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College of Agriculture - Badnapur

History and development

Agricultural research in Marathwada region of Maharashtra was laid by the erstwhile Nizam State with commencement of the main experimental farm in 1918. The first college of Agriculture was established in this region at Parbhani in 1956 by Hyderabad State Government before state reorganization. The Agriculture College was affiliated to Osmania University, Hyderabad. The Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth Parbhani, (Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth was the name in past) established in 1972 on Land Grant Pattern at Parbhani to fulfill the regional aspiration of agrarian growth. It is entrusted with the responsibilities to proved education in Agriculture and allied fields, under take research and facilitates technology transfer in Marathwada region of Maharashtra. The university has jurisdiction over districts of Aurangabad, Beed, Hingoli, Jalna, Latur, Nanded, Osmanabad and Parbhani of Marathwada region comprising 21% ( 64.50 Lakh ha.) of Maharashtra State.

College of Agriculture, Badnapur Dist. Jalna has been established as a constituent college of Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Parbhani. It is one of the six constituent agriculture colleges of Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Parbhani. Founded in the year 2000 vide resolution of Government of Maharashtra, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fishery Department bearing number MKV/1299/ PK 77/20A dated 10th March 2000, under a scheme entitled “Establishment of Agricultural College, Badnapur Dist. Jalna”. It is geographically located in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra situated in between Aurangabad and Jalna cities at 19.86’north latitude and 75.73 east longitudes with an altitude of 523 meter rom MSL. The college is well connected with air, road and railway facilities. It is 2.5 km away from Badnapur railway station on Manmad - Secundrabad route of South Central Railway Division.

Objectives
  • To fulfill demand of Agriculture graduates.
  • To impart educational training in the field of Agriculture.
  • To Train students about research on different components.
  • To train the rural youth and encourage them for self employment.
  • To disseminate Agricultural production technologies through extension activities.
Organization and Governance

Authorization

Mode of admission for under graduate degree programme

Practically functioning of this college commenced from an academic year 2000-2001. The college housed earlier in the existing building of Agricultural Research Station (ARS), Badnapur with four lecture halls and one small multipurpose block. The college offering undergraduate programme of B.Sc. (Agri.) since from 2000.

  • B.Sc.( Hon.) Agriculture - Duration - 4 years - Semesters - 08

The college of Agriculture, Badnapur is an institution funded and managed by Maharashtra State Government through Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth located at Parbhani. Most of the students of the college are from rural and socially disadvantaged sections without the existence of this college at least 10% would have disconnected their studies. Hence, college feels that it is the moral obligation to provide quality education. The college has a clear vision; mission and objectives for qualitative development in agricultural education should be the top priority and thus functions towards its attainment.

Mode of admission for Post graduate degree programme

Since academic year 2005-06 the common Entrance Test (CET) is conducted by Maharashtra Agricultural University Examination Board, Pune for admission of the students to Post graduate degree programme in SAUs. 30% weightage of UG CGPA and 70% with weightage of CET marks is considered for admission to the PG degree programme.

The MCAER Pune coordinate, centralise online admission in SSAU of Maharashtra for PG. An advertisement is published in leading newspapers in the month of Sept/August and the applications in the prescribed proforma are called from the eligible candidates for post graduate courses. The detailed regarding PG courses, colleges with their intake capacities, reservations of seats, documents to be enclosed with the application form are given in the prospectus. The admission procedure is given in the prospectus. The Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Research Education and Research, Pune publishes the prospectus with all these details.

U quota and M quota

Out of total admissions 50% admissions are filled from U quota (from the candidates passed qualifying examination from colleges of University jurisdiction) and 50% from M quota from the students who have passed qualifying examination in Maharashtra State.

Other State quota (OS quota)

The 2% seats reserved for the candidates having the domicile of other State from India and whose parents have not stayed in Maharashtra State for minimum of three years within the period of ten years preceding the admission year, such seats shall be termed as Other State Quota: OS quota.

ICAR quota

25% of the total seats for all M.Sc. courses shall be reserved to be filled in from all India basis through Common Entrance Examination to conducted by ICAR, New Delhi (it includes 10 % seats over and above the sanctioned intake capacity). This provision relates to constituent colleges.

The constitutional reservation is followed as per directives of state government.

System of Education

The College adopted course credit system under the semester pattern. In this system each academic year is divided into two terms not less than 20 weeks called semester. Subjects to be taught are divided into self contained units called courses. These are taught in a semester through lecturers practical’s, library reading, and field work assignments etc.

The students admitted to B.Sc. (Agri.) degree course have to complete one semester as rural work experience in the farmer field as per the recommendation of IV Dean’s Committee report of ICAR, New Delhi. The getting hands on training the students are exposed to VIII semester for Experimental Learning Programme.

Academic Regulations

MCAER pune is constituted under Section 12 of the Maharashtra Agricultural Universities (Krishi Vidyapeeth) Act, 1983 to coordinate educational activities in SAU Of Maharashtra .Academic regulations for U.G., PG and Ph.D. are approved by the Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Education Research (MCAER), Pune.. These rules are applicable to all the Agricultural Universities in the State, since 2011. The rules and regulations are approved by the Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Education and Research in its 84th and 86th meeting held on 25.7.2011 and 19.4.2012 vide Resolution NO.102/84/2011and 4/86/2012 respectively. These regulations made available to the faculty of the College and also available on the web of University.

