SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education (KARE), Krishnankoil, Tamil Nadu is a deemed University offering education, research and extension in a plethora of subjects ranging from engineering, science, education, agriculture and management. School of Agricultural and Processing Sciences is a constituent in-campus offering B.Sc., (Hons.) Agriculture, B.Sc., (Hons.) Horticulture and B.Tech., (Agricultural Engineering). B.Sc., (Hons.) Horticulture and B.Tech. (Agricultural Engineering) were started in the year 2016 with strength of 60 students each. Subsequently based on the requirement, B.Sc., (Hons.) Agriculture was commenced in 2017 with strength of 60 students.  All the above courses are professional four year courses complying with the recommendations of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

The school provides students technical expertise and a broad education so that they can meet the challenges of feeding the world, improving health, protecting the environment, growing our economy, and enriching youth. Abilities to think creatively and critically solving problems, making decisions and communicating effectively are developed. All the faculties of the school possess doctoral qualifications and render quality education. Extensive laboratory infrastructure is available in KARE which is shared by the agricultural school too. Exclusive and well equiped laboratories to cater the need of the above specific program have also been created and are growing in leaps and bounds. Large 300 acres agricultural farm and 60 acres orchard are available to train the students in the real field giving them a hands-on experience. Engineering workshop and laboratories are available with state-of-art equipment. Apart from the regular curriculum, the prospective students have a structured set of non-credit courses which are not included for the final score of the course but mandatory to the degree’s completion. Industrial trainings, rural work experiences, social service, NCC, sports, language courses, soft skills, etc are some of the highlights they can avail in this segment.

The B.Sc., (Hons.) Agriculture is planned to prepare students in sciences such as Agronomy, Plant protection, Soil science, Plant breeding, Agricultural economics, etc.. The curriculum is built on excellent foundation of basic prerequisites and moulds the student into a full fledged agricultural professional at the end of the course tenure. Excellent career opportunities do exist for these graduates in private and governmental firms to work as agricultural officers, farm managers, seed quality inspectors, plant protection experts, economic/ marketing advisors/ forecasters, plant breeders and the like.

The B.Sc., (Hons,) Horticulture provides foundation in production methods of the extensive range of horticultural crop including fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices, tubers, plantation crops,  medicinal and aromatic crops and methods that conserve our natural resources, complete understanding of urban ecosystems, strategies for the revegetation and remediation of disturbed site, strategies for the maintenance of wildlands and forests. It prepares the students in sciences such as Pomology, Olericulture, Floriculture, Landscaping, Breeding, Horticultural economics, etc. Excellent career opportunities are available in private and governmental firms to work as horticultural officers, orchard/ plantation managers, seed quality inspectors, plant protection experts, land scaping professionals, economic/ marketing advisors/ forecasters, plant breeders and the like.

The B.Tech Agricultural Engineering curriculum offers a great breadth of subjects in Field Machines, Food process Engineering, Systems Engineering, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering.  Subject areas include all the basic engineering fundamentals such as mechanics, electrical machines, computer-aided engineering, fluid power, irrigation equipment. The program is approved by the AICTE and offers excellent career opportunities in product engineering, equipment research and design, facilities design, environmental consulting, and engineering management in the ever growing area of agricultural advancements.

All the above programs provide ample opportunity for the graduates to enter academics and research nationally / globally after continuing higher studies in the areas of their interest.  The degrees offer employment not only in the subject oriented positions, but also in sectors such as banks and civil services.

Vision

To meet an expanding demand of Agricultural specialists to promote food security and food safety on National and Global scale.  To create a knowledge base in Agriculture, Horticulture and allied sciences relevant to make the Second Green Revolution a reality especially in dry land pockets of India. To prepare the young generation ready to face challeges of increasing the production and income of future farms.

Mission

The mission of School of Agricultural and Processing Sciences (SoAPS) is to set the career trajectory of Agricultural and Horticultural professionals by imparting theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills in Agricultural, Horticultural and allied sciences by way of well defined degree courses in each discipline.  The curricular/ research programmes are to be continullay designed and improved periodically to cater the needs of the farmer and food industry. The school will constantly promote the quality of teaching and research by way of strategies and resources relevant to futuristic needs.