Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture


The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture,
usually abbreviated as either B.Sc.(Agr.) or B.S.A. or B.Sc.(Ag.) or
B.Sc. Ag. is the first undergraduate degree awarded by university faculty of
agriculture and agricultural colleges. The program is 4 years of study above
Grade 12 High School graduation. The B.Sc.(Agr.) degree differs from a
B.Sc. degree in that the courses focus on agriculture: for example, the student
will study agricultural economics rather than economics. Like engineering or
forestry, agricultural science courses are infused with practicality.
The B.Sc.(Agr.) degree is normally not a general degree but requires
specialization: for example, majoring in animal science, plant protection, soil
science or agricultural engineering. There are also variations on the theme:
for example, the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics degree
History of the degree In Canada, the Ontario Agricultural
College began awarding a three-year B.S.A. degree through the University of
Toronto in 1888: a fourth year to the program was added in 1902.
In the United States, the Morrill Act of 1862 had a large influence on the rise
of agricultural education and the spread of the B.Sc.(Agr.) degree. By the early
part of the 20th century, all the agriculturally important states had at
least one college or university awarding the B.Sc.(Agr.) degree.
B.Sc.(Ag.) in India =Size of agricultural education in
India=India has one of the world’s largest
agricultural education system with 42 State Agricultural Universities, 1
Central Agricultural University, 5 Deemed Universities and 4 general
Central Universities with Agriculture faculty. These institutions enroll on
annual basis about 15,000 students at UG level in as many as 11 disciplines and
over 7,000 students at PG and 1700 at PhD level. At any point, there are over
75,000 students studying in SAUs. In addition to this, there are large number
of private colleges both affiliated and non-affiliated to SAUs which also
annually admit larger number of students. Many general universities also
offer agricultural education either themselves or through affiliated
colleges. Agricultural education is a broad term which includes disciplines of
Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Forestry, Fisheries, Horticulture, Home
Science etc.=Regulatory framework of agricultural
education in India=Agricultural education in India is
presently regulated by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Veterinary
Council of India and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education.
However, The ‘Committee to Advise on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher
Education’ has recommended setting up of a constitutional body – The National
Commission for Higher Education and Research, which would be a unified
supreme body to regulate all branches of higher education including agricultural
education. The UPA government has included Yashpal Committee
recommendations in its ‘100 days agenda’. However, inclusion of
agricultural education in the new framework is still undecided.
=Features of the Indian B.Sc.(Ag.) degree=
The B.Sc.(Ag.) degree in India is typically a 4-year course under credit
based semester system. The minimum qualification for entry to B.Sc.(Ag.) is
Intermediate in Science or Intermediate in Agriculture stream. The curriculum is
very broad and inter-disciplinary consisting of courses in Agronomy,
Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Agricultural Economics,
Extension education, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Soil Science, Food technology,
Animal Husbandry apart from supporting courses in Basic Sciences, Humanities
and Agricultural Engineering. The program also includes a compulsory 1
semester of internship. Most of the courses are infused with practicality
with emphasis on ‘hands on’ experience and ‘learning by doing’.
Prior to 1998, the B.Sc.(Ag.) degree was known as B.Sc.(Ag. & AH) and evaluation
was on a 5-point scale. Since 1998, it has been designated as B.Sc.(Ag.) and
the ‘AH’ part has been transferred to BVSc, which is now designated as BVSc &
AH. However, B.Sc.(Ag.) still retains courses in Animal husbandary and
nutrition. Also, the 5 point evaluation system was replaced with a 10-point
system. The provision of ‘optionals’ in 7th/8th semester was also done away with
in 1998. In 2006, ICAR has recommended to
re-designate B.Sc.(Ag.) as B.Sc. Ag.) and return to ‘optionals’ system in
7th/8th semester. Like, BE/BTech, MBBS or BVSc&AH,
B.Sc.(Ag.) is considered as a ‘professional’ degree by Government of
India. However, in recognition to its 4-year duration, B.Sc.(Ag.) holders are
given some benefits like- B.Sc.(Ag.) holders receive higher stipend than BSc
holders in DBT supported post graduate courses in Biotechnology.The Gazetted
post like Agricultural Officer(Agronomist) the Basic
educational requirement is Bsc Agriculture 7ytre3aq3er5 agricultural
batchelor of science=Bangladesh=
Government or public Bangladesh Agricultural University
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University
Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Faculty of Agriculture
Noakhali Science and Technology University, Department of Fisheries and
Marine Science Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University
Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Faculty of
Agriculture Khulna University, Agrotechnology
discipline Rajshahi University, Faculty of
Agriculture Sylhet Agricultural University
Private International University of Business,
Agriculture and Technology EXIM Bank Agricultural University,
Bangladesh Exim Bank Agriculture University, the
country’s first private agriculture university in Chapainawabganj, started
its journey creating new scopes for the students interested in higher education
on agriculture. Honorable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh,
Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the university through a function at her official
residence Ganobhaban in 9 October 2013. The vulnerable features of Northern
Bangladesh characterized by frequent river erosion, flood and drought, social
inequalities in education & health, and migration affecting livelihoods of its
poor inhabitants inspired the Bank for undertaking some initiatives for their
assistance in advancement. Until now, there is no existence of any private
agricultural university in North Bengal although northern part of the country is
densely populated and has enormous potential for agricultural development.
