Farm Machinery and Power Engineering

About Department

The Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, CAET, Godhrais one of the leading Department of CAET, Godhra under the Anand Agricultural University, Anand since year 2008. Department staff members are delivering quality education to UG & PG students pertaining to FMPE as well as involved in quality research by keeping pace with the changing needs of Agricultural education and industries related to tractors & agricultural machineries along with different extension activities. The priorities for these are decided as per actual agricultural needs of the region, which are still far away from the recent technological developments in farm mechanization sector. Department is also enriched with a wide number of instruments and machineries required to conduct academicand research work. The department is endeavoring its best efforts for imparting quality education, generating competent and skilled manpower in the fast-evolving global scenario and to develop technologies through qualitative research in the relevant area for helping the farmers through  sustainable agriculture and rural development.

Mandate / Objectives

  • To impart quality technological knowledge in the field of farm machinery to produce professionally well prepared agricultural engineers.
    Development, modification & adaptation of agricultural machines and farm power equipments for various agricultural operations suitable for this region. 
    To cope up with the futuristic technologies for automation in different operations.
    Reduction in drudgery involved in various farm operations through farm mechanization.
    To carry out different extension activities for the capacity building of farmers, rural youth and other extension functionaries to enhance the farm mechanization

Department Faculty/Staff members

Sr. No.

Name

Designation

Qualification

1.

Dr. Pankaj Gupta

Professor & Head

Ph.D. (Farm Machinery & Power)

2.

Dr. D.R. Kathiria

Professor

Ph.D. (Computer Science)

3.

Dr. Salunkhe Ranapratap Chandrakant

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Farm Machinery & Power Engg.)

4.

Dr. K. L. Dabhi

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Farm Machinery & Power Engg.)

5.

Er. S. J. Pargi

Senior Research Assistant

M.Tech. (Farm Machinery & Power Engg.)

6.

Sh. Nirav Solanki

Foreman Instructor

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Departmental Facilities *  Photo Gallery  *

Department has following facilities:

  • Tractor and Power Lab
  • Farm Equipment Lab
  • Thermodynamic & IC engine lab
  • Ergonomics lab
  • Implement shed as Field Lab
  • Class room

Department Activities

  • To teach various courses to B.Tech.(Agril. Engg.) students.
  • To offer PG degree programmes (M. Tech. and Ph.D.).
  • To run vocational course on “Fabrication, Repairs and Maintenance of Common Farm Machineries”.
  • To carry out various research through AGRESCO projects.
  • To carry out various training, demonstrations and other extension activities.

Salient Achievements of the Department

  • More than 62 B. Tech. students completed their project in the Department.
  • Till date 26 M. Tech. students and 6 Ph.D. students successfully completed their degree.
  • 17 AGRESCO projects has been successfully completed
  • Total 16 recommendations for farming community and 01 for scientific community has been given by the department.
  • One patent has been filed from the department.
  • Successfully completed a project funded by ADP, GoG.
  • About 20 training/demonstrations/seminar etc. extension activities were organized by the faculty members of the Department.
  • More than 20 training/demonstrations/seminar etc. extension activities were organized by the faculty members of the Department.
  • Two best teachers award has been received by department faculty.

Awards:

  • Dr. M. D. Vora,Assistant Professor, Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering received University Best Teacher Award for faculty of Agricultural Engineering by AAU, Anand during the year 2015-16.
  • Er. R. C. Salunkhe, Assistant Professor, Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering received UniversityBest Teacher Award for faculty of Agricultural Engineering by AAU, Anand during the year 2017-18.

Academics

Year Wise Passed Out PG Students

Year

M. Tech.

Ph.D.

2014-15

02

-

2015-16

03

-

2016-17

03

01*

2017-18

01

01*

2018-19

4 +1*

02*

2019-20

07

-

2020-21

01*

-

2021-22

02

-

2022-23

02

02

2023-24

01#

03#+04*#

Total Passed out

24+2*

02+04*

* In-service student # ongoing students

Research Activities:

AGRESCO Projects

Sr. No.

