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Department of Horticulture

History

Year of Establishment : 1954

History of the department : University of Calcutta is one of the few pioneer institutions in the country to realize the practical necessity of creating facilities for agricultural education and research. Efforts in this direction began as early as 1913 with the creation of “Sri Rashbehari Ghosh Professor” chair in the Department of Botany with special reference to Agriculture.Soon after it was followed by creation of another endowment chair designated as “Khaira Professor of Agriculture’ in 1920.The Khaira Professor in Agriculture was instrumental in the formation of the Royal Commission in Agriculture in 1926 and the recommendations of the commission led to the establishment of Imperial Council of Agricultural Research which has been renamed as Indian Council of Agricultural Research after independence.Calcutta University started I.Sc(Ag) course in agriculture in 1939 at Barrackpore but it was discontinued in 1941 with the onset of second World War in 1941.In 1949, the entire establishment was shifted to Jhargram with the establishment of the first agricultural college. In 1952, The Govt. of West Bengal shifted the agricultural degree college from Jhargram to Ranikuthi(Tollygunge), Kolkata. Again in 1958, the degree college was shifted to Haringhata in Nadia which finally came into existence as Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya in 1974.

However, the Khaira Professor of Agriculture returned to Calcutta University and got himself engaged in organization of a post graduate department. A beginning was made in teaching of M,Sc(Ag) course in “Agricultural Botany” in Ballygunge Science College Campus of the University in 1954.The Department of Agriculture was upgraded to a full fledged Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary science in 1956.  Professor Tarun Kumar Bose, eminent horticulturist was the first alumnus of this department and has played a key role in horticulture education at national level. Prof. P.K. Sen another illustrious faculty member of the college and a leading horticulturist of the country took decisive steps in laying the foundation of the College of Agriculture and making its presence felt across the country. Thereafter, in the year 1990 the subjects were compartmentalized and M.Sc(Ag)degree in Horticulture was conferred. To enter into the main stream of agricultural education and research as envisaged by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the University College of Agriculture was reorganized and restructured as Institute of Agricultural Science in 2002 with introduction of course credit system of teaching in six of its sister departments, Horticulture being one of them.

Since the inception of horticulture as a separate subject and thereafter upgraded to designated course curriculum, a plethora of eminent personalities comprising of alumnus and teachers in the field of Horticulture with specialization in different sub disciplines viz. pomology, olericulture, floriculture and landscaping,postharvest technology, plantation crops, medicinal and aromatic plants etc, have made significant contribution in horticulture research and education at national and international levels.

Academic

Faculty members :

Name Designation Area of specialisation Email Phone number
Dr. Nilanjan Deb (HOD)
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Associate Professor Agronomy and Nanotechnology nilandeb@yahoo.com +91-9433753965
Dr Pinaki Acharya
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Associate Professor Horticulture pinakiacharyya@yahoo.co.in +91-9830576299
Ankan Das
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Assistant Professor Post Harvest Technology of Horticultural Crops ankandas660@gmail.com 9836591680

Visiting faculty members :

Name Institutions attached with Period of appointment
Dr. M.K.Sadhu Ex-Professor, Dept of Horticulture, University of Calcutta Six months
Dr. P.K Chattopadhyay, Ex-Dean, Faculty of Horticulture,Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya. Six months
Dr Debashish Mukherjee Ex. Deputy Director,
Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR).
Six months
Dr Joydip Mandal Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Horticulture, Palli Siksha Bhavan
Viswa Bharati, Sriniketan
Six months
Dr Chandan Kumar Mandal  Scientist(Hort)       Ramkrishna Ashram  KVK, P.O. Nimpith Six months
Dr Aparajita Mitra Scientist, Birla Tissue Culture Laboratory, The Agri Horticultural Society of India, Alipore, Kolkata Six months
Dr. D.P. Mukhopadhyay Ex-Deputy Director, Botanical Survey of India. Six months
Dr S.C Jana Professor, Dept. of Post Harvest Technology, Faculty of Horticulture, B.C. K.V.
P.O. – Mohanpur, Nadia.
Six months
Dr. Sukanta Biswas Ex-Chief Horticulturist. National Library, Belvedere Road, Kolkata. Six months
Prof. R.S. Dhua  Professor,  Department of Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops, Faculty of Horticulture,  Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya,   Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal Six months
Dr. A.K. Das Ex-Deputy Director, National Horticulture Board. Six months
Dr. Asis Kumar Banik Dept. of Post Harvest Technology,
Faculty of Horticulture, B.C. K.V. P.O. – Mohanpur, Nadia.
Six months
Dr Amitabha Ghosh Ex Scientist, Economic Botany, Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal. Six months
Dr. Lopamudra Chakraborty Ex Research Associate, Dept. of Horticulture, University of Calcutta. Six months.
Dr. AR Rahaman Joint Secretary, The Agri Horticultural Society of India, Alipore, Kolkata. Six months

