Academic Departments University Of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 1997

History of the department : The Seed Science and Technology as a post-graduate course started in the year 1997 under the formerly Department of Agriculture and now it becomes a full fledged department which was established in the year 2003. The eminent teachers as well as research scientists like Prof. R. N. Basu has contributed to the department with high dignity and modesty and presently, Prof. A. K. Mandal is serving the department with high reputation. Prof. Mandal has laid the first stepping stone of the department of Seed Science and Technology in the year 1997 and acted as Convenor of the said department till its complete establishment in 2003. He also acted as Head of the said department for five consecutive terms and still acting as Convenor of the Ph.D. Committee in Seed Science and Technology.

An illuminating personality was Prof. R. N. Basu who worked on rootings of cuttings and the synergistic effects of plant hormones on plant growth and development with high repute. Prof. Basu also worked on seed vigour, viability and seed invigoration treatments for the improvement of different agricultural and horticultural crop seeds and his works are highly nationally and internationally acclaimed. Prof. Basu worked on the quantification of seed vigour alongwith a development of bioassay of seed vigour technique which is also incorporated in the post-graduate syllabus of Seed Science and Technology. Besides, Prof. Basu served the University of Calcutta as an Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor for two consecutive terms.

Currently, Prof. A. K. Mandal, Ex-Director of Institute of Agricultural Science, C.U., is also working extensively on seed physiology, seed priming, seed invigoration, seed pathology, seed biotechnology, stress physiology as well as vigour, viability and field performance of several field and horticultural crops. Prof. Mandal developed a dry physiological treatments for extended storability and improved field performance of different crop seeds. Prof. Mandal and his associates studied protein banding and isozyme patterns in relation to seed invigoration treatments. On the basis of his observations, over a dozen of students have been awarded with their Ph.D. degree and published over 72 research papers in different national and international journals.


Faculty Members :
Name Designation Area of specialisation Email / Phone number
Dr.Nilanjan Deb
Associate Professor Agronomy and nanotechnology and Biotechnology
Anindya Kumar Hembram
Assistant Professor & HOD Seed Science and Technology
Visiting faculty members :
Name Institutions attached with
Prof. M. K. Majumdar Calcutta University
Prof. N. Samajpati Calcutta University
Prof. M. Hossain BCKV, Mohanpur, Nadia
Dr. N. C. Basu Govt. of India
Subir Chowdhury Govt. of W.B.
Dr. B. K. De BIPS, Kalyani
Dr. P. Guha Calcutta University
Dr. Prativa Pal Calcutta University
Dr. S. K. Roy Govt. of W.B.
Dr. N. Samanta WBSSC

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.Sc. (Ag.) Post-Graduate B.Sc.(Ag.) 11
Ph.D (Ag.) Doctoral M.Sc (Ag.) in Seed Science and Technology or Allied subjects. Subject to vacancy of Ph.D students of each Faculty.


Research scholars :
Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Rajib Ghosh Seed vigour and viability of rice Dr. Prativa Pal 22.04.2014
Satyapriya Layek Post-harvest treatments on gram Dr. B. K. De 22.04.2014
Sukanta Karmakar Grain discoloration of rice Prof. A. K. Mandal 26.02.2014
Suvankar Dutta Seed invigoration treatments on onion Prof. A. K. Mandal 05.04.2013
Projects :
Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget
In search of low cost technologies to improve seed performances of sunflower and onion. Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of West Bengal Prof. A. K. Mandal 3 years Rs. 14,98,000
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :
  • Seed invigoration treatment
  • Seed physiology
  • Seed priming
  • Seed storage
  • Prediction of vigour and viability
  • Seed pathology
  • Quantification of Seed vigour
  • Varietal identification by isozyme studies

Teaching support : Virtual learning using projector and laptop

Research support :

Name of the equipment Funding agency
UV-Spectrosphotometer DST, Govt. of W.B.
Cold Centrifuge Govt. of W.B.
Gel Electrophoresis UGC special grant
PCR Machine UGC special grant
B.O.D. Incubator Govt. of W.B.
Deep Freezer DST, Govt. of W.B.

Additional information : Syllabus is revised recently and available in the


Campus : Ballygange Science College campus

Address for communication : Department of Seed Science and Technology, Institute of Agricultural Science, University of Calcutta, 51/2, Hazra Road, Kolkata – 700019