FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE

                  DEPARTMENT OF SOIL SCIENCES

Introduction

The soil provides essential nutrients and physical support to the plants we harvest for food, fibre, wood, and fuels. Soil provides critical ecosystem services. This vital resource is paramount to humanity. The Department of Soil Science addresses many important earth roles through teaching and research programs. In short, the department plays an important role in HRD and R&D activities in soil and environmental sciences. The department has strong links with several national & international bodies actively involved in soil and ecological research.

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 have 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 the agriculture sector to the youth of the country in general and the province of Balochistan in particular, to face the future challenges of the new millennium in Crop Production and Crop Protection sciences to produce high order professionals with academic excellence.

The department offers B.Sc. (Hons.) Agri. Sciences (four years degrees). The students who get admission to the Department of Agriculture must study general agriculture subjects during their First and Second years (1st to 4th semester). From the third year (5th-8th semester), students have to choose one major in 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 sent to well-known agricultural research institutes across the country to conduct their research and prepare the report. Besides this, the 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 environments.

With the hard work of the faculty of Agriculture, I feel proud to say that at this stage, our undergraduate students are performing multiple experiments in the lab and field and conducting research under the supervision of their qualified mentors. Our students can scout for various pests and diseases in the area at this stage.

There are numerous job opportunities for agriculture graduates in 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 want to welcome the students who wish to decorate their future with their dreams and with enthusiasm to bring revolution in the field of agriculture. Students come and get admission to the department of Agriculture to bring a change in the standards of the 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 universities of Pakistan with a mandate to ensure food security and to reduce rural poverty through quality education and research in the main sub-sectors of agriculture, viz., field crops, orchards and vegetables.

MISSION

To provide opportunities for 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, fibre and oilseed crops, the production of model crop videotapes suitable for cultivation in different agro-environments of the Balochistan province and ultimately, the development of a technology package to enhance the capabilities of farmers for various crops. The major beneficiaries of the agriculture department are (Sibi, kohlu, Dera Bugti, Ziarat, Harnai, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Mastung, Bolan, Kachi, Quetta, and other districts) and a 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 are as follows:

Job Opportunities for the Graduates from Agriculture Department 

           The prime motive behind establishing 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 technological know-how to the farmers to boost 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, and cotton factories.

           They can also find access to the Agricultural Census, Agricultural Marketing, Pakistan Broadcasting departments, 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 training students from developing countries. Besides, the graduates of the Agriculture department are eligible to apply for competitive examinations held by the Provincial and Federal Public Service Commissions for the administrative, secretariat and other superior services of Pakistan.

Objectives

            Our aim is to develop and apply basic knowledge of soil and environmental sciences for efficient management of environmentally safe soil, plant and water with following specific objectives:

  1. Prepare outstanding individuals with an ability to understand & apply fundamental principles of soil & environmental sciences and conduct useful basic and applied research.
  2. Focus on the study of interaction between soils and chemicals both organic and inorganic in the environment.
  3. Improve methods used in soil, plant, water and fertilizer analyses.



 

BSC. (AGRI.) HONS.  P-III AND IV,

SEMESTER WISE COURSE DISTRIBUTION

DEPARTMENT OF SOIL SCIENCE      

COURSE

CODE

TITLE OF COURSES

CR.HR

STATUS

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

SS-501

Physical Properties of Soil

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-503

Chemical Properties of Soil

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-505

Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Use

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-507

Instrumentation & Laboratory Techniques 

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-509

Soil Genesis and Morphology

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-511

Organic farming

3 (2-1)

Major

Total = 18 (12+6)

 

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

 

SS-502

Salt Affected Soils and Water Quality

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-504

Soil Survey and Land Evaluation

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-506

Soil and Water Conservation

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-508

Soil-Water- Plant Relationship 

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-510

Soil and Plant Analysis

3(2-1)

Major

Total = 15 (10+5)

 

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

 

SS-601

Soil Microbiology

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-603

Environmental Pollution and Management

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-605

Trace Elements in Agriculture

3 (2-1)

Major

SS-607

Carbon Sequestration in Soil

3 (2-1)

Major

*SS-609

Integrated Plant Nutrition Management (Minor)

3(2-1)

Minor

                                          Total = 15 (10-5)

 

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

SS-602

Research Project and Scientific Writing

2(2-0)

Major

SS-604

Land Degradation and Management

3(2-1)

Major

SS-606

Municipal and Agro Waste Management

3(2-1)

Major

SS-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

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