Agriculture in India has a long history, dating back to ten thousand years.Today, India ranks second worldwide in farm output. Agriculture and allied sectors like forestry accounted for 16.6% of the GDP in 2007, employed 52% of the total workforce and despite a steady decline of its share in the GDP, is still the largest economic sector and plays a significant role in the overall socio-economic development of India. India is among the largest producers of vegetables and fruits in the world and has an equally strong floriculture base. Today India's agriculture has become globalised and the idea of integrating Indian agriculture with the world economy is getting government support. India has enormous potential as an exporter of agricultural commodities ranging from mushrooms to flowers, spices, cereals, oilseeds ,fruits and vegetables.
In this contest the agricultural education has duly been emphasized in India. India has a very strong agricultural education system in the country consisting of one Central Agricultural University, forty-five State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and four National Institutes of Indian Council of Agricultural Research having the status of Deemed to be University.
Among the Deemed Universities, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) was established a century ago and was given the status of Deemed University in 1958.. The SAUs are spread over the entire country and cater to HRD in agriculture and allied fields in different agro-climatic regions. India’s topographical diversity, variety of climate and abundant cheap labour give it a natural advantage in agriculture and the agro-business. Its greatest strategic asset is land.
Basic training in agriculture is offered as a Bachelor's degree course of three to four years duration at all the agricultural universities in the country. The minimum eligibility required for admission to B.Sc.(Ag.) course is a pass in the 12th or equivalent examination with science or agriculture. Many universities fix a minimum aggregate of 50% marks to be obtained in the qualifying examination.
Shri Shivaji Agriculture College is established in the traditionally rich agriculture zone of the country known as a Vidharbha by the Late Bhausaheb Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh, who has inherited great vision for modern Indian agriculture. The sprawling and beautifully green college campus is spread over 100 acres of land. We endeavor, in tune of national interest, to cater the need of agricultural education in the Vidharbh rigion.
We, at college make every possible effort to prepare the students to face the challenges offuture. Sound teaching profile, fine infrastructure, suitable academic environment are the potential assets of our college.
Dr. N.J. Chikhale