India being an agro based economy has great scope for agricultural engineering. Agriculture is the world's largest and most important industry for survival of ever growing population. Growing concerns over environmental quality and need for advancements in biotechnology generated a necessity for agricultural engineering as a career in India
Read this article to know all the aspects of agricultural engineering like eligibility, Job prospects, core subject’s, key recruiters, specialisation, course profile and top institutes for agricultural engineering in India
An agricultural engineer works for designing power and machine systems, animal or plant production and environment management. Some primary jobs of agricultural engineers involve improving Equipments need for farming, farm structures, biogas generation and inventing new technologies that can contribute in manufacture of agricultural products and conservation of natural resources.
The basic eligibility criteria for a candidate aspiring to do B.E / B.Tech in agricultural Engineering are 10+2, with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and preferably Biology. To become a qualified Agricultural Engineer one must have a graduate degree (B.E / B.Tech) or at least a diploma in Agricultural Engineering. BE / B.Tech Agriculture courses are of 4 years' duration while the diploma courses are of 2-3 years' duration.
Selection to all Agricultural Engineering courses is on the basis of joint entrance exam (JEE) for the IIT's and separate state level and national level exams for other institutions.
Top Agricultural engineering Colleges
Listed below are agriculture specific institutions in India that offer BE/B.Tech in agriculture
- Indian Agricultural Research Institute Delhi
- Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal
- College of Agricultural Engineering, Ludhiana
- College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology Junagadh
- Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth College of Agriculture Pune,
- Center of Biotechnology Anna University
- Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Bapatla (Andhra Pradesh)
- Kerala Agricultural University, Vellanikkara (Kerala)
- College Of Technology, Pantnagar (Uttar Pradesh).
After completion of BE/B.Tech one can pursue M.Tech in Agriculture which includes study like crop process engineering, firm machinery and power, soil and water conservation etc. A Ph.D. degree of three years is also offered at IIT kharagpur, and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.