Horticultural science is critical in improving the nutritional content of food, enhancing the safety of our produce supply, and increasing the availability of healthy, local, and sustainably produced foods. In addition, the role that horticulture plays in promoting positive mental well-being, on a large scale from public botanic gardens, parks, and sports fields, to small-scale individual home gardens is critical to our life today. Horticultural experts provide the technology necessary to meet the rapidly increasing global demand for fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, and ornamentals in the face of the changing global environment and limited natural and financial resources
The Horticulture Program at Guru Nanak University prepares students for a career in various industries like Fruit processing, Seed companies, Landscaping, Gardening, Seed nurseries, and in government organizations. The integrated curriculum is meant to address a variety of educational goals, including teaching students not just how to analyse and design a wide range of structural and environmental systems, but also how to successfully handle project management challenges. The programme will include lectures and lab practice, with a strong emphasis on teamwork, which is a critical ability for anyone pursuing Horticulture careers. Students are encouraged to enroll in common Horticulture courses that include Fundamentals and principles of Horticulture, production technologies and management of fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices, condiments, medicinal and aromatic crops along with allied courses like Genetics and Crop Improvement, Soil science and Soil Chemistry, Horticultural Marketing, Sociology, and Statistical analysis. Field visits to different research stations so as to train students in practical knowledge while boosting their managerial and entrepreneurial skills.
The job profiles after the course B.Sc (Hons.) Horticulture are Horticulture Officer (HO), Agriculture Field Officer (AFO), Farm Manager, Manager in Landscape and Gardening firms, Quality Analysts, Technical Officers in FSSAI, NABARD, FCI, NFCL etc.
Passed 10+2 Science examination with PCB/ PCBM/ PCM/ 10+2 Agriculture/ Horticulture having scored not less than 50% marks in aggregate with condition that candidates coming from different streams must take remedial courses.
Passed min. 2 years Diploma examination in Agriculture/Horticulture with at least 45% marks (40% marks in case of candidates belonging to reserved category) subject to vacancies in the First Year, in case the vacancies at lateral entry are exhausted.