The College of Post Graduate Studies started functioning in the year 1963 with Masters’ Programmes in 12 departments of Agriculture and Basic Sciences whereas Ph.D. programme commnced in 1965. This is an important college of the University having students for Masters’ and Ph.D. degree programmes.
The faculty of post-graduate studies consists of all professors of the University. Accordingly, the college is spread over 62 departments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences, Home Science, Technology, Fisheries Science, Agri-Business Management and Basic Sciences & Humanities. All Masters’ and Ph.D. degree programmes offered by the University are coordinated by the Dean, College of Post-Graduate Studies, through the Deans of different faculties and Heads of the Department of different colleges.
The College has grown both in size and stature over the last 50 years. In the sixties 30 Masters’ and Ph.D. programmes were offered. Six Masters’ and 14 Ph.D. programmes were added in the seventies, 8 Masters’ and 4 Ph.D. programs in the eighties and 23 Masters’ and 20 Ph.D. programmes in the nineties and 2 Ph.D. programmes in 2004-05.
2 Masters’ viz. MBA (for B.Tech. students) and Master of Computer Application (MCA) in 2006-07 and Ph.D. programme in Management were introduced in 2007-08.
Now the College offers Masters’ degree in 68 disciplines and Ph.D. degree in 52 subjects. For a post-graduate degree every student has to study a package of courses and do research work and write a thesis. The ratio between the course work and thesis research is 3:2 with a minimum of 50 credit hours at Master’s degree level and ratio of 3:2 with a minimum of 75 credit hours at the Ph.D. degree level.
The courses are divided into core, basic supporting and optional while one has to opt for a minor package from a related field/thesis topic.
The university follows a multi-disciplinary approach and students are allowed to choose courses considering their relevance with the area of study and interest.The deficiency of a student is made up by offering him remedial courses. Nearly all post-graduate students avail one or the other form of financial assistance.
The College of Post Graduate Studies offers 120 post-graduate programmes through 62 departments of constituent colleges of the university.
Admission to these courses is done through an entrance examination conducted by the University.