By Beila Sehdev Krishna
AIOA offers B Sc, M Sc, Ph D, and MBA courses on agriculture and food business, along with hands on practical experience at the university’s organic farm
Amity Institute of Organic Agriculture (AIOA) is the flagship institute in the area of agriculture and food business of Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh. AIOA was established in 2005 with the vision of providing technology and management synergism that envisages an ever green revolution, ensuring food security and food safety.
AIOA offers various competitive courses with an optimal mix of inputs in agriculture, management and entrepreneurship, unparallel in terms of academic enrichment. Backed with state of the art educational infrastructure, the institute’s associations with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and the University of Toulouse, France, render students national, as well as, international insight into the various nuances and facets of agriculture.
The meticulously designed curricula of AIOA brings industry perspectives to education and has been sensitised to the diverse industries within the agriculture and agrifood businesses segment, covering agri inputs, production, operations, procurement, marketing, distribution, logistics, supply chain, retail management, rural business management and allied sectors. Initiatives involving industry interactions for work experience and entrepreneurial skill development also feature in the curricula.
Amity Institute’s MBA programme incorporates a course on Rural Marketing and Information Communication Technology (ICT) to strengthen students’ knowledge skills in handling management information systems, communications networks, as well as, production, processing and marketing using software.
It also provides year-round hands on experience in production technologies on an organic farm.
Courses offered at AIOA
|B Sc (A&FB)||MBA (A&FB)||M Sc (Agronomy)||Ph D in Agriculture|
|Duration||4 yrs||2 yrs||2 yrs||3 yrs (Part Time)
2 yrs (Full Time)
(Basic knowledge of English)
|Agriculture/Biotechnology/ Food & Life Science/Allied Areas||Graduation in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Forestry||Masters Degree in relevant field|
Scope of Employment
The Rs 17-trillion Agri and Food business sector, offers a bright and lucrative future to students. AIOA’s students are well placed in various domains with reputed concerns. A brief highlight is as under:
Agri Inputs Industry: TATA, DSCL, Chambal, Dow, Mahindra, Dupont, Monsanto, Bayer, Cargill
Agri Finance, Banking & Consultancy: ICICI Bank, KMBL, NABARD, Intertek, SGS
Agri Production/Procurement/Marketing: Pepsico, HUL, ITC
Logistics, Supply Chain, Collateral Management: Adani, NBHC, NCMSL, SL Collateral Management
Food Processing: Jubilant, Dabur, Mother Dairy, Adani, Jain Irrigation
Retailing: Spencers, Big Bazaar, Birla, Reliance, Bharti Walmart, Tesco, HyperCITY.
The author is Assistant Professor, Banking & Finance, Amity Institute of Organic Agriculture
This article appeared in the April 2015 issue of Pure & Eco India