICAR-IIFSR), Modipuram, Meerut, etc. where the students have an opportunity to undertake their thesis work in collaboration of the department.

The students of the department have shown good performance in ARS, ICAR-NET and have obtained various scholarships from various agencies. Several students of the department are presently occupying important positions in both public and private sector organizations; including universities, colleges, and research institutes, state agriculture departments, krishi vigyan kendra (KVKs), FCI, DPPQS, private pesticides companies, etc.

Programme/ Courses

The department is currently offering the following regular programmes of study :

M.Sc. Ag. (Entomology) is a two years (four semesters) full time CBCS course, including the thesis work. In each semester, there will be one open elective of 4 credits each. A minimum of 108 credits are required to be earned for successful completion of the Master's degree programme including a minimum of 72 credits of 'core compulsory', 24 credits of 'core elective' and 12 credits of 'open elective' courses. Each student has to undertake a thesis work on any aspect related to the course of study and submit the same at the end of fourth semester to Department. The students are also facilitated to receive training during their research work in different research institutes, laboratories and other Universities. Minimum 12 credits are required for M.Sc. (Ag.) thesis. There shall be an advisory board consisting up to 3 members (major and minor) for guiding students for M.Sc. (Ag.) thesis from the department and minor can be from outside of the department/university.

Duration:

Two years (four semesters) programme


Eligibility for Admission to M.Sc. Ag. (Entomology) CBCS Programme:

Bachelor's degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Forestry/ B.Sc. degree with Chemistry, Botany, Zoology/ with 50% marks.

M.Sc. Ag. (Plant Pathology) is a two years (four semesters) full time CBCS course, including the thesis work. In each semester, there will be one open elective of 4 credits each. A minimum of 108 credits are required to be earned for successful completion of the Master's degree programme including a minimum of 72 credits of 'core compulsory', 24 credits of 'core elective' and 12 credits of 'open elective' courses. Each student has to undertake a thesis work on any aspect related to the course of study and submit the same at the end of fourth semester to Department. The students are also facilitated to receive training during their research work in different research institutes, laboratories and other Universities. Minimum 12 credits are required for M.Sc. (Ag.) thesis. There shall be an advisory board consisting up to 3 members (major and minor) for guiding students for M.Sc. (Ag.) thesis from the department and minor can be from outside of the department/university.

Duration

Two years (four semesters) programme


Eligibility for Admission to M.Sc. Ag. (Plant Pathology) CBCS Programme:

Bachelor's degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Forestry/ B.Sc. degree with Chemistry, Botany, Zoology/ with 50% marks.

Faculty

Coordinator

P.K. Sharma

Coordinator

M.Sc. (Ag), M.Phil., Ph.D., NET

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Lecturer

Ajay Kumar

Lecturer

M.Sc. (Ag.), Ph.D.

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Guest Faculty

V. Kishore

Guest Faculty

M.Sc. (Ag.), N.E.T., Ph.D.

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A. Vashisth

Guest Faculty

M.Sc., N.E.T., Ph.D.

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Ankit Kajla

Guest Faculty

M.Sc. (Ag.)

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Vivek Lakhanpal

Guest Faculty

M.Sc. (Statistics)

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Syllabus

Course NameDownload Syllabus
M.Sc. Ag (Entomology) based on CBCS pattern
M.Sc. Ag. (Plant Pathology) based on CBCS pattern

Departmental Facilities

Computer Lab
A separate well equipped computer lab is meant for the students of both the courses offered by the department M.Sc. Ag. (Entomology) and M.Sc. Ag. (Plant Pathology). The computer laboratory has 10 computers, one LCD with display board and two printers. The Department has Internet connectivity for the students. Students are allowed to access the internet to pursue their studies.

Library
The Library of the Department is having a total collection of more than one thousand books related to curriculum by different National and International authors. New books are added to the library through the course of each academic session. The departmental library is also subscribing to a number of important journals in the field of agriculture science.

Seminar Hall
The department also has the facility of seminar hall for encouraging creativity and fostering communication. The seminar room can seat about 50 people and is well equipped with audio-visual facilities.

Postgraduate Laboratories
The department has modern postgraduate laboratories, which are well equipped for under-taking isolation, purification, identification and maintenance of cultures, mass rearing of natural enemies, mass production of bio-pesticides. Major equipments in the Department are BOD incubator, hot air oven, autoclave, Laminar air flow, GEL documentation system, deep freezer, high quality research microscopes, high quality inverted phase contrast microscopes, double distillation unit, bio-safety cabinets, PCR machines, electronic balances, horizontal electrophoresis unit, deep freezer, refrigerated centrifuge, pH meter, sprayers, etc.

Job/ Placement

Job Opportunities
The students with M. Sc. Ag. degree in Entomology and Plant Pathology find job opportunities as: (a) teachers in colleges and universities; (b) scientific/ technical personnel in research institutions/ labs, plant protection organizations, plant health clinics, pesticides companies, bio-control and fertilizer companies; (c) agricultural officers in banks, warehouses, FCI, KVKs, etc.

Placements

The students of the department have shown good performance in ARS, ICAR-NET and have obtained various scholarships from various agencies. Several students of the department are presently occupying important positions in both public and private sector organizations; including universities, colleges, and research institutes, state agriculture departments, krishi vigyan kendra (KVKs), FCI, DPPQS, private pesticides companies.

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