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Marathwada Agricultural University

ABOUT US: Marathwada Agricultural University (MAU): was established in 1972 and is one of the four Agricultural Universities in state of Maharashtra to fulfil the regional aspirations of agrarian growth. It is entrusted with the responsibilities to provide education in agriculture and allied fields, undertake research and facilitate technology transfer in Marathwada region of Maharashtra. The first college of Agriculture was established in this region at Parbhani in 1956 by Hyderabad State Government just before State reorganization. During Nizam's rule, however, agricultural education was available only at Hyderabad but crop research centres viz., sorghum, cotton, fruits existed in the region. The foundation of research was laid by the erstwhile Nizam State with commencement of the Main Experimental Farm at Parbhani in 1918. The famous 'Gaorani' desi cotton is the result of the research on cotton and local sorghum cultivars were improved by selection by the then Economic Botanist. Since then Parbhani remains the hub of educational, research and extension activities in Marathwada.

The objectives of the University are: Education in agriculture & Allied Sci. and to undertake Research based on regional needs and facilitate Technology transfer etc.

EDUCATION/ACADEMICS: The University offers a degree course which holds B.Sc. degree in the following subjects: Agriculture, Horticulture, Home Sc. and Agri. Bio Tech. The University also provides B.Tech degree in the subjects Agri. Engg and Food Sc.

The M.Sc. degrees are provided in the subjects Agriculture and Home Science and M.Tech degree in Agri. Engg. and Food Sc.

Ph.D. degree in Home Sc. and Agriculture.

RESEARCH: The university takes pride in releasing crop varieties such as 'Parbhani Kranti' Okra, 'NHH-44' hybrid cotton, 'Parbhani Moti' rabi sorghum, 'BSMR-736' pigeon pea, MAUS-71 and MAUS 81 soyabean, 'Pratisthan' tamarind and many others which are most popular.

The University has released various varieties of crops like: Sorghum, Bajra, Paddy Wheat, Maize (Hybrid) Cotton, Sunflower, Groundnut, Safflower, Mung,  Urd, Tur, Gram (chick pea), Pea, Marking Nut, Wood Apple, ber, Mango, Kagzi Lime, Fig, Tamarind, Chilly, Tomato, Brinjal and Lady Finger.

EXTENSION: The Directorate of Extension Education carries out the extension education activities through various schemes and centers viz.  Training and Visit System, Extension Education Unit, Research Sub-Section Extension Wing, Agricultural Technology Information Centre, Regional Agricultural Extension Education Centres, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Communication center. The extension programmes are undertaken on-and-off-campus.  Off-campus programmes are organized at Research Stations and even at village level for giving messages and collecting feed backs. These activities have made miraculous impact in adoption of new agricultural technologies. The Directorate operates through Training Programmes, Farm Advisory Services, Telephone Help Line, the national level Kisan Call Centre, mobile crop polyclinic, internet connectivity with Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC), Technology Park,  Mobile Exhibition, Crop Demonstrations, Farmers Rallies,  Field Days, Information Services, Agricultural Marketing Information Center, Village Adoption Programme, Maharashtra Agriculture Productivity Improvement Campaign, Rural Bio-Resource complex, etc.

The Directorate of Extension Education publishes Agricultural Dairy, booklets, leaflets, folders, magazine, calendar, bulletins, News Letter etc. and literature covering different aspects of field crops, fruits crops, vegetables, floriculture, animal husbandry and dairy, agricultural engineering, food science, home science etc. The magazine "Sheti Bhati" is popular among farmers, scientists and students.

ADDRESS: Marathwada Agricultural University

                  Parbhani-431402, Maharashtra

                  Tel No.  02452-223002 Fax no. 02452-223582




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