Academics

Academic Developments :

Banda University of Agriculture & Technology, Banda was established on 2nd March 2010 for the development of the agriculture and allied sectors in seven districts i.e., Banda, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Lalitpur, and Jalaun in two Divisions i.e., Jhansi and Chitrakoot Dham in the Bundelkhand Region.

First Academic Session of the University commenced from 1st September 2011 with Colleges of Agriculture and Horticulture. A total of 11 colleges have been proposed in the University as listed below:

  1. College of Agriculture
  2. College of Horticulture
  3. College of Forestry
  4. College of Home Science
  5. College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry
  6. College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology
  7. College of Agribusiness Management
  8. College of Dairy Technology
  9. College of Basic Sciences & Humanities
  10. College of Food Science
  11. College of Fisheries

Degree Programmes

At present, only two UG Degree programmes are operative in two colleges (Agriculture and Horticulture). The University offers B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture and B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture degrees and has adopted Course Curricula recommended by Fourth Deans’ Committee of ICAR. The selection of students for these UG programmes is being done through U.P. Combined Agriculture and Technology Entrance Test (UPCATET). Four more colleges (Forestry, Home Science, Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) are expected to become functional in near future. The admission procedure in the University is centrally administered by the office of the Registrar at the University level.

Conduct of UPCATET

Admission of students in both UG and PG courses in all four State Universities of Agriculture & Technology of Uttar Pradesh is being done on merit prepared by Uttar Pradesh Combined Agriculture and Technology Entrance Test (UPCATET) conducted each year by one of the four Universities on rotation basis. The examination centres are established in the state under the supervision of all the four Universities. During last three years, UPCATET was conducted and the centre at Banda were supervised and administered by University as under:

UPCATETConducted byExamination centre at Banda
2012Narendra Dev University of Agriculture and Technology, FaizabadPt. Jawahar Lal Nehru PG College, Banda
2013Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, KanpurSaraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College, Banda
2014Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, MeerutSaraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College, Banda
2015Narendra Dev University of Agriculture and Technology, FaizabadNo centre at Banda

College of Agriculture and ‘B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture’ Degree Programme

At present, COA has 10 functional departments as listed below :
(i) Agronomy
(ii) Plant Breeding and Genetics
(iii) Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry
(iv) Entomology
(v) Agricultural Economics
(vi) Agricultural Engineering
(vii) Plant Pathology
(viii) Agricultural Extension
(ix) Crop Physiology
(x) Statistics and Social Science

The 1st Academic Session of B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture degree programme in the College of Agriculture was commenced from 1st September 2011 with total intake capacity of 40 students. In the 2nd Academic Session, total intake capacity was 55 students, and the classes commenced on 18th September 2012. Third Academic Session was commenced on 1st October 2013, in which admission of 50 students in B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture was done. For the 4th Academic Session 2014-15, the intake capacity of students in B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture degree programme has been enhanced to 69, which includes seven students to be admitted by ICAR on the basis of All India Test.

College of Horticulture and ‘B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture’ Degree Programme

At present there are 6 departments in the College of Horticulture :
(i) Fruit Science
(ii) Vegetable Science
(iii) Post Harvest Technology
(iv) Floriculture and Landscaping
(v) Natural Resource Management
(vi) Basic Sciences and Humanities

The 1st Academic Session of B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture programme began from 1st September 2011 with total intake capacity of 30 students. In the 2nd Academic Session, total intake capacity was 55 students, and the classes commenced on 18th September 2012. Third Academic Session of College of Horticulture was commenced on 1st October 2013. In this Academic Session, admission of 50 students was got done. For the 4th Academic Session 2014-15, the intake capacity of students in B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture degree programme has been enhanced to 69, which includes seven students to be admitted by ICAR on All India Test basis.

Appointment of Faculty

In the initial stage when 1st Academic Session commenced w.e.f. 1st September 2011, there was no regular faculty available in the University. Subsequently competitive faculty has been drawn on merit from the universities and institutions across the country to nurture academic excellence at University.

Advisory Groups Meetings

Each student in the University is assigned a teacher who assists the student in achieving his/her academic and personal goals. Freshly admitted students as well as continuing students present themselves in the beginning of each Semester on dates notified by the Registrar for advisement and are assigned in groups to staff advisors. Advisory group meetings of teachers and students are organized every Saturday regularly to solve the problems of students related to their study and other issues.

The Advisor helps the Undergraduate students in planning the programme of their studies and the choice of courses. He/she also guides each student in determining the credit load, which he/she can safely and conveniently carry in each Semester and advises him/her regarding adding or withdrawal of the courses during a Semester. Each Advisor maintains a close contact with his/her Advisees and keeps himself/herself informed of their progress. Problem cases in need of special measures are brought to the notice of the University Administration by the Advisor.
Advisor keeps the contact number (Landline/Cell phone) of his/her Advisees as well as address and contact number of parents/guardian of his/her Advisees and remain in regular contact with their Advisees and his/her parents.

