Nanotechnology in Agriculture

By Prof. Mainak Das   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 2397
Modern agriculture is a chemical intensive process starting from fertilizer, pesticide to food preservation. Modern nanotechnology tools if used judiciously in future, have the ability to offer sustainable development along with the optimal, precision and more effective use of chemicals. In this course, I will be sharing my journey from basic agriculture to modern day nano particle based agriculture practices. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students of Agriculture Engineering, Biotechnology, Botany, Biochemistry and Design

PREREQUISITES: 10+2 in science

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Agriculture industry,Seed industry, Fertilizer industry,Food technology industry
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 26 Aug 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 16 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: History of agriculture and the  role of chemicals in modern agriculture
Week 2: Overview of nanotechnology 
Week 3: Application of nanotechnology in modern day agriculture practices I
Week 4: Application of nanotechnology in modern day agriculture practices II
Week 5: Application of nanotechnologies in animal production
Week 6: Nanotechnology and shelf life of agricultural and food products
Week 7: Nanotechnologies for water quality and availability
Week 8: Green nanotechnology and the role of good governance and policies for effective nanotechnology development

Books and references

•   E-Reference materials will be provided during the course  

Instructor bio


Prof. Mainak Das is a faculty at Biological Sciences and Bio-engineering & Design program. He works in the areas of bio-electricity, green energy, physiology, and sensor. He has a BS training in agriculture, MS training in animal physiology and a doctoral training in biomedical sciences. He has been working in the area of nanotechnology application in animals and plants for the past 18 years.

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 16 November 2019: Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • 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 Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched

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