Centre for Tea and Agro Studies

INTRODUCTION:

Establishing in 2007 the primary focus of the Centre for Tea and Agro Studies is to provide quality training and equip the students aspiring to join the Tea Industry as well as undertake research on quality and productivity related management of the Industry through active collaboration with Tea Research Association (TRA), Tea Board of India and other tea associations of the country. The idea of establishing the Centre has evolved through a process of wider consultation with the tea industry of the State represented by prominent personnel from the Industry of this region. It goes without saying that the economy of the State depends primarily on tea apart from oil and the Tea Industry has for nearly two centuries now been contributing immensely to the economy as well as its socio cultural life. In recent times, there has been significance expansion of of this agro industry with small tea growers both individually and in the form of self help groups determining for themselves a very important role. The industry however, is being confronted with major challenges from strong competition in the global market and therefore be able to combine expansion with improved techniques for high yield and enhancement of quality, in order to be able to recover lost grounds and to open up new markets. In overview of this pressing concern, the University has designed a syllabus in consultation with the Industry regarding its real and urgent needs as well as long-term policies, with the intention of imparting education/training in the areas of tea technology, productivity/plantation and quality management.

The emergence of Small Tea Growers in Assam is a new phenomenon with great potential. It is pertinent to mention that a sizeable number of students taking the course every year come from the Small Tea Growers. It has been noticed that there are tremendous possibilities for STGs to meet the global demands of Organic tea and other specialty tea. This emergence of STG in the State calls for facilities for professional training in the new areas of tea processing and production in smaller units with smaller machines, bio-control pests, organic cultivation, eco-friendly management practices and marketing etc. besides regular agronomic practices including the aspects of clones, soil testing, fertilizer application etc. Keeping these points in mind, the Centre of late, has come with basic infrastructure like  more realistic market oriented syllabus, state of the art laboratories and equipment etc for catering the new demands thereby enhancing employment possibilities and entrepreneurial ventures through these intensive professional training. Based on significances of organic cultivation and green and organic tea, the Centre has set up a start-up unit on bio-pesticide and bio-fertilizer by an ex-student of the University and setting up of a mini factory for production green tea. The Centre is also liaising with young interested students who will collaborate with Small Tea Growers in getting green leaves for manufacture of end products to enable them to sell in the market at premium remunerative rates.

Chairperson:

Full Time Faculty:

FACULTIES FOR 1ST SEMESTER:

A. Part-time Faculties from the University:

B. Guest Faculties:

  • Col. (Rtd.) P.K. Ghosh, Rtd.Executive Director, Jalan Industries
  • Mr. G.R. Khound, Director, Sadasiva Tea Co., Dibrugarh
  • Mr. K.K.Gohain, Retd. Soil Scientist, TRA, Jorhat
  • Dr. Siddhartha Sharma, Sr. General Manager, J. Thomas Co.
  • Dr. Nibir Borpujari, Sr.Tea Consultant,(Former Chief Advisory Officer, WB) Guwahati
  • Mr. N. Sonowal, General Manager, McLeod Russel (I) Ltd., Mora
  • Mr. P. Bordoloi, Sr. Tea Consultant, P. Bordoloi & Associates, Dibrugarh
  • Ms. Aditi Smith Gogoi, Asistant. Professor, AAU, Jorhat
  • Dr. Aradhana Kotoky, Rtd. HOD, English, MDKG College, Dibrugarh
  • Mr. Uddhav Sarma, Retd. Executive Director, Warren Tea Ltd, Tinsukia
  • Mr. R.Z. Borah, General Manager, M.K. Shah Company, Panitola
  • Mr. Ranjan Saikia, Dy. General Manager, Andrew Yule Ltd, Khowan
  • Mr. G.J. Ambooken, General Manager, McLeod Russel India Ltd.
  • Mr. P. Dutta, General Manager, J. Thomas and ex V.P. Rossel Tea, GHT
  • Ms. Gayatri D. Bhuyan, SMS, KVK, Tinsukia
  • Mr. Diganta Bora, Assistant Professor, AAU, Jorhat

FACULTIES FOR 2nd SEMESTER:

