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About SAST

School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SAST), Shirpur is the first School of Agriculture under SVKM’s NMIMS to be started in 2019 to bring in prosperity to the small and marginal farm holders. The School focuses on teaching, research and outreach, the three arms of agricultural research and education to meet the stakeholders’ aspirations with more participatory devolutions.
The School has air-conditioned class rooms with smart boards, 117 acres of farm, and fully-equipped laboratories. The integrated campus set-up provides an opportunity for the students to get exposed to engineering & pharmacy faculties and thus promote holistic development.
The robust agricultural education curriculum in line with national agricultural education systems as recommended by the ICAR provides a platform where knowledge, resources and opportunities to address aspects of enhanced farm productivity, profitability and sustainable livelihoods.
The skills of the students are honed in basic and applied aspects of agriculture and allied sectors; constant practical hand-holding; and assurance of learning to develop into future researchers or entrepreneurs. The students involve in experiential learning projects and agro-industrial attachments for beyond academic expertise.
NMIMS’s SAST is focused to give an extra mile to knowledge and career of graduates because we help them thinking both critically and creatively, and to express with energy, precision, and dynamism.

Vision & Mission

An internationally recognized technical education institution that excels in Agricultural Education, Research and Extension, producing socially responsible self-motivated graduates in the field of agriculture.

To impart basic and applied knowledge and skills in national and global agricultural systems.
Discover and nurture the innate impulse for professional development.
To promote enhanced oral and written communication skills to address diverge stakeholders and contribute to the growth of the organization.
Promote leadership activities through overall personality development, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
To cultivate abilities to shoulder societal responsibilities.
Establish national and international linkages for collaborative education and research programmes to address needs of all stakeholders.

Chancellor’s Message

Shri Amrish Patel

President SVKM and Chancellor SVKM’s NMIMS


Agriculture is my passion and my way of life. Also, agriculture is the backbone of India for safeguarded food-, nutritional- and livelihood security. On one side, I see that the growth of modern agriculture at an astounding pace making India self-sustained in food grain production. But, on the flipside, I also see the pathetic condition of the debt-ridden, resource-poor, and highly vulnerable small and marginal farm holder, even sometimes committing suicides, due to non-reach and practice of this new knowledge to them.

In this setting, considering the strength of SVKM in imparting meaningful education successfully, the School of Agricultural Sciences & Technology was established in Shirpur in 2019, the prime agricultural belt of Maharashtra with a lot of agricultural diversity and also associated glitches. As water is the prime commodity for successful agriculture, through the concept of "Shirpur Pattern”, astounding groundwater recharge was realized by conserving water from every stream. From this School, I envisage to prepare agricultural graduates for the future food- and nutritional security of the Country. They can also ensure to risk-proof the farming community of this region, help them reap better productivity and profitability from modern agricultural systems to bring back their cheer and pride.

Vice-Chancellor’s Message

India needs trained agricultural graduates to meet the needs of more than 60% of the farmers depending on agriculture as their primary profession. National Agricultural Research and Education Systems (NARES) have grown to towering heights over years to take the country from a ‘ship to mouth’ position in late 50’s to a proud ‘self-reliant Food grain nation’. Globalization of education systems has resulted in enhanced knowledge management systems and skilling of human resources through novel learning systems.

Empowering the farming community with new knowledge sets is a daunting task considering the agro-ecological diversity and illiteracy levels. The School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology has recruited highly qualified faculty from different parts of the nation who bring with them their regional knowledge flavour. Fortunately, Indian agriculture has a lot of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge developed out of vast experience over generations which could benefit farmers, if validated in the regional perspective.

Climate change is emerging as a threat to our agricultural systems and there is an urgent need to build awareness among farmers and also develop risk-averting adaptation strategies. I expect that the School to train the undergraduates to holistically address the issues of effective knowledge management systems, be exemplary educators, conduct top-notch research to develop adaptable cost-effective technologies, primary- and secondary value addition to agricultural commodities, and agri-preneurship skills.


Vice Chancellor

Phone: 022 4235 5555

Dean's Message

Dr. Suseelendra Desai

Dean , School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology


Under the able leadership of our visionary Hon’ble Chancellor, Shri Amrishbhai Patel, the School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology was established in 2019 under the aegis of prestigeous NMIMS Deemed to be University at Shirpur, Dhule district, Maharashtra.

The Schools aims to prepare well-trained and highly skilled agricultural graduates.

The curriculum designed by the ICAR infused with regional requirements, recent advances and technologies is taught by the School for enhanced farm productivity, profitability and sustainable livelihoods of the farming community.

The four-year B.Sc (Hons.) Agriculture program is founded on three-pronged Education-Research-Extension approach and provides the students in-depth knowledge and intellectual breadth required to pursue higher studies; hone the skills for innovation and day-to-day problem solving; be market-ready and agri-preneurship development. The academic journey on- and off-the campus coupled with myriad of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities will function as an enabling platform with progressive learning from basics to advanced courses.

An optimized blend of theory and practical sessions will focus on ‘learning by doing’ in well equipped laboratories and a huge farm.

The uniqueness of the School is to provide hands on training in experiential learning modules and a two-month long industry internship to get a thorough insight into the functionin go of an industry.

The School creates summer internships as an additional opportunity of learning. For this purpose, the School has entered into MoUs with the industries. The curriculum is revised from time to time based on the recommendation of the Board of Studies duly approved by the Academic Council.

You are in the hands of well-trained faculty drawn from different states of India and so can give the flavour of Country’s agricultural situation.

Our novel training systems have resulted in significantly high placements of the very maiden batch and many alumni are pursuing their higher studies in India and abroad.

A well-trained agricultural graduate can not only make his career but also contribute for sustainable livelihoods of vast majority of the small and marginal farmers and bring happiness in their lives.


Chief Guest: Shri Nishith Desai, Founder, Nishith Desai Associates


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