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Farm Machinery


The course on Farm Machinery is designed for undergraduate students of Agricultural Engineering, Practicing Engineers, Machinery Manufacturers and Research Scientists. The contents comprises of basic principles and the use of modern technology, viz, Image Processing, Microcontrollers, Sensors and Embedded Systems. Design of horticultural machines and equipment are specially included considering the need of the hour. Suitable examples in the form of problems and their solutions are included for the students to get clarity about the various concepts discussed on each topic. Use of machines Custom hiring and mechanization of small farms are also discussed under each level of mechanization for the readership to appreciate the importance of the machines used.

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Agricultural Engineering


UG/PG: UG Course

PREREQUISITES: Students of 3rd yrs B.Tech./BE (Agricultural Engineering) or 4th yrs. B.Sc, Agricultural courses of Agricultural Universitiesl

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Tractor companies like, M&M Ltd. TAFE Ltd., Escorts Ltd., Eicher Ltd., Punjab Tractors Ltd. and several Farm Machinery Manufacturers in the country.

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Prof. V.K. Tewari, B.Tech.(Hons.), M.Tech. (FMP) and Ph.D(Engg.) has been in the IIT system as a student and faculty. He has been teaching Farm Machinery Design, Farm Power, Engineering Ergonomics, Precision Agriculture at UG/PG levels in IIT, Kharagpur for the last 35 yrs. He was IIT JEE Chairman (2003-2006) He has served as Head of the Agricultural & Food Engineering Department and Rural Development Centre IIT, Kharagpur. He is a long standing member of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, USA.


Week 1  :   Importance of farm machines in the contest of enhance production, multiple cropping, labour scarcity etc.  
Week 2  :   Ploughing and first opening of the soil, the design and component details.
Week 3  :   Machinery of seedbed preparation operation.
Week 4  :   Equipment for sowing and planting and inter cultivation.
Week 5  :   Variable Rate Fertilizer Applicator, Microprocessor Based Herbicide Applicator, Spraying etc.
Week 6  :   Equipment for irrigation
Week 7  :   Machinery for crop harvesting design and operation
Week 8  :    Root crop harvesting machinery
Week 9  :    Machinery for horticultural crops
Week 10  :  Equipment for crop protection and disease control
Week 11  :  Machinery for transport and material handling 
Week 12  :  Machinery for land drainage, reclamation and estate maintenance 


•  Books: 
(i) Principles of Farm machinery – Robert Allen Kepner, Roy Bainer, Edgar Lee Barger
       (ii) Principles of Agricultural Engineering – Ojha&Michael
Farm Machinery - Claude Culpin

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exam: October 28, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams: Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm.
  • Exam for this Course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur.It will be e-verifiable at http://nptel.ac.in/noc/