The College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology was established on 23rd November, 1986 with intake capacity of 32 students (MKV-1286/CR-101/20-A dated 23rd Octomber 1986). The college has contributed significantly in farm mechanization, land and water management, farm structure and green house technology, processing, storage and marketing of produce. The future prospectus for Agricultural Engineer lies in making effective contribution to the development of Agricultural and Agro industries system. Academic staff with excellent credentials and highly skilled technical and supporting staff is available.
College offers four year degree programme in B. Tech. (Agricultural Engineering). Degree programme duration is spread over eight semesters. B. Tech. (Agril. Engg.) degree programme is unique of its kind, envisages the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of modern agricultural technologies for the up-gradation, tradition bound agrarian rural society as well as for boosting the industrial revolution in the field of agro-based industries. The courses are developed and taught covering various aspects of engineering and technology applied to the field of agriculture.
During last 36 years, 31 batches have been graduated from college and more than 80 per cent of graduates got employment in different irrigation companies, seed processing plants, watershed development programme through Non-Government Organization, irrigation projects, banks, government organizations, farm implements manufacturing companies and agro based industries etc. Intake capacity for U.G. programme has been increased to 64 from 32 since academic year 2005-2006. This degree programme is structured for a period of four years after 12th Science with the credit load of 182, to acquire need based and refined knowledge and skills in the field of Agricultural Engineering. The curriculum was revised and implemented in 2007-08 as per the recommendations of IVth Deans Committee and in 2017-18 as per the recommendations of Vth Deans Committee. The post-graduate programme leading to M. Tech. degree programme has been started in the year 1998 in Soil and Water Conservation Engineering. In the year 2002, M. Tech. degree programme has been started in three disciplines viz. Agricultural Process Engineering, Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. Doctoral degree programme has been started in the year 2013-14 in four disciplines namely, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Agricultural Process Engineering, Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, and Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.
Several innovative research and extension projects has been implemented by faculty members of the college independently. All India Coordinated Research Project has been implemented in the College since 1997 on Utilisation of Energy in Agriculture. Some of these projects were financed by State and National agencies like ICAR, Ministry of Water Recourses, Government of India, etc. The college established solar energy park and model unit for processing of oilseeds and pulses
At present, the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology is running B. Tech. (Agril. Engg.), M. Tech. and Ph. D. (Agril. Engg.) degree programmes. The course curricula and syllabus of UG programme of B. Tech (Agril. Engg.) is restructured by the Vth Deans Committee of ICAR, New Delhi and is implemented from the year 2017-18.
Four model digital classrooms are established for effective teaching. The college has seven departments with well-equipped laboratories. A computer laboratory and language laboratory are established in the college with software facilities like ARIS/LAN, A to Z Watershed software, Pro-E, ANSYS, MATLAB and Simulink, GIS and Design Expert, language phoneotic software etc. Advanced equipments like Total Survey Station, Pump test rig, IC Engine test rig, Digital hardness test rig, Metal composition testing machine, CNC machine, Leaf Area Meter, Water quality kit, Engine Test Rig, Laser Leveller, Texture Analyser, Bakery Unit, Hunter Colour Lab Meter, Water activity meter, Extruder, Universal testing machine, Compression testing machine are available for practicals and demonstrations to students. Library cum reading room with sufficient book facilities has been established in college building. Air-conditioned auditorium and seminar hall equipped with Audio-video aids has been developed for conducting various functions. A specious examination hall is equipped with closed circuit cameras.
The college has Education and Examination cell, Ladies room, Anti-ragging cell, Playgrounds, Gymkhana and Cultural Center, National Service Scheme, Student Counselling, Training and Placement Unit, Exhibition hall cum museum, Biological waste disposal facility. Frequent feedbacks have been taken by Associate Dean and Principal from the stake holders for the improvement in teaching and learning process. Various ICT tools have been used by academic staff for teaching UG courses. In a graduation programme, demonstrations are arranged in Experiential Learning Unit on Processing of Pulses and Oilseeds, farm machinery manufacturing testing and training centre under RKVY has been established. Farm ponds, Micro-irrigation field lab, solar energy park are used for practicals and demonstration purpose to students and farmers. Land development work was carried out on University farm on large scale under the technical guidance and supervision of faculties of College Of Agricultural Engineering And Technology. A deepening, widening and straightening of Pingalgarh Nala of 11 km length was done for safe disposal of runoff water and water harvesting, which enabled more area under cultivation and increased water potential.
Different types of Agricultural Engineering extension education programmes such as exhibitions, radio talks, TV programmes, training programmes, personality development workshops, demonstrations, entrepreneurial guidance and counseling have been organized at college and university level.
A separate hostel building with accommodation capacity of 140 students with Wi-Fi, drinking water purifier and solar water heating facility is available. Indoor games such as carrom, chess and recreation facilities are available.
Admission process to the UG course is implemented by MCAER, Pune through online for all SAU’s in Maharashtra. The theory and practical classes are conducted as per the academic rules and regulation of University.
The college is working with three mandates viz. education, research and extension. The college imparts quality education and conducts applied research and transfers the technologies of Agricultural Engineering to farmers and students.