Horticulture Education came into existence in different agro climatic regions. It was in this period that two state development schemes, namely Fruit Development Scheme and Block Nursery Scheme were first implemented. A vegetable seed production farm was also established at Barjora, Bankura during this period. In course of time the few more developmental schemes on major fruit crops like Mango, Banana, Pineapple, Mandarin Orange etc. came into operation. A 'Gardeners' Training Centre' was also established at Krishnagar during early part of the sixties.

In spite of limited administrative and financial resources, horticulture has made significant achievements during the past few decades particularly with the advent of excellent commercial varieties of Mango, Litchi, Guava, Sweet Orange, Banana, Pineapple etc. Easier and cheaper propagation methods of Mango like veneer grafting, chip budding etc were evolved at Horticulture Research Station, Krishnagar. Fruit plant demonstration centres had been set up. Input of micronutrients, fruit plants, vegetable seed minikits etc. had also been distributed amongst the farming community along with providing up of modern technical knowhow.

Considering the higher returns per unit area on land and time, generating huge employment opportunities and providing fruit & nutritional security and to give major emphasis on modern horticulture 'Government of West Bengal' separated horticulture from the Department of Agriculture. Horticulture was amalgamated with 'Food Processing Industries' to form a new independent department - 'Department of Food Processing Industries & Horticulture' which came into effect from the year 1997. Complete separation from mother agriculture department was done on 01.09.2007. The Directorate of Horticulture is now working with its limited infrastructure and manpower upto district level. It is also catering the demand of planting materials to the farming communities from its farms located at various pockets of the state. Recently, the district level setup has been extended upto subdivision level and is expected to be functioning soon. The sole mushroom development centre at Chinsurah is engaged in popularising mushroom cultivation. Thus, the mandate of this Directorate is to promote holistic growth of horticulture sector covering fruits, vegetables, flowers, roots and tuber crops, spices and aromatic plants, plantation crops etc.

The School of Agricultural Sciences is the new initiative of Techno-India Group of Institutions where it is proposed to introduce B Sc (Ag) Hons Course as per rules and regulations of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the system of agricultural education wherein teaching, research and extension programme are proposed to be included in conformity with maintaining standard and quality at par in other institutions imparting the degree in agriculture and allied sciences;

Importance of Agriculture Education System

India, accounting for 17% of world's population and over 30% of world’s smallholder farmers, and hardly 2.5% of the world's land and 4% of world’s water resources, greatly impacts and gets impacted by the state of global food, agriculture and natural resource system. Hence, India Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), apex body of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India come forward to design the course-curriculum in imparting agricultural education, conducting agricultural research and transferring proven technologies (extension) to the farmers to boost up agricultural productivity maintaining uniformity throughout the country. The major global initiatives and foresight must be kept in mind while developing leadership in agricultural sciences to ensure global competitiveness, equitable knowledge sharing, and environmental sustainability. The new curricula, courses and contents have been designed as recommended by the 5th Dean’s Committee constituted to let the students aware of the new global initiatives, such as Global Green Economy; Knowledge Economy; Global Zero Hunger Challenge; UN International Year and International Agriculture and Development Challenge, 2050.

Over the years, the visibility of basic sciences in agricultural curricula has decreased; On the other hand, globally greater emphasis is being placed on life sciences - biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, bio-remediation, bioenergy, biosecurity and computational biology. Agriculture graduates and scientists should increasingly seek employment and research opportunities in these frontier areas. Rural Appraisal Work Education (RAWE) and Hands on Training will remain extremely important in this context, the science-based hands on learning experience be duly promoted.


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Head of Department

B.Sc. in Horticulture, 2012and and M.sc in Pomology and Postharvest Technology, 2014 from UBKV, Ph.D in Fruits and Orchard Management, 2018 form BCKV.

Email: piyali.d@snuniv.ac.in


  • I have done Research on “Postharvest Treatments on Storage Life of Guava (Psidium guajava L.) in Himalayan Terai Region of West Bengal” for dissertation of M.Sc. (Hort.) in Pomology and Post-harvest Technology. (2012-2014).
  • I have done Research on “Characterization and Evaluation of hybrids and polyembryonic varieties of Mango under West BengalCondition” for thesis of Ph.D in Fruits and orchard management. (2014-2017).
  • I Worked in National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) project. (2018-2019).
  • I have Given the farmers training in NSDC project. (2018).
  • I Worked in APSSDC project on medicinal and aromatic plants for 10th and 12th class students. (2018).
  • I was Co-guide of M.Sc horticulture Students for the guidance regarding M.Sc thesis. (2018-2019).
  • I have 1 year 10 months Teaching experience in Centurion University of Technology & Management, Odisha. (2017-2019).
  • I have 1year 11 months Teaching experience in School of Agriculture and Allied science, The Neotia University, West Bengal. (2019-2021).


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