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NEW AND RESTRUCTURED
POST-GRADUATE CURRICULA & SYLLABI

Plant Sciences
Genetics & Plant Breeding
Seed Science & Technology

Education Division
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
New Delhi
April 2009

Contents
Page(s)
Executive Summary

3-4

BSMAC Composition

5

Preamble

6-8

Organization of Course Contents & Credit Requirements

9

Genetics & Plant Breeding

10-50

Course Structure – at a Glance
Course Contents
List of Journals
e-Resources
Suggested Broad Topics for Master’s and Doctoral Research
Seed Science Technology

10
11
48
48
49

51-75

Course Structure – at a Glance
Course Contents
List of Journals
e-Resources
Suggested Broad Topics for Master’s and Doctoral Research
Compulsory Non-Credit Courses

76-80

Acknowledgements

81

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52
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Based on the suggestions and feed backs from the members of the BSMA Committee (Plant Sciences) and the stakeholders including the private sectors involving in modern crop improvement and seed production and students, retired experts in the concerned fields, the revised syllabi and curricula on plant sciences which include the courses i) Genetics & Plant Breeding, ii) Seed Science & Technology have been developed for adoption in the SAUs in India.

The revised syllabi and curricula will enable the students at PG level to learn more advanced technologies in the field of Genetics, Plant Breeding and Seed production with hands-on training at the place of their employment after completion of the course. Provisions are made in the curricula for the students undergoing Masters programme in Seed Science and Technology to undergo attachment training in seed production/processing/marketing and quality evaluation in private/public seed industry for a period of 2-3 months.

A student in the discipline of Genetics and Plant Breeding should take preferably minor

courses

in

the

discipline

of

Biotechnology/Biochemistry/

Agricultural

Statistics/Plant Protection subjects.
The above exercises are mainly focussed on updating the course content in accordance with the recent developments in Plant Sciences. The students will get exposed in such a way that they could compete in international forums. Most SAUs offer combined course in Genetics and Plant Breeding except a few. Hence, all the members of the BSMA on Plant Sciences and stakeholders decided unanimously that a combined course curriculum should be developed for the disciplines of Genetics and Plant Breeding.

Some of the improvements in the syllabi and curricula made on two subjects which come under Plant Sciences are given below.
1. Genetics and Plant Breeding
• New courses including topics in biotechnology, molecular breeding, molecular genetics, maintenance breeding and plant genetic resources were included in the new syllabus.


Provisions are made to train the students in modern breeding and seed production methods through in-service training.



Tie-up with private sector seed companies for doing research by the Masters & Doctoral students.

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Practical classes were included in the curriculum for visiting the private sector companies involved in breeding & seed production and genomic research



A course on “Principles of seed production” is also offered to the Genetics & Plant Breeding students as an optional course.

2. Seed Science and Technology


New courses and topics including DUS testing and PVP, Maintenance Breeding, Seed Advancement Technologies, Marker Based Seed Purity evaluation & Cultivar identification, and Evaluation and Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources have been included in the new syllabus.



Provisions are made to train students in modern seed production, processing, marketing and quality control methods through students’ attachment with the public/ private sector organizations.



Tie-up with private sector seed companies for doing research by...
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