The Faculty of Agriculture was initiated in 2001 with the aim of developing sustainable agricultural systems particularly focused on the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka by utilizing rural farm settings and natural resources effectively. To achieve this goal, Faculty of Agriculture offers a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc. (Agric.) as a special degree, which is a four-year degree programme. The Bachelor degree programme comprises of semester-based evaluations that consist of eight semesters, during which different courses are offered by the four departments. These four departments are, Agricultural Engineering and Soil Science (ES), Agricultural Systems (AS),Animal and Food Sciences (AF) and Plant Sciences (PS).
Being a postgraduate student in a state university is a proud to you and your parents. Your courage and endurance have taken you to a new height in your life. The Master of Agriculture degree programme of the Faculty of Agriculture is designed to produce innovative and dynamic postgraduates with sound knowledge and requisite skills towards achieving sustainable development in Agriculture. The location of the faculty is conducive for achieving the learning outcomes of Agriculture enriched with real life experiences and offers many opportunities to expand the horizon of new knowledge.
I assure that the Faculty of Agriculture of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka (RUSL) will empower you to attain the knowledge, skills, and most importantly the confidence you need to work as a professional employee. You will be taught and guided by an experienced academic staff, provided with necessary facilities, and sets a stage for collective learning with talented students in a competitive environment.
This handbook gives you information and advices to make your higher education pathway in the Faculty of Agriculture, RUSL an easier and a happier one. I am certain that this guide will help you to plan your Master of Agriculture journey from the commencement to the conclusion. Hence, I urge you to take the maximum advantage of all the pillars of the Faculty. I strongly believe that you will find the Faculty of Agriculture of RUSL is an exciting, stimulating, supportive, and a memorable place in your life which shapes your future as a professional in the field of Agriculture.
I wish all the best for your future career…!
Dr. B.A. Karunaratne
Vice Chancellor, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka was established in 2001 and incepted at Puliyankulama, about three (03) kilometres away from the ancient city of Anuradhapura and about ten (10) kilometres away from Mihintale, where the main administration complex of the university is located. Faculty was established with three departments at the beginning, which has now evolved to four departments namely; Department of Agricultural Engineering and Soil Science, Department of Agricultural Systems, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, and Department of Plant Sciences.
The Faculty is the leading institute responsible for higher education in Agriculture for the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. It was established at Puliyankulama to develop the sustainable agricultural systems particularly focusing on the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka by utilizing rural farm settings and natural resources effectively. Today, we are proud to be one of the dynamic faculties teaching agriculture in the country. The Faculty is enriched with necessary facilities such as human and physical resources to support the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We continue to spend heavily, which now stands at almost one billion rupees for next three years, to uplift the teaching and research capacity of the faculty to materialize the teaching, research and development agenda envisioned by our academic staff that we are proud about.
In this background, inauguration of the Master of Agriculture degree programme is the harvest that we reap nearly two decades of experience in teaching agriculture higher education in Sri Lanka. I am pleased to announce that Master of Agriculture degree programme is offered for the first time in the history of the faculty and you are fortunate to be the part of the inaugural intake. This degree programme has been specially designed for the graduates who wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification within the broad discipline of agriculture. While enhancing knowledge, it also offers opportunity to specialize in various sub disciplines through a compulsory research project and opportunity to transfer into Master of Philosophy degree programme. The faculty is committed to provide a conducive environment for postgraduate studies and research. Our strategic goal is to focus on the quality of the degree programme while developing the quality of students and ultimately enhancing their employment prospects. Finally, I would like to extend my best wishes with your studies and with the new higher learning experience that you are going to gain at the Faculty of Agriculture, RUSL.
Best compliments from,
Professor A. M. J. B. Adikari
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, RUSL.
It is great pleasure to welcome all the students who have registered to the Master of Agriculture postgraduate degree at the Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka (RUSL). The Faculty of Agriculture in Rajarata University of Sri Lanka was established in 2001. We are very pleased to announce that the Faculty of Agriculture, RUSL has laid another milestone to commence postgraduate degree programme in the Faculty of Agriculture.
The programme of study comprises of course work with 28 credits and 2 credits for the research component with 15 weeks for each semester for a period of one year. Provisions are available for the research work to be undertaken either in the Faculty of Agriculture or at relevant research institutions in Sri Lanka. The panel of teachers consists of outstanding academic staff with wide teaching and research experiences. The majority of the staff members are from Faculty of Agriculture, RUSL and others from both governmental and non-governmental institutions. The faculty houses the administrative and financial sections, Computer Unit, Library and classrooms which are equipped towards achieving a quality learning experience.
I expect the registered students to the postgraduate programme may develop a strong work ethics which are expected to become an integral part of their professional life.
I wish all the very best for your future career...!
Senior Professor Aruni Weerasinghe
Postgraduate Programme, Faculty of Agriculture, RUSL
Lectures will commence from 25thJanuary, 2020
|Registration fee per semester||2000.00|
|Library deposit (Refundable)||5000.00|
|Library fee (Non-refundable)||1500.00|
|Internet/Computer fee per semester||1500.00|
|Examination fee per credit||800.00|
|Comprehensive examination fee||7500.00|
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