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M S SWAMINATHAN SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE
 

CUTM is the first private university in Odisha which was established through the CUTM Act 4 of the Odisha State Legislative Assembly in 2010. In due course, it has got recognition as Grade-A University by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Ministry of HRD (Annex 1) and 12 B status by UGC (Annex 2). The objectives of CUTM are shaping lives, empowering communities and co-creating wealth and livelihood opportunities in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts of South Odisha and North Coastal Andhra Pradesh. Teaching, training, consulting and research activities of the university are geared towards employability enhancement, employment generation through entrepreneurship development and preparing graduates for higher education. The University offers its education, training and other services through different Schools.

 

CUTM has five campuses at Paralakhemundi, Bhubaneswar, Bolangir, Rayagada and Chatrapur those together houses M.S. Swaminathan School of Agriculture, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Applied Sciences, School of Management, School of Media and Communication, School of Vocational Education and Training, School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, School of Paramedics and Allied Health Science and School of Design.

 

CUTM has more than 9,000 students in Under graduate and post graduate programs. It imparts employable skills to over 20,000 students annually in vocational programs. It has residential facility for 80% students and 50% faculty and staff. Students seeking hostel facility are not denied.

 

The unique strength of CUTM is its skill integrated education; close community, state, market and civil society engagement in the value chains of its offerings; and creation of a number of social enterprises that address local problems.

 
 i.Rationale for Starting the School of Agriculture
 
Gajapati district in South Odisha where M.S. Swaminathan School of Agriculture (MSSSOA) is located is one of the 50 poorest districts of India. In 2011, South Odisha had a population of 81 lakh comprises 45.5% ST and 15.8% SC, with 17.4 lakh rural households and 2 lakh urban households. 90% people in the region live in the rural areas. Their livelihood is primarily based on subsistence agriculture, forest produce, wage labour and distress migration.
 

The area is rich in natural resources such as forest, bauxite, graphite, water, etc. The region’s advantages include high forest coverage (37% against 31% in the state), low population density (191 against state average of 269) and sound sex ratio (1023 against state average of 978). A large number of irrigation and power projects (Machhkund, Balimela, Kalimela, Indravati and Upper Kolab) and industrial projects have come up in the region. These projects have led to job-less economic growth, displacement of local people, degradation of natural resources and consequent social friction. The programs on poverty alleviation have often been mismanaged. It is no wonder that the governance-development deficit in the area has fuelled left-wing extremism and consequently, it has become a theater of conflict between ultras and police with innocent civilians in the crossfire.

As identified by the Food Security Atlas of Rural Odisha (2008), the zone of acute food insecurity in the state comprises Kandhmal, Malkangiri, Rayagada and Gajapati districts of Odisha. The Atlas also suggests that for the livelihood development of hill-forest-based population, following strategic interventions will be required.

  • Implementation of the Forest Rights Protection Act so as to provide security of tenure
  • Investment to enable a shift to production of high value crops
  • Expansion of irrigation in a manner appropriate to hill and plateau regions
  • Improvement of rural connectivity, so as reduce transaction and transport costs and increase economic opportunities
  • Shortening the chain of intermediaries and promoting value-added processing in non-timber forest products (NTFP)
 

Thus, ensuring food security, enhancing nutritional status, eliminating distress migration, reducing malaria, morbidity, infant and maternal mortality, improving female literacy and women’s access to land and microfinance, ensuring sustainable livelihood security, strengthening governance and management of local institutions and building capacity of human resource, arresting natural resource degradation, introducing appropriate technology are the challenges the region urgently faces.

 

Given the above context (socio-economic condition of the people and the local ecosystem) MSSSOA has adopted the national agenda of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 through technology based, market linked and sustainable ecosystem.

 

The University has incubated many social enterprises and outreach entities under the umbrella of Gram Tarang in the areas of employability enhancement, financial inclusion, agri-processing, last-mile supply chain and biotechnology. MSSSOA has established close operational relationship with community and network of companies in agroindustry, NGOs and Government Organizations to enrich its educational offerings.

 
ii. Growth of M.S. Swaminathan School of Agriculture (MSSSOA)
 

Agriculture education in Odisha was initiated by establishment of an Agricultural college at Bhubaneswar, in 1954. Later on two Agricultural colleges were established at Bhawanipatna and Chiplima. At present Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), a state funded university, has eight colleges in different fields of Agriculture catering the needs of the state of Odisha. However, it was felt that these institutions were insufficient to educate the large group of students and farmers that are required to improve farm production, productivity, value added services and income of the producers. Hence, a new School of Agriculture was established in 2013 in the backward region and left wing extremism effected area of South Odisha by Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM). It was named in honour of the father of Green Revolution in India and progressed with his guidance. The M.S. Swaminathan School of Agriculture came as a constituent School under CUTM, at its Paralakhemundi campus, Gajapathi district, Odisha.

