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Agricultural Entomology




The Division of Entomology has its humble beginning in 1905 with the creation of the subject following the post of Lecturer in the Science College, Poona. Mr. H. M. Lefroy from the Imperial Institute of Agricultural Research, Pusa (Bihar) used to come down to Poona for delivering lectures in Entomology. The Agriculture College when separated from the Science College in 1907, the post of Assistant Professor was created with the appointment of R. M. Dixion who initially headed the section till 1910. The post was upgraded as Professor of Entomology in 1933 and Shri. Jhaveri (1933-1939) was appointed on the post of Professor. The significant development in the history of the section was marked in the year 1942, when the post of Professor was upgraded as Bombay Agricultural Service Class I and designated as Agricultural Entomologist to the Government of Bombay Province. Dr. K. N. Trehan (1942-1949) was the first to adorn the chair. Dr. G. A. Patel (1951-1958) was appointed as Agril. Entomologist and he shouldered the further responsibility to build up the Section in respect of teaching, research and extension activities. Dr. Patel had unique honour of being deputed as one of the two delegates from India to the 6th Commonwealth Entomological Conference held in London during 1954. Dr. S. K. Dorge was appointed on the post by selection through Bombay Public Service Commission. During his tenure (1959-1967), additional posts of lecturers for Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate teaching were provided to this section. Presently Dr.S.S.Jadhav is heading this section.



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