The Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management was started in 1993-94 as a section of Institute of Agriculture and in 2000 it became a full fledged department under the newly established Faculty of Agricultural Sciences with following objectives:
* Imparting education in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management
* Advancement of learning and persuasion of research in Agribusiness Economics and Management
* Creation and dissemination of knowledge of the Agribusiness for the benefit of rural people including farmers,
farm-women, emerging entrepreneurs and other associated segments of the society.
Agriculture is no more a way of life but a full fledged business and turning into a profitable industry which demands well groomed techno managers. Realizing the demand that would come up for qualified Agribusiness professionals for the modernisation and value addition in agriculture, the department is responding to technological changes and job market demands by regularly improving and upgrading the PG course.
The Department offers two years' 'Master of Agribusiness Management' course with a core focus on agribusiness and developmental issues like Food Security and Sustainability. This post graduate programme is aimed at crafting professional business leaders and entrepreneurs in the food and agri-business sector. The Agribusiness Management course teaches the application of business principles to real-world issues and opportunities within the agricultural and life sciences industries. The course pedagogy includes classroom interaction, case studies, industrial visits, market surveys and role playing. Eight week's summer training and a dissertation project are the essential components of the program.
This PG program allows students to face the challenges both in agricultural sciences and business situations, allowing students to adopt an innovative approach in their professional career. Blending managerial basics such as marketing, human resources, finance, accounting and quantitative with specialties related to the emerging food and fibre industry, the Agribusiness Management course is an exciting alternative to the traditional agricultural courses.
The Department also offers Ph.D. program in the areas of significance. There are 12 Ph.D. scholars engaged in research in the department. So far, 15 Ph. D.s have been awarded.
The department maintains a rigorous intellectual teaching process to mould the students to the standards of International level. A National conference was organised by the department in 2011-12 and anther one in 2012-13. The faculty is regularly attending national and international conferences, workshops and training programs to upgrade themselves and contributing research papers and articles in reputed journals and authoring books also.