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Semester 1st

  • DT&P

    Development Theory and Practices (3-0-0-3)

    Basic concepts and measurement of development, development paradigms; contemporary issues in development, sustainable livelihoods perspective, food and livelihood security, agriculture and its role in development; development planning with special reference to agricultural development planning; globalization, WTO agreement on agriculture, and its implications for Indian agriculture. The course also focuses on understanding fluctuations in the levels of income, employment, and production and policy responses to these fluctuations.

  • QA-I

    Quantitative Analysis I (3-0-2-4)

    This course reviews basic mathematical, statistical and optimization methods. Topics covered quantitative data analysis and problem solving through logical reasoning; descriptive statistics - graphical presentation of data; basic probability concepts; standard probability distributions; sampling and sampling distributions; confidence intervals; basic elements research design and hypothesis testing; regression analysis; and time-series analysis.

  • RF

    Rural Finance (3-0-0-3)

    Two components: Finance and rural finance. Finance includes financial statements, ratio analysis, capital expenditure decisions, and capital structure theories. Rural finance discusses the role of finance in development and growth, financial institutions (current status and critique), financial reforms, micro-finance, contract and commodity farming, ICT and rural finance.

  • TCS

    Technical Communication Skills (2-0-2-3)

    The course is designed to serve as a basic introduction to technical writing for those who work in scientific and technical fields to improve their communication and analytical skills. It reviews the fundamentals of written communication with particular attention paid to grammatical structure, sentences and paragraph construction, and common modes of writing. Attention is focused on literature reviews, scientific papers, graphics, report writing, poster presentations, and oral paper presentations.

  • ISM

    Information Systems Modelling (3-0-2-4)

    The course aims to train students in modeling language(s) and apply them for managing business and development systems. The business and development models may include farm and non-farm production, processes, information management and processing. The inputs will be drawn from courses like Production and Operations Management, Project Management, Development Theory and Practices, MIS, Managerial Economics and Rural Finance. The course looks at the principles of analysis, design and implementation to develop models. Application Development Life Cycles and software engineering principles will also be included. Concepts and notations of Unified Modeling Language (UML) are used to construct models. The topics covered include visual modeling and UML, identification of actors, use cases, activity diagram, identification of classes, relationships, behavior and structure, inheritance, analyzing object behavior, designing the system architecture, domain specific model to enable rapid implementation of new, industry-specific applications over diverse platforms by capturing current situation and perspectives in India, development of ontology, and multi-lingual framework.

  • CB

    Computer Basics (0-1-2-2)

    The course introduces basic computer skills required to operate a computer, use of software packages, operating systems, networks, internet, and handling of devices. Topics include: principles and fundamentals of computers, networks, and peripherals as tools to: understand the applications and limitations of computer technology, search processes and data retrieval using search engines, downloading, uploading, Networking, development of simple web sites using HTML, XML, and tools.

Semester 2nd

  • QA-II

    Quantitative Analysis II (3-0-2-4)

    Linear algebra, matrices, ordinary differential equations, linear and nonlinear equation systems.

  • DBMS

    Database Management System(3-0-2-4)

    The course aims to provide necessary skill to the student to conceptualize and analyze business and development scenarios and create databases to fruitfully utilize them for effective decision making. The thrust area of this course is to equip the student to appreciate development oriented databases. Major inputs may come from courses like Business and Systems Development Modeling, MIS, Development Theory and Practices. The course will include topics like evolution of database management systems, Entity Relationship Modeling and Design, Relational Data Model and Relational Algebra, Structured Query Language, Transaction Processing, Concurrency Control and Recovery, Database architectures (for example Client Server and Distributed databases) and their applications in business and development practices.

  • RM

    Research Methodology (3-0-0-3)

    The course will cover conventional and participatory research concepts, methods, tools and techniques to find solutions to rural development problems. Part I of the course covers problem identification and formulation, hypothesis, research design, measurement (questionnaire design and interviews), validity, evaluation research, etc. Part II deals with principles and practices of participation, tools and techniques of gathering, analyzing and sharing information for micro-planning.

  • SASD

    Systems Approaches to Sustainable Development (3-0-2-4)

    Introduction to Systems Thinking, Systems – Concepts, Design and Development; Components of Systems, Process Flow, Process Design; Information Systems – Concepts, Design and Development, Organizational Information Systems and Modeling, Information Entropy and IS Event Management; Sustainable Development and Systems Approach; Balanced Scorecards – Measurement of Sustainability, Organizational Systems, ICT and Sustainable Development.

