Birsa Agricultural University Ranchi

Birsa Agricultural University (BAU), Ranchi was established in 1981 by the Prime Minister of India, Late Smt. Indira Gandhi. Its primary objective is to develop area specific technologies and manpower in the field of agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry for the agricultural development of the plateau region of Bihar and economic upliftment of tribal and other backward class population of the region.


The programmes and activities of education, research and extension are carried out through three faculties (Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry and Forestry) with thirty five departments, College of Biotechnology, six Directorates, three Zonal Research Stations and farms, one University farm, sixteen Krishi Vigyan Kendras have been provided in the campus.


Campus of Birsa Agricultural University –


The University is located, on Ranchi – Patratu Road, about 8 km north of Ranchi town, about 13 km north of Ranchi Railway Station and about 17 km north of Ranchi Airport. The location stands at 85019’E and 23017’N and 625 meters above mean sea level. The climate is sub-humid mega thermal with large winter water deficiency.


Facilities at Birsa Agricultural University –


  •  Library
  • Computer Center
  • Hospital
  • Hostels
  • Guest House
  • Sports
  • Class Room
  • Laboratories


Faculties/ College/ Centre at Birsa Agricultural University


  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Veterinary Science & Animal Husandary
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • College of Bio- Technology
  • Center of Agribusiness Management

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Under-Graduate Programmes

Admission to different undergraduate programmes is done through bifold procedure. 15% of total seats are filled by a Combined Competitive Entrance Examination conducted by I.C.A.R. V.C.I. at all India level and 85% of the total seats are filled by Jharkhand Combined Competitive Entrance Examination Board, Ranchi. The minimum qualification is Intermediate/10+2 or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology for all undergraduate degree programmes. However, the candidates with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are also eligible for admission into B.Sc. (Ag) and B.Sc. (Forestry). Students are admitted in unreserved and various reserved categories strictly on the basis of merit in the respective category through an entrance examination as per the reservation rules of Jharkhand state.Semester system of education is followed in the University. Each semester consists of approximately 115 working days. The residential requirements for the award of Bachelor’s degree is eight semesters including Rural work Experience in B.Sc.(Ag.) and B.Sc.(Forestry), during the last semester. The residential requirements of B.V.Sc. & A.H. Course is of 10 Semesters. The last Semester consists of 6 month compulsory internship programme.

