Dean & Director of Instructions


Dr. A. L. Pharande,

Dean, Faculty of Agriculture &

Director of Instruction


 (Office): 02426-243206

 (Fax): 02426-243227


 The science and art of agriculture has many references in the Vedic literature and the ancient history of the mankind. The agriculture sector in India provides livelihood to about 52% of the population of the country and contributes about 15% to the Gross Domestic Product Trained human resource has been the key factor behind the Green Revolution, White Revolution, Yellow Revolution, that has led India to become self reliant in food and becoming a fast developing economy. Knowledge based, input-use efficient, eco-friendly and high tech precision agriculture has been the next stage for which efforts have been directed by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Agricultural Universities (AUs) in planning, designing and executing the national agricultural educational programmes.

Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri is the first state Agriculture University in Maharashtra established in 1968 having its jurisdiction in 10 districts of western Maharashtra. The university has the mandate for providing education in agriculture and allied sciences, undertaking research to cater the technology needs of farmers of Maharashtra in general and Western Maharashtra in particular in agriculture sector including horticulture, agricultural engineering, food technology, animal sciences and allied disciplines, providing support to production and supply of quality seed and planting material and facilitating effective transfer of technology through education and training.

The university offers various educational programmes viz., Post-graduate (M.Sc. and Ph.D.), Under graduate [B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture, B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture, B. Tech. (Agricultural Engineering), B.Tech. (Biotechnology), B. Tech. (Food Technology), B.Sc. (Hons) Agri. Business Management, B.Sc. (Hons) Animal husbandry] and Diploma in Agriculture (Agril. Tech. Schools and Polytechnics).  During the last decade, successful efforts have been made in improving the course curricula of UG and PG programmes. UG curriculum is revised as per the V Deans recommendation and implemented from the year 2017-18, Post Graduate progamme has been revised as per the NCG recommendations and implemented from the year 2009-10. At most effort has been made in providing quality education with students development, and amenities with state of art facilities. As a result, since inception University has produced more than one lakh skilled human resource engaged in various public, private and agriculture sectors.

In todays changing climate situation, natural resource degradation, food and nutrition security and its relation to sustainable agriculture and rural development have increasingly become a matter of concern. Thus, Agril. education plays important role for facing such a challenges through use of ICT, weather forecasting, training and transfer new technology. Hope that the young skilled graduates will overcome all these constraints via innovative research and Lab to Land extension of innovations leading to second Green Revolution.  

 Last Updated Date- 16.03.2015
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