Lord Curzon laid the foundation stone for the Agricultural Research Institute on April 1, 1905. The Viceroy stated in his speech that the seed he planted will soon blossom, transforming Pusa into a hub of agricultural activities, research, and education. Not only would Bihar and Bengal benefit, but the entire country as a whole, attracting the best talent in India and abroad. By 1907-08, this fine-grained edifice had been built, housing Botany, Chemistry, Mycology, Entomology, and a Library. Several renowned England scientists arrived, including an imperial agriculturist and an imperial economic botanist, and there was concern about starting college.
According to the original proposal (1903-Pusa Scheme), the experts were assisted in their teaching by a number of junior teachers, instructors, field overseers, etc. Meanwhile, shortly after Lord Curzon’s departure, and with the active support of the government of India’s educational advisor, the proposal to establish four agricultural colleges in Sabour (Bihar), Nagpur (Central Provinces), Coimbatore (Madras), and Lyallpur (Punjab, now in Pakistan) was approved. This transformed the original concept of undergraduate education in Pusa into a postgraduate studies institute with two-year postgraduate diploma courses in four disciplines and a one-year agriculture programme (later changed to two years).
In 1908-09, the first batch of students admitted for Licentiates in Agriculture (L.Ags) and university graduates in science. In 1907, the educational advisor hoped that Pusa would become a centre of excellence in agricultural research and education, eventually becoming an agricultural university. Surprisingly, his vision was realised a few years later in Pusa with the establishment of the Rajendra Agricultural University (RAU), which began offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a variety of disciplines.
Dr. Albert Howard and his wife Gabrielle worked on wheat and revolutionized the age-old wheat cultivation especially in the large rainfed tracts of Bihar and U.P.S.J.F. Shaw also evolved many varieties in other crops. Some of the best selections of Rice, chilles, tobacco, linseed, mustard, pulses, and vegetables benefited both the planters and the farmers. Research on the taxonomy, ecology and control of insect pests by H.M. Lefroy, T.B. Fletcher and H.S. Pruthi. On plants pathogens by E. J. Butler, W.M. Macrae, M. Mitra and B.B. Mundkur and on bacteriology by W.M. Hutchinson will ever remain as classical accomplishments. A special mention must be made of the monumental contributions of Dr. J.W. leather on manuring of corps, water requirements of plants, drainage studies in Bihar and reclamation of Saline-Alkai Soils.
Ironically, after the devastating Bihar earthquake in January 1934, the Imperial Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) relocated to New Delhi in 1935 and began operations at the end of 1936. Later, the Pusa estate has undergone a series of changes since its purchase by the Government of Bihar with the dawn of independence, and today several institutions are located here, including the sugarcane research institute, which is the major scientific organization at Pusa and one of the largest centers of sugarcane research in the country.
On August 18, 1960, the first chief minister of Bihar, Late Dr. Sri Krishna Singh, laid the foundation stone for Thirut College of Agriculture (TCA), Dholi in the district of Muzaffarpur. After the establishment of Rajendra Agriculture University (RAU) on December 3rd, 1970, TCA, Dholi awards B.Sc. (Ag.) degrees. Degrees were awarded by Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, between 1963 and 1971. The Post Graduate Programme at first existed in the TCA, Dholi during the period of 1974-1979. Later the PG Programme was shifted to Pusa campus of RAU.
Simultaneously, the Faculty of Agriculture was established on December 3rd, 1970. RAU upgraded into Central Agricultural University with effect from October 07th, 2016 as Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University (RPCAU). On August 17th, 2018, the Academic Council of RPCAU, Pusa unanimously recommended approval of the notification of the Post Graduate College of Agriculture (PGCA), RPCAU, Pusa. PG College of Agriculture at Pusa currently consists of ten departments viz. Department of Agronomy, Agril. Economics, Extension Education, Entomology, Forestry, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Nematology, Seedsciecne and technology and Soil Science. These departments are imparting education to M.Sc. (Ag.) and Ph.D. students in different disciplines of Agriculture. Besides, research on different aspects of agriculture and extension activities is being conducted by scientists. Highly qualified and experienced teaching staff guides the students with a total focus in achieving set targets. Extended academic support by classroom discussion, group discussion, seminars, series tests and examinations are our priorities. The faculty also focuses on strategic and applied research for developing technologies to enhance the productivity and quality of agricultural produce.
Goals and Objectives
- To impart education in different branches of agriculture and allied fields.
- To undertake basic, strategic and applied research for developing technologies to enhance productivity and quality of agricultural and animal produce.
- To disseminate scientific information to farmers.
- To plan, organize and conduct on campus and off campus training programmes for different functionaries and clientele in order to develop human resource capability in the field of agriculture.
- To help the state government in supplying breeder seeds towards production and multiplication of foundation and certified seeds.
