Indian Agricultural Development (MNR 001)

By Dr. Praveen Kumar Jain   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University

The course describes the various phases of the Indian agriculture development starting from the pre-historic agriculture to the modern agriculture. The course identifies the traditions, belief and agricultural practices followed by Indian farmers. The course explains the scope of Indian agriculture and its contribution in the Indian economy. The status, utilization pattern, problems and development of agricultural resources viz. land, labour, water, biodiversity, livestock and fisheries are covered. Institutional development in agriculture such as cooperatives, farmers’ organization, institutional finance, research, educationand extension warehousing and storage, public distribution system, etc. are explained along with their importance. Various concepts such as capital formation, agricultural pricing, taxation and subsidies are briefly described along with their importance in agricultural production management. The course talks about the role of food grains procurement, storage, marketing, research and technology transfer in development of Indian agriculture. The learners will recognise the emerging issues and trends in agriculture such as diversification, agriculture industry interface, trade, quality, gender and sustainability, globalization and use of information and communication technology. The course content is delivered through 40 video lessons in 16 weeks duration. Every week, learners will have to go through the video lessons. The video lessons are supported by the self learning materials. In addition, a number of web links will be provided to support the study materials and to get the updated information. Self assessment questions will be provided after each lesson. Learners have to complete the assignments after going through major sections of study material. This Post graduate course on "Indian Agricultural Development" is useful to those who are working or who want to build their carrier in agriculture and allied sectors as this course provides basic learning about the agriculture sector. 

Learners enrolled: 2623


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 01 Sep 2020
End Date :
Exam Date :
Category :
  • Agricultural and Food Engineering
  • Level : Continuing Education


    Week 1

     Evolution, Scope And Diversity of Agriculture 

    Week 2

     Indian Farmers’ Traditions, Beliefs and Practices

    Week 3

      Importance, Performance and Development of Indian Agriculture

    Week 4

     Land and Water Resources and Cropping Pattern

    Week 5

     Plant Genetic Resources and Germplasm Conservation

    Week 6

     Agricultural Labour, Livestock and Fisheries Resources

    Week 7

    Agricultural Credit, Warehousing, Insurance and Public Distribution System

    Week 8

     Cooperatives and Farmers Organizations

    Week 9

     Institutional development in Agriculture

    Week 10

     Capital Formation, Pricing, Taxation and Subsidies in Agriculture

    Week 11

     Management of Foodgrains and Research & Development in Agriculture

    Week 12

    Diversification in agriculture and Agriculture-Industry Interface

    Week 13

    Issues Related to Trade, Quality, Gender and Sustainability

    Week 14

     Information and Communication Technology in Agriculture



    Dr. Praveen Kumar Jain

    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    Dr. Praveen K. Jain, Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics is working as Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi since 2006. His areas of interest include e-learning technologies, e-extension, and agriculture education through ODL besides the core areas agricultural policy, agricultural marketing and agribusiness management. He is coordinating distance, education programmes in the areas of agricultural policy, plantation, management, agribusiness management and agriculture extension. He has more than 35 research papers and 3 books to his credit.