Department of Seed Science & Technology



Department Overview

Coordinator: Prof. Shailendra S. Gaurav

Department of Seed Science & Technology


Dr. Shailendra Singh Gaurav
Prof. & Ex. Head, Dept. of Genetics & Plant Breeding
Mob.: 9412782201/ E-mail: [email protected]


 Department of Seed Science & Technology was established under Self Finance Scheme  in 2002.  The department offers M.Sc.(Ag.)  in Seed Science and Technology, a 2-years (04 semester)Master’s degree programme with an intake of 30 seats.  By opting for this course, the students get an in-depth knowledge regarding the seed industry, seed technology, testing, plant breeding, seed biology, testing and further more. In our country, where the majority of the population depends on the agricultural industry having a master degree in seed science and technology is extremely advantageous with vast scope. 


  • To impart basic and applied theory and practical based knowledge in different aspects of seed Science & technology. Basic, strategic and applied research on seed quality assessment, maintenance and enhancement.
  • To collaborate with  seed industry and other related organization for M.Sc(Ag.) dissertation and promotion of effective networking among  seed industry and allied agriculture industry.
  • Strengthening human resource development in seed science and technology through teaching and training
  • Scientists of Division are associated in various crop varieties development and their maintenance with the Division of Genetics in all mandate crops


Major areas of practical and research

  • Physical purity analysis
  • Germination test and Seedling evaluation
  • Emasculation, pollination and Hybrid seed production in Rabi and kharif crops
  • Seed Viability, seed vigour and dormancy test.
  • Seed priming.
  •  Morphological, Biochemical and molecular characterization of seeds.
  • Seed processing and Storage
  •  Different test of Seed pathology
  • Seed Biotechnology

Programme/ Courses

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

About Program

Each student has to secure minimum 30% marks separately in internal and external assessment of each course and an aggregate of 40% marks in all the courses is for a pass. A candidate who fails to obtain 30% marks in internal assessment of any paper, he/she will not be eligible to appear in external examination of that course.
It is a two–year (four semesters) full time, self–financed course. It covers both basic as well as applied courses. Based on the research work carried out, the students are also required to submit a project report.


2 Year (4 Semester) Course


Self Financed

Eligibility Conditions

Bachelor‟s Degree in Agriculture/Seed science/ Biology Group (CBZ) with 50% marks.



Shailendra S. Gaurav


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

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  • Well-equipped seed testing and Plant breeding laboratories
  • Facilities of seed biotechnology, seed physiology, storage and health testing of seeds
  • Large scale foundation and certified seed production of pulse crops
  • Vast field area for conducting practical and experiments

Major Equipment’s


    1. Seed Germinator
    2. BOD incubator
    3. Laminar Air Flow
    4. Mechanical Seed Divider
    5. Double Distillation Water Unit
    6. Bright field Stereo Microscope
    7. Digital Lux Meter
    8. Gel Electrophoresis system
    9. Digital Moisture Meter
    10. Centrifuge
    11. Hot Air Oven
    12. Colony Counter
    13. pH Meter
    14. Digital Weighing machine
    15. Physical Purity Analysis Board
    16. Soil and water Analysis Kit
    17. Grinding Mill


Job/ Placement



The degree holders of M.Sc. (Ag.) Seed Science and Technology have a great deal of options to choose from both in private as well as government sectors.

Some of the government office job opportunities are-

  • NSC (National Seed Corporation) – This government organization handles the production of certified seeds with the help of registered seed growers.
  • SSTL (State Seed Testing Lab)– These state-wise government body laboratories make sure to provide high quality and genetically pure seeds to the farmers.
  • CSTL (Central Seed Testing) – It is located in New Delhi at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. It performs the same functions as the SSTL but with central powers.

There are some government sectors where candidates can apply and work after qualifying the competitive exams- 

  • Seed Production Officer
  • Assistant Seed Officer
  • Seed Testing Officer
  • Seed Certification Officer
  • Seed Inspector
  • Training Officer

Apart from the government sector, there are numerous employment opportunities in the private sector as well. Some of which are-

  • Nunhems– in the Seed Industry, Nunhems is a renowned name with a history of 25-years of excellence in India.
  • Century– This private organization provides agriculture products and also deals with the distribution of daily-use vegetables in India.
  • Mahyco– This private limited Company, established in 1964 initiates at providing high-end seeds to the farmers making them self-sufficient when it comes to food production.
  • Hindustan Seeds Private Ltd. – It aims at providing high standard agro seeds in the nationwide market.
  • Bejo Sheetal Seeds Pvt Ltd. – This private organization has encouraged research and development in agriculture. They also initiate young entrepreneurs on plant breeding and seed production training.

These are some of the top private companies where postgraduates can apply for the following job profiles-

  • Production Assistant
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Production Coordinator
  • Production Manager
  • Quality Control Office
  • Zonal Officer
  • Field Assistant

Placed Alumni

1. Name :- Mohit Kumar

Passout:- 2019

Post :- Area Manager(Am)

Company :- Paras foods Ltd.


2. Name - Ravi Prakash Verma

Passout year - 2019

My designation - Senior Executive

Department - Market development (corporate office)

Company:  Dayal Fertilizer Partapur Meerut


Research & Publication



Author Name


Name of Journal

Month & Year of Publication

1 Mr. Sahadev Singh Genetic, molecular breeding, and epigenetic studies for a variety of traits in wheat Annual Wheat Newsletter (AWN) 2021-09-01
2 Mr. Sahadev Singh Single-trait, multi-locus and multi-trait GWAS using four different models for yield traits in bread wheat Mol Breeding 2021-07-29
3 Mr. Sahadev Singh WheatQTLdb: a QTL database for wheat Mol Genet Genomics 2021-06-11
4 Mr. Sahadev Singh Genetic and epigenetic studies for a variety of traits in wheat in genomics era Annual Wheat Newsletter (AWN) 2020-09-01
5 Mr. Sahadev Singh Study of genetic Variability and Heritability of Yield and Its Components in forage Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2020-08-28
6 Mr. Sahadev Singh Use of Degenerate Primers for Molecular Identification of Begomovirus Associated with Yellow Vein Mosaic and Leaf Curl Disease of Okra in Meerut (UP)” Global journal for research analysis 2018-06-01
7 Mr. Sahadev Singh Inhibtory effect of commercial fungicides against virulent isolate of Rhizoctonia Solani” Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, 2018-04-25






Year of Publication

1 Mr. Sahadev Singh Chapter in an Edited Books Participatory Plant Breeding: An Overview” 2019-10-20

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M.Sc.(Ag). Seed Science & Technology
No. of Seats : 30

M. Sc. (Ag) Seed Science & Technology
No. of Seats : 30