Indian Agricultural Universities

Assam Agricultural University (AAU) began with the establishment of two research stations, one at Karimganj (1913) and the other at Titabor (1923), which paved the way, immediately after independence, towards setting up of the Assam Agricultural College (AAC) at Jorhat and the Assam Veterinary College (AVC) at Nagaon in 1948. Later, on April 1, 1969, the Assam Agricultural University came into being through “The Assam Agricultural University Act, 1968”, renaming AAC as the College of Agriculture headquartered at Jorhat and AVC as the College of Veterinary Science simultaneously shifting its site from Nagaon to Khanapara. Subsequently, the College of Home Science (1969), the College of Fisheries (1988), Biswanath College of Agriculture (1988) and Lakhimpur College of Veterinary Science (1988) were established. Similarly, more regional research stations at Shillongani, Diphu, Gossaigaon, Lakhimpur; and commodity research stations at Kahikuchi, Buralikson, Tinsukia, Kharua, Burnihat and Mandira were added to generate location and crop specific agricultural production packages.The mission of AAU is to fill the talent gap in agriculture and allied sector to preposition the state to combat the emerging challenges in agriculture and ensure productivity increase in agri-horti-animal-fish crops on the face of shrinking/fragmented land holdings, ailing soil health, diminishing water resources and increased human population. The objectives of the University are to:

  • Make provision for imparting education to the people in agriculture and other allied branches of learning
  • Further the advancement of learning and research in agriculture and other allied sciences
  • Undertake the extension of such sciences, especially to the rural people of the state.

Banaras Hindu University (BHU), one of the central universities in Varanasi, India, was founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1916 under the Parliamentary legislation “B.H.U. Act 1915”. Known to have the largest residential university in Asia, with more than 24,000 students in its campus, BHU is also well known for its colleges, some of which are ranked amongst the best in India.

The Agricultural Innovation Partnership was launched in Banaras Hindu University with Cornell University and BHU as the major partners in the project with nodal centre in BHU. The goal of AIP is to improve food availability, nutrition and health care in the Indo-Gangetic plains while providing opportunities for diversification of income and consequent economic and social advancement of the rural poor and women in particular. The objectives of the University are to:

  • Introduce new degree, diploma, certificate and vocational courses to meet the emerging needs of domestic and international markets
  • Develop e-Learning modules
  • Connect with the private sector in all relevant courses
  • Generate employable graduates to meet both domestic and global needs.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology (SVPUA&T) was established on 2nd October 2000 under Uttar Pradesh Agriculture University Act (revised) 1958 gazette and notified vide 3204A/X12-8-2000. It is recognized and funded by U.P. Govt. & ICAR, Govt. of India. The university offers a Bachelors and Masters of Technology in Biotechnology, a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Agriculture, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in “Agriculture and Biotechnology”.The objectives of the university are to:

  • Generate wealth and employment in the sector of agriculture and make Indian agriculture globally competitive.
  • Achieve economic and environmental sustainability through integrated management of productivity, production, marketing, and end-use of farm produce.
  • Develop separate strategies for optimum income to farmers with large, medium, small and marginal farm holdings.
  • Establish partnership with farmers and other stakeholders in agriculture.
  • Facilitate validation, demonstration and adoption of appropriate technologies.

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