PhD Programme in Plant Pathology

Program Objectives
The objectives of advanced (PhD) postgraduate training in Plant Pathology are:

  • To produce highly qualified and competent graduates having strong theoretical knowledge and practical skills for undertaking training, conducting state of the art research, providing extension and services to community in Plant Pathology,
  • To conduct state-of – the art research in Plant Pathology,  
  • To generate base-line data, scientific knowledge and advanced technologies in different fields of Plant Pathology that would help for modern plant disease management of the community and the country through problem oriented and demand driven national priority research work.  
  • To develop plant disease management technologies.

Admission Requirements
The candidate applying for PhD in Plant Pathology should fulfill the following criteria:

  1. need to have completed academic requirements for Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Agricultural Entomology, Weed Science, Crop Protection, Horticultural Sciences, Plant/Crop Sciences, Forestry, Biology or other related fields from accredited higher learning institutions.
  2. should have at least one year of work experience in teaching, research, development, and extension institutions,
  3. must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation preferably from the applicant’s employers and earlier supervisors/ advisors or instructors,
  4. should produce letter indicating sponsorship for his/her research work, and 
  5. must successfully pass both oral and written entrance examinations. 
  6. A PhD candidate with MSc other than Plant Pathology and be deficient in certain courses may be required to take additional postgraduate courses in the field of specialization.

Graduate Profile
Up on completion of the program the graduates are expected to acquire in-depth academic knowledge and detailed practical skills required to:

  • engage in teaching, research and community outreach activities in the field of Plant Pathology at various levels (universities, colleges, government and non-government organizations, public and private sectors, etc),
  • work as professionals in large-scale farms, research institutes and other governmental and non-governmental organizations, 
  • advise decision/policy makers in formulating agricultural policies related to plant protection of the country, and able to work with plant protection companies.
  • generate basic and applied technologies in epidemiology, disease forecast with the expert and system analyses and models that would help to monitor and manage plant disease outbreaks on sensitive/ important crops (flowers, fruits and vegetables) at pre- and post-harvest stages through research, extension and services,
  • analyze the existing and indigenous knowledge of farmers on disease management practices, and integrate with the principles and practices of integrated disease management (IDM) in particular and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies in general. 
  • able to develop communication and team work through group work and presentations 
  • capable to develop and secure, coordinate and undertake funded projects 
  • write and publish scientific articles
  • able to develop appropriate plant disease management technologies.

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