Section of Horticulture
1. About the section
2. Academic programmes
8. Co-curricular activities
9. Research activities and achievements
10. Extension activities and achievements
11. Research Recommendations
13. Contact information
1. About the Section
Horticulture is an important discipline. An independent section of Horticulture was started in 1958. The section of Horticulture had inherited the scholarship in teaching and research from people like Dr. B. N. Patil, Dr. S.U.Gondane, Dr. M.M. Damke, Dr.V.S.Gonge and now Dr.D.M.Panchbhai. This section is imparting education at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels and research along with one year Certificate Course in Mali Training.
The march of teaching and achievements can be judged from the number of alumini it has produced successfully outside the gate of the college. Apart from regular teaching the section also conducts research on vegetables, floriculture, fruits, citrus and extension work. Many recommendations on Horticulture at University level have come out for the benefit of Scientific society and farmers.
With the advance of time new horizons in the Horticulture section will be visible and research and teaching will be proceeding towards progress and will add new chapter in the volume of learning.
Ø So far 298 students have been completed M.Sc.(Agri.) in Horticulture discipline. The section also runs a Mali training certificate course of one year duration admitting 25 students every year and 1050 students have been completed the Mali training course.
Ø Recently, M.Sc. in Floriculture and Landscaping Architecture has been started from the academic year 2008-09.
Ø The section has well equipped laboratories for UG/PG and three beautiful gardens (Maharaj bag, Telankhedi garden and Satpuda Botanic Garden) and farm.
2. Academic Programme:-
The section of Horticulture is offering courses to both undergraduate and Post graduate (Floriculture and Landscape Architecture). There are specialized fields under which different courses and projects are conducted in partial fulfillment for award of BSc.(Agri.) and MSc. (Agri.). The courses offered are as follows:-
B. Sc. (Agri.)
I – TERM (Old)
I – TERM (New)
M.Sc. Hort. (Floriculture and Landscape Architecture)
A) Semester IV
The section has well furnished staff rooms, well equipped classroom, Latest Laboratory equipments, research farms, Maharajbagh garden, Botanic Garden, Telankhedi Garden, computer facility, high speed broadband internet facility, DLP, OHP, Digital cameras, Laptops, etc., which are frequently used by the faculties and students. The section has well equipped laboratories for teaching purpose and research purpose.
Horticulture section of this college has no sections.
6. Faculty – Section of Horticulture
Dr. D. M. Panchbhai
The undergraduate and post graduate education is offered at the college. Horticulture is among the top choice of agricultural graduates of SAUs to Pursue PG studies. The postgraduate education leading to M.Sc.(Ag.) is offered at Section of Horticulture. The total intake capacity for Post graduate students (MSc.) are as under
MSc.(Agri.) Horticulture : 09
So far this section has produced 298 post graduates and are occupying responsible positions in different departments in India and abroad. They have brought laurels to the department by their outstanding work and achievement. The section is proud of them.
8. Co-curricular activities
The faculty of the section associates with various co-curricular activities pertaining to admissions examination, university sports, social gathering, student’s educational tours etc.,
9. Research activities and achievements:
Research experiments related to Nagpur mandarin, mango, potato, okra, fennel, Ajwan, Chrysanthemum, mogra, seasonal flowers and fruits are carried out by the faculty of this section.
The important results of the research work carried out by the section are highlighted below.
Ø Nagpur mandarin: Under floral biology studies, 82.4 % flowers were perfect, 14.4 % deformed and 3.2 % staminate and 61 to 71 % fruit set was noticed within 7 days in perfect flowers.
Ø The morphological characters of variant ‘Welia’ are standardized as shining colour, soft feel with alternate thicker and thiner veins of leaf and broader shoot angle. While the ‘Kikarpani’ leaves are smaller with more number of oil glands than normal.
Ø Harvested fruits dipped in fungicidal wax with 500 ppm Benlate helped in reducing fruit rotting and prolonging storage life up to 21 days at ambient temperature.
Ø Nagpur 182 seedless santra contains on an average 0.1 and 1.6 seed per fruit of Ambia and Mrig bahar respectively, is released for its cultivation in Maharashtra.
Ø Half bed system of irrigation gave comparable growth and yield with ring method of irrigation Nagpur santra and found useful during water scarcity.
Ø Mango : Polyembryonic root stock var-Bappakai induced dwarfing in Langda where as var-Kurakkan induced dwarfing in Nagin.
Ø Potato: Sprouted potato tubers soaked in 5 ppm GA solution under reduced dose of fertilizers (100:40:40) significantly increase the yield.
Ø Okra: Variety Sel-2-2 was found significant in respect of yield and resistance to YVM.
Ø Fennel- Badisop var UR-101 recorded maximum yield (19.2 qt) amongst others four varieties. While a fertilizer dose of 100:50 NPK/ha was found optimum for getting the higher yield.
Ø Ajwan: Fertilizer dose of 100:50:50 NPK /ha was found optimum for getting the higher yield.
Ø Chrysanthemum: Variety Raja recorded highest flower yield (61.5 qt.) amongst six varieties under study.
Ø Planting during 1st fortnight of July and GA 100 ppm spray at 30th and 70 days of crop growth was found significant for maximum flower yield.
Ø Mogra: Variety Khoya recorded maximum flower yield (268.9 g per plant) amongst six varieties under study.
Ø Seasonal flowers: A fertilizer dose of 150:50:00,100:50:00 and 200:50:00 NPK /ha are recommended for annual chrysanthemum, gaillardia and marigold respectively for maximum yield and higher B:C ratio.
On going research programme (2009-2010)
1. Collection, maintenance and evaluation of dolichos bean types
2. Collection, maintenance and evaluation of brinjal types
3. Collection, maintenance and evaluation of tomato types
4. Collection, maintenance and evaluation of bitter gourd types
5. Propagation studies in guava.
6. Crop improvement studies in guava
10. Extension activities and achievements:-
Besides the main function of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, the staff members are actively involved in extension activities like FLDs, exhibitions, shivar pheri, field days etc.
In addition to the teaching and research, the staff also involved in several extension activities such as-
Planting materials of Nagpur mandarin, Sweet orange, Mango, Guava, Sapota, Custard apple, and flower and ornamental plants are available.
11. Research recommendations (approved in Agresco):-
The faculty members of this section has done the following publications so far:-
Research Papers :80 +
13.Contact information :
Professor of Horticulture,
North Ambazari Road, Near Agronomy Section,
Nagpur – 440001, Maharashtra,
Fax : (0712) 2554820