College of Horticulture

Having a group of qualified teaching staff from various fisheries institutions of home and abroad, the college endeavours to maintain quality in the teaching programme, even though adequate and modern facilities are scanty. Depending upon the quality of incoming students, the graduates are in a position to express their ability in competitive examinations as well as in finding placement in Employment Avenue. However, the College cannot claim to achieve a higher level in imparting qualitative education, due to lack of adequate facilities and modern equipments for class room teaching.
The College has been endeavouring to adopt the ICAR norms in imparting class room education. It includes adoption of the national pattern of syllabus and introduction of external evaluation system. It may be noted however, that as per the ICAR norms, various departments have not been organised and staffed accordingly. Activities of the college being concentrated to the teaching programme, with the limited teaching staff, emphasis on research activities is limited to having sponsored research schemes from ICAR or other funding agencies. Same is the case with extension activities in the College.

The College……..
The College of Horticulture, the 8th college under the Assam Agricultural University (AAU), was set up in 2014 with foundation stone laid by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Dr Tarun Gogoi on 16th February, 2014 at Lokhowpur in Nalbari district. It is the second Horticulture College of the North Eastern region after the Horticulture College at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh under the Central Agricultural University. The first batch of students consisting of 25 was admitted in July 2014. The Assam with diverse agro-ecological situations within each agro-climatic zone provides ample opportunity for a variety of horticulture crops. Sustainable technology and crop management had been important aspects focused during the 11th Five Year Plan period for crop productivity enhancement and value edition. Horticulture, in the coming years, is presumed to play vital role in strengthening the economy through employment generation, crop diversification, product quality and nutritional security. Substantial growth in next few decades is expected in the demand for horticulture products, newer technology and precision management with a shortage of skilled persons required and available for the sector. The new initiative to set up a college is thus necessity and timely to strengthen human resources in the field of horticulture. College is currently functioning from the AAU, Jorhat Campus, with 5 regular faculties and 46 students in two batches.

Vision
1) Develop the College into a Centre of Excellence in Education and Research in North East India by exploring new frontiers of science and knowledge
2) To generate Human Resources for providing leadership in technology development and guidance to the farming community for ushering in a vibrant, responsive and resilient agriculture.

Mission
1) To provide innovative teaching, research, training and demonstration in all the areas of horticultural science viz. fruit science, vegetable science, floriculture and landscaping, plantation crops, spices, medicinal and aromatic plant divisions
2) Provide quality education to impart professionalismand scientific acumen.
3) To generate technologies for improving production and productivity of horticultural crops

Objectives
1) To develop efficient and skilled human resources in areas of horticulture science
2) To furtherance basic, strategic, applied and anticipatory research coupled with efficient technology delivery systemin horticulture
3) To tackle the issues of solution to the problems associated with production, protection and post harvestmanagement of horticultural commodities
4) Systematic studies for conservation and bio-prospecting with indigenous genetic resources of horticultural crops
5) To establish GI and IPR for the bio-assets in horticulture of the region

Degree and Departments
The degree programme offered is B.Sc. (Hort) of 8 semesters
The departments offering undergraduate courses are:
1) Basic Science & Humanities
2) Floriculture & Landscaping
3) Fruit Science
4) Natural Resource Management
5) Plant Protection
6) Post-Harvest Technology
7) Vegetable Science