FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE

                                    DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY

Introduction

Mir Chakar Khan Rind University is located in Sibi city, Balochistan Province. This University initiated its primary functioning in the building of Vocational Training Center (Boys) at Sibi. At present university offering various bachelor’s degree programs, among them one program is B.Sc Agriculture Hon’s, whereas is various disciplines of Agriculture (Crop Production and Crop Protection) will be taught to impart education to the students coming from all over Pakistan. The graduates of this program after receiving degrees shall serve in various fields related to agriculture in public and private sectors throughout the world.

HOD's MESSAGE

The discovery of agriculture was the first biggest step towards a civilized life.

“Arthur Keith”

Agriculture is considered the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. It is one of the ancient and productive sectors of human activity. Providing food, feed, shelter and clothing has been the goal of agriculture for decades. Department of Agriculture at MCKRU was established in October 2020 with a strong commitment to impart high standard quality education with great quality of research related to the burning problems of agriculture sector to the youth of the country in general and the province of Balochistan, in particular, to face the future challenges of new millennium in Crop Production and Crop Protection sciences in order to produce high order professionals with academic excellence.

The department offers B.Sc. (Hons.) Agri. Sciences (four years degree). The students who get admission in the department of Agriculture have to study general agriculture subjects during their First and Second year (1st to 4th semester). From the third year (5th-8th semester), students have to choose one major these six areas of agriculture such as Agronomy, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Entomology to study and conduct their research. In the 8th semester, students are being sent to the well-known agricultural research institutes across the country to conduct their research and to prepare the report. Other than this, Department of Agriculture owns a large area for conducting field experiments and a well-established lab where students can perform their experiments in fully research-based environment.

With the hard work of the faculty of Agriculture, I feel proud by saying that at this stage, our undergraduate students are performing multiple experiments in the lab as well as field and are conducting research with the supervision of their qualified mentors. At this stage our students can scout for various pests and diseases in the field.

There are numerous job opportunities for agriculture graduates at government and private sectors such as Federal Departments of Agriculture Research, Provincial Department of Agriculture (Research and Extension Wing), Seed corporation of Pakistan, Soil testing and tissue culture and genetic engineering laboratories, Cut flower industries, Sugar mills, Private pesticide, fertilizer and seed companies, Universities, Collages and commercial banks of Pakistan.  

I would like to welcome the students who wish to decorate their future with their dreams and with an enthusiasm to bring revolution in the field of agriculture. Students come and get admission in the department of Agriculture to bring a change in the standards of farming community of Balochistan.

  Regards

Dr. Ghulam Hussain Jatoi

      Incharge Chairperson

 Department of Agriculture

MCKRU, Sibi

VISSION & MISSION

VISION

To be one of the leading agricultural University of Pakistan with a mandate to ensure the food security and to reduce the rural poverty through quality education and research in the main sub-sectors of agriculture viz., field crops, orchards and vegetables.

MISSION

To provide opportunities of outcome-based learning and to develop a research environment in agriculture for the rural youth of Balochistan province. The Department’s overall aim is to focus on the improvement of quantitative and qualitative traits of cereal, fiber and oilseed crops, production of model crop ideotapes suitable for cultivation in different agro-environments of the Balochistan province and ultimately, development of technology package to enhance the capabilities of farmers for various crops. The major beneficiaries of agriculture department are (Sibi, kohlu, Dera Bugti, Ziarat, Harnai, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Mastung, Bolan, Kachi, Quatta, and other districts) and maximum number of seats will be allocated to these districts. To stimulate the intellectual participation of youth in the agricultural and professional development of Balochistan. The main objectives of the Agriculture Department as follows:

Job Opportunities for the Graduates from Agriculture Department

            The prime motive behind the establishment of the agriculture department is to promote the rapid transfer of technology to the farming community through a continued output of graduates. The graduates disseminate the modern technical know-how to the farmers to boost up agricultural productivity.

            The main job opportunities are as under: Agricultural graduates may be taken up to work as farm managers in Agricultural Estates. Work as specialists in various disciplines of Agriculture and allied sciences in public and private sector organizations, autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies viz, Zarai Tarqiati Bank (ZTBP) of Pakistan, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Pakistan Council for Research on Water Resources (PCRWR), WAPDA, Fruit Preservation and Grading Industries, etc. Their services can also be utilized in provincial and federal departments of Agricultural Extension, Research, Teaching, Forestry, Plant Protection, Plant Quarantine, Pakistan Central Cotton Committee, Public Parks and Gardens, Agricultural Tools and Machines, Seed Corporations, EPA, SCARP, Sugar Corporation, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, and other departments. They may be taken up as agriculture teachers/subject specialists to teach agriculture and agro-technical courses in High Schools and other vocational institutes of education departments. The job-oriented graduates can share the business and management of agro-based industries like fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, sugar and jute mills, cotton factories.

            They can also find access to the departments of Agricultural Census, Agricultural Marketing, Pakistan Broadcasting, and other corporations and commercial Banks, Agro-Economic Research, and Social Welfare Departments.  Job opportunities may also be availed for the graduates of this University in various special projects sponsored by agencies like the National Planning Commission, USAID, FAO, Ford Foundation, National Talent Pool, and agriculture consultancy firms. Agricultural degree holders may seek employment in foreign countries, especially the least developed countries with ongoing agricultural development activities. In this connection the Agriculture department is also engaged in the training of students from the developing countries. Besides, the graduates of Agriculture department are eligible to apply for competitive examinations held by the Provincial and Federal Public Service Commissions for administrative, secretariat and other superior services of Pakistan

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY

Department of Agronomy is engaged in developing trained human resource base in crop production, conduct basic and applied research in various aspects of crop production and land management under varying agro-ecological and socio-economic conditions of the farming community.

