College of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology
College of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology (CAEPHT) Established 2006 Type Public Dean Dr. P. K. Srivastava Students Undergraduate and graduate Location Gangtok, Sikkim, India Campus Urban Affiliations CAU, ICAR and Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India Website www.caepht.ernet.in
The College of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology (CAEPHT), located in Ranipool, Gangtok (Sikkim), is one of the seven constituent colleges of the only Central Agricultural University (CAU) in India, funded by the Government of India through the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE). This college is considered among the top three colleges under the UGC-ICAR system. It imparts education, research and extension in the field of agricultural engineering. It aims to provide qualified technical human resource in agricultural and food process engineering to the public and industrial sector of northeast India through its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
CAEPHT has four departments:
- Department of Process and Food Engineering
- Department of Farm Machinery and Power
- Department of Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
- Department of Basic Sciences and Humanities
Every year students are admitted to two B. Tech. programmes, in Agricultural Engineering and Food Process Engineering, on the basis of their performance and ranking in the Common Entrance Test conducted by North-Eastern states of India and ICAR. The undergraduate course in Agricultural Engineering includes subjects on basic sciences and engineering, computer science, and core engineering courses in farm machinery and power, soil and water conservation engineering, agricultural processing and food engineering, etc.
Similarly, the UG programme in Food Process Engineering covers basic sciences and engineering, computer application and design, and core courses in food safety and quality control, plant design and layout, food product development, storage and packaging.
During the four years (spread over eight semesters) for the B. Tech programms, a student reads a minimum of 168 credit hours and undergoes four months practical training in an industrial/training organisation. The students submit a project report in partial fulfillment of the programme.
The college is soon going to offer M.Tech and Ph.D. programmes in the following specialisations:
- Food Process Engineering
- Farm Power and Machinery Engineering
- Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
CAEPHT has its academic and administrative units in the Gangtok campus of CAU at Ranipool.
The college has an auditorium with a seating capacity of around 100. It has a centrally air-conditioned conference hall with audiovisual tools and a computer.
The college provides separate accommodation facilities (hostels) for boys and girls. All the rooms are equipped with Internet facilities. It has a training and placement unit to help students to decide on their training and career placement.
CAEPHT Library has 3,500 volumes, including textbooks, reference books, encyclopaedias and non-book material such as CD-ROMs and audio tapes. It has access to the CAU central library with more than 100,000 books and subscription to more than 100 journals. The college library subscribes to about 100 periodicals. All operations of the library are automated with the help of an integrated library software package (LibSys). The database for the collection is available through Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) to the users om the campus network.
It an has e-library facility for students with more than 100 computers in LAN with Internet access. CAEPHT Library, being a member of DELNET (Developing Library Network), provides online access to the Union Catalogue of Books, Union List of Current Periodicals, Database of Theses and Dissertations, MEDLINE and other databases of NLM, U.S. Patents: full text, and engineering and technology e-journals.
Laboratories include Physics and Chemistry for conducting practical in Basic Sciences, Engineering Drawing Laboratory, Electrical and Electronics Laboratory, Computer Laboratory, Thermo-Dynamics and Heat Engine Laboratory, Soil Mechanics and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory and Farm Machinery Laboratory etc. Farm Power, Surveying, Food Processing and Language Laboratories are being developed.
Three pilot plants are being installed in the campus: Dairy Plant, Fruits and Vegetable Processing Plant, and Rice Mill.
The college has developed facilities for supercritical fluid extraction, steam distillation and solvent extraction.
The computer laboratory has 40 computers. Students have access to the computers for their courses. Computers are provided to the boys' and girls' hostels. Internet connectivity with 512 kbps has been developed in the college. The computer lab's software compilers include FORTRAN, Visual Studio, Adobe Suit, MS Office, PageMaker, etc. Facilities for CAD and CAM are being developed.
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