Recognizing the importance of PGR as a discipline, the Bureau in
collaboration with the Post-graduate School, IARI, New Delhi, started
M.Sc. (PGR) degree course in 1997 and Ph.D. (PGR)
course in 2004.
Post Graduate Education in PGR at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels
In 1997, NBPGR, in collaboration with the Indian Agricultural
Research Institute (IARI), developed and introduced a course
leading to M.Sc. degree in PGR. The main objective
of the programme is to develop a cadre of well-trained scientific
manpower for the efficient management of PGR particularly collecting,
evaluation, exchange and conservation of germplasm. It is expected
that the trained scientists will have adequate knowledge for the
application of traditional approaches supplemented with modern and
innovative approaches such as long-term conservation of seeds, virus
indexing, in vitro conservation, cryopreservation, biochemical and
molecular characterization, identification of core collections and
maintenance of data base. From the very beginning, there has been
good response from the students. Therefore, based on the interests
of the students, availability of efficient faculty, field and laboratory
facilities, the Ph.D. course has also been started in the discipline,
Brief outline of M.Sc. and Ph.D. courses in PGR.
As in other disciplines of IARI, the M.Sc. and
Ph.D. courses in PGR are being conducted in trimesters under course
credit systems. The M.Sc. course is of two years duration divided
into six trimesters. While to complete the Ph.D. course a student
normally takes 3-4 years. The Ph.D. course also is conducted under
course credit system. There are a total of 19 courses designed for
the PGR discipline. These include both regular courses and also
Both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in PGR have research components
also. A M.Sc. student has to submit a thesis as partial fulfillment
of the degree. Whereas, the same for Ph.D. would be with a bit more
elaborate topic. For M.Sc. degree the thesis is to be such nature
as to indicate a students potentiality for conducting research.
All the Ph.D. students are supposed to write at least two qualitiy
research papers for publication in referred journal(s) before submission
of their thesis.
System of Admission
(i) M.Sc. degree courses: The students for admission to M.Sc. degree
courses are selected through an all India Entrance Test conducted
by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
(ii) Ph.D. degree courses: Admission to Ph.D. courses is made by
IARI through an all India Entrance Test conducted by the Institute
Number of seats
There is scope for enrollment of three students each for both M.Sc.
and Ph.D. courses in PGR. In addition, there is scope for enrollment
of one or two foreign student in each course.
Success of the programme
The M.Sc. (PGR) programme started in 1997. So far, 18 students have
already completed their degree and six M.Sc. (in Ist & 2nd year)
and four Ph.D. (one in-service student) are continuing. These students
completed their theses mainly on the topics related to (i) Collection
and assessment of genetic diversity in rice through isozyme analysis,
(ii) Characterization and evaluation of some landraces in maize
(iii) Use of non- destructive methods for assessment of germplasm
seed quality for conservation in genebank (iv) Development of methods
for in vitro conservation of taro at 250C (v) RAPD variation in
Indian chilli cultivars, (vi) DNA profiling and study of genetic
diversity in the Indian ‘AAB’ genome Musa cultivars
using AFLP technique, etc.
Among the 18 pass-out students of the M.Sc. (PGR) programme, many
of them are pursuing their Ph.D. degree programme. However, five
of them have already selected/joined suitable scientific/administrative
services and two of them are pursuing their Ph.D. in U.K. &
U.S.A. respectively. The only foreign student from Nepal has joined
back in his department after completion of his degree.
There has been good response from the students so far. Each year
all the available seats are filled by the students. One student
from Nepal has already completed the course. In addition, students
from Mayanmar, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Iran expressed their interest
to join the programme.
Future plan for the programme
We are planning to make a sincere effort to strengthen both M.Sc.
and Ph.D. programmes in PGR. However, the main concern is the lack
of adequate job opportunities for the students after obtaining M.Sc./Ph.D.
degrees in PGR. Originally the idea of starting M.Sc. (PGR) programme
was to develop a cadre of scientists with adequate knowledge in
PGR management with multidisciplinary approach. These graduates
were supposed to be absorbed mostly in the ARS, SAUs and other national
level research institutes. In fact, in ARS, there are about 100
posts of scientists in the Discipline of Economic Botany. It was
expected that the discipline of Economic Botany would be changed
to that of PGR. So far this expected change of discipline in ARS
has not materialized but persuasion is continued.
– Library information system
– List of journals, books, manuals etc.
– On-line access material/CDs
– Passport Information Management
– Gene bank data management
– DUS informational management
– Global Plan of Action (GPA)
– Evaluation Data Management
– Quarantine Information Management (proposed)
– Personal Information Management
– Online Document Management (proposed)