The Department of Entomology came into existence in the year 1962 with the inception of the College. The Department is offering Subjects pertaining to Fundamentals and Concepts of Entomology in I and II years of B.Sc (Hons.) Agriculture programme. In III year, Various crop pests and their management aspects are covered. The Department take up 6 undergraduate courses with 17 Credits. The Teaching in The laboratory is done with mixed audio visual aids viz., Good Charts, laminations, Black board, Power Point presentation, preserved specimens, Life cycles, Herbarium, Permanent microscopic slides etc. The students are taken to regular field visits for identification of field symptoms and insect life stages. Drawing of insect diagrams and Symptoms is guided in the class room. The students are encouraged with group wise presentation of topics.
The Department has well established Insectary for rearing of insect pests, parasitoids, predators. In the Insectary premises, the mulberry field is being maintained for silkworm rearing in specified building. A vermicompost unit has been maintained since two decades and fine quality Vermicompost is supplying for Horticultural crops, kitchen gardens, nurseries, terrace gardens etc., The Department has net house facility for conducting PG research. Apiary of Indian Honeybee and little bee are maintained for demonstration purpose. Crop cafeteria is regularly raised for the purpose of practical classes.
UG laboratory is equipped with suitable working tables, microscopes for observations and dissections, the laminations of various crop pests and symptoms of damage, different types of preserved insect specimens, charts. PG Laboratory has Equipment viz., Research Microscope, Stereozoom microscope, Incubators, Potter’s tower, autoclave, Laminar air flow, Hot water bath, Centrifuge etc. For Insect pathology work, separate partition is maintained. The laboratory facilities available at Entomology Laboratory, RARS, Tirupati viz., Equipment for Molecular Studies, i.e. DNA Extraction units, Thermal Cyclers, Gel Electrophoresis unit, Gel Documentation Systems, Spectrophotometer and Equipment available in Pesticide Residue Laboratory are also being Utilized for PG, P.hD Research.
The students of RAWE programme are guided by the Faculty in Plant protection aspects. For Experiential Learning Programme, an ICAR sanctioned unit “Production of Beneficial insects and other Organisms” has been running since 2011. Up to now, 228 final year students were got trained in the Unit for the components Viz., Sericulture, Trichocard Production and Vermicomposting. Fine quality Vermicompost is being generated with the mixed leaves of perennial trees of College premises and Cow dung as bedding material for surface earthworm, Eisenia foetida.
Post graduate programme in Entomology was started in 1982. The Department offers 9 courses with a credit load of 25 for the M.Sc (Ag) students.
The Ph.D. programme in Entomology was initiated in the Department during the year 2009. The Research credits for P.hD are 75 out of total 100 credits.
So far 199 students were awarded the M.Sc (Ag) Degree and 21 students were awarded the Ph.D. degree in Entomology.
The areas of PG, Ph.D Research
Heads of the Department:
|Sl.No.||Heads of the Department||:||Period|
|1.||Sri. K.Rama Mohan Rao||:||1962-1963|
|3.||Sri. K.Rama Mohan Rao||:||1965-1965|
|15.||Dr .P. Rajendra Prasad||:||2010 – 2013|
|16.||Dr .N.C.Venkateswarlu||:||2013 2015|
|17.||Dr. S.R. KoteswaraRao||:||2015 – 2018|
|18.||Dr. T. Ramesh Babu||:||2018-2018|
|19.||Dr .N.C.Venkateswarlu||:||2018- 2021|
|20.||Dr.K.Manjula||:||2021 to till date|
List of UG Courses offered by the Department
|1||ENTO 131||3(2+1)||Fundamentals of Entomology – I
(Insect Morphology and Taxonomy)
|2||ENTO 231||2(1+1)||Fundamentals of Entomology – II
(Insect Ecology and Concepts of IPM)
|3||ENTO 331||3(2+1)||Pests of Field Crops, Stored grains and Their Management|
|4||ENTO 332||3(2+1)||Pests of Horticultural crops and Their Management and Beneficial Insects|
|5||ELCT 333||3(2+1)||Biopesticides and Biofertilizers
Books Published by the Department:
No. of Research papers Published by the Department: 154
No. of Book Chapters Published at National Level : 12
Training Programmes/ Short Courses organised by the Department:
Meritorious Teacher Awards received from the University by the Teachers
Dr. N.Venugopal Rao
Dr. M.S.V Chalam
State Level Best Teacher Award to
Dr. S.R Koteswara Rao during 2016
Other Awards To Teachers :
Dr.V.Ramasubba Rao received “Anand Prakash Award 2007” towards Research contribution in Biosystematics of Leafhoppers and Plant hoppers of Andhra Padesh (AZRA, CRRI,Cuttak)
Dr.M. Rajasri received the following awards
Dr. M.S.V. Chalam
Best Poster Presentation Award to B.L.Maneesha and Dr. K. Manjula during Post Graduate Seminar 2022 at Agricultural College, Bapatla for the Research paper entitled “ Rejuvenation of Neem trees after Tea Mosquito Bug Attack”.
Fellowships to The PG and Ph.D Scholars :
CONDUCT of WEBINARS: Started to organize “National Webinar series on “Plant Health Management” on 21.12.2020 . Three (3) Webinar series were conducted during 2020 and 21.
“ENTO CLUB SVAC” Started :The Club was started from 01.01.2022 with the permission of University. The Teachers, Scientists, Scholars and Students from the various SAU’s, Private Sectors, Agriculture and sericulture Department, Pesticide Companies and Government Officers are enrolled as life members. The activities taken up under the club upto June2022 are
OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT:
Capacity Building programmes participated by the Teachers at Abroad
|S.No.||Name of the programme||Teacher Participated||Organized Centre||Date|
|1||IPM Programme||Dr.K.Manjula||Ministry of Agriculture, Israel||4- 23 May,2009|
|2||IPM and Food Safety||
|Wageningen University, Netherland||18.05.2009 to 12.06.2009, 2009|
Dr. Rajasri Mandali
Dr. M.S.V. Chalam
Mobile: 8374954855, 9490845922
Dr. K.V. Hari Prasad
Dr. G.S. Panduranga