- To provide consultancy services and expertise in the agriculture research and development to the industries, NGOs and others.
- To serve as a repository of national and international scientific information on various aspects of agricultural and animal production.
The college has excellent infrastructural facilities like smart class rooms, seminar halls, internet access in addition to modern laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment/ instruments, to provide proper learning environment.
|02||M.Sc. (Biotech.)||17 (11 DBT + 6 RPCAU)|
Under graduate programme
In self financed 4 – years B. Tech. (Biotechnology) degree programme , students are admitted through National level test conducted by ICAR, New Delhi. Against total sanctioned strength of 30 seats.
To impart practical training and skill development in Biotechnology there are modern laboratories of Molecular Biology, Genetic Transformation, Biochemical Genetics, Tissue Culture , Microbiology etc. having equipments like Thermo cycler, PCR, Gel Doc Unit, UV Spectrophotometer, Gene Gun, Refrigerated centrifuge, Deep Freezer (-200C and -800C), Micropipette, Vortex shaker, Bioanalyzer, Electrophoresis Unit, Ice flakers, Laminar Air Flow, Gel Dryer, Conductivity meter, Millipore Water Purification Unit, Photo periodic Timer etc. The College has Smart Class Room, Modern Conference Hall, separate Hostel for Boys and Girls with all possible infrastructure including that of Wi-Fi internet facilities.
Students Graduating from this college have the opportunities of working in Government/ private organization, in Biotechnology related research and development institutes and also for higher education in institutes of National importance. Many of our passed out students having B. Tech. (Biotechnology) degree have been admitted in M. Tech., M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in Biotechnology , Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering through national level competition in reputed institutes like IITs, NITs, IISER- Kolkatta, NDRI Karnal, Hyderabad University, Central Universities, IISc Bangalore and many other institutions
Post Graduate Programmes
|Department of Agril Bio-technology & Molecular Biology||Agricultural Biotechnology*|
|Department of Botany and Plant Physiology||Plant Physiology|
|Department of Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Application||Agricultural Statistics|
|MBA (Agribusiness) Programme||MBA (Agribusiness)|
*Students under Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India quota are admitted in the PG programme through JNU competitive test conducted on all India basis. Seats under the University quota are filled up through entrance test conducted by ICAR.
Research Projects – Ongoing
|S. No.||Title||Funding Agency|
|i.||Enhancement of Heat Tolerance in locally adapted wheat cultivars Bihar||RKVY|
|ii.||Spot blotch of wheat delivering resistant wheat lines and diagnostic and molecular markers for resistance.||CGIAR- Collaborative International Project|
|iii.||Deciphering Phytohormone signaling in modulation of resistance to Spot blotch disease for identification of novel resistant components for wheat improvement||CGIAR- Collaborative International Project|
|iv.||Development of heat tolerant, high yielding and climate resilient wheat cultivars by utilizing genomics, molecular and physiological information and resources.||USAID|
|v.||Development of Hybrid Rice||Non Plan Govt. of Bihar|
|vi.||National information system on agricultural education network in India (NISAGENET)||ICAR|
|vii.||All India survey on higher education of ICAR for RAU unit||ICAR|
|viii.||All India survey on higher education of Govt. of Bihar for RAU, unit.||Govt. of Bihar|
|ix.||All India survey on Higher Education||UGC HRD, New Delhi|
|x.||SAS (Statistically Analysis System) for||RAU, Bihar, Pusa unit|
|xi.||AINP on Soil biodiversity and Biofertilizers||ICAR|
|xii.||AICRP on Mushroom||ICAR|
|xiii.||Experiential learning in Mushroom production||ICAR|
Research Projects Completed
|1.||Metabolic modifications in Zea mays during water lodging||1997 – 24 March, 2000||ICAR||Biochemistry|
|2.||Studies on production of Legnocelulotytic enzyme profile on paddy residue recycling||August , 1999 to July, 2002||ICAR||Biochemistry|
|3.||Sustaining rice productivity through cyanobacterial biofertilizer in Bihar paddy soils||August, 1996 to July, 1999||DBT||Microbiology|
|4.||Impact of pesticides on agromicrobes in Bihar soil||Oct.,2000 to April 2004||DBT||Microbiology|
|5.||Demonstration of mushroom spawn production technology in Bihar||April 2004 to March 2006||NHB||Microbiology|
|6.||Macromode on mushroom||April 2004 to March 2006||State||Microbiology|
