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Agricultural Engineering

 discipline concerning with the science and technology of agriculture production and processing is called as agricultural engineering, with India ranking high as one of the top agricultural countries in the world. A candidate who specialises in this field is known as an agriculturist. Designing agricultural machineries, enhancing farm structures, production of agricultural products, and conserving soil and water are jobs that agricultural engineers have to perform. These engineers apply engineering laws to activities concerning agriculture.

 

Course list:
 
•    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  
 

Eligibility criteria:

 

UG: The criteria for pursuing a bachelor’s degree requires the candidate to have passed in the higher secondary  school (10+2) examination with subjects such as biology, maths, and chemistry as their core subjects.  In order to obtain a degree in IIT (a 4-year course), the candidate is required to clear the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

 

PG: The criterion for pursuing a master’s degree (a 2-year course), requires the candidate to hold a bachelor’s degree in any branch of engineering.

 

Specialisations:

 

The specialisations of the field are listed below:

 

•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 contributes to 29.4% of the Gross domestic product, and is becoming more and more important to the country today. The study of plant breeding is one of the main aspects of this field. Candidates who opt for this field have immense opportunities in the horticulture department of the private and public fields.

 

While private sector companies hire these engineers to improve medicinal and plantation crops, public sector companies are more concerned with the welfare of the state with respect to agriculture. Students with a master’s degree can either start their own line of business or work as distributors, engineers, or supervisors. IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute) allows these post-graduates to join as fellow researchers in order to become agricultural scientists. Teaching jobs in universities and colleges are also an option.

 

Job profiles:

 

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

 

Remuneration:

 

While government sector companies offer candidates anywhere between Rs.15, 000 and Rs.25, 000, private sector companies offer candidates ranging from Rs.25, 000 to Rs.35, 000 per month. At the same time, remunerations at Non- Governmental Organisations and for people who run their own businesses are also good.
 

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