Project Title

Principal Investigator

Period

Recommendation

From

To

1

To study feasibility of most suitable mechanical power sources for farm operations in Panchmahal district

Dr. R. Swarnkar

2011

2013

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2

Adaptive research oriented comparative evaluation of mechanical crop  harvesting through on-farm investigation in Panchmahal district of  middle Gujarat region

Dr. M. D. Vora

2011

2013

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3

Development and evaluation of pedal operated  maize sheller

Dr. R. C. Salunkhe

2011

2014

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4

Performance evaluation of different sowing methods for rabi maize (GM-3)

Dr. R. Swarnkar

2011

2015

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5

Development and evaluation of a multipurpose tool bar for mini tractor suitable for maize and wheat crop in the middle Gujarat region

Dr. R. Swarnkar

2013

2016

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6

Development and evaluation of mini tractor operated strip till multi crop planter cum fertilizer applicator

Dr. Pankaj Gupta

2013

2021

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7

Development of a low cost planting unit for conventional plough.

Dr. K. L. Dabhi

2014

2017

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8

Modification of three point hitching system of medium tractor drawn sowing machine to operate by mini tractor

Dr. R. Swarnkar

2015

2016

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9

Development and evaluation of mini tractor drawn semiautomatic potato planter

Dr. R. Swarnkar

2015

2016

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10

Development of a low cost power operated maize sheller for small and marginal farmers

Dr. R. Swarnkar

2016

2017

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11

Determination and analysis of vibration levels on mini farm tractor

Dr. M. D. Vora

2016

2018

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12

Design and development of tractor-drawn potato harvester with integrated cart elevator.

Dr. R. C. Salunkhe

2016

2023

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13

Development of low cost multi crop planting unit for conventional plough

Dr. K. L. Dabhi

2017

2018

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14

Development of tractor drawn simple and low cost combined tillage tool

Dr. R. Swarnkar

2017

2020

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15

Development of electric motor operated maize cob dehusker

Dr. R. C. Salunkhe

2017

2021

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16

Development of battery operated cutter

Dr. Pankaj Gupta

2017

2023

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17

Modification of bullock drawn indigenous wooden plough for tribal region of middle Gujarat

Dr. R. Swarnkar

2018

2020

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18

Design and development of mini tractor drawn two row automatic potato planter cum fertilizer applicator

Dr. K. L. Dabhi

2019

2023

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19 Development of a battery operated hand tool for intra row weeding operation  Dr. R. Swarnkar 2022 Cont.  
20 Development of battery operated inter and intra row weeder  Dr. Pankaj Gupta 2023 Cont.  
Technology released

1

Pedal operated  maize sheller

2014

2

Mini tractor drawn semiautomatic potato planter

2016

3

Multipurpose tool bar for mini tractor suitable for maize and wheat crop

2016

4

Power operated maize sheller for small and marginal farmers

2017

5

Maize planting unit for conventional plough

2017

6

Multi crop planting unit for conventional plough

2018

7

Tractor drawn combined tillage tool

2018

8

Modified bullock drawn indigenous wooden plough

2020

9

Mini tractor operated strip till multi crop planter cum fertilizer applicator

2021

10

Tractor-drawn potato harvester with integrated cart elevator

2023

11

Battery operated cutter

2023

12

Mini tractor drawn two row automatic potato planter cum fertilizer applicator

2023

Ph.D. Projects completed

Year

Title of thesis

2016-17

  • Development and performance evaluation of manually operated cono-weeder for paddy crop

2017-18

  • Investigation on noise attention performance of exhaust mufflers of farm tractor with appropriate design alterations

2018-19

  • Development and performance evaluation of mini tractor mounted two row automatic potato planter
  • Design and development of tractor-drawn potato harvester with integrated cart elevator

2022-23

  • Development of autonomous fertilizer side dressing machine
  • Development of riding type battery powered tool carrier with reaper attachment