A large portion of quality students having good results in SSC and HSC
cannot get admission into public agricultural university every year. In
essence, availability of admission would enable them to pursue higher education
in agriculture. EXIM Bank Supports export import initiatives throughout the
country. North Bengal has potentially to grow many exportable agricultural
commodities. Considering this circumstances and
through dialogue with Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh Agricultural
Research Institute, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Department of
Agricultural Extension(BAE), Department of Livestock Services(DLS), etc., EXIM
Bank has meanwhile perceived an understanding and justification of
setting-up of “EXIM Bank Agricultural University, Bangladesh(EBAUB)”, a
private agricultural university at Chapainawabgang, Rajshahi, to be the
first of its kind in Northern Bangladesh, to create greater
opportunity of diversified and demand-driven education for the
prospective medium income group candidates at their doorsteps, as well
as to create an opportunity for conducting agricultural research to
solve local problems. Professor Dr. Md. Abdul Mannan Akanda, a
veteran plant pathologist, joined the EXIM Bank Agricultural University,
Bangladesh, as its vice chancellor. He is the first VC of the university.
Before joining this university, he was the vice chancellor of Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University. Professor Akanda was born on
December 30, 1953 at Kalairpar village under Fulbaria Upazila of Mymensingh
District, Bangladesh. He is the eldest son of Late Md. Abbas Ali Akanda and
Musamat Mujiron Nesa. He obtained his Secondary education from Kandania High
School, Fulbaria, Mymensingh in 1969 under the Dhaka Board and Higher
Secondary education from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh in
1971. He got B.Sc.Ag degree in 1974 and M.Sc. degree in Plant Pathology in 1975
from BAU, Mymensingh. He got excellent results in all stages of his education
and research. He obtained his PhD degree in Plant Virology from Kyushu
University, Japan in 1991. And also he accomplished double Post DOC in
Curriculum Development under Course Credit System and in Biotechnology,
respectively, from Oregon State University in 1993 and Hawaii in 2005,
USA. The professional carrier of Dr. Akanda began from February 2, 1978 as
Scientific Officer at Pulse Research Project of Bangladesh Agricultural
Research Council, Plant Pathology Department, Bangladesh Agricultural
University, Mymensingh. After that, he joined in Bangladesh Agricultural
Research Institute, Joydebpur, Gazipur as Scientific Officer in December 29,
1989 and worked under Plant Pathology Division, for near about eight years
with promotion as Senior Scientific Officer. In July 7, 1987, he was joined
to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University as Assistant
Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and has been serving in the
same as Professor until to-date. He has in his own credit more than hundred
articles published in different highly ranked, peer-reviewed national and
international journals, books, booklets, papers, proceedings, magazines and
newspapers. Professor Akanda has attended several professional training
courses both at home and abroad mostly on plant virology, biotechnology and
molecular virology. The University has a mission to provide
education and learning to its students to prepare them for assuming greater
responsibilities as administrators, teacher and professionals and others.
EXIM Bank Agricultural University, Bangladesh will be a privately
supported, co-educational institution. Its major commitments will be to provide
international standard agricultural educational program at undergraduate &
graduate levels and impart continuing educational, public and research
services at the most reasonable cost to students.
First Capital University, Chuadanga, BangladeshFaculty of Agriculture
Ishakha International University,Faculty of Agriculture
Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology,Dhaka.
BBA in Agribusiness/MBA in Agribusiness Tamaltola Agriculture and Technical
College,Natore [Under Rajshahi University]
Degree offer: BSc in Agriculture(Honours)
See also Bachelor of Science
List of agricultural universities and colleges
List of tagged degrees References

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