Faculty Profile



Date of Birth



Assistant Professor (Agricultural Microbiology)


Crop Management


Ph.D., PDF

Additional Qualification


ASRB -NET (0810300574)



Teaching Experience

KIA – DOJ: 20.09.2021 ; Others 2 Years 9 Months


1. Arunkumar, N., J. GulsarBanu, N. Gopalakrishnan and Prakash, A.H. 2018. The biochemical correlation between the epicuticular wax of upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) and the wax of different mealybug species. Phytoparasitica. 46(2): 145-152. DOI: 10.1007/s12600-018-0656-8 (Impact factor – 1.137, NAAS – 7.02)

2. Arunkumar, N., J. GulsarBanu, N. Gopalakrishnan and Prakash, A.H. 2020. Efficacy of Lipase-Producing, Wax-Degrading Bacteria against the Solenopsis Mealybug,Phenacoccussolenopsis Tinsley and the Striped Mealybug, Ferrisia virgata Cockerell(Homoptera: Pseudococcidae). (Impact factor – 0.8, NAAS – 6) https://dx.doi.org/10.17582/journal.pjz/20191107111143

Research articles – 11

Conference papers/ attended – 15

Books (With ISBN) – 4

Awards Won

  • Young Scientist Award – Green Reap Welfare Society, Telungana, India in 2017.
  • Best young researcher award – GRABS Educational Trust, Chennai, India. 2016.
  • Best research paper award – TNAU and Agriculture Tamil Society, New Delhi, 2017.
  • Best research presentation award- Advances in Agriculture through Sustainable Technologies and Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa. India. 2017.


  • ICAR Senior Research Fellowship 2010- Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. India.
  • National Post Doctoral Fellowship 2016 to 2018 – Grant Number: PDF/2015/000844 from Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Placement Future Plans

Placement Future Plans

Entrepreneurship Development Plan

The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) will be devised on the Campus soon. The preliminary works are going on. The interested students can enroll in EDC. The cell will expose students to the opportunities of Agri-Entrepreneurship through guest lectures, periodical exposure visits, participation in various Idea thon and Entrepreneurship related exhibitions and competitions. They get a platform to familiarise themselves with Business Incubators (preferably Agri-Business Incubators, TNAU) to scale up their ideas. After sensing their aptitude in Agri-Entrepreneurship, the students will form groups based to share ideas.

Seed Fund Scheme (SFS)

An amount of credit (one to two lakhs) without interest will be provided to an eligible group of 2 to 5 students (Third & Final years) to stimulate their interest in agri-entrepreneurship. An expert committee comprising Principal, PC Officers, and Subject experts will select the group based on their idea on agriculture, horticulture, farm machinery, livestock, fishery, post-harvest & value addition, marketing. The students can use KIA Farm. The Institute will provide technical support, land, threshing flour, storage godown, water, and other necessary items for producing goods free of cost in the initial stage. The students have to repay the amount within two years from the production year.

Entrepreneurship – Women

It aims to train the women graduates with a couple of entrepreneurship activities. The thrust areas in the plan are food processing, pulses, rice, and wheat flour making, papad making, masala, and pickles using the pieces of equipment in the institute. It also plans for a crash course on Women Entrepreneurship for six months or one year (150-200 hours per course).

Placement Cell


Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture successfully maintains a potent Placement Cell helping students to get placements in reputed firms. The Placement Cell plays a central role in locating job opportunities for the students passing out from the college. It keeps in touch with the firms and the industrial establishments and initiates the meeting of companies and our students.

The Placement Cell organizes career guidance programmes for all the students. It schedules and coordinates Training Programmes, Mock Interviews, Group Discussions, and Communication Skills workshops. The cell also organizes Public Service Exam Training for students who are interested in joining Government Sectors.


  • 1.Training the students to face the recruitment process.
  • 2.Motivating the students to develop technical knowledge and soft skills.
  • 3.Guiding the students in career planning and goal setting.
  • 4.Inspiring the students to aspire for higher studies and to attend competitive exams such as ICAR-JRF, FCI, NABARD, CAT, TOEFL, GRE, UPSC, TNPSC, and the like Motivating the students to develop agro-based entrepreneurship skills.
  • 5.Helping maximum number of students to clear the campus & off-campus interviews.

Career Development Activities

1.Guest lecture

KIA organises the Guest lectures of the experts from different fields (IAS, IPS, IFS, Entrepreneurs, and Bank Officials) monthly once. It opens a vast window of opportunities, creates interest, and motivates the students.

2.Noble vision

KIA scientists handle lectures about renowned agricultural scientists, reputed agricultural institutes, S&T breakthroughs, agricultural policies, and programme to familiarise students with these. The session is organised every week on Monday between 4.00 PM and 5.00 PM.

