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Welcome to Indian School of Agri Business

Indian School of Agri Business has started with a vision to encourage and nurture excellence in the field of agribusiness. ISAB aims to achieve its vision and mission through active participation in agriculture policy issues, business and industry challenges, programs and studies, training and capacity building towards creating world class agribusiness professionals, capable of taking up national and global challenges in a dynamic world of food and agribusiness. With this vision and powered by apex body, Indian Council of Food and Agriculture, ISAB has started its two years full time post graduate program in agribusiness management from Academic Year 2018. ISAB is affiliated to the UGC approved Integral University, Lucknow and supported by the top corporate houses of India with strategic support from Broadway School of Business, Michigan State University, USA and Western Australia University, Perth, besides other ICFA collaborating national and global institutions.

  • MBA - Agribusiness Management

ISAB has developed its post graduate program in agribusiness management with the noble objective to produce agribusiness professionals for fulfilling the demand of global businesses by reorienting management education, keeping pace with the changing needs of the world. The course are designed with a vision of empowering knowledge of systematic observation and analytical skills needed to take effective charge of the new socio-economic, agro-ecological and emerging market conditions; and to rise above the functional barriers in the execution of their responsibilities in the challenging era. While aiming at developing professionals with overall exposure to complete spectrum of agribusiness sector, ISAB focusses on providing advanced specialization in chosen sectors of food and agricultural businesses so as to enable the graduates with focused skills and complete grasp of the sector. Following eight sectors the Advanced Specialization Packages are being offered.

  • Dairy Technology and Management
  • Poultry Management
  • Horticulture and Farm Management
  • Irrigation and Farm Machinery Management
  • Animal Health Management
  • Food Processing Industry Management
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
  • Commodity Management
  • Agri Input Management

Agribusiness Scenario and the Need

India’s agriculture has seen a paradigm shift since the time of independence. With green revolution, the country witnessed a thrust on food grain production. But the world trade in a globalized world is far more demanding than mere food grain production. Moreover, the domestic market in India has changed quite a bit in recent years. Indian population is growing at a rate of about 1.6% per annum, which in fact has raised India’s status into a large and growing market of agricultural and food products. Food has become the single largest component of private consumption expenditure, accounting for as much as 53% of the total. Consumption of food products is increasing consistently at 7.8%. So now, agriculture is not merely farming but an enterprise catering to a constant demand of a burgeoning population

When the entire scene of food production was fitted into the trappings of world trade, the term ‘agribusiness’ became as common as agriculture or probably became a synonym for agriculture itself. Agribusiness - a generic term that encompasses the businesses involved in food production, including farming, seed supply, agrochemicals, farm machinery, wholesaling and distribution, procurement, processing, value addition, marketing, trade, retailing, entrepreneurship and new agri ventures - has now engulfed the entire Indian agricultural scene.

Recently, there has been a growing momentum in the agri-business and allied activities. Entrepreneurs in the agri-business are fast realising the importance of providing quality products, value-addition and customer services. As such the agribusiness in India is heavily manned but not reasonably managed. In short, production centric conventional version of agriculture may not be competitive, if the manpower involved isn’t qualified enough. The quality can only be imparted by bringing management lessons into the broader concept of agribusiness. But the opportunities for agriculture graduates to acquire the knowledge of management concepts are limited with less than 4000 seats available in agribusiness management institutes and SAUs against about an annual production of more than 50,000 agriculture graduates from SAUs and affiliate colleges.

A postgraduate degree in agribusiness management in this scenario can be viewed as a ladder to one’s entrepreneurial success or corporate career growth. The industry requires no less than 10,000 agribusiness management professionals annually and the supply is less than half. A huge demand supply gap is resulting into non-skilled people occupying positions. Therefore, there is need to produce more agribusiness graduates with strong market and industry exposure to sustain the growth of the industry. But merely classroom training and limited exposure to MBA students at traditional colleges and universities do not qualify them for management roles.

Agriculture’s transformation into agribusiness has opened up several possibilities as far as an agri graduate is concerned. With their current level of education and exposure, they are naïve for the complex demands of agribusiness ventures. But they are the best candidates to pursue higher education in agribusiness management, as they are aware of the nuances of the volatile nature of agriculture. So the need of the hour is better and more institutes which could mould their program to the needs and demands of the job market. Although we have a handful of institutes offering agribusiness management courses, there is none fully industry oriented. Also, the principles and concept of a very promising field like agribusiness management is virtually absent from most of the undergraduate curricula. Moreover, the business management institutes have been found to be modest in promoting research. The MBA agribusiness programs, almost in all SAUs, are thoroughly academic in nature with no market and industry connects, resulting into poor quality and brand. And further, with the fast changing market dynamics of each industry, there is need for advanced specialization for each industry to create professionals with complete set of skills, exposure and full grasp on that business. Indian School of Agri Business, promoted by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture, New Delhi aims to nurture the excellence for meaningful careers in agriculture management and agribusiness industry.

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