|7.||Improvement in Dalbergia sisoo to reduce mass mortality ——||April, 2001 to March, 2004||ICAR||Microbiology|
|8.||Sustainable management of plant biodiversity||1999-2003||NATP/ICAR||Agri. Biotech|
|9.||Network project on genetic evaluation and Improvement of Sesbania & Crotalaria for green manuring||2001||NATP/ICAR||Agri. Biotech|
|10||Pre-breeding for genetic enhancement of rabi Pigeonpea||2002 to 2005||NATP ICAR||Agri. Biotech|
|11||Development of hybrid boro rice for North Bihar||2001 to 2005||ICAR||Agri. Biotech|
|12||Evaluation of the production potential of boro rice||NATP ICAR||Agri. Biotech|
|13||Screening of Chickpea genotypes.||2000-2004||ICAR||Botany & Pl. Physiology|
|14||Metabolic modifications in Zea mays during water logging||2000-2003||ICAR||Biochemistry|
|15||Studies on production of Legnocelulotytic enzyme profile on paddy residue recycling||–||–||Biochemistry|
|16||Application of micro organism in agricultural allied sectors||5 Year||ICAR||Agri. Biotech.|
|17||Development of medicinal and aromatic plants||1993-2001||Govt. of India||Botany & Pl. Physiology|
|18||Facilitation centre on medicinal plants||2007-2010||National Medicinal Plant Board, GOI, New Delhi||Botany & Pl. Physiology|
|20||Agromicrobes –pesticide interaction||–||DBT||Microbiology|
|21||Mushroom spawn technology dessimination||–||NHB||Microbiology|
|22||Mushroom production technology & dessimination||–||RKVY/Macromode||Microbiology|
Major Extension activities
- Popularized the mushroom production technology through training on mushroom cultivation, spawn production, demonstration and display in Kishan Mela, Krishi ghosti, Villager’s site, mass media , through pamphlets etc.
- Developed human resources pool on mushroom cultivation and spawn production in the state.
- Technical guidance to trained personal resulted in the establishment of spawn production unit at Barauni, Vaishali, Gaya, Nalanda, Patna financed by SIDBI & NHB (Govt. of India).
- Mushroom spawn lab have been established in different KVK’s namely Banka, Munger, Sariya (Muzaffarpur) and Piprakothi in East Champaran.
- Established a networking of mushroom growers for proper technical advice, marketing and organized mushroom farming.
- Learning materials on mushroom production technology was developed and distributed to the users community.
|S. No.||Name of Scientist/Teacher||Designation||Mobile No.||E-mail ID|
|I. Agricultural Economics|
|1||Dr. K.M. Singh||Professor & Dean, PGCAemail@example.com|
|2||Dr. D.K. Sinha||Professor & Headfirstname.lastname@example.org/
|3||Dr. R.R. Mishra||Assoc. Professoremail@example.com|
|4||Dr. Aniruddha Roy||Assoc. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|5||Dr. Tulika Kumari||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|1||Dr. Devendar Singh||Professor & Headfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Dr. D.K. Roy||Professoremail@example.com|
|3||Dr. S.K. Chaudhary||Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4||Dr. Ratnesh Kumar Jha||Professoremail@example.com|
|5||Dr. Rajan Kumar||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6||Dr. Dharminder||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|7||Dr. Kumari Sapna||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|8||Dr. Biswajit Pramanick||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|9||Sri Kaushal Kishor||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1||Dr. Udayan Mukherjee||Professor & Heademail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Dr. Pushpa Singh||Professoremail@example.com|
|3||Dr. S.K. Sahoo||Assoc. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4||Dr. Manoj Kumar||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|5||Dr. Md. Abbas Ahmad||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6||Dr. M.K. Singh||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|7||Dr. Nagendra Kumar||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|8||Dr. M.S. Sai Reddy||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|IV. Extension Education|
|1||Dr. Bineeta Satpathy||Head & Assoc. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
|2||Dr. A.K. Singh||Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3||Dr. Satya Prakash||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|4||Dr. S.P. Lal||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1||Dr. M.S. Ali||Professor & Heademail@example.com
|2||Dr. D.K. Das||Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3||Dr. R.K. Meena||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|4||Dr. S.L. Singh||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1||Dr. Udit Kumar||Head & Associate Professoremail@example.com/
