Academic Programs

Overview

College is all about exploring your interests, sharpening your skills and rethinking how you think. The academic experience you’ll get at the college does all of the above through unique and challenging courses.

In the classroom, our new general education program emphasizes rigor, innovation and creative thinking. But, we believe that learning extends beyond traditional classrooms, so we make it easy to connect with great internships as well as research opportunities.

It is a matter of pleasure for us to mention that HICAST has signed MoUs with many Governmental Organisations (GOs) under the Ministry of Agricultural Development, I/NGOs and private organisations as well as the universities abroad. Besides academic programmes, HICAST has been conducting research, training and out-reach activities and services like mobile veterinary camps as well as awareness campaigns in different parts of the country. HICAST has a good collective of highly experienced resource persons in the field of agriculture, livestock and veterinary science as well as food processing technology including dairy and meat technology.

HICAST has following Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

B.Sc. (Hons) Ag.

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (4 year programme) is an in-depth field based program where students benefit from both theoretical and practical knowledge in preparation for a career in the agriculture industry’s many sectors. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to investigate a wide variety of topics and prepare a scientific paper or thesis. They graduate with an education that will empower them to create positive change within Nepal’s largest and most important industry.

HICAST emphasizes experiential learning through field methods and participatory learning approaches. Students begin their field/practical work during the second semester of the program. 
They also have the opportunity to expand their learning through their elective courses that include the following topics: 

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Soil Science
  • Livestock Production & Management
  • Development Studies
  • Agri-economics and Business Management
  • Plant Protection
  • Plant Breeding

Field-based Internship

Students in the agriculture and veterinary programs participate in a field-based internship in the last semester of their program and prepare a thesis. This internship is intended to broaden the perspective of the student as well as impart practical knowledge in relation to his/her field of specialization. Internships are coordinated in various agro-based industries, research farms, laboratories or veterinary hospitals as well as private farms, I/NGOs and GOs operating in different agro-ecological conditions


B.V.Sc. & AH

HICAST’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry is a 5 year program which develops veterinary professionals who can meet the needs of the animal health, livestock management, animal welfare and public health protection sectors. Delivered through a partnership between government owned veterinary hospitals, and private firms and industries, students have the opportunity to investigate a wide variety of topics and prepare a scientific paper or thesis.

Students in the veterinary program participate in a field-based internship in the last semester of their program and prepare a thesis. This internship is intended to broaden the perspective of the student as well as impart practical knowledge in relation to his/her field of specialization. Internships are coordinated in various agro-based industries, research farms, laboratories or veterinary hospitals as well as private farms, I/NGOs operating in different agro-ecological conditions.

Scope and Opportunities

Veterinarians possess specialized skills that are in high demand across the agriculture industry. There are many opportunities for them to work with governmental, non-governmental and private institutions /industries. They also have the option to run their own livestock product-based enterprise and /or private consultancy /advisory service. HICAST is fully committed to producing high quality competent graduates in veterinary science.

Veterinarians have the potential to make a large impact on agriculture in Nepal. From livestock production to health management, they have the ability to create positive change that is recognized across the industry. Their expertise is helping to make the saying "Healthy Animal, Healthy human, And Healthy Nation" a reality. HICAST is proud to provide an excellent opportunity for the veterinarians of tomorrow to devote themselves to the achievement of this goal.

Laboratory Facilities

HICAST’s veterinary campus has a teaching hospital with the following laboratories:

  • Veterinary Anatomy & Histology
  • Veterinary Physiology
  • Veterinary Biochemistry
  • Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Breeding & Genetics
  • Livestock Production & Management
  • Livestock Product Technology
  • Animal Reproduction, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Veterinary Surgery & Radiology
  • Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Ethics and Jurisprudence
  • Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension
  • Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Veterinary Field Clinic

Post Graduate Program

M Sc Meat Technology
M Sc Dairy Technology
M Sc Ag (Agri-Business Management)

Upcoming Programs

  1. M.Sc.Ag. (Sustainable Agriculture & Climate Change)
  2. M.Sc.Ag. (Commercial Horticulture)
  3. M.Sc.Ag. (Animal Science & Bio-Technology)


Research & Training

Based on the need of various development organisations, governmental and non-governmental organisations and individuals, HICAST has been conducting various research and short-term training courses.

These courses are designed and conducted as per need/demand of the concerned sectors, farming communities, agro-industries and development workers/institutions.

HICAST conducts training on the following topics:

  1. Sustainable Development
  2. Environment, Biodiversity and Sustainable Livelihoods
  3. Sustainable Agriculture
  4. Bio-intensive Farming System and Food security
  5. Commercial Horticulture and Nutrition
  6. Value addition and Value Chain Analysis
  7. Project Proposal and Report Writing
  8. Promotion of Micro- and Agro-Enterprises
  9. Agri-Business Mgmt
  10. Skill development of Para-Veterinarians
  11. Entrepreneurial Skill development of JTAs/JTs

Our degree is tailored to meet the changing needs of the industry, and is continually updated in consultation with our industry advisers. You will study the merits and challenges of different farm production systems, explore the food chain, and learn about the production of safe food in the context of climate change, environmental protection and livestock welfare. These issues, associated with the future sustainability of farming systems, are high on our agenda. Though, our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers within the agricultural and related industries worldwide.

Structure

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, and practical classes at the farms and laboratories. Our exceptional industry contacts and external visits to livestock and crop enterprises and agri-businesses will provide valuable additional case studies.

Modules are assessed through examinations and coursework, including real-life case studies, presentations and reports. There are timed, unseen examinations throughout each semester.

The research project is an integral part of the course. It provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to employment aspirations.

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