The Horticultural College and
Research Institute (HC&RI), one of the constituent colleges of Tamil Nadu
Agricultural University, is located at Periyakulam, on the Theni - Dindigul
high way in Tamil Nadu State (NH). The famous upper Pulney hill ranges
featuring nearby offer natural beauty and scenic frontage to this unique
Institute. Geographically, the College campus is situated at 10'N latitude with
an elevation of 300 m above MSL. The climatic conditions are quite congenial
for cultivation of a wide array of horticultural crops.
This Institute provides both teaching and research
opportunities of high order in an exceptionally pleasant environment. The
College Campus encompasses over 100 hectares of farm lands to cater to the
needs of teaching, research, training, seed production and plant propagation
activities. This is the only full-fledged Institute providing horticulture
education in Southern Peninsular India.
Research Station was set up in 1957 at Periyakulam, with a view to meet the
needs and aspirations of the fruit growers of the erstwhile Madurai District.
In the year 1971, Horticultural Research Station (HRS), Periyakulam, was
developed which marked the expansion of the research mandate to all major
horticultural crops. Commendable progress in fruit and vegetable research is
achieved. The centre was upgraded in 1990 as a full-fledged teaching and