M.Sc. Ag. Plant Pathology

The M.Sc. Ag (Plant Pathology) is a two-year postgraduate program designed to impart comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in disease diagnosis and management for a variety of crops, including fruits, cereals, vegetables, and mushrooms cultivation techniques. Mandate of the Programme:

  • To provide advanced education in plant pathology to nurture a skilled workforce.
  • To develop sustainable, non-chemical disease management methods for cereals, fruits, vegetables, and ornamental crops
  • To create integrated disease management strategies for cereals, fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants.
  • To transfer the developed agricultural technology to farmers.

Eligibility Criteria For Admission

The M.Sc. (Ag.) Plant Pathology program spans a minimum of two years and consists of four semesters. Candidate must have completed B.Sc. Ag./Horti./Forestry or B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture/ Horticulture/Forestry from a recognized Institute with 60% marks. Each semester includes theoretical coursework, practical laboratory sessions related to the subject matter, and research activities. The curriculum for M.Sc. Ag (Plant Pathology) has been updated in accordance with the guidelines of the Broad Subject Matter Area Committee of ICAR.

Number of Available seats : 05

Dr. Sushma Sharma (8219229485)

Name and contact detail of course/Department Admission Coordinator/s

Dr. Sushma Sharma (8219229485)

Department research details:

  • Completed two research projects
  • Development of ZnO-Cellulose Nanocomposite for extending storage life of Ginger (Zingiber officinale)DEST-Shimla (Env., Sci. & Tech.) (8 lakhs)
  • To study facilitating demonstration on new storage technology to minimize ginger & garlic storage losses in Himachal Pradesh(NABARD and GIZ) (5.28 lakhs)
  • Published one patent: Patent Title: Zinc oxide nanoparticles and method of producing the same Patent filing number: 201811050057
  • INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE: Presented a poster in International conference “Role of soil and plant health in achieving sustainable development goals, in Thailand, Bangkok November 21-25, 2018. Paper presented: Management of late blight of tomato diseases in Sirmour areas of H.P.
  • Last three year published 8 research publication more than 7 NAAS rating with high impact factor.
Dr. Sushma Sharma
Assistant Professor and Head

Specialization: Plant disease management

Dr. Praneet Chauhan
Assistant Professor

Specialization : Mycology (Mushroom)

  • Fieldwork provides M.Sc. (Ag.) Plant Pathology students with hands-on experience in real agricultural environment. It allows them to observe, diagnose, and manage plant diseases in various crops. Students learn to identify disease symptoms, collect samples for laboratory analysis, and implement control measures. These skills are vital for a plant pathologist, as they enable effective disease management, which is critical for crop protection and food security. Agriculture projects provide students with opportunities to design and execute research initiatives related to plant diseases.
  • Extension activities: Department of Plant Pathology conducted two farmer’s workshop on “To study facilitating demonstration on new storage technology to minimize ginger & garlic storage losses in Himachal Pradesh” organized by Dr. Sushma Sharma (PI of Project), Assistant Professor, Dr. Khem Singh Gill Akal college of Agriculture in association with NABARD & GIZ (German cooperation Deutsche Zusammenarbeit) at Eternal University, Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh.

Achievers details

Arti Chauhan after completion of M.Sc. (Ag.) Plant Pathology worked as a vocational teacher in Government Senior Secondary School Mandi.

Sujata Bhunwal after completion of M.Sc. (Ag.) Plant Pathology worked as a entrepreneur opened a mushroom farm in Village Bhuntar of district Kullu (Himachal Pradesh)

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