Department of Farm Power and Machinery
The Department of Farm Power and Machinery (DFPM) plays an important role in understanding the fundamental knowledge about field machinery, agricultural systems and it directly correlates the other fields of engineering and agricultural sciences. Understanding the importance and necessity of acquiring knowledge about the most exciting and interesting branch of agricultural science and engineering, Department of Farm Power and Machinery belongs to the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (FAET), Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU).
This Department started functioning from the 2008, with the objectives of applying modern engineering knowledge to increase agricultural productivity, improve product quality and minimize losses through utilization of machine tools and power sources. The Department offers courses for the degree of B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering, MS in Farm Power and Machinery and PhD. The Department conducts teaching, research and extension education activities in the subjects related to tools, equipment and machineries, different sources of farm power and renewable sources of energy and workshop activities. Design, development and adoption of equipment, processes and systems suitable for the country concerning agricultural production and its management are also in the purview of this department's courses. The Departmental courses are expanded to the fields of renewable energy, bioresearch systems and environmental impact assessment.
The Department has a big workshop complex comprising a number of laboratories, workshops and other instructional and research facilities under the guidance of highly qualified teachers educated in the country and abroad. The undergraduate courses include basic subjects in design, operation and maintenance of farm machinery, agricultural product processing, refrigeration and air conditioning, rural electrification, post-harvest technology, engineering administration and management. In addition to these basic subjects practical on workshop technology, thermodynamics, engineering mechanics and electrical engineering are the parts of the curriculum. The MS and PhD program are based on course and research work. This Department has facilities for testing and standardization of tractors, power tillers and other agricultural machineries. The teachers of the department are actively engaged in individual and coordinated research and development works having linkages with national, international and donor agencies/organizations.