M. Tech. Projects completed

Year of completion

Title of thesis

2014-15

  • Development of mini tractor drawn multipurpose tillage implement
  • Development of mini tractor operated picking type pneumatic planter

2015-16

  • Development of a low cost power operated maize sheller for small and marginal farmers
  • Development of mini tractor operated disc type vertical tillage implement
  • Development of Mini Tractor Operated Two Row Semi Automatic Potato Planter

2016-17

  • Development of push type battery powered reaper
  • Development of mini tractor operated precision pneumatic planter for vegetable crops
  • Development of manually operated pull type dibbler planter for field crops

2017-18

  • Development of tractor drawn low cost combined tillage tool

2018-19

  • Modification of bullock drawn indigenous wooden plough for tribal region of middle Gujarat
  • Development of precision spray unit for herbicide application
  • Development of battery operated self-propelled vertical conveyor reaper
  • Development of liquid fertilizer applicator for tractor drawn seed drill
  • Development of tractor operated precision planter for intercropping

2019-20

  • Development of bullock drawn battery powered sowing machine
  • Development of tractor drawn electronic multi-crop planter cum fertilizer applicator for precision farming
  • Development of battery powered inter and intra-row weeder
  • Development of pull type battery operated  multi-crop planter for woman farmers in tribal region of Gujarat
  • Development of automated guided vehicle for agricultural spraying operation
  • Development of real time soil NPK detection sensor
  • Development of bullock drawn plastic mulch sheet cum drip laying machine

2020-21

  • Development of two row fertilizer applicator for side dressing in maize (Zea maysL.)

2021-22

  • A study on electrostatic spraying system
  • Design and development of bullock drawn single row sugarcane planter

2022-23

  • Development of sensor system for real time assessment of seed placement
  • Development of battery operated drum seeder

B. Tech. Projects completed

Year

Project title

2011-12

  • Comparative study of different sowing methods for maize crop
  • Development of pedal operated vertical feed maize sheller
  • Scope of mechanical crop harvesting in Panchmahal district
  • Study of energy requirement for kharif maize cultivation
  • To modify conoweeder used in SRI technology for middle Gujarat agro climatic zone

2012-13

  • Performance evaluation of different harvesting methods for  paddy crop
  • Study of comparative performance of power tiller, mini tractor and medium size tractor for seedbed preparation for maize crop
  • Study of performance evaluation of modified pedal operated maize sheller
  • To study effect of different sowing methods on yield of maize in the agro climatic zone of middle Gujarat
  • Status & prospectus of farm power in Godhra Taluka of Panchmahal district

2013-14

  • Performance evaluation of mini tractordrawn selected tillage implements.
  • Study on soil covering and pressing devices
  • Determination and comparison of noise levels in different tractor engines.

2014-15

  • Performance evaluation of automatic  potato planter
  • To assess suitability of mini tractor to operate multicrop planter & modular maize planter designed for medium size tractor
  • Sample study on extending farm machinery services to the farmers of Panchmahal on custom hire basis
  • Effect of air intake bypass on engine performance
  • Development of low cost planting unit for conventional plough

2015-16

  • Design and development low cost single row seed metering mechanism for conventional plough
  • Development of electric motor operated vertical feed maize sheller
  • Development of fertilizer metering mechanism for the existing mini tractor operated two raw semi automatic potato planter
  • Development of battery operated rotary blade harvester
  • To modify existing mini tractor drawn multipurpose tillage implement and development of blade harrow attachment
  • Study of the noise and vibration characteristics of an agricultural tractor

2016-17

  • Effect of modification of reactive muffler configuration in tractors
  • Study of vibrations and noise characteristics of mini tractor
  • Development of electric motor operated maize dehuskar
  • Study of comparative performance evaluation of different maize sheller
  • To study field performance of selected tillage and sowing implements
  • Study on battery operated multi-crop harvester
  • Performance evaluation of single raw bullock drawn maize planter
  • Study on pneumatic metering unit

2017-18

  • Modification of the electric power operated maize sheller for large scale production
  • Development of battery operated weeder
  • Evaluation of rubber-pad for vibration isolation
  • Modification and performance evaluation of electric operated maize dehusker
  • Development of single row multi crop planter for conventional plough