A. Part-time Faculties from the University:

B. Guest Faculties:

  • Mr. U.C. Sharma, Retd. Executive Director, Warren Tea Ltd.
  • Mr. Jayanta Jash, General Manager, Finance & Commercial, McLeod Russel India Ltd.
  • Mr. Sandip Ghosh, Secretary, ABITA, Guwahati
  • Mr. Madhurja Baruah, Secretary i/c, ABITA, Zone 1, Dibrugarh
  • Mr. G. J. Ambooken, General. Manager, McLeod Russel India Ltd.
  • Dr. Siddhartha Sharma, Sr. General Manager, J. Thomas Co. & Pvt. Ltd.
  • Col.(Rtd.) P. K. Ghosh, Executive Director, Jalan Industries Ltd., Dibrugarh
  • Dr. R.M.Bhagat, Head, Production Division, TRA, Jorhat
  • Mr. S. Sanyal, Research Engineer, TRA, Jorhat.
  • Mr. G.R. Khound, Director, Sadasiva Tea Company, Dibrugarh
  • Mr. P. Bordoloi, Sr. Tea Consultant, P. Bordoloi & Associates, Dibrugarh
  • Mr. Tapan Borua, Dy. Director (Retd), Tea Board of India, Jorhat
  • Ms. Aditi Smith Gogoi, Asstt. Professor, AAU, Jorhat
  • Mr. K.K. Gohain, Rtd. Sr. Soil Scientist,TRA,Jorhat
  • Ms. Gayatri D. Bhuyan, Ex. CBT, CTAS, DU
  • Dr. Nibir Borpujari, Sr.Tea Consultant, (Former Chief Advisory Officer, WB) Guwahati
  • Mr. Probin Dutta, J. Thomas Co, Guwahati & Ex. VP, Rossel Tea
  • Mr. Arindam Mukherji, Group Accountant, Andrew Yule, Khowang

Programme Offered:

Post-Graduate Diploma in Tea Technology and Plantation Management (PGDTTPM)

Eligibility for admission:

  1. Candidates with Bachelor Degree in any stream including Agriculture, Engineering/Technology, Business Administration and Computer Application securing at least 40% in Major or 45% marks in aggregate.
  2. Candidates appearing/due to appear in the final year of their respective qualifying examinations are also eligible to apply, but their eligibility for admission shall be considered only when they obtain the minimum qualifying marks and produce original mark sheet of the final year at the time of admission.

Duration of the Programme:

The course is of 2(two) semesters with a total duration of 1 (one) year.

Intake Capacity:

The intake capacity of the course is 20 (twenty) seats (16 open, 2 endowment and 2 in the sponsored categories respectively). In case, no sponsored candidate is available then the seats reserved for this categories (i.e. 2 seats) shall be filled up from the endowment categories.

Method of Selection:

Selection of candidates for admission is made on merit and an entrance test followed by Group discussion and Personal interview. The question paper shall be of 50 marks, one and half hour duration and shall consist of objective type questions on general awareness, quantitative aptitude, test of reasoning and basic knowledge on tea and its industry. There shall be no negative marking. There shall also be 50 marks for interview/group discussion, career and extracurricular activities.

Prof. P.K. Borua

Chairperson,

Centre for Tea and Agro Studies

Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh 786 004

Assam

Phone: 0373-2371040, 9435033279

E-mail: boruapk032@redifmail.com, boruapk032@dibru.ac.in

MAJOR FACILITIES AND HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CENTRE

  1. Classroom equipped with audiovisual teaching aids with interactive board
  2. Well stocked library in the Centre besides the facility of the Central library
  3. Teaching and training mainly by experienced personnel from the Tea Industry
  4. Uninterrupted internet facility
  5. State of the art Soil Testing Laboratory already accreditated by the Tea Board of India and in the process of accreditation by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)
  6. Soil Microbiology facilities
  7. Mini Tea Factory for manufacture of Green and Specialty tea.
  8. Industry driven field and practical oriented course curriculum with strong Industry linkage
  9. Facilitating campus interview and average record of 82% placement of the passed out students
  10. Organizing Seminar/workshop for Small Tea Growers every year on cultivation and management
  11. Someswar Sarma Endowment Award for the student obtaining highest mark in First semester examination of the PGDTTPM course.

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