Agriculture is the very basis of civilization. It is the science of cultivating the soil and producing crops. Agriculture sector plays a vital role in the GDP (almost 30 %) of our country. Agricultural Engineering is the branch of engineering which incorporates different engineering branches and technologies for the enhanced and efficient production and processing of food, fiber and fuels. This branch includes many branches of engineering (mechanical, chemical electrical) and all types of science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology). Main focus areas in Agricultural Engineering are:
To pursue an undergraduate course in agricultural engineering, the candidate must pass 10+2 with physics, chemistry and mathematics from a recognized Board.
To pursue a postgraduate course in agricultural engineering, the candidate must have Bachelor’s (B.E. or B.Tech.) degree in agricultural engineering from recognized University.
Agricultural Engineers are generally appointed as:
In India companies like AMUL Dairy, ITC, Escorts, Nestle India etc. hire agriculture engineers. There are several research opportunities for agriculture engineers in the organisations like Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR). Various central government and state government departments recruit agriculture engineers as agricultural officers. The initial income of agriculture engineers is between INR 20, 000 to Rs. 30,000 per month.
Colleges offering courses in Agricultural Engineering: