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Semester Wise Course Curriculum

Semester – I
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T
P
C
Development Theory and Practices
3
0
0
3
Quantitative Analysis I
3
0
2
4
Rural Finance
3
0
0
3
Technical Communication Skills
2
0
2
3
Information Systems Modelling
3
0
2
4
Computer Basics
0
1
2
2
Total
19
Semester – II
Quantitative Analysis II
3
0
0
3
Database Management Systems
3
0
2
4
Research Methodology
3
0
0
3
Systems Approaches to Sustainable Development
3
0
2
4
Organizational Theory
3
0
0
3
Remote sensing and GIS
3
0
2
4
Total
22
Fieldwork
0
0
30
8
Total
08
Semester – III
Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems
3
0
2
4
Production and Operations Management
3
0
0
3
Management Information Systems
3
0
2
4
ICT Infrastructure Management
3
0
2
4
Elective - I
3
0
0
3
Elective - II
3
0
0
3
Total
21
Semester – IV
Thesis based on Industry/Research Internship
0
0
32
16
Total      
16

Key: Lecture Tutorial Practical Credit

Elective courses

The students can choose two elective courses to gain specialization in their area of interest. The following is an indicative list of courses:

Precision Farming
Citizen-led Development Practices
E- (M-) governance for Development
Supply Chain Management
Systems, Policies and Implications
Project Management

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Course Abstracts

Semester - I

Development Theory and Practices (Core 3-0-0-3): Basic concepts and measurement of development, development paradigms; contemporary issues in development, sustainable livelihoods perspective, food and livelihood security, agriculture and its role in development; development planning with special reference to agricultural development planning; globalization, WTO agreement on agriculture, and its implications for Indian agriculture. The course also focuses on understanding fluctuations in the levels of income, employment, and production and policy responses to these fluctuations.

Quantitative Analysis I (Core 3-0-2-4): This course reviews basic mathematical, statistical and optimization methods. Topics covered quantitative data analysis and problem solving through logical reasoning; descriptive statistics - graphical presentation of data; basic probability concepts; standard probability distributions; sampling and sampling distributions; confidence intervals; basic elements research design and hypothesis testing; regression analysis; and time-series analysis.

Rural Finance (Core 3-0-0-3): Two components: Finance and rural finance. Finance includes financial statements, ratio analysis, capital expenditure decisions, and capital structure theories. Rural finance discusses the role of finance in development and growth, financial institutions (current status and critique), financial reforms, micro-finance, contract and commodity farming, ICT and rural finance.

Technical Communication Skills (Core 2-0-2-3): The course is designed to serve as a basic introduction to technical writing for those who work in scientific and technical fields to improve their communication and analytical skills. It reviews the fundamentals of written communication with particular attention paid to grammatical structure, sentences and paragraph construction, and common modes of writing. Attention is focused on literature reviews, scientific papers, graphics, report writing, poster presentations, and oral paper presentations.

Information Systems Modeling (Core 3-0-2-4): The course aims to train students in modeling language(s) and apply them for managing business and development systems. The business and development models may include farm and non-farm production, processes, information management and processing. The inputs will be drawn from courses like Production and Operations Management, Project Management, Development Theory and Practices, MIS, Managerial Economics and Rural Finance. The course looks at the principles of analysis, design and implementation to develop models. Application Development Life Cycles and software engineering principles will also be included. Concepts and notations of Unified Modeling Language (UML) are used to construct models. The topics covered include visual modeling and UML, identification of actors, use cases, activity diagram, identification of classes, relationships, behavior and structure, inheritance, analyzing object behavior, designing the system architecture, domain specific model to enable rapid implementation of new, industry-specific applications over diverse platforms by capturing current situation and perspectives in India, development of ontology, and multi-lingual framework.

Computer Basics (0-1-2-2): The course introduces basic computer skills required to operate a computer, use of software packages, operating systems, networks, internet, and handling of devices. Topics include: principles and fundamentals of computers, networks, and peripherals as tools to: understand the applications and limitations of computer technology, search processes and data retrieval using search engines, downloading, uploading, Networking, development of simple web sites using HTML, XML, and tools.