3.Study circle

It aims to assist students in selecting their subjects of interest for Post-Graduation in SAUs, ICAR Institutes and Foreign Universities, and other competitive exams. Students interact with Scientists every Wednesday evening.

3.Coaching classes

KIA Scientists provide special coaching for the ICAR- Junior Research Fellowship Exam during the evening hours free of cost. The classes are on the subjects like Plant Breeding and Genetics, Agronomy, Soil Sciences, Agricultural Chemistry, Plant Protection, Horticulture, and Social Sciences. Our institute joins hands with the Pioneer Coaching Institute, Erode, TIME, and Satya IAS Academy for providing coaching and guidance in Civil Services/ UPSC Exams, Bank Coaching – Special Officer (Agriculture) & PO, MBA/ PG Diploma Courses – CAT & CMAT and TOEFL / IELTS Exams. These institutes charge only a nominal fee from the students. The sessions are on weekends and holidays.


The placement cell organises workshops for the final year students to improve their soft skills in the first week of February. It covers resume writing, group discussion, and personal interview.

5.Entrepreneurship Development – Training and Exposure

The leading agro-entrepreneurs are invited to the college periodically to motivate the students in agriculture and allied sectors. As part of this, the cell organised a single-day training on ‘Value Addition of Agricultural Crops’ for the final year students of the 2015-19 batch on the first week of May 2019.

6.Newspaper subscription

The Hindu daily newspaper is subscribed to all the students residing in the hostel. The employment newspaper is made available in the library.


The cell organises internships during summer to volunteer students in organic farming, value addition of millets, and dairy farms. The firms like ABT Industries Ltd., Pollachi; Raaki Eco Farm, Anthiyur, Erode; and Siruthuli – Miyawaki, Coimbatore take in students as interns.


Ideathon is a short, intensive, workshop-like experience for students to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Participants work in teams and use design thinking and innovative learning practices to ideate and collaborate on possible solutions.

9.Group Discussion (GD) Forum

The Placement Officers mediates the Group Discussion Forum. It is held virtually in MS Teams at evening 7.30 every day. Final year and third-year students interested can participate in the discussion. Three burning topics are given daily before 1 PM for preparation. The topics for discussion are selected based on voting. The students discuss for 20 minutes.

10.Placement Status

Courses & Syllabus

Courses & Syllabus


S.No Course Code Course Title Credit Load
1. AGR 101 Fundamentals of Agronomy and Agricultural Heritage 1+1
2. BIC 101 Fundamentals of Plant Biochemistry 2+1
3. SAC 101 Fundamentals of Soil Science 2+1
4. FOR 111 Introduction to Forestry 2+1
5. ENG 101 Comprehension & Communication Skills in English 1+1
6. HOR 111 Fundamentals of Horticulture 1+1
7. MAT 111 Elementary Mathematics 1+1
8. PBG 101 Introduction to Agricultural Botany 1+1
9. AEX101 Rural Sociology & Educational Psychology 2+0
10. TAM101/ENG103 Development Education 0+1
11. NSS/NCC 101 NSS/NCC 0+1*
12. PED101 Physical Education 0+1*
13. PED102 Yoga for human excellence 0+1*
*Non-gradial courses compulsory courses


S.No Course Code Course Title Credit Load
1. SWE 112 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering 1+1
2. CRP 101 Fundamentals of crop Physiology 2+1
3. AEC 102 Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics 1+1
4. AGM 101 Fundamentals of Microbiology 2+1
5. AEX 102 Fundamentals of Agricultural Extension Education 2+1
6. FSN 111 Principles of Food Science and Nutrition 1+1
7. AGR 102 Introductory Agro-meteorology & Climate Change 1+1
8. HOR 112 Production Technology for Fruit and Plantation Crops 1+1
9. RSG 101 Geo- informatics for Precision Farming 1+0
10. NSS/NCC 101 NSS/NCC 0+1*
11. PED 101 Physical Education 0+1*
Total 13+8=21
*Non-gradial courses compulsory courses


S.No Course Code Course Title Credit Load
1. PAT 201 Fundamentals of Plant Pathology 2+1
2. AEN 201 Fundamentals of Entomology 2+1
3. SST 201 Principles of Seed Technology 2+1
4. AGR 201 Crop Production Technology – I (Kharif crops) 1+1
5. HOR 211 Production Technology for Vegetables and Spices 1+1
6. ENS 201 Environmental Studies & Disaster Management 2+1
7. AMP 201 Livestock and Poultry Management 2+1
8. AEC 201 Farm Management, Production & Resource Economics 1+1
9. SAC 201 Soil Resource Inventory 1+1
10. FMP 211 Farm Machinery and Power 1+1
11. AGR 202 Study tour 0+1*
12. NSS/NCC 101 NSS/NCC 0+1*
13. PED101 Physical Education 0+1*
Total 15+10=25
*Non-gradial courses compulsory courses


