Agriculture Engineering

About the Department

  • Established in the year 2014 with the intent of raising qualified Agricultural Engineers and Researchers who can make substantial contribution to the field of Agricultural Engineering.
  • Twenty five percentage of faculty members having Ph.D., qualification
  • The department offers four major specializations in Agricultural Engineering viz. Farm machinery and Power Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering and Post harvest process and food Engineering. Each has its unique and wide scope for research work.
  • Publication in NAAS index / Scopus indexed Journals
  • Consultancy work and social interactions
  • Farm machinery and power , Post harvest Engineering Laboratory, Dairy Processing and Food Engineering  Laboratory, Bio energy Laboratory and Irrigation laboratory facilities available
  • Specially designed skill development programmes with support of  industrial experts
  • National and international conferences and courses
  • Placement in core companies (Jain irrigation, Captain tractors, Escorts tractor )
  • Various technical clubs such as Agricultural mechanization, Food processing club, and water harvesting and management club have been actively functioning to impart specialized knowledge and skills to the students in diverse domains.

Programmes offered

  • B.E. - Agriculture Engineering- 4 years

Vision & Mission


  • To provide competent agricultural engineers and entrepreneurs to the industry and society through quality education


  • To impart technical education through effective teaching-learning process
  • To enhance students employability through mentoring various skill based activities
  • To promote research activities with a focus on excellence and innovation to meet the global challenges
  • To imbibe ethical and enterprising characters to become socially responsible citizens

PSOs, PEOs & POs

Programme Specific Outcomes (PSOs)

The students will demonstrate the abilities

  • PSO1: To design, develop agricultural implements for effective and efficient agricultural production.
  • PSO2: To engage in lifelong learning, commitment to quality and continuous improvement in agricultural production system.
  • PSO3: Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • PSO4: Effectively use the technology in post harvest operations.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The graduates of will be able to

  • PEO1:   To provide effective teaching and to provide in depth knowledge in the core subjects to the students.
  • PEO2: To prepare students for successful careers in industry that meet the needs of Indian and multinational companies.
  • PEO3: To develop the ability among students to synthesize data and technical concepts for application to different subjects.
  • PEO4: To provide students with a sound foundation in the mathematical, scientific and Engineering fundamentals necessary to formulate, solve and analyze Engineering problems and to prepare them for graduate studies.
  • PEO5: To promote the students be aware of the life-long learning and to introduce them to Professional ethics and codes of professional practice.

Program Outcomes (POs)

Engineering Graduates will be able to:

  • Engineering knowledge: Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, and an engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.
  • Problem analysis: Identify, formulate, review research literature, and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering sciences.
  • Design/development of solutions: Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design system components or processes that meet the specified needs with appropriate consideration for the public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.
  • Conduct investigations of complex problems: Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions.
  • Modern tool usage: Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations.
  • The engineer and society: Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice.
  • Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.
  • Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of the engineering practice.
  • Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Communication: Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as, being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
  • Project management and finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the engineering and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.
  • Life-long learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.

Advisory Committee

Department Program Advisory Committee (DPAC)

S.No Member Designation
1 Dr.P.Venkatachalam Professor & Dean, Department of Agriculture Engineering
2 Mr.Paul Raj Head, ETDC, Bangalore
3 Mr.P.Sellamuthu Director General, IIEM
4 Dr.V.Shanmugam., Dean,SMS
5 Dr. T. Jesudas, Professor, Dept of Mechatronics
6 Dr. R. Thanigaivelan, Professor, Dept of Mechanical Engg
7 Dr. K. Vidhya,. Professor, Dept of Civil Engg
8 Dr. S. Umamaheswari, Professor, Dept of EEE

Board of Studies

Members of the Board of Studies

S.No. Name of the Member Communication Address of the members BoS Designation
1 Dr. P.Saranya,  M.E., Ph.D Assistant Professor & Head
Department of Agriculture  Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College
Phone:04288 288668
Mobile:89399 90443


2 Dr. M. Krishnaveni .,M.E., Ph.D. Professor
Center for water Resources
Anna University - Chennai-25
Ph: 044-2235 7450
Mobile: 9840202974

Anna University Nominee

3 Dr. S. Senthilvel., M.E., Ph.D. Professor and Head,
Department of Agriculture Engineering,
RVS College of Engineering and Technology,
Coimbatore- 641402
Mobile: 9894801049

