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.
  • The nomenclature of B.E. Agriculture Engineering has been changed to B.Tech. Agricultural Engineering from the academic year 2022-2023 onwards.
  • Most of the faculty members are members in various professional bodies like ISTE, IE(I), etc., and are actively participating in the activities of those professional bodies.

Programmes offered

  • B.E. - Agriculture Engineering- 4 years

Vision & Mission

Vision

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

Mission

  • 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

PEO, PO and PSO

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The graduates of will be able to

  • PEO1: To provide a sound theoretical knowledge in engineering principles applied to agriculture.
  • PEO2: To train and educate students with general knowledge and skills in agricultural water management, farm machinery and management, processing and energy management in agriculture.
  • PEO3: To develop innovative capacity of students for increasing agricultural production with scarce water resources available.
  • PEO4: To pursue higher education, research and entrepreneurship in agricultural and related fields.   
  • PEO5: To understand ethical issues and responsibility of serving the society and the environment at large. 

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.

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 Farm mechanization.

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 BoS Member Address BoS Designation
1. Dr.KR. Kalphana
Associate Professor and Head
Department of Agriculture Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College
Mallasamudram,
Namakkal-637503.
hodagri@mahendra.info
Board Chairperson
2. Dr. M. Krishnaveni
Director & Professor
Institute for Ocean Management
Anna University
Guindy Campus
Chennai
mkveni@annauniv.edu,
University Nominee
3. Dr. P. Venkatachalam 
Director
MIT Institution
Musiri
pvenkat55@yahoo.co.uk
Academic Expert
4. Mr. P. Sellamuthu
Director General
Indian Institute of Energy Management, 
No 6, First crescent park road, Gandhi Nagar,
Adayar, Chennai.
psellamuthu@gmail.com
Industry Expert
5. Mr. K. Karthik Ram
CEO
M/S Ramkumar Industries
57, Vellaikinar Road,
Coimbatore-641029
rki1969@gmail.com
Industry Expert
6. Dr. V. Shanmugam,
Dean
  Dean-School of Mechanical Sciences,
Mahendra Engineering College.
shanmugamv@mahendra.info
Allied Department
7. Dr. K. Vidhya
Professor and Head
Department of Civil Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College
Mallasamudram,
Namakkal-637503.
hodcivil@mahendra.info
Allied Department
8 Dr.V. Dhineshkumar
Assistant Professor
Central University of Rajasthan,
Rajasthan
dineshkumarv@mahendra.info
Academic Expert  
9. Dr.V. Poonguzhali
Associate Professor
Department of Agriculture Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College,
Mallasamudram, Namakkal-637503.
Internal Senior Faculty
10. Ms. S. Anitha
Assistant Processor
Department of Agriculture Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College,
Mallasamudram, Namakkal-637503.
Internal Senior Faculty
11 S. Gayan Project Assignee
TAFE Private Limited
Chennai.
Alumini
12. R.Suresh 1/218 ,PettaiyanKottai.
Nerimedu Road,
Krishnagiri
Alumini
13. Deepak Final Year,
Agriculture Engineering
Mahendra Engineering College
Student

Board of Studies Meeting

Laboratory

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

Capabilities

  • 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

Utilization

  • 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

Capabilities

  • 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

Utilization

  • 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

Capabilities

  • 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

Utilization

  • 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

Capabilities

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

Utilization

  • 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

Capabilities

  • 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

Utilization

  • 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

Capabilities

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

Utilization

  • 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

Capabilities

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

Utilization

  • 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

Capabilities

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

Utilization

  • 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

Farm Power and Machinery Laboratory

Laboratory In-charges

  • Dr.V.Poonguzhali
  • Mr.S. Anand

Post Harvest Engineering Laboratory

Laboratory In-charges

  • Mrs C.N.S.Swathi
  • Mr.S. Anand

Faculty & Staff

S.NO NAME OF THE FACULTY DESIGNATION QUALIFICATION
1 Dr. K R Kalphana HOD Ph.D
2 Dr. V Poonguzhali AP Ph.D
3 Ms. S Anitha AP M.Tech
4 Mr. K Ganeshmoorthy AP M.S
5 Mr. S Anand AP M.Sc
6 Mrs. C N S Swathi AP M.Sc
7 Mr. N Elamvaluthi AP M.E
8 Dr. T Kiruthika AP Ph.D
9 Mr. A Kamalahasan AP M.Tech
10 Mr. R Satheesh AP M.Sc
11 Mr. K Senthilkumar AP M.E
12 Mr. P Senthil AP M.E
Sl. No Name of the faculty No. of research publication
1 SARANYA .P 1
2 VENKATACHALAM .P 60
3 POONGUZHALI. V 1
4 SARAVANAKUMAR. S -
5 DHINESHKUMAR.V 30
6 ANITHA .S -
7 ANITHA .K 1
8 GANESHMOORTHY. K -
9 SWATHI .C.N.S 1
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

