The Department of Plant Pathology affiliated to College of Agriculture, Raichur was established in 1984 with a mandate of offering courses for under graduate students. It was under the governance of UAS, Bengaluru. Later on, Master’s degree programme was started in the year 1997 under UAS, Dharwad. Further, Doctoral degree programme was initiated during 2009 with the formation of University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur. The department is well known for quality teaching, unique research and extension activities in the area of Plant Pathology in Kalyana Karnataka region. The department is built with excellent infrastructure and good experts to cater the needs of both under graduate and post graduate programmes.
Department of Plant Pathology is well equipped with good infrastructure facilities viz; UG & PG laboratories, bioagents production unit, molecular laboratory, Plant health clinic and glass house & green house facilities for conducting classes & taking up research.
With an view of updating knowledge & to impart the technical skills on recent advances in the field of plant pathology, need based training programmes are timely organised for the benefit of students, faculties, farmers & rural youths at large.
Professor and Head
Specialization: Plant Bacteriology
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Specialization: Mycology and Virology
The following are trainings organised during previous years
1. “Eco-friendly management of major diseases of field crops of Northern Karnataka: An overview” -2016.
2. Training Programme on “Skill development in bio-input production technology”-2018.
With a vision of identifying and exchanging ideas regarding the latest technological issues developed across the country, nationwide seminars & conferences are organised timely, which further aid in reviewing research, education & extension. The recently organised symposium is IPS SZ-National symposium on “Transdisciplinary approaches to Plant Pathology research, education and extension in response to changing climate”-2019.
Entrepreneurship Centre on Bio-inputs has been established to provide hands on training to under graduate students on production technology of bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and vermicompost; familiarize the students with bio-input Agri business activities to venture into self entrepreneurship during 2011-12 sponsored by ICAR, New Delhi. Every year, 14-15 final year B.Sc. (Agri.) students are allotted to the Centre to undergo hands on training and totally eighty three students were trained so far on mass production and commercialization of bio-inputs. The students take up large scale production of quality bioinputs such as Trichoderma, Pseudomonas, phosphate solubilising bacteria, vermicompost, NPV etc. during the course. Thirty five tonnes of quality bio-inputs are commercially produced, packed and distributed to farmers at concessional prices by students. The hands on training helped many students to built self confidence on mass production and commercial sale of bio-inputs. Some students have been employed in private firms for large scale production, popularization and sale of bio-inputs to farming community.
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