Courses

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.Sc. (Ag.) Post-Graduate B.Sc.(Ag.)/B.Sc.(Hort)/ B.Sc.(Botany Honours) 11
Ph.D (Ag.) Doctoral M.Sc (Ag.) in Horticulture or Allied subjects. Subject to vacancy of Ph.D students of each Faculty.
Certificate Course in Horticulture(In association with Carry Institute, Agri-Horticultural Society of India, Alipore, Kolkata) Foundation Higher Secondary 10

Research

Research scholars :

Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Ms.Moumita Malakar Genetic relatedness of Heliconia species based on Agro-Morphological Traits & DNA Marker with an accent on its Floral Biology and Shelf-Life. Dr. Pinaki Acharyya 17.06.2013
Ms.Rituparna Munshi Isolation and characterization of salinity tolerant okra genotypes through use of biochemical and DNA markers. Dr. Pinaki Acharyya 17.06.2013
Mr. S.N Khara Quality characterization, Varietal biodiversity and Value chain analysis of 
Mango.
Prof. R.S. Dhua 19.07.2011

Collaborations:

Title of the programme Principal collaborator of the department Name and address of the collaborating institution Principal collaborator of the collaborating institution Duration of the programme
International science and technology cooperation agreement. The cooperation mode envisages joint application and implementation of scientific projects, resource sharing, exchange of scientific and technical personnel and research & development in formulating production technology procedures of agricultural products, standardized system of crop production, maturity regulation of tropical and subtropical fruit trees ,vegetable and floricultural crop development, post harvest technology and other associated fields related to horticulture development.
Head, Department of Horticulture, University of Calcutta. Baise National Agricultural Science and Technology zone of Guangxi, P.R. CHINA Director, Baise National Agricultural Science and Technology zone of Guangxi, P.R. CHINA Five years
( Oct 2011-Sept.2016)
Cooperative agreement.Joint application and implementation of scientific projects, resource sharing, exchange of scientific and technical personnel and research & development in formulating production technology procedures of agricultural products, standardized system of crop production, maturity regulation of tropical and subtropical fruit trees ,vegetable and floricultural crop development, post harvest technology and other associated fields related to horticulture development.
Head, Department of Horticulture, University of Calcutta King Mongut’s University of Technology, Thonburi (KMUTT) Bangkok 10140, Thailand. Head, Division of Postharvest Technology, School of Bioresources and Technology.  

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :

    Major thrust area
  •  Genetic diversity and evaluation of horticultural crops .
  • Breeding & Crop improvement in vegetables.
  • Molecular characterization of horticultural crops.
  • Clonal propagation of difficult to root fruit, ornamental and forest trees.
  • Enhancement of shelf life of fruits & vegetables and vase life of cut flowers and foliage through preservatives and modified storage.
  • Quality assessment of horticultural produce through analytical procedures.
  • Emphasis on organically produced fruits & vegetables.
  • Micro propagation of ornamental crop plants.
  • Evaluation of indoor foliage plants.
  • Dehydration of selected foliage and cut flowers.

Teaching support :

  • Multimedia is being utilized for better interaction.
  • Field visits to farmers field, private nurseries , processing factories, Tissue culture labs etc. are arranged for the students .
  • Hands on training on basic techniques of plant propagation, nursery raising, experimental field lay out and molecular tools in accessing of genetic diversity.
  • Utilization of open educational resources as available in the e-platform supported by the University website.

