MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN FOOD & AGRIBUSINESS

INTRODUCTION

World’s population is expected to grow to almost 10 billion by 2050 demanding Innovative Food Processing techniques and agriculture production. Decline in the share of agriculture in total production and organized employment is taking place at different speeds and poses different challenges across regions. In a country like India, food processing and agricultural sector plays a vital role in constructing and supporting the GDP. The country which depends on agriculture, needs to have a dynamic and innovative skilled manpower.

With its flagship two years management program in food & agribusiness, ISAB has embarked upon the journey of creating a pool of qualified manpower who can think and Act innovatively, focuses on justifying the need to bridge the gap between trained and skilled manpower in the agriculture and food processing domain.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Preparing students for mid-level managers on the immediate basis by enhancing their knowledge and skills as per the industry requirements
  • Enhancing the managerial capacity for showcasing team work, leading a team, making critical decisions and maximizing the profit of the organization by inculcating the basic concepts of food & agribusiness management
  • Opening the windows of better career opportunities by equipping them with updated tools and techniques of food & agribusiness management

ELIGIBILITY

  • Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Fisheries, Sericulture, Agriculture Marketing, Home Science, Food Processing, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, Agriculture Engineering, Food Technology, Biotechnology and allied Sciences. Candidates who are in final year of the degree program can also apply, but they will have to submit their pass mark sheet before Aug during the academic sessions.

Eligibility for Specialization Courses

  • Irrigation and Farm Mechanisation : Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Agriculture Engineering or Agriculture Science
  • Agri-inputs Management :Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Agriculture Science
  • Horticulture and Farm Management: Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Botany or Agriculture Engineering
  • Commodity Management: Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Agriculture Science, economics, food science, dairy or horticulture
  • Food Business Management: Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Food Technology, Diary Technology,Agriculture Science, Animal Sciences, Commerce or pure Sciences
  • Dairy Management: Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Dairy Technology, Food Technology, Veterinary Science, Agriculture Science, Animal Sciences or Bio- Sciences
  • Poultry Management: Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Poultry, Dairy Technology, Food Technology, Veterinary Science, Agriculture Science, Animal Sciences or Bio- Sciences
  • Animal Health Management : Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Veterinary Science, Dairy Technology, Food Technology, Agriculture Science, Animal Sciences or Bio- Sciences
  • Aquaculture Management: Bachelor degree with 55% marks or equivalent in Fisheries, Science, Commerce and Life Sciences

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Evaluation to be done based on:

  • Score Card of ISA'BEST/CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT
  • Percentage/CGPA for SSC, HSC and Under graduation
  • Valid Certificate/ Proofs of extra/co-curricular activities
  • Group Discussion and Personal Interview

LEARNING OUTCOME

Following are the proposed outcome/skills of pursuing this program

  • Strong management fundamentals related to food & agribusiness
  • Perspective about marketing and sales for Agri-inputs
  • Team work, coordination and smart work approach
  • Capability in making decision based on accounting and finance
  • Understanding the Agri-supply chain and logistics
  • Basics of Rural and Priority sector lending/ banking
  • Leadership in Food & Agribusiness firms
  • Strategic Business Analytics with decision making
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving approach
  • Booster on Entrepreneurship and New initiatives
  • Emerging perspectives in food & agribusiness
  • Expertise in Corporate Communication

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS & BENEFITS

  • Experienced Faculty from Corporates/Academia
  • Case Interaction based learning
  • Industry oriented Content
  • Live Interaction with Industry Leaders
  • Specialised Summer Internship program
  • 2 week rural exploration program
  • Student Exchange program ( optional )
  • Industry Networking Support
  • Placement Support
  • Special Invitation for Global Conferences

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Program is divided in four semesters and following major subjects/domain to be covered during the entire two academic years:

  • Business Ethics
  • Marketing Management & Research
  • Business Accounting & Finance
  • Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • MIS and Computer Applications
  • Business Analytics and Decision Making
  • Spoken and written Communication
  • Personality Development Programs
  • Business Laws and legal Environment
  • Agribusiness Environment ,Trade and Policies
  • Production and Operation Management
  • Entrepreneurship Development
  • Project Designing & Management
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Rural & Priority Sector Lending/ Banking
  • Agri-Supply Chain & logistics
  • Food Retail Management
  • Agri-Input Procurement and Regulations
  • Agri-Input Marketing & Pricing
  • Food Processing Management and Safety
  • Animal Feed Business Management
  • Dairy Products and Management
  • Rural Exploration Program
  • Summer Internship Program

EVALUATION & CERTIFICATION

  • Assessment and evaluation shall include Online Quizzes, Examination, Offline assignment, Case analysis & presentations.
  • 90% attendance shall be compulsory for passing out in the program

BRIEF ABOUT ELECTIVES

The dairy industry is no exception promptly growing at large. Dairy industry holds an important place in Indian economy. The Indian dairy industry is not only a vital producer of dairy products but also is one of the largest employers in the country in both the rural as well as the urban region. It has emerged as most fundamental source of making livelihood in rural part of India and helped in uplifting their status. The course aims at training students with the basic knowledge of various dairy plant operations, dairy machinery, designing and managing dairy plant, hence improving the quality of the products. After completing MBA Agri Business with specialization in Dairy Technology and Management, you can apply in both the Government as well private sectors.

