FAQs regarding PGDPHM

1.      What is the eligibility and methodology of selection?


      Fresh Graduates- Graduation in Agriculture.

      In-service candidates- Graduation in Agriculture and working in Central/State Government with at least five years left over service.

Selection -

      Candidates will be selected on the basis of the marks/grades obtained in graduate studies and performance in the entrance examination.The Entrance Exam for 2011-12 batch PGD PHM is scheduled as follows:

2.      What is the course design and framework?


          The course consists of four major components-

      Participatory learning in classroom and laboratory.

      Field visits for enhancing observational skills.

      A community based, practical field study programme through Farmers Field Schools (FFS)

      Specialization in select areas such as

            a)Vertebrate Pest Management & Structural Pest Management,

            b) Plant Health Engineering,

            c) Formulation Analysis or Pesticide Residue Analysis,

            d) Seed Health and Nutrient Management,

            e) Bio-security and Incursion Management.

3.      What competencies the students can acquire during the course?


The aim of the programme is to Develop a highly committed and competent cadre of agricultural professionals to promote environmentally sustainable plant health and biosecurity management in India and her neighbourhood. On completion of the course, participants will develop

      skills for conducting participatory action research, which empowers the farmers to take informed decisions by adopting discovery based learning.

      competence in Agro-ecosystem analysis which relies on experiential learning.

      knowledge to promote safe and judicious use of pesticides through adoption of appropriate engineering systems.

      expertise in pesticide formulation/residue analysis.

      expertise in ecological and ethological approaches of integrated rodent pest management.

      understanding of Biosecurity Management & Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues.

      skills in pest surveillance and disease


4.      Will NIPHM provide assistance for availing educational loans from banks?


Study loans from Banks -NIPHM will try to facilitate, but does not guarantee. The repayment of loan, if availed, is solely the responsibility and liability of the student.

5.      Can the students undertake the project in collaboration with the industry?


The corner stone of the programme is the course on Agro-ecosystem analysis based Plant Health Management and the choice to specialize in one of the select areas with project work in the chosen area of specialization in collaboration with the relevant industry.

6.      What are the prospects for campus placement? Which companies are willing to participate in the campus placement programme?


NIPHM will endeavour to facilitate placements on successful completion of the PGDPHM, but does not guarantee placement.Companies representing Seed Industries, Pesticide Industry, & PCO Industry have agreed in principle to participate in the campus placement programme.

7.      What are employment opportunities for the various specializations offered?


Based on the specialization taken, the opportunity for employability of students  will be as follows:

         Formulation / Residue Analysis

Pesticides manufacturing industry for internal QC

Pesticides QC laboratories

Pesticides regulatory Dept  as pesticides(insecticides) inspectors

As analysts in food / drugs/ pharmaceutical testing laboratories, both in public and private sector

Teaching and training institutions

Residue monitoring laboratories

Food processing units

         Structural& Vertebrate Pest Management, and Plant Health Engineering

PCO industry

Seed industry

Pesticides industry

Self employment / entrepreunership in following -

a.       Construction industry ( pre as well as post)

b.      Warehousing industry

c.       Seed industry

d.      Custom hiring services

         Seed and Nutrient Management

Seed industry

Fertilizer industry

      Biocontrol Input Production Management

Biocontrol agent production industry

Self employment


 Agri commodities Export and Import Clearing Houses for Phytosanitary treatment

Export and import industries

PCO industry

Self employment

8.      Are the students eligible for any additional certificates for the specialization done?

      Five courses in specialized area will entitle the student to receive Graduate Certificate in the area of specialization in addition to the Post Graduate Diploma in PHM.

9.      What are the facilities available?

         The Institute has well equipped laboratories for the departments of Entomology, Plant Pathology, Agriculture Engineering, Weed Science, Pesticide Chemistry and Rodentology for conducting practical classes and adaptive research. All laboratories are provided with modern equipments such as phase contrast microscopes, inoculation chambers, refrigerator, centrifuge, rotary shaker, autoclaves, B.O.D. incubators, Potter tower etc.  The Chemistry Laboratory has sophisticated analytical equipments such as GLC, HPLC, UV visible, FTIR Spectrophotometer. The division is being strengthened with GC/MS/MS and LC/MS/MS.

         Accommodation: Accommodation facilities are available within the campus.

         Library: Enriched with collection of journals and books of national & international repute.

         Audio-Visual-Aids: The lecture rooms are equipped with modern audio-visual facilities.

         ICT: Internet facility is provided to the participants in the Library and Hostels.

         Medical Assistance: A senior Medical Consultant visits the Hostel four times in a week.