Amity Institute of Horticulture Studies and Research
ABOUT US

Introduction

Horticulture is being considered as engine of growth as it provides nutrition to the masses. Horticulture in India contributes about 30 % to Agricultural GDP and its growth is double digit. The share of horticultural food has increased to more than 50 percent in the food basket of consumers. Therefore, this sector needs more attention by policy makers, research institution and the corporate sectors.

India is the second largest producer of horticultural crops in the world after China, but the productivity is very low. Since, fruits and vegetables are perishable in nature the losses are very high. Further, the producers share in consumer rupee is only about 30-40% due to the in-efficient supply chain, comprising of multilayer channels and large number of intermediaries. These intermediaries charge for their services at each and every step, the returns to the farmers are meager, while the consumer pay higher price, therefore, the producer and the consumer both are affected. Keeping this in view, the aim of our institute is to develop strong backward and forward linkages so that both farmers and consumers are benefited.

The major challenge before us is the lack of skilled man power. There are about 50 Agricultural Universities in our country which produce about 20,000 graduates but they do not fulfill the demand of the industry and R&D. To compete internationally, skilled people are required and therefore we are offering two programmmes i.e., M.Sc. Horticulture (Post Harvest Technology) and Ph.D. in Horticulture is one of the few universities which are offering these regular programmes . Apart from this, our university is the first in India and probably in world to offer Ph.D. (Horticulture) -Part Time as in-service candidates from India as well as foreign countries are not able to pursue their doctorate as a regular student.

The horticultural sector of India has received international recognition due to globalization and its contribution in food, nutrition and health care, which has opened up unprecedented opportunities and avenues and great challenge. This now demands a new class of horticultural professionals with managerial capability coupled with clear insight in trade and commerce. The curricula is structured to inculcate transnational competence, in which students will be intensively exposed to – industry interaction, in-plant training at hi-tech horticulture farms/institutes, interactions with national and international eminent personalities in the field of horticulture. The globalization of Indian agriculture offered both opportunities and challenges in massively increasing the export of high valued horticultural products and poses a significant demand for research and indusrialskills in horti-post harvest sector. Thus, the two programmes have been designed with the vision to facilitate the acquisition of technical and managerial skills to compete globally and is a blend of research based knowledge and industrial management. The institute has well qualified and experienced faculty of international repute.

WHY HORTICULTURE STUDIES AT AMITY?

  • M.Sc.-Horticulture (Post Harvest Technology)-2nd in India
  • Ph.D. Horticulture-Part Time-1st in India
  • Ph.D. Horticulture-Regular
  • Blend of Horticultural Technology and Post Harvest Technology
  • Practical training and techniques on various technologies of Horticulture with special emphasis on post harvest technology
  • Training on technologies involved from seed production to product development
  • Hands on training on technology and management aspects
  • Intensive interaction between institute-industry-corporate-farmers
  • Competent to develop expertise in Hi-Tech Horticulture
  • Lectures by eminent faculty and professional experts from premier institutions and corporate sectors
  • Facility to interact with experts in different field of Horticulture
  • Well designed course curriculum to develop technological and entrepreneurial skills
  • Rigorous training to equip students with the skills required to be successful in the corporate sectors
  • Intended exposure through exchange programmes
  • Industry and academia interactions
  • International exposure to the students



EMPLOYMENT POTENTIAL :

The programmes will open avenues of employment in various Government, non-Government, Corporate Organizations and Industries dealing with horticulture production, post harvest technology, soil and water management, nursery management, orchard management, contract farming, seed production, nursery management, horticulture produce procurement, processing industries, food retail, value chain, supply chain, marketing, international trading and policies etc. in India and overseas.

Opportunities in Various Sectors

  • Post harvest Technology
  • Horticultural Project Management
  • Research Analysis
  • Cold storage designing and cold chain management
  • Consultant in Horticulture and Post Harvest Technology
  • Retail industry of horticultural produce
  • Marketing and trading at international level
  • Entrepreneurship development
  • Rural business management
  • Environmental horticulture
  • Product policy and Brand management of horticultural produce
  • Horticultural Project Management
  • Horti-informatics
  • Entrepreneurship development
  • Environmental horticulture
  • Nursery management of Horticultural Crops
  • Seed Production, storage and certification
  • Hi-Tech horticultural crop production
  • Protected cultivation of horticultural crops