Agricultural Engineering

India is one of the top agricultural countries in the globe. An agricultural sector plays a vital role in the economic growth of the country. It contributes 29.4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). A graduate who specializes in this field is known as an agriculturist. Not only production of fruits, vegetables and food grains is impacted by agriculture, the industries dependent on the agricultural sector for raw material are also affected. Agricultural engineers use engineering laws to all activities related to agriculture and horticulture. The job of an agricultural engineer is to develop agricultural production by means of better engineering technologies, equipments, methods and inventions. Enhancement in farm structures, bio-gas, agricultural farm machinery, rural electrification, new technologies in the design and production of agricultural products and also conservation of soil and water are some of the jobs of an agricultural engineer.

List of Courses: -

 

  • Diploma in Agricultural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Agricultural Engineering    
  • Bachelor of Technology in Agricultural Engineering    
  • Master of Technology in Agricultural Engineering    
  • Master of Technology in Agricultural Process and Food Engineering    
  • Master of Technology in Farm Machinery and Power Engineering    
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agri-Informatics    
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Technology   

Basic Eligibility

UG:

 

For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subject such as biology, maths and chemistry. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E).  The duration for the course is 4 years.


PG:

 

The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor's degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration for the course is 2 years.


Specializations

Some of its specialized fields are: -

 

  • Crop Production
  • Dairy Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Post-Harvest Technology
  • Soil and Water Engineering
  • Poultry and Fish Processing
  • Agricultural Waste Management
  • Agricultural Machinery Design
  • Food Engineering / Process Control
  • Irrigation and Drainage Systems Engineering

Job Prospects

Agriculture is one of the top career choices made by students in India.  Agriculture in simple words, deals with study of plant breeding that is consumed by human beings. Agriculture has lot of scope in terms of career opportunities. With the commercialization of horticulture and agriculture there are wide-ranging opportunities for paid jobs as well as private enterprise. State Department of Agriculture employs agricultural engineers as agricultural officers for the improvement of agriculture in a district.

There are also private firms investing money in medicinal crops and plantation crops who normally hire agricultural engineers. Postgraduate students can work as supervisors, distributors and engineer; or they can also start his/her own business. Skilled professionals can opt for research activities. They can join IARI as junior fellow researcher and become agricultural scientists. Professionals in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges.

Some job profiles: -

 

  • Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Farm Manager
  • Horticulturist
  • Head Green keeper
  • Project Directors
  • Project Coordinators
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Directors of Institutes


Remuneration: -

Agricultural engineering is one of the lucrative field. The remuneration in government sectors for agricultural engineers is Rs. 15,000 - Rs 25,000 every month depending upon their positions. Graduates working in private sector can earn around Rs 25,000 - Rs 35,000 every month. They can earn more than what he/she earns in government sector. Those who are working with NGOs can earn handsome salary.  Besides those who opt to open their own farm can earn good returns depending upon the size of farm and crops grown.

Engineering Colleges for Agricultural Engineering in India

Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad was established in 1965 by Late Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, the then Hon'ble Prime Minister of India. The university was renamed as Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University in 1996 in honour and...

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ACN College of Engineering & Management Studies

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

ACN College of Engineering & Management Studies (ACNCEMS), Aligarh an autonomous non-profit making body and is a premier engineering institution of northern India. The college is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and affiliated to...

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Agricultural Engineering College & Research Institute

Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India

Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute (AEC&RI), Trichy was established in 1972, as a constituent educational institution of the prestigious Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore. The college was shifted to Kumulur in 1992....

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Aligarh College of Engineering & Technology

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Aligarh College of Engineering & Technology (ACET), Aligarh was established in 2001, is one of the premier Institutions in the field of Technical and Management Education. It has been formed by Jawahar Vidyalay Society. It has been approved by All India...

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Anna University, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Anna University , Chennai was established in 1978 as a unitary type of University. It offers higher education in engineering, technology and allied sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society. Besides promoting research and disseminating...

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Assam University , Engineering Faculty

Silchar, Assam, India

Assam University came into existence through Assam (Central) University Act, 1989 (Act. No. XIII). It was established in 1994, since then the University is steadily becoming an excellent centre of learning. The campus, situated in Dargakona, about 20 kms from ...

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Baba Saheb Dr. B.R.A College of Agriculture Engineering & Technology

Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India

Baba Saheb Dr. B.R.A College of Agriculture Engineering & Technology (CAET), Etawah was established in 1994. The college is a faculty of technology of Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur-UP. The main motto of the college is...

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Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya

Nadia, West Bengal, India

Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV), Nadia was established in 1974. It has got the district mandates for offering agricultural education both at UG and PG levels, conducting agricultural research as well as organizing extension programmes. The faculties of...

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Chandauli Polytechnic

Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh, India

Chandauli Polytechnic, Chandauli was started as civil Engineering school with an intake capacity of 60 students. In July 1963 Diploma courses in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering were introduced and the institution was made a Polytechnic with an intake...

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College of Agricultural Engineering & Post Harvest Technology, Central Agricultural University

Gangtok, Sikkim, India

College of Agricultural Engineering & Post Harvest Technology (CAEZ&PHT), Gangtok was established in 2006 by Central Agricultural University, is to address the issue of shortage of trained man power in agricultural engineering and various issues pertaining...

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