Academic Expert

4 Dr. P. Subramanian., M.E., Ph.D. Professor
Department of Bio-Energy,
Tamil nadu Agriculture University
Mobile: 9443889305

Academic Expert

5 Mr.P.Sellamuthu Director General
Indian Institute Of Energy management
No. 9,First Crescent Park Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar,Chennai-600020
Ph: 044-24421542
Mobile:9381014234/ 9841078379

Industrial Expert

6 Dr.V.Shanmugam.,M.E., PhD., M.B.A.,

Professor and Dean,
Mechanical Engineering and Sciences
Mahendra Engineering College(Autonomous)
Mobile: 7373961999

Academic Expert

7 Dr. T. Jesudas, M.E., Ph.D.


Department of mechanical Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College
Mobile: 8344805538


Allied Department



8 Dr. R. Thanigaivelan, M.E., Ph.D.

Professor & Head
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College
Mobile: 9443030935

Allied Department

9 Dr. K. Vidhya, M.E., Ph.D.

Professor & Head
Department of Civil Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College
Mobile: 98420 22047

Allied Department

10 Dr. S. Umamaheswari, M.E., Ph.D.

Professor & Head
Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College
Mobile: 9790481816
Phone: 04288 288566

Allied Department


Bio energy laboratory

Major Equipment

  • Solar water heater
  • Solar tunnel dryer
  • Hot air oven
  • Muffle furnace
  • Biogas plant: i. KVIC model, ii. Deenabandhu model
  • Windmill model


  • Understanding of working principle of Solar water heater, Solar tunnel dryer, Hot air oven and Muffle furnace
  • Understanding of components and working principles of Biogas plants through KVIC model and Deenabandhu model


  • Bio energy Laboratory for third year Agriculture Engineering Students

Laboratory In-charges

  • Ms.S.Anitha

Farm Power and Machinery Laboratory

Major Equipment

  • Tractor
  • Power tiller
  • Seed drill
  • 9 tyne cultivator
  • Knapsack sprayer
  • Turmeric harvester


  • Identification of components of tractor, their maintenance and study of safety aspects while operating the tractor and power tiller
  • Identification, operation, maintenance and study of Primary and secondary tillage equipments
  • Identification, operation, maintenance and study of sowing equipments
  • Identification, operation, maintenance and study of Intercultural equipments
  • Identification, operation, maintenance and study of Plant protection  equipments
  • Identification, operation, maintenance and study of harvesting equipments


  • Agricultural Engineering practices laboratory for first  year students
  • Operation maintenance of farm machinery laboratory for third  year students
  • Testing and management of farm machinery for final year students

Laboratory In-charges

  • Dr.P.Tamilselvi
  • Mr.V.Natraj

Post Harvest Engineering Laboratory

Major Equipment

  • Digital moisture meter
  • Porosity apparatus
  • Coefficient of friction apparatus
  • Angle of repose apparatus
  • Paddy thresher
  • Paddy winnower
  • Groundnut decorticator
  • Maize sheller
  • LSU drier
  • Fludized bed drier
  • Bucket elevator
  • Screw conveyor
  • Rubber roll sheller model
  • Soxlet apparatus
  • Water bath


  • Understanding the working principles of coefficient of friction, angle of repose, digital moisture meter and porosity apparatus.
  • Understanding the working principles of Groundnut decorticator, Paddy thresher and Paddy winnower
  • Understanding the working principles of grain dryers and Shellers


  • Post harvest technology laboratory for second year students
  • Food and Dairy engineering laboratory for third year students

Laboratory In-charges

  • Dr.V.Dhinesh kumar
  • Ms. B.Kamalapreetha
  • Mr.V.Natraj

Agricultural Engineering Practices Laboratory

Major Equipment

  • Meteorological instruments
  • Automatic Weather station
  • Soil EC, Ph, and TDS meter
  • Digital Soil moisture meter
  • Tensiometer
  • Seed growth Germinator
  • Drip and Sprinkler setup with all features


  • To understand the concepts and working principles of Meteorological instruments, Automatic weather station, soil parameters and Modern Irrigation equipments