  • OT

    Organizational Theory (3-0-0-3)

    The course will include organizational theory, dimensions of organizational structure and organizational issues in order to provide students the exposure to evolution of organizations, power and control, environment, organizational change and effectiveness.

  • RS&GIS

    Remote Sensing and GIS (3-0-2-4)

    To introduce the fundamentals and basic concepts of remote sensing, satellite imaging and geographic information systems and apply them to solve agricultural problems. Topics covered are: Remote Sensing and Image Processing, GPS, GIS Data Modeling, Geographical Information Systems, Issues and Concerns in Land and Water Management, The GIS Approach, Application of GIS.

Summer Internship

  • Objectives

    Summer Internship (0-0-16-8)

    The basic objective of the summer internship is to expose the students to the corporate environment and understand the realities of the field. The students learn theories in the class; the internship is meant to teach them to relate the realities with these theories. Therefore it is essential that the internship is done either in the field of IT and/or in the fields of rural development or agriculture.

    The students undertake a semester long (four months) internship in their last semester, generally referred to as the winter internship. The summer internships can also be used as the starting point for the winter internship. The student can define a specific project for the summer internship that can be carried forward in the winter intership.

    It is not always expected that the student would actually build something or create some system on her own during the summer internship. It is considered more of a learning experience where she would learn to undertake different responsibilities.

    However, the learning process should be fruitful enough to create a document at the end of the internship. Internship work will be graded based on the report submitted at the end of the internship.


  • Duration

    Summer Internship (0-0-16-8)

    The internship would be for two months, it should be done anytime between 1st May to 31st July.

  • Deliverables

    Summer Internship (0-0-16-8)

    The student is required to submit a report on the work done and the evaluation by the supervisors.

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  • Assessment

    Summer Internship (0-0-16-8)

    Summer internships carry pass or fail grade. The students have to pass it, to be eligible for earning the masters degree.

Semester 3rd (Core Courses)

  • M&SDS

    Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems (3-0-2-4)

    This course introduces students to the concept of systems, systems analysis, models, mathematical modeling and simulation with emphasis on agricultural systems to develop skills of modeling and simulation of linear Bio-Economic using ordinary differential equations, difference equations and special purpose simulation software. Emphasis will be on agricultural and food engineering systems. Exposure to concept of systems, skills in modeling and simulation will enable students to appreciate growing application of ICT in management of farming, post-harvest operations, processing of food.

  • POM

    Production and Operations Management (3-0-0-3)

    Role of production functions; types of production systems; work measurement; methods of improvement; location and layout; capacity planning; materials management; planning and scheduling. OR techniques like linear programming and its variants like transportation problems and assignment problems, queuing theory/waiting-line models, integer programming, goal programming, will be covered. Emphasis will be on, agriculture production and operations management and m-commerce; appreciation of the areas of interventions through ICT. This is to address issues related to vulnerability, perishability etc.

  • ICT-IM

    ICT Infrastructure Management (3-0-2-4)

    This course intends to include definition of infrastructure, its impact on policies and environment at global, national, and organizations level. It would define the rationale behind treating ICT as an infrastructure and their relationship in managing developmental issues. Components of ICT as infrastructure would be covered such as networks, communications, and databases. Through this course students should be able to conceptualize, plan, design and analyze capacity of ICT components in an organization (capacity planning includes bandwidth, mode, medium of connectivity, data storage and retrieval, web infrastructure (internet and intranet setup) etc.). (For example: LAN, WAN, VAN, SAN and/or NAS) etc with databases, applications and services).

  • MIS

    Management Information Systems (3-0-2-4)

    This course is an integrative course and is expected to draw inputs from organizational theory, information systems (systems approach to sustainable development), Production and operations management, project management, development theory and practices, ICT Infrastructure Management, managerial economics and rural finance. The course will discuss theory behind information systems integration, forms of MIS like expert systems, decision systems, and ERP. It will cover "fitness" exercises between MIS and the organizational objectives through architectural analyses. "Balanced MIS" would cover issues related to deployment of Information systems and Information Technology infrastructure. It shall involve practical sessions to build applications in an integrated environment to have enterprise level systems.

