Tamil Nadu Agricultural University - TNAU

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University logo
Lawley Road, Pappanaicken Pudur
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641003 , India
(0422) 6611200, 6611251
(0422) 431672, 2431821
University Website
Approvals: UGC

About Tamil Nadu Agricultural University - TNAU

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University came into being on June 1, 1971. However, it had its genesis from establishment of an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, as early as 1868 and it was later relocated at Coimbatore. In 1920 it was affiliated to Madras University. Till 1946, the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore, was the only Institute for Agricultural Education for the whole of South India. In 1958, it was recognized as a Post-graduate Centre leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees. The Agricultural College & Research Institute, Madurai was established in 1965. These two colleges formed the nucleus of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University while it was established in 1971.

In line with technological changes the B.E.(Agriculture) is offered as B.Tech.(Agricultural Engineering) from the Academic year 2002-2003 at Agricultural Engineering College & Research Institute, Kumulur, Trichy. B.Sc.(Home Science) degree program is being offered at Home Science College & Research Institute, Agricultural College Campus, Madurai. Apart from these academic institutes, the University now has research programs at more than 32 stations, spread over in Tamil Nadu with more than 1000 scientists and teachers. The global technological developments has lead to introduction of new courses. Introduction of B.Tech.(Food Process Engineering) from the academic year 1998-99, B.Tech.(Agricultural Biotechnology) and B.Tech.(Horticulture) from the academic year 2002-2003 as self supporting program has created avenues for bugetary independence. A new degree program B.Tech.(Energy and Environmental Engineering) was started during 2004 and B.Tech.(Bioinformatics) during 2006.

Tamil nadu Agricultural University is a leading agrotechnology provider of India and its graduates are recognized throughout the world. The University is offering Twelve Undergraduate Degree Programs and Twenty nine Postgraduate Degree Programs in 10 Colleges distributed in seven campuses all over Tamil Nadu. Besides, the University has 36 Research Stations for agrotechnology development.

Ten Undergraduate and Twenty Nine Postgraduate programs are offered in the following Eleven colleges of the University.

1.  Coimbatore

  • Agricultural College and Research Institute
  • Horticultural College and Research Institute
  • Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute
  • School of Post Graduate Studies, Coimbatore

2.  Madurai

  • Agricultural College and Research Institute
  • Home Science College and Research Institute

3.  Trichy

  • Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Kumulur
  • Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute

4.  Killikulam

  • Agricultural College and Research Institute

5.  Periyakulam

  • Horticultural College and Research Institute

6.  Mettupalayam

  • Forest College and Research Institute

Directorates and Departments

1.  Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics (CPBG)

  • Cotton
  • Forage Crops
  • Millets
  • Oilseeds
  • Pulses
  • Rice
  • Seed Science and Technology

2.  Centre for Plant Molecular Biology (CPMB)

  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology

3.  Centre for Soil and Crop Management Studies (SCMS)

  • Agricultural Meteorology
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Central Farm Unit
  • Crop Physiology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry

4.  Centre of Plant Protection Studies (CPPS)

  • Agricultural Entomology
  • Nematology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Sericulture

5.  Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development Studies (CARDS)

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agriculture and Rural Management
  • Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology

6.  Directorate of Extension Education

  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra

7.  Directorate of Research - Director of Research is the nodal officer coordinating all research activities of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

8.  Directorate of Student Welfare

9.  Directorate of Open Distance Education - This Directorate has started offering certificate courses, PG Diploma and PG Degree courses through Distance Learning Mode for those aspiring for self employment opportunities.

10. Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute, Aduthurai

11. Water Technology Centre

12. Estate Office


TNAU library - It is the oldest in the city functioning since 1910. The library is distinct in its mission to acquire information, process, organize and make them available for the present generation and preserve them for the future. It has acquired about 160,000 books, monographs, 17,000 text and reference books and 4,500 theses and dissertations. About 380 national and international journals are subscribed with online access for most of the joirnals.

Information compiled from : Tamil Nadu Agricultural University - TNAU Website
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