S.No Course Code Course Title Credit Load
1. PBG 201 Fundamentals of Genetics 2+1
2. AEX 201 Communication Skills and Personality Development 1+1
3. STA 211 Statistical Methods 1+1
4. PAT 201 Principles of plant disease management 1+1
5. AEN 202 Management of beneficial and harmful insects 2+1
6. AGR 203 Crop Production Technology – II (Rabi crops) 1+1
7. AGR 204 Farming System & Sustainable Agriculture 1+1
8. SAC 202 Problematic soils and their management 2+0
9. HOR 212 Production Technology for Ornamental Crops, MAP and Landscaping 1+1
10. ANM 201 Introductory Nematology 0+1
11. NST 201 Fundamentals and Applications of nanotechnology 1+0
12. ERG 211 Renewable Energy and green technoloy 1+1
13. NSS/NCC 101 NSS/NCC 0+1*
14. PED101 Physical Education 0+1*
13. PED102 Yoga for human excellence 0+1*
Total 14+10=24
*Non-gradial courses compulsory courses


S.No Course Code Course Title Credit Load
1. PBG 301 Fundamentals of Plant Breeding 2+1
2. AEC 301 Agricultural Marketing Trade & Prices 2+1
3. AGM 301 Agricultural Microbiology 1+1
4. PAT 301 Diseases of Field and Horticultural crops and their management – I 1+1
5. ARM 301 Entrepreneurship Development and Business Management 1+1
6. HOR 111 Practical Crop Production – I (Kharif crops) 0+2
7. HOR 301 Post harvest management and value addition of fruits and vegetable crops 1+1
8. SAC 301 Manures, Fertilizers and Soil Fertility Management 2+1
9. APE 311 Protected Cultivation and Secondary Agriculture 1+1
10. AGR 302 Rainfed Agriculture & Watershed Management 1+1
11. AEN 301 Pests of Field crops and stored produces and their management 1+1
12. NCC101 NCC*
Total 13+12=25
*Non-gradial courses compulsory courses


S.No Course Code Course Title Credit Load
1. AEC 302 Agricultural Finance and Co-Operation 2+1
2. PAT 302 Diseases of Field and Horticultural crops and their management -II 2+1
3. COM 311 Agro Informatics 1+1
4. ENS 301 Environmental Pollution and Management 1+1
5. AEN 301 Pests of Crops and Stored grain and their Management 2+1
6. AGR 303 Practical Crop Production – II (Rabi crops) 0+2
7. AGR 304 Principles of organic Farming 1+1
8. ABT 301 Plant Bio technology 2+1
9. PBG 302 Crop Improvement 2+1
10. OPT 301 Optional course 1+1
11. AEN 301 Pests of Field crops and stored produces and their management 1+1
12. NCC101 NCC*
Total 13+11=24
*Non-gradial courses compulsory courses


S.No Course Code Course Title Credit Load
1. AEX 401 Student READY programme (Rural Agricultural Work Experience and Agro-industrial Attachment) 0+20
2. AGR 401 Project Report Preparation, presentation and Evaluation 0+1
3. AEX 402 All India Study Tour* 0+1


(Experiential Learning Programme/ HOT)
Module Credit Hrs.
Module – I 0 + 10
Module – II 0 + 10
Total 20
S.No Course Code Course Title Credit Load
1. AGM 451 Bio-inoculant production technology 0+10
2. HOR 451 Hybrid Seed Production in Vegetable Crops 0+10
3. SAC 451 On Farm Advisory for Soil Health, Water Quality & Plant Nutrition 0+10
4. AEN 451 Commercial Beekeeping 0+10
5. SER 451 Commercial Cocoon Production 0+10
6. ABT 451 Commercial Plant Tissue Culture 0+10
7. HOR452 Commercial Nursery Technology of Horticultural Crops 0+10
8. HOR 453 Commercial Landscape Gardening 0+10
9. PAT 451 Commercial production of Bio-control agents 0+10
10. PAT 452 Commercial mushroom production 0+10
11. AMP 451 Commercial broiler and layer production 0+10
12. SST 451 Commercial seed production 0+10
13. PBG 451 Hybrid pearl millet seed production 0+10
14. PBG 452 Hybrid rice parental line seed production 0+10
15. ARM 451 Managerial skills for Agribusiness 0+10
16. AGR 451 Development of Integrated Farming system Model 0+10
17. HOR 454 Protected cultivation of Vegetable crops 0+10
18. ENS 451 Composting technology 0+10
19. AGR 452 Organic Agriculture 0+10