  • Agricultural Engineering practices laboratory for first year students

Strength of Materials Laboratory

Major Equipment

  • UTM of minimum 400 KN
  • Torsion testing machine for steel rods
  • Izod impact testing machine
  • Charpy/Izod impact testing machine
  • Hardness testing machine Rockwell and Brinnel
  • Beam deflection test apparatus
  • Extensometer


  • Demonstrating the basic principles in the area of strength and mechanics of materials and structural analysis to the undergraduate students through a series of experiments


  • Strength of materials laboratory for second year students

Surveying Laboratory

Major Equipment

  • Total station
  • Theodolite
  • Leveling instruments
  • Plane table
  • Pocket stereoscope
  • Prism square
  • Optical square
  • Prismatic compass
  • GPS
  • Dumpy level


  • To find out the Cross section, Longitudinal section, length, height, angle and location of agricultural land.
  • To draw the Contour mapping of agricultural field


  • Surveying laboratory for second year students

Fluid mechanics and hydraulics Laboratory

Major Equipment

  • Rotometer
  • Venturimeter and  Orifice meter
  • Flow through variable duct area - Bernoulli‟s Experiment
  • Flow through Orifice, Mouthpiece and Notches
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Gear pump
  • Submersible pump
  • Reciprocating pump
  • Pelton wheel turbine
  • Francis turbine


  • To understand the concepts and working principles of pipes, pumps and turbines.
  • To calculate the efficiency of various Pumps and turbines


  • Fluid mechanics and hydraulics laboratory for second year students

Food and Dairy Engineering Laboratory

Major Equipment

  • Auto clave
  • Laminar flow chamber
  • Microwave oven
  • Hot air oven
  • Hand refractometer
  • Soxhlet apparatus
  • Microwave oven
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Butter Churner
  • Cream Separator


  • Understanding the components and working principle of various food and dairy equipments


  • Food and Dairy engineering laboratory for third year students

Other laboratories

Design and drawing of agricultural equipments, machineries and structures

  • Drawing of farm structures Laboratory
  • CAD for Agricultural Machinery
  • GIS Laboratory for Agricultural Engineers

Agricultural practices

  • Crop husbandry Laboratory

Faculty & Staff

S.No Name of the Faculty Designation
1 Dr.P.Venkatachalam Professor
2 Dr.P. Saranya Associate Professor & HOD
3 Mrs.V.Poonguzhali Assistant Professor
4 Mr.S.Saravanakumar Assistant Professor
5 Ms.B.Kamalapreetha Assistant Professor
6 Dr.V.Dhineshkumar Assistant Professor
7 Dr.P.Tamil Selvi Assistant Professor
8 Ms.S. Anitha Assistant Professor
9 Mr.Sugan Assistant Professor
S.No Name of the faculty No. of Publication
1 Dr. P.Saranya 02
2 Dr.V.Dhineshkumar 32
3 Dr.P.TamilSelvi 04
4 Ms.B.Kamalapreetha 02
S.No Name of the Supporting Staff Qualification Designation
1 Natraj V D.A.E (Agri) Lab technician
2 Devasena J B.Sc (Agriculture) Lab technician


Credentials of the Department

  • Three faculty members have completed Ph.D degree and 1 faculty is currently pursuing Ph.D in the last three academic years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
  • Department have organized Two day Agri Fest Entitled “Uzavar Vizha” for the benefit of the farmers, growing entrepreneur and the students focusing the trends in the agricultural system.
  • Two students received the funding for the ideas submitted to MSME under the scheme ”Support for entrepreneurial and managerial development of SME’s through Incubators”
  • Students have developed various models of agricultural systems under sub categories namely Heritage, Kitchen gardening, Integrated Farming, Watershed management, Bio energy and Dream Agriculture
  • Faculties have submitted research proposal to various funding agencies like DST, TANSCST, MSME.
  • Various technical training, workshops and seminar have been conducted in the department for the developing the technical skills and credentials of the students to become the successful agricultural engineers.
  • Our Students have undergone Internship in various reputed Private Industries / Organizations.
  • All the students are undergoing skill development programmes like soft skills, communication skills, aptitude and logical reasoning , group discussions and technical interview skills