Semester 3rd (Optional Courses - Any two)

  • PF

    Precision Farming (3-0-0-3)

    This course introduces the basics of precision farming and provides hands-on learning experience through projects and lab exercises using modeling and simulation. Data from soil, elevation, hydrological and remote sensing maps along with aerial photographs along with farmer's knowledge, detailed sensorial based maps, climatological data, soil survey department fertilizer tests of the region per crop and per soil type, fertilizer advice, etc are used to determine short, medium and long distance variations using geo-statistics. The course involves use of tools and techniques like multivariate analysis, GPS software, mapping software among others (on-line management sensors, variable rate technology for precision application).

  • CDP

    Citizen-led Development Practices (3-0-0-3)

    Citizen's participation has long been a subject of active discussions in the field of development. However, gaps exist between expectations and reality in citizen participation in practice. It is important to identify issues that require attention in overcoming the gap. The course deals with understanding citizen led practices for local level decentralized planning, monitoring and reporting of development projects; Institutional framework for participatory approaches with ICT at its backend towards overcoming the gaps.

  • e-GD

    E- (M-) governance for Development (3-0-0-3)

    E- (M-) governance is looked upon as a means to change the very concept of governance resulting in empowerment of the citizens and increased transparency in public dealings by the governments; increased efficiencies in delivery of public goods is an inherent underlying assumption, but various studies shows that projects taken up under the E- (M-) governance Program are not doing well or falling short of expectations. This course provides an understanding of the need of e-governance, global and Indian perspective; evolution E- (M-) governance in India; E- (M-) governance services and citizen services; discussion on E- (M-) governance models, policies and implications.

  • SCM

    Supply Chain Management (3-0-0-3)

    The course will build on the concepts and principles taught in the courses i.e. Production and operations management, Information Systems Modeling, Database Management Systems, Rural Finance and Rural Economics, Systems Approach to Sustainable Development, Development Theory and Practices, and ICT Infrastructure Management. It will be an integrative Course. Supply chain building blocks, Supply chain performance measures using Markov chains and queuing networks and Decisions, Supply chain inventory management, Mathematical programming models for supply chain planning, design, and optimization. Best practices in supply chain solutions. ICT and Supply chain: Internet-enabled supply chains - m-commerce, e-marketplaces, e-procurement, e-logistics, e-fulfillment and customer relationship management. Stakeholder analyses in managing supply chain network.

  • SPI

    Systems, Policies and Implications (3-0-0-3)

    The course gives critical evaluation of some major national policies, including national policy on food (that includes Minimum support price, subsidies for farmers, marketing support, spread of technology), NREGA, PDS, WTO and agriculture, policies on resource management (mainly concentrating on water). The idea is to give basic knowledge to the students about the prevailing policies framework, the underlying economic logic and the challenges and roadblocks.

  • PM

    Project Management (3-0-0-3)

    Project life cycle; peculiarities of agribusiness and development projects and their differences form core of this course. Project monitoring and control; network techniques like PERT; and appreciation of project management software will be imparted through this course. The course also brings out the differences in approach to management between commercial projects and social development programs.

Semester 4th (Final Internship)

  • Objectives

    Industry/Research Internship (0-0-32-16)

    The project work should be related to analysis, design or implementation of a system or modules of a system, which would be the unique contribution of the student.

    The project would provide opportunity to apply various aspects of use of ICT in Agriculture and Rural Development. The project work would be sharpening the skills learnt during the program or would enable the students to practically apply the theories learnt in the program. The project topic can not be dealing with only marketing of a product (though it can involve designing of marketing strategies). Similarly, it can not be dealing with only administrative problems with no reference to either ICT or rural development.

    At the end of the project, the student should have produced a concrete document that would have a research objective, research methodology and rigorously examined results. If the student has completed analysis, design and implementation of a system, then it should have a statement of the problem and demonstration of the system.

  • Duration

    Industry/Research Internship (0-0-32-16)

    The duration of the project would be minimum 16 weeks, anytime between 1st January to 30th June.

  • Deliverables

    Industry/Research Internship (0-0-32-16)

    Mid term Presentation of the Project (Emphasizing Aims and Methodology) together with a brief Progress Report.

    Project Report (prepared by the end of the project period)

    Final Presentation of the project (to be evaluated by internal as well as external examiners)


  • Assessment

    Industry/Research Internship (0-0-32-16)

    Grades from A to F would be awarded to the students based on the final project report, clarity of concepts, methodology and quality of analysis, interim progress report, supervisor's evaluation, as well as mid term and end term presentations.

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