The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) had its genesis from establishment of an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Madras, Tamil Nadu, as early as 1868 and it was later relocated at Coimbatore.
The students can get exposure on botany, climate and soil, propagation, after cultivation, harvesting and processing including plant protection aspects in Plantation, Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops. Besides, they can learn about the latest technologies involved in plant breeding in the above crops. By doing research work in crop management, breeding and plant protection aspects in the above crops, the students will be specialized in the above crops
The Masters programme in Plantation, Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops
has been designed following the UGC guidelines. The course imparts:
The master programme in M.Sc. (Hort.) in Plantation, Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops is offered at
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The students undergo a set of courses that help them understand the basics of Soil and Water Conservation Engineering as per the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) .
After completing the courses of the first year, the students start thesis research from second year. Each student is assigned to an experienced faculty to guide the student on his/ her choice of research topic.
Courses offered by the department are very good to learn production aspects, processing and breeding aspects of different plantation, spices, medicinal and aromatic crops through practical knowledge. The lab facilities are good and the department has good collections of various spices and medicinal as well as aromatic crops in the fields offering a good exposure to the students. This course is helpful for the student to get wide opportunities in research, extension and teaching. Learning advancements in the technologies of crop production, protection and processing will be benefitting the farmers.
During my doctoral course and research work, I have learnt advances in cultivation, processing and breeding aspects of various plantation, medicinal and aromatic crops through practical experience. Hence, it is helpful to get opportunities in different industries such as, processing and coir industries, various spice and commodity boards. The department has good advanced infrastructure facilities like High Performance Thin Layer Chromatograph, Clevenger apparatus, microwave assisted extraction, accelerated solvent extraction, Soxhlet extraction unit, rotary evaporator etc., Availability of all these facilities has helped in successful completion of my research and also helped me gain knowledge in handling of such instruments which would add up to my profile. The department also has good collaboration with ICAR institutes such as IISR, Calicut; CPCRI, Kasargod, it is helpful for PG, Ph.D. scholars to get good scientific knowledge and connections with the principal scientists at various reputed institutions.