2018-19

  • Performance study of tractor drawn low cost  combined tillage tool
  • Comparative performance evaluation of modified maize sheller machine
  • Computer programming for crop row detection through image processing
  • Study on two row sugarcane cutter planter
  • Modification in rollers of electric operated maize dehusker for green cobs
  • Study of comparative performance of mini tractor drawn automatic and semiautomatic potato planter

2019-20

  • Compare performance study of tractor drawn combined tillage tool & cultivator
  • Performance study of modified wooden ploughs
  • Development of a low-cost wind powered scare-crow
  • Modification in battery operated cutter
  • Modification and performance evaluation of electric motor operated maize dehusker for dry cobs
  • Modification and comparative performance of two row mini tractor operated automatic potato planter.

2020-21

  • Study on the inter-culturing operation in maize crop

2021-22

  • Study on maize shelling and modification of the exhaust system of electric motor operated maize sheller
  • Development of low-cost battery operated harvesting machine
  • Development of low-cost battery operated inter plant weeder
  • Development of sensor based fuel measurement system for tractor
  • Study on sprayer owned by the farmer

2022-23

  • Study of various engineering parameters of mini tractor drawn combine tillage tools at various speeds
  • Comparative study of mini tractor drawn multiple tool bar and medium tractor drawn combine tillage tool
  • Optimizing parameters for ploughing operation
  • Performance study of combine tillage tool and rotavator for seed bed preparation
  • Development of sensor system to assess the forward speed of machine during testing
  • Study of performance of mini tractor drawn rotavator and medium tractor drawn rotavator for seed bed preparation
  • Development of digital fuel measurement system for tractors

Extension Activities & Training Organized

Sr. No.

Date

Detail of activity

Training Report

1

20/06/2015

Training cum demonstration program of implements

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2

09/09/2015

Training cum demonstration program of implements

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3

30/09/ 15

Training cum demonstration program of implements

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4

11/03/ 16

Training cum demonstration program of implements

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5

 

29/11/16

One Farmers Training Programme on ડાંગરની ખેતીમાં યાંત્રિકીકરણની ઉપયોગિતા"

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6

21/01/17

One Farmers Training Programme on બટાટા પાક ની વૈજ્ઞાનિક ખેતી પદ્ધતિ

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7

07/12/16

Training cum demonstration program of implements

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8

09/02/17

Training cum demonstration program of implements

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9

23/02/17

Training cum demonstration program of implements

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10

23/03/17

Training cum demonstration program of implements

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11

23/08/17 to 24/08/17

Two days Farmers training on કૃષિના વિવિધ સાધનોની જાળવણી

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12

11/10/17

One day Farmers training onકૃષિમાં યાંત્રીકીકરણથકી આવક વધારવાના ઉપાયો

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13

27/02/18

One day Farmers training on "કૃષિ પાકોની કાપણીના આધુનિક યંત્રોનો પરિચય"

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14

01/09/2018

One day training programme on “કૃષિ પાકોની કાપણીના આધુનિક યંત્રોનોપરિચય”

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15

28/02/2019

One day training programme on ટ્રેક્ટર અને ખેત મશીનો ચલાવતી વખતે ધ્યાનમાં રાખવાની સુરક્ષા અને સાવચેતી

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16

08/03/2019

One day training programme on  “કૃષિમાં યાંત્રિકીકરણ થકી આવક વધારવાના ઉપાયો

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17

10/02/2020

Farmers meet and demonstration of bullock drawn indigenous wooden plough under field conditions.

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18

02/03/2020

One day Farmer Training cum Demonstration on “મકાઈ પાકમાં યાંત્રિકરણનું મહત્વ

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19 16/12/2020 Webinar on “Paradigm shift in mechanization for futuristic agriculture” Download
20 23/12/2020 KISAN Sanvad, on “Benefits of cultivating land by improving traditional plow” Download

 

 
 
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