|2||Dr. Sudhir Das||Assoc. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3||Dr. A.K. Singh||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|4||Dr. Pramila||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|5||Dr. A.K. Panda||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|6||Dr. Neeharika Kanth||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|VII.Plant Breeding & Genetics|
|1||Dr. Sweta Mishra||Professoremail@example.com/
|2||Dr. S. K. Singh||Assoc. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3||Dr. Nilanjaya||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|4||Dr. M. K. Singh||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|5||Mr. Aman Tigga||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|VIII. Plant Pathology & Nematology|
|1||Dr.(Mrs) Bimla Rai||Professor & Headfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Dr. U.S. Singh||Professoremail@example.com|
|3||Dr. S.K. Singh||Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4||Dr. P.K. Jha||Professoremail@example.com|
|5||Dr. Nishi Keshari||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6||Dr. R.K. Ranjan||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|7||Dr. Dinesh Rai||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|IX. Seed science and technology|
|1||Dr. Rajesh Kumar||Head & Assoc. Professoremail@example.com|
|2||Dr. U. K. Singh||Assistant Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3||Dr. Sumeet Kumar Singh||Assistant Professoremail@example.com|
|X. Soil Science|
|1||Dr. Mukesh Kumar||Professor & Headfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Dr. Ranjan Laik||Professoremail@example.com|
|3||Dr. Brajesh Shahi||Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4||Dr. Sanjay Tiwari||Assoc. Professoremail@example.com|
|5||Dr. A.K. Singh||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6||Dr. S.K. Singh||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|7||Dr. Vipin Kumar||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|8||Dr. S.N. Suman||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
|9||Dr. Shankar Jha||Asstt. Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|10||Dr. S.P. Singh||Asstt. Professoremail@example.com|
CAREER PROFILE of PASSED OUT B. TECH (BIOTECH.) STUDENTS
|S. No.||Name of the Student||Career|
|1||Amit Gupta||M. Tech. ( WBUT), SRF at IARI, New Delhi|
|2||Amresh Kumar||M. Tech. (Anna University)|
|3||Dhiraj Chaudhari||Pursuing Ph. D. in IIT, Varanasi|
|4||Rajeev kumar Ranjan||FCI, Chandigarh|
|6||Umashankar Prasad Uday||Pursuing Ph.D. at NIT Agartala|
|7||Mukesh Kumar||Working in Health Sector|
|8||Shyamal Kishor||M.Tech. , IIT-Khargpur|
|9||Jyoti Bala||M.Tech., NIT-Durgapur|
|10||Shalu Kumari||M.Tech., Hyderabad University , (Working As Guest Faculty)|
|11||Rinki Verma||(M. Tech., NIT-Karnatka) , IISC, Bangaluru|
|12||Mahima Kumari||M.Sc., IIT-Khargpur & Pursuing Ph.D. in IIT, Chennai|
|13||Abhinah Kumar||M.Sc. +Ph. D. , Biological Science, IISER Kolkata|
|14||Manjay Kumar||M.Tech. in WBTU, Kolkata|
|15||Sharda Bharti||M.Tech., Environmental Engg., IIT Mumbai, Ph.D|
|16||Munna kumar||M.Tech., Biotech, WBTU, Kolkata|
|17||Atul Pradhan||M.Tech., IIT Guwahati and Ph. D. at IISC-Bengaluru|
|18||Prem Prakash Das||M.Tech., IIT Guwahati|
|19||Ranjana Kumari||M.Tech., IIT Guwahai, and doing at IIT, Kanpur|
|20||Ashwini Akhileshwar||FCI, Chandigarh|
|21||Rabindra Kumar||M.Tech., NIT Bhopal|
|22||Nitu Goyal||M.Tech., NIT Bhopal|
|23||Priyanka Kumari||M.Tech., NIT Durgapur|
|24||Shalini sharan||Anna University, Chennai|
|25||Alka Kumari||NIT Allahabad|
|26||Randhir Kumar||NIT Allahabad|
|27||Gunjan Singh||DTU, Delhi|
|28||Swati Kumari||Chemical Engg. (USA)|
|29||Ramiz Raja||Clear DBT JRF in 2013, IIT GAUHATI|
|30||Gautam kumar||M.Sc, NDRI Karnal, Haryana|
|31||Saurav Gupta||M.Tech., Biotech, NIT Bhopal|
|32||Ravi Kumar||MS + Ph.D. Biological Science ,IISER Kolkata|
|33||Rahul Kumar||M.Tech., WBTU, Kolkata|
|34||Ashish Prabhat||Pursuing Ph.D. in Delhi University|
|35||Prem Pritam||D.Y. Patil university Bombey|
|36||Bivek anand||Anna University, Chennai|
|37||Shashikant||M.Tech. (Biotech) , NIT|
|38||Ajay Chandra||M.Sc. (Biotech.) , A.G. Ranga University|
|39||Nidhi Singh||M.Tech. IIT –KANPUR|
|40||Rakesh priyadarshi||In sugar mill|
|41||Ranay Mohan Yadav||M.Sc. at Faizabad|
|42||Shyam Kumar||In Sugar Mill|
|43||Nidhi||M. Tech. (Biotechnology) , WBUT|
|44||Rakesh Roshan||M. Tech. (Biotechnology) , Anna university|
|45||Gaurav Kumar||M. Tech. (Biotechnology) , WBUT|
Swami Sahajanand Saraswati outstanding extension scientist award (ICAR) was conferred to Dr. Dayaram, for his excellent achievements in popularization of mushroom cultivation.