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The Department of Agronomy, one of the oldest departments of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, was established as a section in the year 1951 which subsequently became a full fledged department in 1968. During its sojourn of around 50 years it has touched many a milestone of achievements and in the process has carved a prominent niche in the academic arena of the nation. Till date the department has produced more than 550 M.Sc. (Ag) and 300 Ph.D. degree holders who were/are holding key positions in Agricultural Universities, Colleges, ICAR Institutions, NGOs, Banks, Public Sector Units and Administrative services. The department offers courses at Graduate, Master's and Ph.D. levels in crop production, soil fertility, water management and weed management. Several coordinated, collaborative and ad-hoc research projects funded by ICAR, RWC/CIMMYT, IRRI, World Bank, DST, DBT, UPCAR, UGC, TIFAC were/are operating in the department. Significant research achievements have been made in natural resource management, conservation agriculture, in-situ rain water management, farming system models, boro rice, integrated nutrient management, fly ash utilization, dryland agriculture, multiplication of inbred parental lines for hybrid seed production, crop agronomy, bio herbicide from plant products etc. The technologies developed are constantly validated through on farm adaptive research for its promotion and diffusion in the region. In addition to this the department also regularly organizes travelling seminar, kisan gosthis, farmers' training, field days, field demonstration, on farm trials besides maintaining active research linkages with international research organizations. Specifically the department handles 2 permanent All India Coordinated Research Projects funded by ICAR viz; Dryland and Integrated Farming System and a number of ad-hoc projects. For the first time in the history of the Institute in the year 2012 the Department was awarded Special Assistance Programme (SAP, DRS) Phase 1 by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in recognition of its exemplary contribution to the subject during the last several decades with the mandate to work on "Water Productivity". Along with that 5 BSR (Basic Science Research) Fellowships per year for 5 years (2012-17) have also been granted by the UGC to the students at Doctoral level to conduct in depth basic research on water productivity. Keeping in mind these developments the future thrust areas have been identified as under,  \

 

  1. Reducing water footprint in agricultural sector
  2. Developing agronomic strategy to overcome the challenges of climate change
  3. Fine tuning and refining Integrated Farming System models under different eco-systems for livelihood security of the farming community.      

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