 
At MSSSOA students are offered education in agriculture, as per ICAR Vth Dean’s committee recommendations, through different departments such as Agronomy, Horticulture, Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Agricultural Extension Education including economics, Plant Science, Plant Physiology, Seed Science and Technology, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science and Biotechnology.
 

Besides B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture Programme, the School offers M.Sc. Agriculture programme in Agronomy, Horticulture (Vegetables), Genetics and Plant Breeding and Extension Education from 2017-18.

 

The school is having well developed students’ instructional farm at Bagusala nearby the Campus and another Research Centre at Gandahathi where applied research on rice and pulse crops are undertaken keeping in view of the local requirements. In future, the School has plans to work on fruit, medicinal and aromatic plants in the neighbouring areas. The research work on organic farming and observation trials under different methods and management conditions were initiated at the farm.

 

The School is having close collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), New Delhi, state governments of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, companies in agro-industry and NGOs working in the region. It has an ongoing program of training 100,000 farmers of Odisha for doubling their income, with sponsorship from Ministry of Skill and Entrepreneurship Development (MOSDE), Government of India. The School has another on-going program on Organic Agriculture, owned through National Level Innovation Challenge floated by NSDC, to promote biofertiliser and biopesticide among small land holders in a market based approach. Under the Innovation Challenge, it has taken up creating awareness, training and handholding in income generating activities like vermicompost production, mushroom production, organic farming, etc.

 

Departments

 

The school has full-fledged departments with requisite facilities, wherein undergraduate programmes are offered for fulfilling the mandatory objectives. Each and every section/ department of the School is headed and staffed with well qualified and highly experienced faculty. Through Department of English, the students are imparted knowledge in vocabulary, reasoning, English aptitude, Communication skills and Personality development required for placement.

 

Campus

The School has implemented a number of Natural Resource Management (NRM) practices in the campus having around 1600 mango trees and 600 teak and other plants of different varieties. These include watershed development, recharging ground water and soil nutrition management. During recent cyclone, Titli, on 10th and 11th October 2018, a large part of vegetation, demonstration labs and facilities in the campus and agricultural farms got damaged severely.

Library

The School has well-equipped library with Wi-Fi connectivity and Internet accessing facility. It provides a sound physical and digital learning environment round the clock.  The learning materials are in the Printed, Audio and Visual form. The library is integrated into the University’s Management Information System (MIS). It deploys Open Access system with different work stations.

IT System

The School has moved in to digital platform. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for on line attendance, e-notices, e-SMS, online faculty feedback, e-opinion polling, e-library, online exams, seating and invigilation plan, e-learning management, material and mark posting etc.

Accommodation

Being a residential program, the School encourages students and faculty to live on campus. It has adequate accommodation in the campus. About 80% students and 50% faculty and supporting staff stay on campus. There are 10 hostels (6 for boys with 304 rooms accommodating 1021 students and 4 for girls with 104 rooms accommodating 318 students). The School has 12 A type, 12 B type and 20 C type quarters for faculty and staff.

Sports facilities

The School has well developed play grounds for football, Hockey, Cricket, Volley ball, Tennis court, Basket Ball court, Badminton court, gymnasium, etc. The School regularly organizes inter and intra University sports meets.

Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities

The students run Health Club, Yoga Club, Adventure Club, Meditation Club and Karate Club under the guidance of respective faculty in-charges. The students regularly participate in cultural, NSS, NCC and other socially responsible activities.

Other facilities

The campus has an air conditioned restaurant, bank (Oriental Bank of Commerce), dispensary with a doctor and three paramedical staff and ambulance with two drivers.

Academics

AIU membership

UGC Approval

AICTE Approval

NAAC Accredited A Grade

NOC Higher Education

Gazette Info

Academic Calendar

 NEW ACADEMIC CALENDAR OF ALL  SEMESTERS

 
   
   
MSSSoA B.F.Sc Academic Calendar (2019-20)
   
 
 
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