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Agricultural Botany

Agricultural Botany section is actively engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in addition to conducting research work on rice and soybean. This section is having an area of 1.50 ha. covering Dhanvantari Udyan (Herbal Garden) and Teak plantation. The section is provided with four well equipped laboratories including plant tissue culture laboratory. Seed production programme is also executed as per the university directives by this section. The staff of this section also uses to render services to farming communities. The staff from this section also visiting problematic fields, writing popular articles in newspaper, magazine and attending farmers rallies.


Agricultural Botany section is provided with two Associate Professor and five Asstt. Professor and supporting staff headed by the Professor of Agril Botany. At present one post of Assistant Professors is vacant and one Assistant Professor is on study leave w.e.f. 01/08/2015 for Ph.D. programme. The section use to offer eleven core courses and part of two experiential learning courses as per the revised syllabus in two semesters every year. In addition to teaching, each staff member is allotted ten to fifteen students for counselling. The teaching staffs uses to guide and solve academic as well as personal problems of these students. Staff members are also organizing coaching classes for the students appearing for ICAR Jr. Res. Fellowship Examination and JNAU Examination (PG entrance exams) as well as competitive examinations.

The following courses are offered by this department as a core courses and experiential learning courses.

B. Sc. (Agri). Course Layout as per IV Dean Committee.

Sr. No. Semester Course No. Credits Course Title
1 I BOT-111 (1+1)=2 Environmental Science
2 II BOT-122 (2+1)=3 Principles of Genetics
3 III BOT-233 (2+1)=3 Principles of Plant Breeding
4 III BOT-234 (2+1)=3 Crop Physiology
5 IV BOT-245 (2+1)=3 Breeding Field & Horticultural Crops
6 V BOT-356 (2+1)=3 Principles of Plant Biotechnolgy
7 VI BOT-367 (2+1)=3 Principles of Seed Technology
8 VII BOT-478 (0+1)=1 RAWE
9 VIII Association to Experiential Learning AEL- AGRO-4811 (0+8)= 8 Seed Production of Field Crops & Processing
Total: 29=13+16

B. Sc. (Agri). Course Layout as per V Dean Committee. (2017-18)

Sr. No. Semester Course No. Credits Course Title
1 I BOT 111 2(1+1) Introductory Biology
1 II GPB 121 3(2+1) Fundamentals of Genetics
2 II BOT 121 2(1+1) Fundamentals of Crop Physiology
3 III GPB 232 3(2+1) Fundamentals of Plant Breeding
4 IV GPB 243 3(2+1) Principles of Seed Technology
5 IV ELE GPB 244 3(2+1) Commercial Plant breeding
6 IV ELE BOT 242 3(1+2) Micropropogation Technologies
7 V GPB 355 2(1+1) Crop Improvement – I (Kharif Crops)
8 V BOT 353 1(1+0) Intellectual Property Right
9 VI GPB 366 2(1+1) Crop Improvement – II (Rabi crops)
10 VIII ELM BOT 481 10(0+10) Seed production and Technology
11 VIII ELM.BOT 482 10(0+10) Tissue culture Technologies
Total: 31=12+19
Remedial Course (BOT 111):02=1+1

M. Sc. (Agri.) Course Layout

Sem. No. Course No. Title Credits
I Major Courses
GP-501 Principles of Genetics 2+1=3
GP-502 Principles of Cytogenetics 2+1=3
GP-503 Principles of Plant Breeding 2+1=3
Minor Course
MBB-501 Principles of Biotechnology 2+1=3
Supporting Courses
BIOCHEM-501 Basic Biochemistry 2+1=3
STAT- 511 Statistical Methods for applied Science 2+1=3
II Major Courses
GP-504 Principles of Quantitative Genetics 2+1=3
GP-508 Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics 2+1=3
GP-510 Breeding for Biotic and Abiotic Stress Resistance 2+1=3
Minor Course
MBB-504 Plant Tissue Culture and Genetic Transformation 1+2=3
Supporting Courses
STAT-506 Design of Experiments for genetics and Plant Breeding 2+1=3
Non Credit Compulsory Course
PGS-503 Intellectual Property and Its Management in Agriculture 1+0=1
III Major Course
GP-515 Maintenance Breeding, Concepts of Variety Release and Seed Production 1+1=2
IV GP-591 Master’s Seminar 0+1=1
Total 45
Research 0+20=20
Grand Total 65
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