Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (HICAST)


Agricultural Revolution Through Quality Education


Academic Programmes and Degree


HICAST is a platform  exploring your interests, sharpening your skills and rethinking how you think and get integrated in the society with your significant contributions. The academic experience you’ll get at the college does all of the above through unique learing opportunity with the challenging courses.

In the classroom, our teaching emphasizes to inoculate students with rigorous learning, innovative and creative thinking habits. As we believe that real time learning exists beyond the classroom, so we make it easy to connect with the people working in the fields, thus we impart our students with internships, field exposures as well as thesis research opportunities.

It is a matter of pleasure for us to mention that HICAST has signed MoUs with many Governmental line agencies, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, I/NGOs and other private/public organizations as well as the universities abroad. Besides academic programmes, HICAST has been conducting research, training and out-reach activities and services like mobile veterinary camps, field  plant clinics  as well as awareness campaigns in different parts of the country to share knowledge and skills with the community. HICAST has a good collective of highly experienced resource persons as teaching faculty in the field of agriculture, social sciences and veterinary science as well as food processing technology including dairy and meat technology.

HICAST has following academic programmes and is affiliated with Purbanchal university, Nepal


B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag.

B.V.Sc. & A.H.


M.Sc. Meat  Tech.

M.Sc. Dairy Tech.

M.Sc. Ag. (Agri-business Management)

Upcoming Programs

M.Sc.Ag. (Sustainable Agriculture & Climate Change)
M.Sc.Ag. (Commercial Horticulture)
M.Sc.Ag. (Animal Breeding & Bio-Technology)


B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag.

B.V.Sc. &  A.H.



M.Sc. Meat  Tech.

M.Sc. Dairy Tech.

M. Sc. Ag. (Agri-business Management) 

Undergraduate Programmes

Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. & A.H.)

Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry program develops veterinary professionals who can meet the needs of the animal health, livestock management, animal welfare and public health protection sectors. Delivered through a partnership between government owned veterinary hospitals, and private firms and industries, students have the opportunity to investigate a wide variety of topics and prepare a scientific paper or mini-thesis. 

Field-based Internship 

Students of the veterinary programme participate in a field-based internship and case studies in the last semester and prepare a report (mini-thesis). This internship is intended to broaden the perspective of the students as well as impart practical knowledge in relation to his/her field of specialization. Internships are coordinated in various agro-based industries, research farms, laboratories or veterinary hospitals / clinics as well as private farms, I/NGOs operating in different agro-ecological conditions. 

Scope and Opportunities 

Veterinarians possess specialized skills that are in high demand across the agriculture industry. There are many opportunities for them to work with governmental, non-governmental and private institutions /industries. They also have the option to run their own livestock product-based enterprise and /or private consultancy /advisory service or vet-clinic. HICAST is fully committed to producing high quality competent graduates in veterinary science.

Veterinarians have the potential to make a large impact on agriculture in Nepal. From livestock production to health management, they have the ability to create positive change that is recognized across the industry. Their expertise is helping to make the saying “Healthy Animal, Healthy Human, And Healthy Nation” a reality. HICAST is proud to provide an excellent opportunity for the veterinarians of tomorrow to devote themselves to the achievement of this goal. 

Laboratory Facilities 

HICAST Veterinary Division has a teaching hospital with the following laboratories: 

  • Veterinary Anatomy & Histology 
  • Veterinary Physiology 
  • Veterinary Biochemistry 
  • Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology 
  • Veterinary Parasitology 
  • Veterinary Microbiology 
  • Veterinary Pathology 
  • Veterinary Public Health 
  • Animal Nutrition 
  • Animal Breeding & Genetics 
  • Livestock Production & Management 
  • Livestock Product Technology 
  • Animal Reproduction, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Veterinary Surgery & Radiology 
  • Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Ethics and Jurisprudence
  • Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Veterinary Medicine 
  • Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension
  • Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosis 
  • Veterinary Field Clinic

B.Sc.(Hons.) Agriculture

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture is an in-depth field-based programme where students benefit from both theoretical and practical knowledge in preparation for a career in the agriculture industry’s many sectors. Throughout the programme, students have the opportunity to investigate a wide variety of topics and prepare a scientific paper or thesis. They graduate with an education that will empower them to create positive change within Nepal’s largest and most important industry.  

HICAST emphasizes experiential learning through field methods and participatory learning approaches. Students begin their field/project works from the second semester of the programme. 

They also have the opportunity to expand their learning through their elective courses that include the following subjects: 

  • Sustainable Agriculture 
  • Horticulture 
  • Soil Science 
  • Livestock Production & Management 
  • Development Studies 
  • Agri-economics and Business Management 
  • Plant Protection 
  • Plant Breeding 

Upcoming Programmes

M.Sc.Ag. (Sustainable Agriculture & Climate Change)

M.Sc.Ag. (Commercial Horticulture)

M.Sc.Ag. (Animal Breeding & Bio-Technology)

Research and Training

To understand and advancing the agricultural and veterinary sciences, based on the need of agricultural farming communities, agri-entrepreneurs, various development organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, emerging industries  and individuals, HICAST has been conducting various research and short-term training courses.

HICAST conducts training on the following topics:

  1. Sustainable Development
  2. Environment, Biodiversity and Sustainable Livelihoods
  3. Sustainable Agriculture
  4. Adaptation and mitigation to climate change
  5. Bio-intensive Farming System and Food security
  6. Commercial Horticulture and Nutrition
  7. Value addition and Value Chain Analysis
  8. Project Proposal and Report Writing
  9. Promotion of Micro- and Agro-Enterprises
  10. Agri-Business Mgmt
  11. Skill development of Para-Veterinarians
  12. Entrepreneurial Skill development of JTAs/JTs

Our degree is tailored to meet the changing needs of the industry; and is continually updated in consultation with our industry advisers. You will study the merits and challenges of different farm production systems, explore the food chain, and learn about the production of safe food in the context of climate change, environmental protection and livestock welfare. These issues, associated with the future sustainability of farming systems, are high on our agenda. Our graduates have gone to pursue a wide range of careers within the agricultural and related industries worldwide.

Course Structure

The course is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, and practical classes at the farms and laboratories. Our exceptional industry contacts and external visits to livestock and crop enterprises and agri-businesses will provide valuable additional case studies.

Modules are assessed through examinations and coursework, including real-life case studies, presentations and reports. There are timed, unseen examinations throughout each semester.

The research project is an integral part of the course. It provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to employment aspirations.

We provide excellence in education