College of Agriculture, Bikaner (COA)
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College of Agriculture, Bikaner

The College of Agriculture (COA), Bikaner was established in 1988 and located at 10th milestone on Sriganganagar road, Beechwal, Bikaner. The College offers a four year (eight semester) B.Sc.(Ag.) programme, two year (four semester) M.Sc.(Ag.) programme in nine disciplines viz., Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Biotechnology, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soil Science and Extension Education and a three year (six semester) Ph.D. programme in nine disciplines viz., Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Biotechnology, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soil Science and Extension Education.

The College was established to transform agriculture from livelihood to a profitable business. Bikaner region of the state is mainly characterized by the presence of Thar which makes the environment of the region highly fragile with hot arid climate. Advent of irrigation facilities through Indira Gandhi Nahar Pariyojana and increased tube well irrigated areas, has made agriculture profitable proposition. For last 26 years, the college has become the nerve centre for generating technically trained manpower in agriculture and allied subjects. Students from different parts of the country even from different countries are joining the college through Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Mission
Visioning Human Resource Development for Excellence In Sustainable Arid Agriculture and Food Security

Goals
  To generate qualified human resource in the field of agriculture and its allied subjects for meeting out the requirement at local, state, national and global level
  To improve and sustain quality of Agricultural Education and develop human recourse for competing with emerging challenges in Agriculture for livelihood security and sustainable development

Objectives
  To impart education in agricultural science and its allied subjects
  To undertake research in agriculture science and allied fields for the inclusive and sustainable development of all stake holders
  To disseminate agro technologies and undertake mass educational programs especially for rural people of Rajasthan for development of sustainable livelihoods in agriculture and its allied activities
  To undertake any other such work, activity or project as the university may deem proper in order to achieve the objectives for which it has been established.

In order to reach the goals and achieve the objectives, the college is involved in all the three major activities viz., Human Recourse Development, Research, & Extension Education. All these three activities are being taken care of and are executed by the college. The college offers the following programmes:

A four years B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag.

A two years M.Sc. Ag. in
  Agronomy
  Plant Breeding and Genetics
  Soil Science
 Plant Pathology
 Entomology
 Horticulture
 Agricultural Extension Education
 Agricultural Economics
 Biotechnology

A three years Ph.D. programme in
  Agronomy
  Plant Breeding and Genetics
  Soil Science
  Plant Pathology
  Entomology
  Horticulture
  Agricultural Extension Education
  Agricultural Economics

In B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag. Programme the intake capacity of students is 80+20 (payment seat). In M.Sc. Ag. Programme, the intake capacity of students varies from 4 to 6, whereas in the Ph.D. progamme the intake capacity is two in each department. Admission to UG and PG progammes is made through Joint Entrance Test (JET) and Pre-PG Test, respectively. Students from other states are admitted through the All India Entrance Examination (AIEEA) conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. Candidates for Ph.D. programme are admitted on the basis of academic record and interview.
College fees per semester including hostel fees.
>> UG Programme : 8000/-
>> PG Programme : 10000/-

Departments : The college has following academic departments -
  Agronomy
  Entomology
  Horticulture
  Livestock Production
  Plant Pathology
  Soil Science

The college has the following infrastructural facilities:

  • Instructional farm of 25 hectares. Entire farm under pressurized irrigation.

  • Library with 23990 books, 70 journals, information resources viz., CeRA, Krishi Prabha. As old as the Agricultural College, started in 1987 with 2,000 books, then looked after by a librarian and two attenders.The present imposing stately building was constructed exclusively for the purpose of library in 1966.Second floor was added in the year 1986 in half the plinth area of the building.

Working Days & Hours
All weekdays are working days
Second Saturdays and declared public holidays are non-working days
From 8.00 AM to 7.00 PM on all working days.

Membership
All the registered students of the Agricultural College, are eligible for membership. With membership, two borrower tickets will be issued for each student, on recommendation from his/her advisor.

Amenities
Large collection of books on all subjects of agricultural sciences (Curr. No. 49,808) divided into Text book collection and Reference books
SC-ST Book Bank (Curr. No. 2,429)
One reading room and Comfortable reading halls for reference and periodical sections.
3 High-end computer systems (including 1 server, 2 internet connected) in Digital Library section.
News papers (Curr. No. 10)

  • Modern ICT facilities viz., 22 internet connections within campus.

