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College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Junagadh

Agricultural Engineering plays a very important role in increasing production and productivity of agricultural crops, thereby, increasing the income of farmers. Also, timeliness of farm operation through efficient agricultural implements and machinery as well as appropriate land and water management activities along with efficient post harvest technology and processing as well as efficient energy utilization are the important areas in which Agricultural Engineering profession has been playing major role.

The Government of Gujarat approved to establish the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology considering the importance of Agricultural Engineering under the Gujarat Agricultural University at Junagadh Campus and accordingly, the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology started in March, 1984 with the broad mandate of teaching, research and extension education in agricultural engineering.

The College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology has been accredited by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi and also accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)(2008 to 2013) , New Delhi and Institution of Engineers (India), Kolkata.

With the bifurcation of Gujarat Agricultural University into four universities with effect from May 1, 2004, now the college is one of the constituent colleges of Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh. The Junagadh Agricultural University Campus is located in the heart of Junagadh city at about 4 km from Railway Station and 3 km from Bus Station. The College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (CAET) is located at this campus. The college has 6 ha land including the land occupied by the building. The total building area is 14000 sq.m. In addition to this, the Instructional farm of about 35 ha is maintained by the college.

The Agricultural Engineering plays a very important role in increasing production and productivity of agricultural crops, thereby, increasing the income of farmers. The important areas in which Agricultural Engineering profession has to play major role are timeliness of farm operation through efficient agricultural implements and machinery including testing and evaluation of farm implements / machineries as per BIS system, appropriate land and water management activities, value addition and efficient post-harvest technology and processing of farm produces, efficient management of renewable energy resources, protective cultivation green house technology and use of plastic mulch for crop cultivation.

The College offers facilities for study of Agricultural Engineering, leading to degree of Bachelor of Technology (Agricultural Engineering). The M. Tech. Programme in different disciplines started from June, 1994. The disciplines included Master of Technology (Agril. Engg.) in Farm Machinery & Power Engineering, Soil &Water Engineering, Processing & Food Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering. From the year 2001, Ph.D. programme has also been started. Since year 2005-06 Ph.D. programme started in other disciplines like Farm Machinery & Power Engineering and Processing & Food Engineering. College is admitting foreign students under Indo-African, Indo-Afghanistan fellowships awarded by ICAR, New Delhi.

The college has five full–fledged departments namely Farm Machinery and Power, Soil and Water Engineering, Processing and Food Engineering, Renewable Energy and Rural Engineering as well as Agricultural Engineering Extension Education. The courses related to basic engineering, basic science and humanities are also being offered by these departments. The college has essential basic facilities like Departmental Library, Seminar Hall, Computer Lab, Mechanical Workshop, Instructional Farm, Hostel, Play Ground (Gymkhana) and Faculty Residence. The facilities like Health Center, Sports, Auditorium, Central Library and Canteen are available at university level.

Four All India Coordinated Research Projects  (AICRP) funded by ICAR on Post-Harvest Technology, Plasticulture Engineering & Technology, Ground Water Utilization and Farm Implements & Machinery. One ICAR scheme a National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) is also being operated under the college. These projects are contributing the research in the respective fields.  There are two RKVY schemes running under the faculty i.e. Farm Machinery Testing and Training Centre and Smart Farming for increasing agricultural production in Sodic Soils of coastal area of Saurashstra. Moreover, there are plan / other schemes functioning in the college are Research on Post-Harvest Technology of Important crops of Saurashstra region, Instructional Farm of College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology and three Experiential Learning schemes: Hands on Training agro processing centers for value addition and technical support services, Design, planning and evaluation of watershed and Production & Management of alternative renewable energy are running in the college. Polytechnics in Home Science - Amreli, Agro processing – Junagadh and Agricultural Engineering - Targhadia were started from the year 2008-09, 2009-10 and2012-13. The faculty of Agricultural Engineering has so far released / developed more than 104 numbers of research recommendations / technologies for the benefits of farmers and entrepreneurs / industries.

The Vision and Mission of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology are:

OUR VISION :

The college of Agricultural Engineering and Technology will be one of the nation’s finest colleges and lead others in coordinating the teaching, research and extension education in the field of Agricultural Engineering. The academic quality, continuous efforts for excellence and our responsiveness to the need of farmers and industry would be our distinction. Our reputation will attract good students, government and corporate research support.

OUR MISSION :

  • To produce good quality agricultural engineers.
  • To provide the required manpower in the field of agricultural engineering suitable for research and education, extension, government agency, private industries, agro-industries, NGO etc.
  • To assist farmers in reduction in cost of cultivation through better utilization of efficient machinery, soil and water conservation, irrigation management, value addition through farm level processing, post-harvest technology; protective cultivation and use of renewable energy ultimately help the farmers to increase their earnings
  • Human resource development for the faculty.