Short-Term Courses


Seminars, Conferences & Workshops conducted through Professional Societies

Events organized in last three academic years:
S.No. Type of Events Professional society Date Name of the Events Resource Person Name & Organization
1 Guest Lecture - 28.02.2018 Presents status and trends of Farm Mechanization in India Dr. T. Senthilkumar,
Principal Scientist(Farm Machinery and Power),
ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering,
Regional centre, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
2 Seminar - 26.02.2018 Grain Processing and silo storage Techniques Er. E.Jayakumar,M.Tech.
(Senior Consultant, Agro Trade Link, Thanjavur)
3 Guest Lecture - 08.02.2018 Energy Application in Agriculture Mr. SELLAMUTHU
(Direct General)
Indian Institute of Energy Management
4 Seminar - 31.01.2018 Modern Techniques in Irrigation Dr.S.Santhana Bosu Former Dean, AEC&RI,TNAU, Coimbatore
5 Workshop - 30.01.2018 IT in Agricultural Systems Prof. R.Venkatachalam
6 Guest lecture - 13.09.2017 Challenges and Prospects of Agriculture Dr. J. Vasanthakumar, Former Dean (Faculty of Agriculture), Former Registrar, Annamalai University.
7 Workshop - 11.09.2017 Design of Agricultural Machinery Dr. R. Manian, Former Dean (Agricultural Engineering), TNAU, Coimbatore.
8 Conference ICAR KVK, TNAU KVK, TNUVAS KVK, IEI 31.06.2017 & 01.07.2017 Uzhavar Vizha Dr.T.N.Balamohan, Professor and Head, Department of Horticulture, Agriculture College and Research Institute, Othakadai, Madurai. Dr.E.Vadivel, Strategic advisor, TN Consortium of farmer producer company limited, Sivagiri, Erode Dist, Tamil Nadu
9 Seminar - 28.02.2017 Scope & prospects in Indian food industry Dr. Saraswathy Eswaran,
Secretary, Ramasamy Chinnammal Trust, Coimbatore
10 Technical training Escorts training and development centre 27.02.2017 Roadmap for Farm mechanization in India Mr. Paul raj – Head, ETDC Mr.Biju George – Senior Manager Mr.Chandrashekhar P - Senior Manager
11 Technical training - 24.02.2017 Watershed development Dr. S. Senthilvel
Professor- Soil and Water Conservation Engineering,
Tamilnadu Agricultural University.
12 National seminar IMTI 24.08.2016 Present scenario on Water resource Engineering Er. K.Manuraj Director , IMTI , Trichy
13 Seminar - 28.07.2016 Design of Shaft and Coupling Dr.P.Sathiya
Associate Professor,
Department of Production Engineering
National Institute of Technology
14 Workshop - 25.02.2016 Maintenance of micro irrigation system M.C.Mohan, Union Chairman, ATMA Scheme, Er.K.Natrajan, Assistant Executive Engineer, AED, Tiruchengodu & Mr.P. Ashok Kumar, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Mallasamuram
15 Guest Lecture - 17.02.2016 Consumer act and food Safety Mr.K.K. Chokckalinkam,Co-Ordinator,Citizen consumer club,Tamilnadu & Mr.C.R.Rajeshkanna, Coordinator,Citizen consumer club, Namakkal
16 Workshop - 08.02.2016 Historical Development of Agriculture and Agriculture Engineering Dr.P.Venkatachalam
Former Dean & Professor
Tamil nadu Agricultural University
17 Workshop - 24.08.2015 Today’s Challenges in Agriculture Engineering 1.Er.R.Ilangovan, M.E
Superintending Engineer, P.W.D.,/W.R.D.,
Parambikulam Aliyar Basin circle,
2. Dr.Balan,
Director, Aqua solutions, India, Salem.
3. Anthiyoor G.Selvaraj
Farmer, SVN organic farms


  • Design and development of Seed Dibbler funded by MSME through Support for entrepreneurial and managerial development of SME's through Incubators


Memorandum of Understanding signed during last three academic years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-2017

S.No. Name of organization Domain / Area of Activities Contribution Activities & Outcome
1 ESCORTS Ltd, Tractor and implements Technical Training Opportunities are provided to the students Internship, Training, Project works and Research for the Agriculture professional student
2 IMTI Irrigation and  Watershed management Technical training Students and faculties are trained in  Irrigation and  Watershed management


Department of Agriculture Engineering

Mahendra Engineering College (Autonomous),

Salem- Thiruchengode Highway, Mahendhirapuri,



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