Semester – II

Quantitative Analysis II (Core 3-0-2-4): Linear algebra, matrices, ordinary differential equations, linear and nonlinear equation systems

Database Management Systems (Core 3-0-2-4): The course aims to provide necessary skill to the student to conceptualize and analyze business and development scenarios and create databases to fruitfully utilize them for effective decision making. The thrust area of this course is to equip the student to appreciate development oriented databases. Major inputs may come from courses like Business and Systems Development Modeling, MIS, Development Theory and Practices. The course will include topics like evolution of database management systems, Entity Relationship Modeling and Design, Relational Data Model and Relational Algebra, Structured Query Language, Transaction Processing, Concurrency Control and Recovery, Database architectures (for example Client Server and Distributed databases) and their applications in business and development practices.

Research Methodology (Core 3-0-0-3): The course will cover conventional and participatory research concepts, methods, tools and techniques to find solutions to rural development problems. Part I of the course covers problem identification and formulation, hypothesis, research design, measurement (questionnaire design and interviews), validity, evaluation research, etc. Part II deals with principles and practices of participation, tools and techniques of gathering, analyzing and sharing information for micro-planning.

Systems Approaches to Sustainable Development (Core 3-0-2-4): Introduction to Systems Thinking, Systems – Concepts, Design and Development; Components of Systems, Process Flow, Process Design; Information Systems – Concepts, Design and Development, Organizational Information Systems and Modeling, Information Entropy and IS Event Management; Sustainable Development and Systems Approach; Balanced Scorecards – Measurement of Sustainability, Organizational Systems, ICT and Sustainable Development.

Organizational Theory (Core 3-0-0-3): The course will include organizational theory, dimensions of organizational structure and organizational issues in order to provide students the exposure to evolution of organizations, power and control, environment, organizational change and effectiveness.

Remote Sensing and GIS (Core 3-0-2-4): To introduce the fundamentals and basic concepts of remote sensing, satellite imaging and geographic information systems and apply them to solve agricultural problems. Topics covered are: Remote Sensing and Image Processing, GPS, GIS Data Modeling, Geographical Information Systems, Issues and Concerns in Land and Water Management, The GIS Approach, Application of GIS

FIELD WORK (0-0-16-8)

Objectives
The objective of the fieldwork is to expose students to the realities of the lives and livelihoods of the rural people. It helps to understand the constraints and possibilities for development and gives them an opportunity to work with community at the grassroots level. Fieldwork exposes the students to the diverse problems the rural people face and facilitate them to develop the skills and attitudes required for actions in which they will have major stakes. It also helps them to relate the realities in the field with theories taught in the classrooms. The internship is done in the field of IT and/or in the fields of rural development or agriculture.  

Duration
The internship would be for two months during 1st May to 30th June.

 

Semester – III

Modeling and Simulation of Bio-Economic Systems (Core 3-0-2-4): This course introduces students to the concept of systems, systems analysis, models, mathematical modeling and simulation with emphasis on agricultural systems to develop skills of modeling and simulation of linear Bio-Economic using ordinary differential equations, difference equations and special purpose simulation software. Emphasis will be on agricultural and food engineering systems. Exposure to concept of systems, skills in modeling and simulation will enable students to appreciate growing application of ICT in management of farming, post-harvest operations, processing of food.

Production and Operations Management (Core 3 – 0 – 2 – 4): Role of production functions; types of production systems; work measurement; methods of improvement; location and layout; capacity planning; materials management; planning and scheduling. OR techniques like linear programming and its variants like transportation problems and assignment problems, queuing theory/waiting-line models, integer programming, goal programming, will be covered. Emphasis will be on, agriculture production and operations management and m-commerce; appreciation of the areas of interventions through ICT. This is to address issues related to vulnerability, perishability etc.

Management Information Systems (Core 3-0-2-4): This course is an integrative course and is expected to draw inputs from organizational theory, information systems (systems approach to sustainable development), Production and operations management, project management, development theory and practices, ICT Infrastructure Management, managerial economics and rural finance. The course will discuss theory behind information systems integration, forms of MIS like expert systems, decision systems, and ERP. It will cover “fitness” exercises between MIS and the organizational objectives through architectural analyses. “Balanced MIS” would cover issues related to deployment of Information systems and Information Technology infrastructure. It shall involve practical sessions to build applications in an integrated environment to have enterprise level systems.