Curricula Development / Revision Process

A new and revised curriculum for under graduate degree programmes has been introduced in operation since academic year 20017-18 in accordance with recommendations of V Dean's Committee of ICAR, New Delhi.

A new and revised curriculum for post graduate degree programmes was introduced and is in institution since academic year 2009-10 as per the directives of the NCG and ICAR, New Delhi. Syllabus is revised after 10 years by Dean's Committee.

Adoption of ICAR Model Curricula and Deviation

U.G. courses

As per the IV Dean’s Committee the old degree course/subject based Academic programmes are implemented from 2007 - 08. And as per V Dean’s Committee the new degree course/subject based Academic programmes are implemented from 2017 - 18.

Physical Facilities (Infrastructure)

Institutional land area

College is having total farm area of 27.00 ha. under dry land agriculture, Horticulture plantation and Garden etc. farm facilities with research farm area is fairly developed and utilized for crop cafeteria demonstrations, experiential learning programme, PG research experiments and seed production etc. The other farm facilities like threshing yards, farm ponds, irrigation well, sub-well, tube well, various farm equipments micro irrigation facilities, aesthetic garden, green houses, poly houses, facilities are being utilized for award of degree.

Class rooms

The College is housed in a specious building having 61,354 sq. feet of built up area. College is having 03 UG Class rooms with new furniture having capacity of 100 students. The class rooms are equipped with audio visual aids.The college is also having one up graded e-class room having ICT facility; e-class room has been equipped with sophisticated LCD projector with interactive board and podium with mike system.

Number of Class rooms with seating capacity and facilities available.

Sr. No Name of Class room Space Seating capacity Facilities available
1 UG Lecture Hall No 1 380 Sq. ft 95 Curricula delivery through IT
2 UG Lecture Hall No 2 470 Sq. ft 88 Curricula delivery through IT
3 UG Lecture Hall No 3 380 Sq. ft 80 Curricula delivery through IT
4 Smart e- class room 150 Sq. ft 45 Sophisticated LCD projector, Interactive Board, Podium and Mike system

Library

The College library is housed in the College building with space of 2820 sq. feet. It is managed with the help of academic and supporting staff, one Agriculture Assistant is spared for library management. Sufficient funds were provided by University for constantly strengthening by adding new text books, encyclopedias, cyclopedias, subject wise reference books of reputed national and international authors. With the financial support of ICAR various new text books and documents were procured from time to time, to enrich the library collection and easy accession of various references for teaching and research purpose. Currently library is laden with the variety of books to meet the requirements of undergraduate and post graduate students, teaching staff and research scientists of the College.

Exuberant books related to competitive examinations of central and state Government, Banks, ICAR, IARI and Agricultural Universities were purchased. These books are helping the students for achieving success in various competitive examinations. This is evident from large number of students passing the ICAR’s JRF examination with every passing year. Sufficient wooden furniture in the reading room and office. Iron store wells, bookcases and other items are also purchased from time to time to meet the library requirements.

Availability of Computers and access to internet

In order to ensure the internet connectivity by library users net connection of ‘BSNL Broadband 10 Mbps was made available with ‘firewall’ antivirus software. Library is also having facility of Wi-Fi and four desktop with internet connectivity. CCTV cameras are installed in the Library as a security measures.

Seating capacity

About 300 students and 25 faculty members including the scientists of Agriculture Research Station are taking advantage of library facilities.

Available space for the College library

Sr. No Location Level College/Dept/Uni. No. of Floors/Rooms Size (Sq.ft)
1 College building College 01 2820
Sr. No Type of Library Holdings
1 College Level Books Journals Back Volumes Reference Books News papers CD Thesis Video Tape Charts Periodicals
    5474 06 -- 186 06 40 108 -- -- 100
Sr. No Facility
1 CeRA CoRAM Database PGS 501 Krishi Prabha Reading Room Computers Xerox Internet Book Bank
  -- -- -- Yes -- Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Types of Material Description of Material Application
Books Text and reference Books For staff and students
Cards Catalog cards For staff and students
Machines Xerox and computer For staff and students

Employing latest technology in Library Science : Koha software on VNMKV Library firstray.in

Stocking arrangements : Book shelves & Book cases

Collection of volumes on different subjects : 04

Automation and user services through computers : At present borrowing is only through printed form only.

Library timings : Library remains open from 9.00 am to 17.00 pm from Monday to Saturday except National holiday and Sunday.

Computer Centre

College is having language laboratory with 15 computers and 15 headphones equipped with computer assisted l Lexis language Lab. software premium edition helpful for improving communication skills of students.

Seminar Hall

Hostel

Residential facilities for boys and girls are available for UG and PG students of this college. At present the college is having 03 hostels (01 Boys & 02 girls) with total residential capacity of 200 students.

With the increasing number of girls students joining agricultural programme the existing facilities for girls is inadequate so the present hostel facilities are insufficient to accommodate all of them. Therefore, it is necessary to construct a new UG hostel with accommodation capacity of 100 girls. The available accommodation facilities are comfortable and provided with all the basic and modern supporting facilities like mess, CCTV cameras, Television set, solar water heaters, water coolers, UV water purifiers, solar lamps, inverters etc. The indoor game facilities like table tennis and boll badminton, chess, carom etc provided for recreation. The regular cleaning operations of hostels carried out with the help of class IV students provided to hostels. The emergency medical facilities to boys and girls are provided by contacting local doctor from Badnapur as and when required.

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