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
  • Faculty members are life membership in Professional Bodies like IE(I), ISTE & chapters

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

Short-Term Courses

Events

Academic year: 2018-19 (ODD & EVEN):
S.No Date(s) of the Event   Type of Event Name of the Event Resource Person Name & Designation
1. 9.10.2021   Seminar “Advanced Technology in Farm Mechanization – India” Dr. T. SENTHILKUMAR 
 Principal Scientist (Farm Machinery and Power)
 ICAR – Central Institute of AgriEngg, 
 Regional Centre, Coimbatore.
2. 12.10.2021   Webinar “Career Opportunities for agricultural engineers” Dr. M.M.PRAGALYAASHREE,M.Tech PhD
Assistant professor, 
Food processing Technology,
 Karunya Institute of Science and Technology
 Coimbatore
3. 11.11.2021 Webinar “The importance of hydraulics structures for society” Mrs. K.KAVITHA RANI
Assistant exrecutive Engineer
PWD/Water resource Department ,Salem .
4. 6.10.2021   Guest lecture “Agricultural Engineering – Past, Present and Future” Dr.P.VENKATACHALAM
Director (R&E), MIT College of Agricultural
Technology, Musiri And
Former Dean and Professor
Tamilnadu Agricultural University
5. 21.10.2021   International lecture “Applications of Novel and Emerging Non-thermal Processing Technologies” DR.KATHIRAVAN KRISHNAMURTHY, PhD  
Clinical Assistant professor
Department of Food Science and Nutrition  Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, United States 
                                               . 
6. 30.11.2021   NIT / IIT Lecture Series “Advancements, new challenging and novelty about the harvesting equipment” Dr. P. SATHIYA
Professor
Department of production Engineering
National  Institute of  Technology
Tiruchirappali
7. 23.10.2021   Mails “Placement  awarenessin agriculture engineering” Mr. R.GUNASEELAN
Alumni (2014-2018)
8. 29.10.2021   Mails “Recent trends in micro irrigation system” Er. A.ARIVANANTHAN,
District Manager,
Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd,
Programmes Organized During EVEN Semester 2021-22
S.No Date(s) of the Event   Name of the Event Resource Person Name & Designation
1 02.02.2022   Webinar Agri engineering start-ups – “The big Opportunity, Challenge and the Thrill” RAJKUMAR ARUMUGAM,
Founder & Director,
Renaaissance Power Products Private limited,
Coimbaore.
2 18.03.2022   MAILS Career Guidance of Agriculture Technology for Agriculture Engineer Mr. NirmalKaliannan
Agtech Engineer
Digiteinfotech Pvt Ltd
Bangalore
8870880787
Nirmal.kaliannan@digite.com
3 22.03.2022   Guest lecture Advanced  technologies for manufacturing  plant based dairy alternative. Mr.SureshChander C.R.
New Product Development and Applications Team Head,
Arboreal Bioinnovations
4 28.03.2022   NIT / IIT Lecture Series Ocean Engineering: An Introductory Overview Dr.SrineashVijaya Kumar
Room No:142, Dept. of Civil Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,
Mumbai – 400076.
5 29.03.2022     Webinar Agri Engineering Startups“ Energy saving opportunity in Domestic and Agri based equipments by using Solar power plant”. Mr. Sivakumar. S
Petroleum Conservation Research Association,
Southern Region office,
BSNL building Tower – 2,
Ground Floor, No. 16,
Greams road,
Chennai - 600006
6 30.03.2022     MAILS Entrepreneurship Opportunities and Skills in Agriculture Sector Mr. K. Sasikumar
Lecturer
Department of Agricultural Technology,
Thiyagarajar Polytechnic College,
Salem.
7402757517
sasikumar.agricultureengineer@gmail.com
7 22.04.2022   Webinar World Earth Day 2022 – Invest in our planet Dr. S. Chandran
Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering,
Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai – 15.
8 06.05.2022   Webinar Information Technology Application in Farm Mechanization Mr. Ramesh Kumar Sahni
Scientist (Farm Machinery & Power) ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal
Research Scholar at Washington university, WA, USA

RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY WORK

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

Mous

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

Contact

Department of Agriculture Engineering

Mahendra Engineering College (Autonomous),

Salem- Thiruchengode Highway, Mahendhirapuri,

Mallasamudram,

Namakkal-637503,

E-Mail id: hodagri@mahendra.info

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