|Agricultural College and Research Institute,Madurai|
Agricultural College was established at Madurai, in 1965.
It remained affiliated to the University of Madras and came later under the
aegis of Madurai Kamaraj University, in 1967. With the formation of Tamil Nadu
Agricultural University in 1971, the College became its constituent unit. Since
then it has shown a steady progress, diversifying its research activities to
meet the challenges of existing and up-coming problems of the farmers of
southern districts of Tamil Nadu. It is located about 15Km on the north east of
the Madurai city on the Madurai-Melur Road; and upgraded to the status of the
Agricultural College and Research Institute, it has emerged as a strong centre
for academic excellence,purposeful research and responsive extension
With the massive growth and development of the
institute,as on today,it has a sprawling main building with 12
departments,laboratories,modern e-learning lecture halls,seminar halls and
conference halls,machine rooms,auditorium and power room for uninterupted power
supply during college hours. Besides,seperate hostels for Under Graduate,Post
Graduate boys and girls, swimming pool,indoor room and well maintained play
ground with all sports and games materials are available in the campus. A well
equipped library with 67,353 books and 145 periodicals,1500 online journals and
2153 e-books are available in the campus. A well equiped computer centre with up
to date hardware and software has been established for the students. For the
benefit of the students, a branch of State Bank of India,Post Office, Xerox
centre with computer printing is available in the campus.
The college began with B.Sc. (Ag.) with an intake of 80
students. The system of education was changed to Trimester System in 1971. At
present 150 students of B.Sc(Agri) are admitted in this campus. So far 3142
students have earned B.Sc(Ag) degree from this campus.
The college was upgraded into a Post-Graduate Institution
with the addition of M.Sc. (Ag.) in Agronomy, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Soil
Science and Agricultural Chemistry and Agricultural Entomology in 1969. The
Post-Graduate Programmes in Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Economics,
Plant Pathology, and Horticulture were added thereafter.With a rural
orientation, B.Sc(H.Sc) degree programme in Food Science and Nutrition was also
introduced. M.Sc(Ag) Seed Technology and Microbiology were added in 1988. In
1989, Ph.D programmes were introduced in Agronomy,Planr Breeding and
Genetics,Soil Science,Agricultural Entomology,Plant pathology,Agricultural
Econometries and Food cience and Nutrition. So far the college has turned out
1536 M.Sc(Ag) and 617 Ph.D scholoars.
About 150 students are admitted to
the B.Sc. (Ag.) every year through the common entrance examination conducted for
the professional courses by Tamil Nadu State Government.
Equal emphasis on research and education is a special
future of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. All the members of the staff
are encouraged to do teacing,research and extension each supporting the other.
Therefore, this college undertake undertake baic, applied and operational
research projects both sponsored by ther institution from within and outside the
country and its own proects.It collaborates with other universites and other
instituions of natinal and international to broad base its research efforts. The
research by the post-graduate students is valuable addition.
All the staff of various departments of this college
provide advisory service to the farmers,participate in exibitions , give radio
and television messages and discussion and publish articles both research and
popular to disseminate technological information to farmers and extension
workers. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) is the major source of the contact
having its beginning in 1971 as Farmer Training Centre, it became KVK in 1980
and was tranformed to this campus.