Objectives

   The department is organized and implemented in a manner which enables learners to acquire and develop competencies in crop production management, crop research and research dissemination and entrepreneurial skills through learning activities and experiences that are based on real agriculture problems with following specific objectives:

  1. Disseminate knowledge and skills to students and those involved in crop production.
  2. Identify technical and socio-economic issue areas constraining farm productivity and find solutions to overcome these problems.
  3. Develop strategies through trainings and demonstrations to promote sound agricultural practices among local farmers for reducing the risk of crop failures and farmer vulnerability.

B.SC. (AGRI.) HONS.  P-III AND IV.

SEMESTER WISE COURSE DISTRIBUTION

Course Code

Title of Course

Cr. Hrs.

Status

B.Sc (Agri.) Hons. P-III                5th Semester

AGR-501

Arid and Rainfed Agriculture

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-503

Agro-Technology of Major Crops

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-505

Field Crop Physiology

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-507

Introduction to Crop Modeling

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-509

Seed Production Technology

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-511

Biological Nitrogen Fixation

3(2-1)

Major

 

Total

18 (12-6)

 

B.Sc (Agri.) Hons. P-III                6th Semester

AGR-502

Farm Record Maintenance

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-504

Principles of Weed Science

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-506

Plant Nutrients and Growth Regulators

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-508

Medicinal and Special Crops

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-510

Costal Agriculture

3(2-1)

Major

 

Total

15 (10-5)

 

B.Sc (Agri.) Hons. P-IV               7th Semester

  

AGR-601

Agro Ecology

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-603

Irrigation Agronomy

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-605

Forage and Fodder Production

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-607

Production Technology of Condiments and Spices

3(2-1)

Major

*AGR-609

Environment and Crop Production

3(2-1)

Minor

 

Total

15 (10-5)

 

B.Sc (Agri.) Hons. P-IV               8th Semester

  

AGR-602

Research and Scientific Writing

2(2-0)

Major

AGR-604

Conservation Agronomy

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-606

Organic Farming

3(2-1)

Major

AGR-608

Internship and Report Writing

4(0-4)

Major

 

Total

 12 (6-6)

 
 

Grand Total

60

 

 

Semesters

Credit hours

Total

1+2+3+4

20+17+18+19

74

5+6+7+8

18+15+15+12

60

                                                            Grand Total

134

 

OFFERED GENERAL COURSES

B.SC AGRICULTURE PROGRAM

General courses offered for BS-Agriculture Department (1, 2, 3 & 4 semesters) 

S. #

Course Code

Title of Courses

Cr. Hrs

B. Sc. (Agri.) Hons. P-I

1st Semester

1

ISS/ EB-101

Islamic Studies/ Ethics (optional for Non-Muslim Students)

2 (2-0)

2

MTH/BIOL-101

Elementary Mathematics & Stats /Biology

3 (3-0)

3

SS-301

Introduction to Soil Science

3 (2-1)

4

ENT-301

Introductory Entomology

3 (2-1)

5

AGR-301

Basic Agriculture

3 (2-1)

6

ENG-101

English I: Reading & Writing Skills

3 (3-0)

7

BT-301

Introductory Biotechnology

3 (2-1)

Total Credit Hours

20 (16-4)

B. Sc. (Agri.) Hons. P-I

2nd Semester

1

AGEC-302

Introduction to Economics and Agricultural Economics

3(3-0)

2

PBG-302

Introductory Genetics

3 (2-1)

3

HORT-302

Introductory Horticulture

3 (2-1)

4

PP-302

Introduction to Plant Pathogens

3 (2-1)

5

AGR-302

Field Crop Production-I 

3 (2-1)

6

PKS-102

Pakistan Studies

2 (2-0)

Total Credit Hours

17 (16-4)

B. Sc. (Agri.) Hons. P-II

3rd Semester

1

PBG-401

Introductory Plant Breeding

3 (2-1)

2

HORT-401

Horticultural Crop Production

3 (2-1)

3

PPT -401

Fundamentals of Plant Protection

3 (2-1)

4

PP-401

Introductory Plant Pathology

3 (2-1)

5

FST-401

Introduction to Food Science and Technology 

3 (2-1)

6

STAT-401

Elementary Statistics

3 (2-1)

Total Credit Hours

18 (12-6)

B. Sc. (Agri.) Hons. P-II

4th Semester

1

AGR-402

Field Crop Production-II

3 (2-1)

2

CP-402

Introductory Crop Physiology

3 (2-1)

3

SS-402

General Soil Science

3 (2-1)

4

ENT-402

Applied Entomology

3 (2-1)

5

AEE-402

Introduction to Agriculture Extension and Education

2 (2-0)

6

AHV-402

Introductory Animal Husbandry

2 (2-0)

7

ICT-202

Introduction to Information & Computer Technology (ICT) Skills

3 (2-1)

Total Credit Hours

19 (14-5)

Grand Total

74

Semester 1,2,3,4 shall each contain not more than 20 credit hours (a total of a maximum of 74 credit hours).

            Semester 5, 6, 7, 8 (Including Internship/Project of 4 credit hours) shall be up to 60 credit hours; while 3 courses carrying 8 credit hours from additional courses may be adjusted in semester 5 to 8.

Semesters

Credit hours

Total

1+2+3+4

20+17+18+19

74

 

 

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