About the Department 


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The department of Soil and Water Conservation was established in 1964 under the aegis of Faculty of Agricultural Engineering to cater the teaching and researches programmes in UG and PG level (M.Sc and Ph. D) in the realm of prevention of environmental degradation and protection of finite natural resources like soil and water. To start its journey with practical and scientific relevance, the department was required major restructuring and thus delinked from the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and stood placed under the Faculty of Agriculture in 1996 along with its modified and updated syllabus to continue the above study programme. The academic curriculum mostly involved with soil degradation, watershed management, agricultural hydrology, land use planning and geospatial survey, soil classification and agroforestry etc. The department is now having 10 seats for M.Sc (Ag) and 4 seats for Ph. D programme.


Vision & Mission

    • The department encourages the skill development, knowledge upliftment and promotion of capacity building towards restoration of ecological balance in the degraded and fragile ecosystem towards sustainable agricultural productivity
    • It also focuses to introduce the sound knowledge and thorough understanding on the processes and development of land degradation and various conservation measures for their control for making ecological resources more productive and exploitation of those less hazardous.

Courses Offered


Undergraduate Level:

Course No. Title of the course Credit
SWAG 108  Introduction to forestry  1+1
SWC 160  Introductory Soil and Water Conservation  1+1 
EC 312  Watershed and Wetland Management  2+1 (Multidiscipline) 

Postgraduate Level:

Course No. Title of the course Credit
First Semester [M.Sc. (Ag) programme]
SWC-501 Soil erosion and conservation 2+1
SWC-502 Watershed management 2+1
SWC-503 Principles & Management of Physical constraints of soil 2+1
SWC-504 Biological aspects of soil conservation 2+1
SWC-505 Land leveling and grading 1+2
Second Semester [M.Sc.(Ag.) programme]
SWC-551 Wasteland development and management 2+0
SWC-552 Restoration of Chemically degraded soils 2+1
SWC-553 Land use planning, soil survey, mapping and interpretation 2+1
SWC-554 Agricultural hydrology 2+1
SWC-555 Soil water plant relationship 2+1
SWC-556 Conservation of natural resources through Agroforestry system 2+1
SWC-557 Rainwater harvesting and water conservation 2+1
SWC-558 Micro-irrigation in agriculture 2+1
Third Semester [M.Sc.(Ag.) programme]
SWC-601 Principles of agricultural drainage  2+1
SWC-602 Pedogenic evolution in soil and classification  2+1
SWC-603 Water management and crop production  2+1
SWC-604 Soil moisture conservation in rainfed farming  2+1
SWC-605 Principle and applications of remote sensing in soil and water conservation  2+0
SWC-649 Seminar –I  1+0
Fourth Semester [M.Sc.(Ag.) programme]
SWC-651 Soil and water resource planning  2+0
SWC-602 Pollution and conservation of natural resources  2+0
SWC-699 Seminar-II  1+0
SWC-700 Master’s Research  0+20

Ph.D. Level:

Course No. Title of the course Credit
First semester [Ph.D. programme]
SWC 701 Socio-hydrology 2+1
SWC-702 Environment, pollution and management 2+0
SWC-703 Advance water management technology related to conjunctive use of surface and ground water 2+0
SWC-704 Soil and water conservation measures for crop production 2+1
Second semester [Ph.D. programme]
SWC-751 Advances in drainage management in relation to crop production 1+1
SWC-752 Irrigation water quality and crop productivity 2+1
SWC-753 Conservation agriculture 2+1
SWC-799 Seminar-I 1+0
Third semester [Ph.D. programme]
SWC-849 Seminar-II 1+0
Forth semester [Ph.D. programme]
Fifth semester [Ph.D. programme]
Sixth semester [Ph.D. programme]
SWC-999 Seminar-III 1+0
SWC-1000 Doctoral Research 0+45

Infrastructure Facilities


Developed a model farm of Agroforestry farming at Jaguli Instructional Farm, Mohanpur, BCKV Campus


Class Room


Classrooms and Laboratories:

  • Number of Classroom:3 with dimension of 0 m X 6 m and having 15 sitting capacity
  • Number of Functional Laboratories: 4


Sl.No. Name of Laboratory/ Facility Area (Square-metre)
1 General Laboratory  130 (30 students)
2 UG Laboratory  130 (30 students)
3 M Sc Laboratory  130 (15 students)
4 Ph D Laboratory  130 (15 students)
5 Demonstration field

 10000 (120 Students)


Seminar Room


One seminar room having 25 number of sitting capacity facilitated with power point presentation


Sl.No. Name of Laboratory/ Facility List of major equipments and facilities
1 General Laboratory Undisturbed core sampler, Soil Thermometer, Infiltrometer, pH meter, Conductivity meter, Dumpy level, Abney level, Theodelite
2 UG Laboratory Yoder’s Apparatus’, Double beam Spectrophotometer, flame photometer, Colorimeter, Water stage recorder, High Precession balance, Mechanical stirrer, Hot air oven Distillations plant
3 M Sc Laboratory Tensiometer, GPS (Garmin) Digital Planimeter,  Rain fall
4 Ph D Laboratory Double Distillations plant, High Precession balance, Keens

Practical Manuals

  1. SWC: 108: Introduction to Forestry
  2. SWC: 160: Introductory Soil and Water Conservation