Faculty of Agriculture

Course Structure – at a Glance
Semester I
S.N. Course Title Course no. Credit hours
01. Introductory Agriculture Agron. 111 1+0
02. Principles of Agronomy Agron. 112 2+0
03. Agricultural Meteorology APM 111 1+1
04. Principles of Genetics PBG 111 2+1
05. Introduction to Soil Science SS 111 1+1
06. Principles of Plant Pathology PP 111 2+0
07. Introductory Horticulture Hort. 111 1+1
08. Fundamental of Soil Water Conservation & Engineering AE 111 2+1
09. English (NC) Eng. 101 1+1
10. Introductory Entomology & Nematology Ag. Ento. 111 1+1
Total Credit Hours
14+7 = 21
Semester II
S.N. Course Title Course no. Credit hours
11. Principle of Plant Breeding PBG 121 2+1
12. Introduction to Statistics Ag. Stat. 121 1+1
13. Insect Morphology & Systematics Ag. Ento. 121 2+1
14. Principles of Agril. Economics Ag. Econ. 121 2+0
15. Agricultural Biochemistry SS121 2+1
16. Agricultural Microbiology SS121 2+1
17. Field Crops – 1 Kharif Agron. 121 2+1
18. Dimensions of Agril. Extension AEE 121 1+1
19. Introduction to Plant Pathogens PP 121 1+1
Total Credit Hours
15+8 = 23
Semester III
S.N. Course Title Course no. Credit hours
20. Practicle Crop Production I Agron. 211 0+1
21. Principles of Seed Technology PBG 211 2+1
22. Field Crops – II (Rabi) Agron 212 2+1
23. Agricultural Finance & Cooperation Ag. Econ.211 1+1
24. Farm Power & Machinary AE 211 1+1
25. Production Technology of Fruit Crop Hort. 211 2+1
26. Introductory Horticulture Agron. 213 1+1
27. Insect Ecology, IPM & Beneficial insects Ag. Ento. 211 2+1
28. Fundamentals of Rural Sociology & Educational Psychology AEE 211 2+1
29. Principles of Soil Physics APM 211 1+1
Total Credit Hours
14+9 = 23
Semester IV
S.N. Course Title Course no. Credit hours
30. Soil Chemistry, Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management SS 221 2+1
31. Weed Management Agron. 221 1+1
32. Practical Crop Production II Agron 222 0+1
33. Introduction to Computer Application Ag. Stat. 221 1+1
34. Agril. Marketting, Trade & Prices Ag. Econ. 221 1+1
35. Disease of Field Crop & their Management PP 221 2+1
36. Breeding of Field and Horticultural Crops PBG 221 2+1
37. Organic Farming Agron. 223 2+0
38. Livestock Production & Management AH 221 2+1
Total Credit Hours
13+8 = 21
Semester V
S.N. Course Title Course no. Credit hours
39. Water Management including Micro- irrigation Agron. 311 2+1
40. Principle of Plant Biotechnology PBG 311 2+1
41. Manures, Fertilizers & Agrochemicals SS 311 2+1
42. Crop Pests, Stored grain pests & their Management Ag. Ento. 311 2+1
43. Production Economics & Farm Management Ag. Econ. 311 1+1
44. Disease of Horticultural Crops & their Management PP 311 2+1
45. Production Technology of Vegetables & Flowers Hort. 311 2+1
46. Extension Metodologies for transfer of Agricultural Technology AEE 311 1+1
Total Credit Hours
14+8 = 22
Semester VI
S.N. Course Title Course no. Credit hours
47. Crop Physiology CP 321 2+1
48. Farming Systems & Sustainable Agriculture Agron. 321 1+1
49. Fundamentals of Farm Business Management Ag. Econ. 321 1+1
50. Protected cultivation & Post harvest Technology AE 321 1+1
51. Renewable Energy AE 322 1+1
52. Production Technology of Spics, Aromatic, Medicinal & Plantation crops Hort. 321 2+1
53. Post harvast Managemant & value addition of Fruits & Vegetables Hort. 322 1+1
54. Enterpreneurship Development & Communication skills AEE 321 1+1
55. NSS (Non Credit Course) NSS 321 0+1
10+9 = 19
Semester VII
S.N. Course Title Course no. Credit hours
56. Courses for Experiential Learning 20

Courses for Experiential Learning : A student has to register20 credits with major load in one area of electives (12 credit hours) and rest from among one/two areas of electives in the seventh Semester.

College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry

The College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry offers 5-years B.V.Sc. (degree) programme through a network of 17 departments namely Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Nutrition, Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Live Stock Production & Management, Veterinary Anatomy & A.H. Extension Education, Veterinary Biochemistry, Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, Veterinary Physiology, Veterinary Public Health, Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Veterinary Medicine and Aquaculture. Courses on Forage Crops Pisciculture and Apiculture are also offered to undergraduate students along with other production courses. Diploma in Aquaculture and Certificate Courses in Aquaculture are also offered.

College of Forestry

The College of Forestry offers four-years degree course leading B.Sc.(Hons.) Forestry degree. The faculty has five departments in the College, namely Silviculture & Agroforestry, Forest Biology & Tree Improvement, Forest Products Utilization, Natural Resource Management and Basic Science & Humanities. The Basic Science subjects are taught by the teachers of the Agricultural College of this University.

College of Biotechnology

The College of Biotechnology offers Master’s Programme only. The college have six departments namely Department of Biochemistry, Bio-informatics, Embryo Transfer Technology, Fermentation Technology, Molecular Biology & Microbiology and Plant Tissue Culture

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