The department of Applied Plant Science (Horticulture) if offering M.Sc. (Ag.) degree in Horticulture since its inception i.e. from the academic session 2001-2002 and Ph.D. programme from the academic session 2003-2004. Before the genesis of the DAPS (Horticulture), the university was offering a two semester (one year) diploma in Horticulture "Seed and Nursery Production" under the Centre for Rural Technology which was started by the University from its first academic session 1997 and was continued up to 2000. The major objective of Horticulture development includes: to provide food for all, and creating employment opportunities for proper segment of society; to develop Horticulture activities including the basic and applied research for developing strategies to enhance productivity and utilization of Horticulture crops viz. fruits, vegetables, flowers (ornamentals), medicinal and aromatic crops in the field of agriculture and economically depressed segments of society; landscaping programme (through bioaesthetic planning) and mass plantation to develop greenery in the University Campus; and adoption of Hi-Tech Horticulture.