ICT Infrastructure: Implementation and Applications (Core 3-0-2-4): This course intends to include definition of infrastructure, its impact on policies and environment at global, national, and organizations level. It would define the rationale behind treating ICT as an infrastructure and their relationship in managing developmental issues. Components of ICT as infrastructure would be covered such as networks, communications, and databases. Through this course students should be able to conceptualize, plan, design and analyze capacity of ICT components in an organization (capacity planning includes bandwidth, mode, medium of connectivity, data storage and retrieval, web infrastructure (internet and intranet setup) etc.). (For example: LAN, WAN, VAN, SAN and/or NAS) etc with databases, applications and services).

Elective I (3-0-0-3)

Elective II (3-0-0-3)

Elective Courses’ Description

The following list is intended to be illustrative and not exhaustive. Elective courses would be developed following the institutional processes in keeping with faculty strength and the working needs of the field.


Precision Farming (3-0-0-3): This course introduces the basics of precision farming and provides hands-on learning experience through projects and lab exercises using modeling and simulation. Data from soil, elevation, hydrological and remote sensing maps along with aerial photographs along with farmer’s knowledge, detailed sensorial based maps, climatological data, soil survey department fertilizer tests of the region per crop and per soil type, fertilizer advice, etc are used to determine short, medium and long distance variations using geo-statistics. The course involves use of tools and techniques like multivariate analysis, GPS software, mapping software among others (on-line management sensors, variable rate technology for precision application).

Citizen-led Development Practices (3-0-0-3): Citizen’s participation has long been a subject of active discussions in the field of development. However, gaps exist between expectations and reality in citizen participation in practice. It is important to identify issues that require attention in overcoming the gap. The course deals with understanding citizen led practices for local level decentralized planning, monitoring and reporting of development projects; Institutional framework for participatory approaches with ICT at its backend towards overcoming the gaps.

E- (M-) governance for Development (3-0-0-3): E- (M-) governance is looked upon as a means to change the very concept of governance resulting in empowerment of the citizens and increased transparency in public dealings by the governments; increased efficiencies in delivery of public goods is an inherent underlying assumption, but various studies shows that projects taken up under the E- (M-) governance Program are not doing well or falling short of expectations. This course provides an understanding of the need of e-governance, global and Indian perspective; evolution E- (M-) governance in India; E- (M-) governance services and citizen services; discussion on E- (M-) governance models, policies and implications.

Supply Chain Management (3-0-0-3): The course will build on the concepts and principles taught in the courses i.e. Production and operations management, Information Systems Modeling, Database Management Systems, Rural Finance and Rural Economics, Systems Approach to Sustainable Development, Development Theory and Practices, and ICT Infrastructure Management. It will be an integrative Course. Supply chain building blocks, Supply chain performance measures using Markov chains and queuing networks and Decisions, Supply chain inventory management, Mathematical programming models for supply chain planning, design, and optimization. Best practices in supply chain solutions. ICT and Supply chain: Internet-enabled supply chains - m-commerce, e-marketplaces, e-procurement, e-logistics, e-fulfillment and customer relationship management. Stakeholder analyses in managing supply chain network.

Systems, Policies and Implications (3-0-0-3): The course gives critical evaluation of some major national policies, including national policy on food (that includes Minimum support price, subsidies for farmers, marketing support, spread of technology), NREGA, PDS, WTO and agriculture, policies on resource management (mainly concentrating on water). The idea is to give basic knowledge to the students about the prevailing policies framework, the underlying economic logic and the challenges and roadblocks.

Project Management (Core 3-0-0-3): Project life cycle; peculiarities of agribusiness and development projects and their differences form core of this course. Project monitoring and control; network techniques like PERT; and appreciation of project management software will be imparted through this course. The course also brings out the differences in approach to management between commercial projects and social development programs.

SEMESTER – IV

Industry/Research Internship (0-0-32-16)

Duration
The duration of the project is 16 weeks (January 01 to April 30)

Objectives
The internship program facilitates students obtain practical experience by work closely with experienced professionals in an organizational settings. Their work in public, nonprofit or corporate organizations help students make critical decisions for their career. The internship enables students to compare theoretical ideas learnt in classrooms and the world of work, permits them to apply the technical skills learnt in the classroom to real world problems, and provides an opportunity to establish contacts with potential employers for possible job interviews following graduation. Such experience increases students' job prospects.

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