Assam Agricultural College
ABOUT US: Assam Agricultural College (www.aau.ac.in) at Jorhat and Assam Veterinary College at Khanapara, Guwahati came into existence in 1948. Assam Agricultural University, which is the first institution of its kind in the whole of North-Eastern Region of India and was established on April 1, 1969 by an Act called "The Assam Agricultural University Act, 1968". The College of Agriculture (CA), Jorhat had its origin in the erstwhile Assam Agricultural College. The College of Veterinary Science was established in 1948 at Nagaon as the erstwhile Assam Veterinary College. The Assam Veterinary College offered 3-year graduate course in Veterinary Science (GVSc). The Assam Agricultural University was established in 1969 under the Assam Agricultural University Act l968.
EDUCATION/ACADEMICS: The University provides undergraduate degree programmes in agriculture, veterinary science & animal husbandry, fishery science and home science. The university also offers specialized course in tea husbandry & technology. Master's degree programmes in agriculture, sericulture, veterinary science, home science and a specialized course on agri-business management. Ph.D programmes in agriculture, veterinary science and home science.
RESEARCH: The university has two Directorates of Research, viz., Directorate of Research (Agri) and Directorate of Research (Vety.), with their head quarters at Jorhat and Khanapara respectively. The Directorate of Research (Agri.) coordinates and administers the research activities in agriculture and home science, while Directorate of Research (Vety) looks after the research works in veterinary and fisheries.
The research is carried out on all the important agricultural commodities, natural resources and problems connected with their development to meet the diverse needs of the farming community of the state. For conducting need based, situation specific and problem oriented research, the state has been delineated into six agro-climatic zones with one Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) dedicated to conduct and coordinate the research activities for each of the zones. Moreover, for commodities of significant importance in the state, there are six commodity research stations as well. The research is undertaken by the zonal and commodity research stations as well as different departments in the constituent colleges. Each of the research stations has fairly good acreage of land for research and production activities.
The research strategies of the University have been to develop economically viable and ecologically sustainable crop production technologies which can be conveniently adopted by the farmers. To carry out location specific and need-based research works, AAU has six Regional Research Stations and three Crops Research Stations in addition to research undertaken at AAU Head Quarter, Jorhat and Biswanath College of Agriculture, Sonitpur. The university has given necessary research support to develop environmentally sound and economically feasible technologies of different field and horticultural crops. Presently, technology generation efforts are focussed mainly to varietal identification/development of major crops suitable to different agro-ecological situations, development of production technologies for field and horticultural crops, aromatic and medicinal plants, soil and water management, cropping and farming system, integrated nutrient management, integrated pest management, integrated crop-fish-livestock farming, post-harvest technology, biotechnology, testing of agricultural tools and equipments, development of agro-forestry, farm forestry, sericulture, bee keeping etc.
EXTENSION: Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) - Nineteen KVKs are functioning under AAU to achieve the set mandate of Training, Frontline Demonstration (FLD) and On Farm Trials (OFT).
Small Tea Growers' Advisory Programme (STAP) of Tea Advisory Cell has gained immense popularity amongst the small tea growers of Assam and other NE states. The programme caters to the technical need of the small tea growers through counseling and training programmes.
Farm Women Training Centre (FWTC) conducted 88 number of training courses to upgrade the skill of rural women in agriculture and allied activities with a focus on specialized areas like animal husbandry, kitchen gardening, mushroom production technology and organic farming.
A farmer friendly website named "BRIDDHI" (http://briddhi.aau.ac.in) has been launched where the technologies so far developed at AAU in the field of agriculture, animal science, home science, fishery and sericulture have been digitized in Assamese language with funding from the World Bank under Assam Agriculture Competitive Project (AACP).
The AAU has been a major partner with the State Govt. in developing the web portal "ASHA" for the benefit of the farmers.
The Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) was established to provide information on technologies developed by AAU to farmers through a single window delivery system. The Centre also sells quality seeds of different HYVs, vegetable seeds, panting materials, bio-fertilizers, vermicompost and products like tea, black pepper, honey, etc.
ADDRESS: Assam Agricultural University
Jorhat - 785013, Assam (India)
Tel. No. 0376-2340013
Fax No. 0376-2340001
Submitted by sugatha on Thu, 12/11/2009 - 17:15