  • Separate internet connection for CeRA accessibility of journals.

  • Internet connectivity to PG hostels.

  • All departments, conference and seminar rooms facilitated with multimedia.

  • Computer laboratory.

  • Canteen

  • Hostels (4) : UG hostel(1), PG hostels(2). Girls Hostel(1)

The college has class rooms with modern instructional facilities and laboratories well equipped with state-of-the-art equipments and analytical facilities.
The library has Book Bank facility and reprographic services. Transport facility is available for day scholars.
The College has sanctioned faculty strength of 41, but the working faculty number is 29 including the Dean of the College. Integration of the teaching faculty working at Bikaner has increased faculty strength to 58. All the faculty members are well qualified with research specializations in various areas focused on arid and semi-arid agriculture.

The college is supported with adequate financial assistance by the Government of Rajasthan on a regular basis. For strengthening and development of teaching and infrastructure facilities the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Government of India, New Delhi provides sufficient budget on annual basis.
During the past nearing 25 years period, the college has made notable contributions in turning out high quality human resource at B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag. . M.Sc. Ag. and Ph.D. levels. Many of the students have occupied high positions in their profession and contributed to agricultural growth in various parts of the country. From the research work of post graduate students, a number of publications have been made in journals of national and international repute.
The College has a Placement Cell, enabling students to seek employment in banks, private companies, NGOs etc., besides advice for taking up further education in various national and international institutes or jobs in Government sector.
In tune with modernization of agricultural education, the fourth Deans' committee recommendations have been implemented at both UG and PG levels. Experiential learning courses are offered to undergraduate students in the following areas :-

  • Vermi-culture and vermi-composting

  • Hi-Tech Nursery management

  • Post harvest technology and value addition of fruits and vegetables

  • Plant Micro-propagation

  • Mass  production of Bio-agents

For each of the above skill development courses, the college has well equipped Experiential Learning units established with the financial support of the Education Division, ICAR, and New Delhi. The post graduate and doctoral students can conduct research on enhancing water and fertilizer use efficiency in crops at the field laboratory established under the ICAR supported Niche Area of Excellence Project on micro-irrigation system at the University campus.
The College is continuously striving for high quality agricultural education and basic research with a perspective on blending eco-technology with frontier areas of agricultural science viz., biotechnology, environmental science,  organic farming. M. Sc. Ag.       in Bio-technology programme is run at the Plant Bio-technology Centre at the University campus. The centre is equipped with the state-of-the- art facilities and sophisticated equipments, besides a Radio Tracer Laboratory established with the support of a project funded by the Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, DAE, Mumbai. The college is strengthening Department of Livestock Production and Management, and has plans for establishing Department of Environmental Science and a Centre for harnessing renewable energy for increased farm efficiency in agriculture.

STUDENT'S CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The Dean Student welfare is responsible for other residential requirements viz., games, sports, co-curricular activities, counselling and placement, healthcare, NCC/NSS and hostel facilities of the students. There is a provision for the participation of students in the various co-curricular and extra co-curricular activities for their personality  development.
A.       Co-Curricular:
·        Compulsory educational tours
·        NCC: For boys and girls
·        NSS: For boys and girls
B.       Extra Co-Curricular
·        Sports
·        Games
·        Cultural

STUDENT ASSOCIATION

There are students associations of  each UG and PG programme which are  supervised by their respective office bearers and executive committees with the following functions:

  • To promote corporate life in the campus.

  • To ensure the maintenance of proper academic atmosphere, orderliness and discipline in the campus.

  • To help in the organization of academic, cultural, social and sports functions in the campus.

  • To organize programmes of Students Welfare, including living conditions.

  • To coordinate and integrate the activities of various clubs and societies in the campus.

  • Any other function connected with students’ welfare as assigned by the university   authorities.

STUDENT ADVISORY SYSTEM
A unique 'Advisory System' has been evolved and implemented to ensure proper attention to each student. One teacher, named as advisor, is allotted to a group of 4-6 students to watch, guide and supervise their academic activities. One senior teacher/HOD is made as an overall Incharge of one undergraduate class of the College, and is named as tutor. 'Student Counseling' system is also in-vogue which is also unique to this university. In this system, a team of faculty members have been trained as counselors by the professionals, who share responsibility of counseling the students with respect to different facets of life at the University campus, including personality issues, social aspects, career and any other day-to-day problem. This system has become exemplary in the state.

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