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An Introduction
Why might a student wish to study agriculture?
To begin with, it is a varied and interesting course; not only does it contain the basics of crop and animal science, but it also provides many of the complementary skills required to run a profitable agro enterprise in the world today. So one can expect to have the opportunity to study marketing, computer science, engineering, economics and finance as crucial elements of a course.

Agriculture is an interesting career, with many outlets for graduates. Farming is the obvious choice, but more than that it would help them to find their way into government departments of agriculture, with plenty of opportunity to take up a career on the commercial side.

Agricultural Science/Agronomy
Agricultural science is an extensive subject combining several usually separate branches of learning or fields of expertise that includes the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture. Veterinary science, but not animal science, is often excluded from this definition. It would be more appropriate to call it agronomy dealing in research and development in relation to the study and improvement of the plant based agriculture.

Research undertaken is targeted at the interface between social and environmental sciences. This interface is explored through the dynamics of agricultural sustainability. The main aim behind the research is to discover and promote effective, practical pathways to sustainable land use, food and fiber production, and food harvesting. This will be achieved through innovative bio-cultural and trans-disciplinary research of social-ecological systems, and by training students, our future researchers, environmental managers and policy makers to the highest international standards.
Educational Institutes In India for the Study of Agricultural Sciences/Agronomy
India is a very large country, with 3,287,590 square kilometers of land mass. The climate varies considerably, from tropical rain forest conditions in the peninsular region, to cool temperate areas in the northern India. All major crops are associated with these climates, as well as with high rainfall, dry land and irrigated farming. There are extensive large scale enterprises for crops such as wheat, cotton and wool, as well as intensive production operations of meat, pigs, chicken and horticultural crops (as found in all other western consumer societies). In addition to producing for domestic consumption, India exports a significant quantity of agricultural commodity and specialty produce. Within the different states, there are slightly different emphases and teaching specializations.

Career opportunities cover the whole spectrum of the agricultural industries from farmer to consumer, plough to plate. Agriculture is one of the lucrative industries in India and at the global level. The international trade in food and related agricultural products is enormous and increasing all the time.

There is a wide range of career opportunities and challenges for the next generation of graduates from universities and colleges which specialize in the agricultural and land-based industries. To meet the various challenges of this highly dynamic industry, highly qualified and motivated professionals, armed with modern marketing, business and communication skills are essential. However, those with more traditional agricultural and land management training will also be required to back them up.
The various institutes of excellence under Government of India are offering education and training for the agricultural, land, food business, equine and property industries. These are recognized globally for the quality of itsr graduates who have benefited from their World Class education experience. The following institutes are all geared up to prepare students to deal with changing requirements of the agro industry:-
  • Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Andhra Pradesh
  • Anand Agricultural University, Gujarat
  • Assam Agricultural University, Assam
  • Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal
  • Birsa Agricultural University, Jharkhand
  • Central Agricultural University, Manipur
  • Chandra Shekar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Uttar Pradesh
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Haryana
  • CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Himachal Pradesh
  • Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Maharashtra
  • Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Maharashtra
  • Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar Univ of Horticulture & Forestry, Himachal Pradesh
  • Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Uttaranchal
  • Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University
  • Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Chhattisgarh
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Madhya Pradesh
  • Junagadh Agricultural University, Gujarat
  • Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala
  • Maharana Pratap Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Rajasthan
  • Maharashtra Animal Science & Fishery University, Maharashtra
  • Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Maharashtra
  • Marathwada Agricultural University, Maharashtra
  • Narendra Deva University of Agriculture & Technology, Uttar Pradesh
  • Navsari Agricultural University, Gujarat
  • Orissa Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Orissa
  • Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab
  • Rajasthan Agricultural University, Rajasthan
  • Rajendra Agricultural University, Bihar
  • Sardarkrushinagar-Dantiwada Agricultural University, Gujarat
  • Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Uttar Pradesh
  • Sher-E-Kashmir Univ of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Tirupati
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu
  • Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Science University, Tamil Nadu
  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Karnataka
  • UP Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwa Vidhyalaya evam Go Anusandhan Sansthan, Uttar Pradesh
  • Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal
  • West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, West Bengal
  • Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Punjab
Courses are strongly science based, giving the agricultural graduate the knowledge and experience required to think constructively, both within and outside their specific area of learning. Course content is extensive, with the opportunity to follow mainstreams like forestry, horticulture, agriculture or natural resource management, etc. These are offered in a stimulating and unique learning environment for study, that both develops and encourages the students to achieve their future dreams.
Few Educational Institutes Abroad*
Agriculture in India is sophisticated and diverse as anywhere in the world. That is not to say that there is nothing to learn from outside. Indian agricultural scientists are to be found everywhere in the world, both learning and teaching.

This indicates the needs to go beyond the borders for higher studies or better understanding of the agriculture as it is practiced all over the globe. A student have a wide range of choices, some which are as follows:-

  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Nova Scotia Agricultural College
  • Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology.
In order to foster the development of academic and interdisciplinary research activities in the field of agriculture, of the  various Government/Association/University funded scholarship and fellowship programmes are being rendered to the students.
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