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 advanced 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 Doctoral programme in Plantation, Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops has been designed following the UGC guidelines. The course imparts:
Interested in taking part in the programme of Plantation, Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures. If you doubt whether admission is possible, feel welcome to apply online. The Admission Committee will check your admissibility.
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After admission the students undergo a set of courses that help them understand the basics of Plantation, Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops as per the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with a total credit load of 75 credits, of which 45 credits are exclusively earmarked for their Thesis Research.
Doctoral thesis research
After completing the courses in the first year, the students start their thesis research. Each student is assigned to an experienced faculty, approved by the Dean of School of Post-Graduate Studies, who would guide the student on his/ her choice of research topic
The students are exposed to several scientific events like symposia and conferences. Many are encouraged to have internship training at other institutes for a couple of months, either in India or abroad.
The department has good infrastructure such as department library, micro-analytical laboratory with advanced equipment. Also, the coconut nursery owned by the department has a huge collection of coconut germplasms. Apart from it, wide variety of turmeric, coriander and fenugreek collections are available which could be utilized by the students for their course and research works. The courses offered by the department will be benefitted to the students for gaining knowledge in different aspects to get wider opportunities in the field of research and teaching.
The department of plantation, spices, medicinal and aromatic crops is one of the major departments of horticulture. It is having wide opportunities in different aspects. During my course and research work learnt advances in cultivation and breeding aspects of various crops of plantation and spices through practical experience. The course teachers are very friendly with good knowledge in the subject. The department provides good laboratory facilities to carryout research in a hassle-free way. It would be helpful if there is a concession in service charges for accessing advanced instruments such as HPLC, HPTLC, MAS, GCMS etc., for the university students.