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College of Agricultural Engineering Post Harvest Technology, Ranipool, Gangtok

Historical Background

The College of Agricultural Engineering Post Harvest Technology (CAEPHT) was established by CAU in the year 2006 to address the issue of shortage of trained manpower (Human Resource) in the discipline of agricultural engineering besides issues pertaining to natural resource management, farm mechanization, post-harvest technology, processing & value addition, utilization of renewable sources of energy, creation of agro-industries in the region etc.

The Govt. of Sikkim, through the Department of Food Security and Agricultural Development (FSADD) transferred the land of its Marchak Farm, Ranipool, East Sikkim to CAU, Imphal. Dr. N.L. Maurya, the then Director of Instruction, CAU, Imphal was appointed by university as Officer on Special Duty for establishment of CAEPHT and after his assuming this new assignment on May 20, 2006 the college started functioning with the admission of first batch of students in B.Tech. Agricultural Engineering programme. Prof. P.K. Srivastava, the present Dean, joined this college on Feb. 15, 2008.

Location of College

The College of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology (CAEPHT) is situated at Ranipool, Gangtok on National Highway 31A connecting Siliguri in West Bengal to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim State. The nearest broad gauge railway station is New Jalpaiguri(NJP), about 120 kms away while the nearest airport is Bagdogra in Darjelling District at about 124 Km distance.

The campus of college is spread over an area of 4.68 ha, mostly hilly terrain at an altitude of approximately 914.4 m. (3000 ft.) above the mean sea level. Two rivers, namely Rani-Khola and Basuk-Khola, touch the college boundary towards the east side while the national highway NH-31 A is towards the west side of college campus. The college buildings, situated in the terraces and valleys and surrounded by rivers, provide an ideal atmosphere for academic and research activities.

The climate of Gangtok is by and large very pleasant throughout the year with average temperature ranging between 13 to 20o C in summer and between 7.7 to 14.3oC in winter. The average annual rainfall is about 3000 mm, spread during months of May to October.

Extension Education

The College of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology, Ranipool, Gangtok is actively involved in various extension education activities related to promotion of farm mechanization, soil and water conservation and management including micro-irrigation and protected cultivation, post harvest management, agro/food processing and value addition, utilization of agricultural residues and by-products/biomass for feed, manure, fibre etc. and utilization of renewable sources of energy viz solar, and biomass. The college regularly organizes programmes like sensitization-cum-awareness generation, front line demonstrations, on-farm trials and field days, short term training programmes and vocational training programmes for capacity building of various stake holders such as farmers, farm women, rural youth, school drop outs, rural artisans, extension officials from state governments and KVKs, and personnel from NGOs/SHGs.

For its much demanded extension activities, the college has laid down following objectives:

  • To establish Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) and strengthen its facilities to provide extension and consultancy services to progressive farmers, entrepreneurs, agro-industries and other stake holders
  • To demonstrate modern/mechanized farming system with improved technologies to enhance the labour and farm productivities, drudgery less operations and obtain higher profitabilities while preserving and/or improving the environment
  • To popularize improved tools, equipment and machineries (manual, animal operated, power operated)
  • To organize sensitization-cum-awareness generation programmes, short term training courses, vocational education and training programmes etc for the benefit of different stake holders
  • To demonstrate proven technologies suitable for custom hiring and creation of micro small and cottage agro industries in rural areas/production catchments
  • To act as documentation and information dissemination centre and
  • To publish extension literature and broadcast / telecast improved technologies etc.

During 2011-12, the college organized following numbers of various extension education programmes/activities.

  • Sensitization-cum-Awareness Generation Programmes - 12
  • Frontline Demonstrations and Method Demonstrations - 20
  • On-farm Trails / Field days - 04
  • Capacity Building Programme for benefits of Extension Functionaries - 01
  • On-campus Training Programmes - 07
  • Off-campus Training Programmes - 02