Falling in line with the policies of the TNAU and ICAR, the curricula and syllabi for B.Sc Agriculture course is revised by TNAU, once in every four years by conducting Workshop discussion with faculty members and students. Recently, the syllabus was revised and implemented from 2007-08 batch students.
Apart from regular courses, following are some of the innovative introductions made currently to strengthen and to expose the students to real world situation.
Experiential Learning as Hands of Training, Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE), Commercial Agricultural Courses, Post Harvest Technology, Computer Applications,
Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Biotechnology, Organic Farming, Farming System and Natural Resource Management, Bio-fertilizers, Bio-pesticides, Integrated Nutrient Management (INM)
and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Sericulture are incorporated in the curricula and given top priority for imparting good basic foundation in terms of acquiring knowledge and skill.
The current system of education is very much fixed and to cater the needs and aspiration of the individual student, a semi fixed system with limited flexibility for students to choose
the course of his interest from a list of courses grouped under Cafeteria courses up to 20 credits is introduced from 2003- 2004 batch.
Rural Agricultural Work Experience is a key component in the B.Sc. (Ag.) degree programme. RAWE plays a very important role especially to urban students who got admitted in large number to this degree programme in understanding the real world situation of agriculture practice. The students are given rigorous orientation and familiarization on various issues and problems they can expect in the farmer’s field. Then the students are placed in different villages in groups of around seven and attached to well-known farmer of that village. This programme runs for one full semester where in all the teachers in different discipline are involved for improving learning capacity of the students in a typical village situation.
Under this programme, the students are orientated for self-employment and also entrepreneurship in areas like;
Students are permitted to choose one of these courses depending on their interest. Techniques involved in the above areas are practiced and experienced by individual students, which help them to gain self-confidence to start their own enterprises when they pass out.
Under this programme the students are exposed to practical agriculture. Each student is allotted to piece of land (not less than 200m2) and trained to take up cultivation of wetland and Garden land crops. This helps them to understand the crop cultivation process from Seed to Seed. It also helps them to understand the real crop growing practice and problems encountered as they are doing the cultivation themselves.