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Master of Science (Horticulture-Fruit Science)

Course Fee
Exam Fee
4 Semester (2 Years)
Rs. 65,000-/ (Per Year)
Rs. 4,000-/ (Per Year)
Level 6 To Level 7

A Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Horticulture with a specialization in Fruit Science is a postgraduate degree programme that focuses on the scientific study and cultivation of fruit crops. It is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in various aspects of fruit production, including plant physiology, genetics, breeding, pathology, post-harvest technology, and orchard management.

The program typically combines theoretical coursework, practical training, research projects, and fieldwork to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of fruit science and horticultural practices. Students may also have the opportunity to specialize in specific fruit crops such as apples, citrus, grapes, berries, or tropical fruits, depending on the offerings of the programme.

The curriculum of a Master's in Horticulture-Fruit Science may include courses such as:

  • Fruit Crop Physiology: Study of the physiological processes involved in fruit development, maturation, and ripening.
  • Plant Genetics and Breeding: Examination of genetic principles and breeding techniques for improving fruit crop characteristics.
  • Orchard Management: Techniques for planning, establishment, and maintenance of fruit orchards, including irrigation, fertilization, pest management, and pruning.
  • Post-harvest Technology: Preservation, storage, and processing of fruits to maintain their quality and extend their shelf life.
  • Plant Pathology: Identification, prevention, and management of diseases affecting fruit crops.
  • Fruit Crop Production Systems: Exploration of various production systems and technologies for sustainable fruit cultivation.
  • Research Methods in Horticulture: Training in research design, data collection, statistical analysis, and scientific writing.

B.Sc. (Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Allied Stream) or eq.

OECC after 1st Year
To be finalized by UGC and ICAR.
OECC after 2nd Year
To be finalized by UGC and ICAR.

Financial Assistance :-

Candidates may apply for Fee reimbursement under various Central or State Govt. schemes subject to eligibility conditions and compliance of prescribed terms and conditions of the relevant granting agency.

Fee reimbursement upto ₹ 60,000/- for APST candidates having family income less than ₹ 2,50,000/- (Two Lakhs Fifty Thousand) per annum under the schemes offered by Central Govt./ State Govt. subject to compliance of prescribed terms and conditions.

Career Path :-

After completing M.Sc. (Horticulture - Fruit Science), you'll have advanced knowledge and expertise in the cultivation, management, and production of fruit crops. This specialization offers a wide range of career opportunities in the agricultural and horticultural sectors. Here are some potential career paths you can consider:

Pomologist (Fruit Specialist): Work as a pomologist, specializing in fruit production and management. You'll be responsible for aspects such as orchard planning, planting, pruning, disease control, and harvest management.

Fruit Crop Consultant: Provide advisory services to farmers, orchard owners, and agricultural companies, offering expertise in fruit crop cultivation, pest and disease management, and optimal production practices.

Orchard Manager: Manage and oversee orchard operations, including fruit production, tree health, pest control, and postharvest handling.

Fruit Research Scientist: Work in research institutions, universities, or private companies to conduct experiments, develop new fruit varieties, study plant physiology, and contribute to advancements in fruit horticulture.

Postharvest Specialist: Focus on the postharvest handling, storage, and transportation of fruit crops to maintain their quality and extend shelf life.

Fruit Breeder/Geneticist: Specialize in developing new fruit varieties with improved traits, such as taste, texture, disease resistance, and shelf life.

Agricultural Extension Specialist (Fruit Science): Collaborate with farmers and communities to provide education, training, and technical support on fruit crop management, sustainable practices, and pest control.

Fruit Crop Production Manager:Oversee large-scale fruit production operations, making decisions about planting schedules, resource allocation, and quality control.

Fruit Marketing and Sales Manager: Manage marketing and sales activities for fruit products, including branding, distribution, and market analysis.

Urban Agriculture Specialist: Work on urban farming projects focused on cultivating fruit crops in urban environments, promoting food security and community engagement.

Sustainable Agriculture Advocate: Promote sustainable and eco-friendly fruit cultivation practices, emphasizing organic farming, agroecology, and resource conservation.

Food Processing and Preservation Specialist: Collaborate with food processing industries to develop and optimize techniques for processing and preserving fruit products.

Educator/Professor: Pursue a Ph.D. and become an educator or professor in horticulture programs, contributing to the academic advancement of fruit science and mentoring future professionals.

Agri-Tech Entrepreneur: Combine your fruit science knowledge with technology to develop innovative solutions for fruit production, such as precision farming tools, sensor-based technologies, or smart irrigation systems.

Food Security and Nutrition Specialist: Work with organizations focused on food security and nutrition, contributing to initiatives aimed at improving fruit production and availability to address dietary needs.

Your M.Sc. M.Sc. (Horticulture - Fruit Science) equips you with valuable skills and expertise that are essential for successful fruit production and management. Continuously updating your knowledge, staying current with industry trends, and networking within the horticultural and agricultural community will be important for a rewarding and impactful career.