Department of Agriculture Engineering:

Considering the importance of conserving natural resources, proper land management and to provide quality education on agriculture to the rural masses, the department of Agriculture Engineering was established in the year 2016 with a permissible intake of 60 students. The institute vows to promote agriculture by conducting need analysis to bridge the gap between agriculture and latest technology. Primary motive for offering this course is to serve the farming community by inculcating the effective utilization of available resources with the motto: “Resources are limited but creativity is unlimited’. The institute has planned to provide state-of-the-art agricultural practices to the farmers and the society at large, ‘for a better and a greener tomorrow’.

Vision:

To produce talented agricultural engineers having a thorough knowledge in state-of- the-art technologies in the field of agriculture engineering by offering on the job training to students on the latest machinery at the “Shanmugha Model Farm” available inside the college premises.

Mission:

Achieving excellence in various techniques of agricultural engineering like maximizing crop production, importance of conserving soil chemistry, conservation and judicious utilization of water, irrigation and drainage, post-harvest handling, farming etc.

Inculcating the importance of conservation of land, water, energy and other resources in all agricultural practices. Providing adequate infrastructure to students to carry out research activities with a view to meeting the needs of the society at large. Creating a conducive environment to making the students ‘Educated Future Farmers’, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Academicians, Technocrats to cater to the ever increasing demands for agricultural produce.

Existing Infrastructure:

 Farm land for Field Work

 Meteorological lab for the measurement of wind velocity, wind direction and Humidity.

 Facility for Soil Testing

 Pond

 Tractors

 Rotators

 Cultivators

 Bio –Gas production facility

 Automatic weather station

 Bore wells

 Drip and sprinkler system

 Setting up of a state of the art soil testing laboratory.

Proposed Future plans:

The techniques practiced to make the students “educated future farmers’ are:

 Better cultivating practices

 Better crop management through environmental modification and adaptation of crops to the local environment.

 Soil conservation techniques

 Implementation of micro irrigation to the fields allotted.

 Conventional oil extraction: Extraction of ground nut and coconut oil using Vaagai wood (SIRIS TREE) pressed oil, as a substitute for oil procured from the market.

 Organic farming – Cultivation of vegetables, pulses etc. to provide healthy food to the students and to preserve soil chemistry.

 Growing Herbal plants to cure various ailments such as:

Solanum Nigrum (Manathakkali)– for ulceration

Solanum Trilobathum (Thuthuvalai)– for Sinusitis

Gymnema Sylvertre (Sirukurinjan) – for Diabetes Mellitus

Bramma Sanjeevi – for Heart diseases