College of Agriculture
College of Agriculture is the most prestigious constituent of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. It came into being on 17th November 1960 when Padit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the university. It has produced many stalwarts in the field of agriculture and is still continuing with its mandate of producing trained manpower for the country. It performs a dynamic and innovative education programme to meet the modern challenges of scientific manpower, vital and relevant research and effective extension services. Presently it has eleven departments, namely:
The college has more than 200 faculty members in the above mentioned departments. The college is proud to have the most learned people as their faculty members, who are recognized worldwide for their eminent teaching skills and outstanding research accomplishments.
The college has played a great role in the Green Revolution in the country. More than 230 varieties of various crops like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, forages, fruits and vegetables, etc. have been released due to the hard work of the scientists.
The college provides an atmosphere not only for healthy academic activities but also for all-round growth and development of studentís personality. The university has followed a system of education that provides a great deal of openness transparency, flexibility and possibilities for growth through the involvement of the students at each step of knowledge building process. Apart from teaching, the college is also involved in research, extension and consultancy. This gives an opportunity to the students to learn in an integrated manner.
Some of the innovative programmes in B.Sc.Ag curriculum are Practical Crop Production (PCP) and Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE).
Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE)
In RAWE students are exposed to real life rural settings. Its aim is to develop a sense of awareness among the students about the problems of farmers and rural people to inculcate professional attitude in facing real life problems. Major components are industrial attachment, field visits, village attachment and plant clinic. In industrial attachment students get attached to an industry and gain work experience over there. In village attachment students get attached to a village where they work under the guidance of farmers. They also help farmers in various operations. Field visits are organized to progressive farms, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Horticulture Centres and IPM Laboratory, etc. In the plant clinic students undergo rigorous training. They diagnose the various problems of soils and plants related to production and give solutions or suggestions to farmers.
Practical Crop Production (PCP)
It is an integral part of the course curriculum for B.Sc. Ag. degree. In this one hectare of land is provided to a group of eight students. They have to cultivate it themselves. They not only earn during PCP by selling their produce but also bear the risks associated with crop production.
The College has well equipped laboratories where students do experiments and get practical knowledge. There laboratories are functioning in different departments.
It has a large number of computers with internet facility. The students can use these computers for their work at any hour of the day.
Students Placement Cell
This cell helps the students by way of counseling and getting them good placement. A large number of students join private organizations every year through campus interviews.