Parents-Teachers Meetings

The University regularly organizes parent teacher meet to appraise parents about the progress of their wards and address collateral issues if any. Beginning the process on 13th February 2012 many such meetings for appraisal and feedback have been organized.

The University Website Launched and Updated

The University Website (www.mskjuat.edu.in) was developed in a short time of two weeks and launched on 8th July 2011. With this, the University marked its existence on the worldwide network. The website is frequently used by the University Administration for posting of important information such as (a) Advertisement of faculty posts, (b) Interview schedules, (c) Tender notices, (d) Commencement of Academic Session, Semester breaks, Parents-Teachers Meetings, etc. The information on the University Website is periodically updated as per needs and requirements of the University.

Student Hostels

In the first phase, the construction of three hostels (Two for boys and one for girls), each having a capacity of 120, was sanctioned by U.P. Govt. vide G.O. No. 943/67-d`f”kv-11-1500(44)/10 with the cost of Rs. 1.312 crores. Out of three Hostels, one Hostel was constructed in February 2013 and the same was allotted to the students at the time of commencement of 1st Semester of Academic Session 2012-13. Allotment is done on the basis of the merit list. The second Hostel was allotted to the students at the time of commencement of 1st Semester of Academic Session 2014-15. All the modern facilities such as furniture, leading News Papers, TV, Magazines, etc. have been provided in the University Hostel. Inmates of hostel manage their own food services in the Mess attached to it on ‘No profit No loss basis’ through the Hostel Mess Committee. The construction of three other hostels is under progress and hopefully these will be available for allotment from Academic Session 2015-16. To accommodate the girl students admitted during 2015-16, one of the residences in Type IV Quarters has been converted in to Girl’s Hostel.

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8.1.7 Publications

Resident Instruction Bulletin

The 1st Edition of Resident Instruction Bulletinof the Banda University of Agriculture & Technology has been published in March 2014. It contains a brief Introduction of the University, Academic Regulations, Syllabi and Course Curricula, Hostel Rules, Library Rules and the Educational Tours Rules. The development of Academic Regulations, Syllabus and Course Curricula, and rules for Hostel, Library and the Educational Tours are a vital necessity for improving efficiency and transparency of academic activities. These rules have been framed and amended during last two and half years by the authorities of the University to meet the academic requirements.

The University Progress Reports

The first Progress Report of the University was published in July 2012 after the completion of 1st Academic Session 2011-12. A Comprehensive ‘Three Year Progress Report’ of the University was published in July 2011 after the completion of three year period.
Also after the completion of one successful year an Advertorial was published in Times of India showcasing the infrastructures, Academic developments and other salient features of the University Campus. It strengthened the visibility of the University and created awareness among the general public and parents of potential students regarding the Academic Programmes started in the University.

The University Project Report

A detailed project report giving the history and profile of the University, infrastructural requirements, short-term, mid-term and long-term staff requirements, Campus land development, etc. was prepared jointly by Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. M.S. Aulakh and Dr. R.S. Rathore, DDG, UPCAR, Lucknow. This report was submitted to the Principal Secretary (Agriculture Education and Research), U.P. Govt. vide Letter No. 209/;w0lh0lh0@fofo/k@2012 dated 15-06-2012 for further necessary action.

The University published Annual Calendars for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Besides giving the details of holidays, restricted leaves, etc. the calendars also exhibited salient activities of the University in the form of photographs. Similarly Yearly Diaries have been published by the University, which also gave a brief account of the University profile, history of University, the location of the University Campus, mission, mandate of the University, University Administrative Bodies, etc.

Practical Crop Production Unit

At the initial stage, in the absence of independent ‘Student Education Farm’, the faculty members of the University developed a temporary Students Education Farm and crop production area on the land available within the vicinity of College of Agriculture building. On this piece of land, several crops like wheat, maize, mustard, pea, chickpea, lentil, spinach, beet, cabbage, knolkhol, sugerbeet, fenugreek, coriander, sugarcane, phalsa, ber, grape, etc. were planted in small plots. However, now an independent Students Education Farm over an area of around 24000 m2 with barbed wire fencing has been developed for Practical Crop Production training of students.

Physical Education and Sports Activities

Although the University is under developing stage, a great emphasis is being laid on the role of games, sports and Yoga to keep the students physically efficient, mentally alert, morally sound and socially well-behaved. These activities are organized through games like Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Kabaddi, Volley ball and Yogic exercises.