Research support :

Name of the equipment Brief description Funding agency
PCR 2720 Thermal Cycler (UGC) Make up: Applied Bio-Systems
Serial No. 272S9092427
Part No. 4359659
UGC
PCR Veriti  96 well Thermal Cycler Make up: Applied Bio-Systems
Model No: 9902
Serial No. 2990224096
UGC
Magnus Compound Binocular microscope Model: MLX-B PLUS
Serial No: 16B0045
UGC
BOD Incubator Makeup: Priyo Chem, R.N. Tagore Road, Sodepur.
Serial No: 12.13D
UGC
Millipore Direct Q3 Water Purification           system. Product code : ZRQS0P0IN & Prefiltration unit Product code:  
PREFILDQ3.
National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India.
Cooling centrifuge Make up :REMI
Cat No. C-24BL 5/08, Compressor Model No. 412LAG, Compressor serial no. DQK-14554
UPE- UGC(Modern Biology)
μ-controller based Flame photometer with Na, K filters. Make up:Systronics,Model No: 128, Serial No.1705. National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India
UV VIS- Spectrophotometer Make up :JASCO, Model : V-630
Serial No. Ao74661148
UPE- UGC(Modern Biology)
Multi doc-IT, Digital Imaging System (UV Protected) Make up:  Pvt. Limited UGC
Laboratory Centrifuge R-8C Make up:REMI, Serial no. C0LC-1798 Institutional
Cyclomixer Make up:REMI, Model: CM101, Serial No.BDcm271. Institutional
Micro controlled based UV –VIS  spectrophotometer
(200-1100Nm)
Make up: Systronics,Model No: 117. National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India
Electronic analytical Balance Make up: Sartorius. Model No: BS2235 National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India
Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer(AAS) Make up: Perkin Elmer.
Model: A Analyst 200
National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India
Muffle furnace Make up:   Priyo Chem.India , R.N.Tagore Road, Sodepur
Dimension 6”x 6” x 12” and    
Temperature range up to 900ºC. Temp read by pyrometer.
National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India
Hot air oven                               Make up: Sarada Glass & chemicals
Dimensions: 24’’X24’’X24’’. Temp. range up to 250° C                    
National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India.
pH Bench Meter. Make up-Eutech, Model No: EC PHTUTOR-D                        National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India.
Shaker Make up: Rivotek. Model no: SELEC-RC5100 National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India
Deep Freezer (-200C)Chest Type Make up: Bluestar. Institutional Grant.
Conductivity meter Make up: Systronics
Model : 306 Serial No: 1973
Institutional Grant
Conductivity meter Make up: Systronics
Model : 308 Serial No: 383
National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India

Major activities :

  • The average output of the students are serving in named multinationals like Monsanto, Nunhems, Pepsico,Bayer,Dhanuka,  MPS group etc. Some students are abroad and specializing in their respective disciplines. Some are engaged in the banking sector and school service. Some have joined as Research Assistants/ Associates/Subject matter specialists/Agricultural Officers  in Govt. bodies.
  • Research Scholar’s activities: Name: Moumita Malakar, participated and delivered oral and poster presentation at two International Symposium, five National Seminars and participated in three training programs pertaining to Organic farming.

Links :

  1. www.icar.org.in
  2. http://www.icar.org.in/en/horticulture.htm
  3. http://www.www.nbpgr.ernet.in
  4. http://www.genesys-pgr.org/
  5. http://www.gene.affrc.go.jp/
  6. http://faostat.fao.org/
  7. http://www.wageningenur.nl/
  8. http://www.npgsweb.ars-grin.gov
  9. http://www.india.gov.in
  10. http://www.asrb.org.in/
  11. http://www.saarcagri.org/
  12. http://www.www.fao.org
  13. http://www.bioversityinternational.org/

Additional information :

Syllabus is revised recently and available in the www.caluniv.ac.in

Contact

Campus : Ballygange Science College campus

Address for communication : Annex Building-III, 51/2 Hazra Road,Kolkata - 700019