P.hd in EntomologyDr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth
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P.hd in Entomology
University Department of Entomology was established on 20th October 1969 with the establishment of Agriculture University in Vidarbha named as Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola. Before establishment of this University, the need for agricultural education in the region was catered by the two Govt Agril colleges at Akola and Nagpur and two private colleges at Amravati and Warora.
This department is imparting M. Sc. and Ph. D. education by regular course work. Every year 16 students at Department of Entomology, Akola are regularly admitted for undergoing M. Sc. degree program. However, regular Ph.D. degree program is run only at Central Campus, Department of Entomology, Akola by admitting two regular students every year and one in-service candidate biennially.
Insect Biotechnology and Toxicology laboratory
Insect Biotechnology and Toxicology laboratory is the pride of the department having advance equipment and collaboration with other prestigious National and International Institutes like BARC, Mumbai, ICGEB, New Delhi etc. It has been strengthened through the schemes from ICAR, New Delhi and BRNS, Mumbai.
This laboratory has attracted major funding from DBT, ICAR, BRNS and even from private sector like Monsanto, Denocil and EI Dupont USA. This laboratory has perfected and standardized many protocols pertaining to insect biotechnology and molecular biology. This laboratory has pride of registering International and national patent for "Safe Biopesticide Formulation based on Photorhabdus luminescence" which has been commercialized also.
Insect Morphology and Biosystematics laboratory
Insect Morphology and Biosystematics laboratory is being strengthened with the funds from ICAR to the tune of Rs. 45 lakhs under Network Project on biosystematics. This laboratory has collection of more than 11000 insect specimens in which collection and exploration of Agriculturally Important Insects are carried out particularly on Coleoptera and Orthoptera orders.