Farm Machinery

By Prof. V. K. Tewari   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1768
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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Agricultural Engineering
PREREQUISITES Students of 3rd yrs B.Tech./BE (Agricultural Engineering) or 4th yrs. B.Sc, Agricultural courses of Agricultural Universitiesl
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 04 Dec 2020
Exam Date : 20 Dec 2020 IST
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Agricultural and Food Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

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 and references

1.Principles of Farm machinery – Robert Allen Kepner, Roy Bainer, Edgar Lee Barger
2.Principles of Agricultural Engineering – Ojha&Michael
Farm Machinery - Claude Culpin

Instructor bio

Prof. V. K. Tewari

IIT Kharagpur
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.

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: 20 December 2020 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 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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