Birsa Agricultural University was established on 26th June, 1981 after its formal inauguration by the then Prime Minister of India, Late Smt. Indira Gandhi. Its primary objective is developing 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, twelve Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Department of Information & Computer Application in Agriculture, library and other infrastructure and service units. Being a completely residential university, hostels for boys and girls, and residential facilities for teachers/Scientists, and supporting staff, have been provided in the campus.
Develop academically qualified human resources though U.G., P.G., Ph.D. and other academic programmes.
Conduct fundamental and need-based, area-specific research on Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Forestry and Fisheries.
Develop and promote the application of modern agricultural technology for improving the agricultural situation of the region and socio-economic status of tribals and other weaker sections of the society through various extension programmes.
Organise need-based training programmes for Officials, Extension functionaries of State Departments, other organisations and farmers.
Develop collaborative linkages with Government Undertakings, National and International Organisations for sharing and improving university resources.
Academic Programme -
The Objectives of the University is to impart agricultural, forestry, veterinary and biotechnological education.
1. To build a sound foundation of basic agricultural sciences in class rooms, laboratories and fields.
2. To expose students for planning, cultivation and economics of raising crops under the practical crop production course and different farming enterprise.
3. To develop professional skills in farming community and the allied professionals in a better way through their training under Rural Works Experience Programme, Plant Clinics and Veterinary Clinics.
1. 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.
I. College of Agriculture
The college of Agriculture offers a four-year course leading to the B.Sc.(Ag.) degree. The programmes of the college are carried through a network of twelve Departments viz. Agril. Physics, Economics, Entomology, Statics & Computer Application, Agril Extension Education, Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop Physiology, Agril. Engineering and Soil Science and Agril. Chemistry. Disciplines which are related to Basic Sciences and are essential for better understanding of agricultural sunjects are attached to relevant disciplines.
II. College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry
College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry offers 5-year B.V.Sc. (degree) programme through a network of 17 departments namely Anatomy, Animal Breeding and Genetics, A.H. Extension Education, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Clinical, Medicine, Microbiology, Parasitology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Veterinary Public Healthand Epidemiology, Surgery and Radiology, Animal Production, Animal Nutrition, Physiology, LPT, Preventive Medicine, Pathology and Vety. Biochemistry, Courses on Forage Crops Pisciculture and Apiculture are also offered to undergraduate students along with other production courses.
III. College of Forestry
College of Forestry offers four-year degree course. The faculty has seven departments in the College, namely Silviculture, Forest Management, Forest Products Utilization, Extension and Social Forestry, Wildlife Management, Ecology & Environment and Forest Science. The Basic Science subjects are taught by the teachers of the Agricultural College of this University.
1. POST-GRADUATE PROGRAMMES
The University offers courses leading to M.Sc. (Ag.), M.V.Sc. and Msc. (Forestry) degree in various disciplined of Agriculture, Vety. Science and Forestry. There are altogether 29 post-graduate departments out of which 16 Departments offer Ph.D. degree in Agriculture and Vety. Science. No Ph.D. degree is offered in the faculty of forestry.
In addition to above the university also offers M.Sc. degree in Bio-technology.
The admission to different Post Graduate programmes with respect to Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Science (Except Bio-technology) is done on the basis of merit in unreserved and respective reserved categories. Reservation roster as decided by Govt. of Jharkhand is followed in P.G. admission.
Selection of candidates for admission in M.Sc., (Bio-technology) programme on 6 seats is done on the basis of combined admission test organized on all India basis by J.N.U., New Delhi and on remaining 6 seats as per university rules.
I. Master's Degree
Four Semesters are the minimum residential requirements for Master's degree for regular students. Degree is awarded by the Post-graduate faculty on the basis of course-cum-research studies spread over the whole period of 4 semesters. A student is required to complete 32 credit hours of course work and 28 credit hours of research work.
II. Doctorate Degree
Ph.D. degree is awarded by the University in Post-graduate Faculty on the basis of course-cum-research thesis evaluation. A student is required to complete 24 credit hours course work and 36 hours research work spread over 4 semester.
Vety. Biochemistry, Livestock Production & Management, Animal Husbandry, Extension Education.
(d) M.V.Sc. and Ph.D.
Vety. Anatomy, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Nutrition, Vety. Pharmacology and Toxicology, Vety. Physiology, Vety. Surgery, Vety. Public Health and Epidemiology, Gynaecology, Medicine, Microbiology, Parasitology and Vety. Pathology.
(e) M.Sc. (Forestry)
Silviculture, Forest Management, Extension and Social Forestry