In recent years, poultry has emerged as a potent source of income due to high food value. The eggs and chicken meat are rich sources of protein, vitamins and minerals. This course is intended to provide students basic knowledge of poultry housing and management, poultry feeds and feeding and various poultry operations and equipment, maintaining a hygienic environment, handling & identifying chickens, controlling pests etc. Aspirants can work in government as well as in the private sector. Poultry has made notable progress mostly in the private sector. After holding a degree in this field you can find jobs in various hatcheries, pharmaceutical concerns, feed millers, veterinary hospitals, feed production companies, feed analysis laboratories, education, business, management & research etc.

India is bestowed with one of the highest diverse edaphic and climatic conditions in the world varying from tropical, subtropical, temperate and within these humid, semi-arid, arid, frost free temperatures etc. Due to such adaptability, there is a good scope for horticulture. This course will cover different aspects of horticulture and farm management like organizing and operating a farm and maximizing yields. It will focus on production and post harvest methodologies of fruits and vegetables, supply chain and management of floriculture and landscaping. After holding degree, you may work in various fields like production and sales, marketing, research and development, landscape design, construction and management.

Due to advanced irrigation techniques and farm machinery there is a revolutionary increase in agricultural production. The objective of this course module is to acquaint the students with the basics of farm power machinery and equipment, greenhouse technology, irrigation technique management and marketing of agricultural machinery. They will be introduced to different irrigation techniques like micro and macro irrigation. After getting a degree, an aspirant can go for entrepreneurship or can get jobs in fields like agrochemical industry, farm machinery industry, production and sales, marketing, research and development; and farm management.

In India, a large number of people in the rural area depend upon animal husbandry for their living. Animal husbandry plays a vital role in increasing Indian economy. The course includes animal health and nutrition, feeding and calf management, epidemiology and animal health economics and sustainable livestock farming in the environment. This course has been designed to help you understand animal epidemiology and basic veterinary practices and develop appropriate skills so as to increase food production under different livestock management systems. After holding a degree in this field you can manage a livestock operation, consult for an agribusiness company or start your own breeding farm.

Food processing is a modern practice that improves distributional efficiency and enhances the marketing of food. Course will lay emphasis on food technology & processing management, marketing of food and food products, procurement and materials management, food processing environment and policy. After completion of the course, aspirants can get jobs in areas like dairy and food processing, canning, packaging, fisheries, meat & poultry, alcoholic beverages & soft drinks and grain processing.

Fishery industry involves catching, processing, marketing, exporting and protecting fish. India ranks number 2 in fish production after China. Since, it is the tenth of China so there is a need to learn some sophisticated technology methods for fish breeding and protection. This programme will introduce students with the principles of aquaculture, fisheries resource management, marketing of fisheries and aqua products and aquaculture management. There are lots of job opportunities in government and the private sector. In every country or state, the government has a fisheries department where you can apply for various posts. You can also apply for jobs in central government agencies like Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Fisheries Survey of India (FSI), NIO, WHO, and many others. Also, there are more career options in exporting and business field related to fisheries or you can be an entrepreneur.

India has a commodity based economy where people depend upon agriculture commodities. India is an under-developed country so there is a need to learn about current market trends and various commodity derivatives. This course will focus on commodity supply chain management, financial derivatives, foundations of commodities, trading in commodity and financial markets. This will give ideas about various operations like production, planning, procurement and logistics management, risk factors in commodity trading. This can facilitate the retailers to identify better-quality suppliers, distributors which will in turn help them to get improved yield, which brings down customers' costs. After completion of the degree, aspirants can find opportunities in various fields like food production companies, banks, import-export firms, retail firms etc.

Agri input industry includes seeds, fertilizers, agro-chemicals and farm machineries. This course will provide an overview of agencies and policies involved in the procurement of farm inputs by the farmers and the movement of agricultural products from the farms to the consumers. Further, it will help them learn and implement successful strategies like pricing and logistics management, promotion and marketing in their business markets. After holding a degree, there are lots of opportunities in fields like agrochemical industry, farm management, institutes, banks, retail firms etc.

PROGRAM FEE

The complete course fee is INR 6, 70,000 exclusive of hostel accommodation. For more details, refer admission section.

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