Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) came into being on June
1, 1971.However, it had its genesis from establish-ment 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. TNAU assumed full responsibilities of Agricultural
Education and Research and supported the State Agricultural Department
by delivering research products. 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 1972, separate degree programmes of B.Sc. (Horticulture) and
B.E.(Agriculture) were started. In 1979, a separate Faculty of Horticulture
was established. In 1980, B.Sc.(Home Science) programme was started
at Madurai campus. The third Agricultural College was started at
Killikulam in 1984 and the fourth at Kumulur (Trichy) in 1989 and
later shifted to Navalur Kuttappattu (Trichy) in 1992 which is named
as Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute.
During 1985, B.Sc.(Forestry) programme was started at Coimbatore.
Presently the B.Sc.(Horticulture) degree programme is being offered
at Horticultural College and Research Institute, Periyakulam and
B.Sc.(Forestry) degree programme at Forest College and Research
Institute, Mettupalayam. In line with technological changes the
B.E.(Agriculture) hither to offered is going to be offered as B.Tech.(Agricultural
Engineering) from the Academic year 2002-2003 at Agricultural Engineering
College & Research Institute, Kumulur near Trichy. B.Sc.(Home
Science) degree programme is being offered at Home Science College
& Research Institute, Agricultural College Campus, Madurai.
The Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru College of Agriculture & Research
Institute, Karaikal, governed by Government of Pondichery, is an
affiliated institute of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University where
B.Sc.(Agriculture) course is being offered. Apart from these academic
institutes, the University now has research programmes at more than
32 stations, spread over in Tamil Nadu with more than 1000 scientists
global technological developments often leads to introduction of
new courses in different fields. The 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.
milestone of growth and development of TNAU indicates its service
to the farming community.
School was started at Saidapet, Chennai (Madras)
Saidapet Agricultural School was shifted to Coimbatore and foundation
stone laid for Madras Agricultural College.
were admitted to education program leading to Licentiate in
Agriculture (L. Ag.)
of Agricultural College and Research Institute (AC & RI)
by Sir Arthur Lawley.
AC & RI was affiliated to Madras University. A new course
of study leading to a three year degree in Agriculture -B.Sc.
(Ag.) was started.
Agricultural College was started at Bapatla (Now in Andhra Pradesh).
Post-Graduate Center was established to offer programs leading
to Masters degree in Agriculture & Horticulture.
system with four year B.Sc. (Ag) degree program after Pre-University
education was introduced and subsequently doctoral program in
Agriculture was started.
Agricultural College was started at Madurai, Tamil Nadu and
the Masters program at Madurai was introduced during 1969.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University came into existence with
Coimbatore as its Head Quarters.
separate Faculty of Horticulture was established and a degree
program in Horticulture - B.Sc. (Hort.) was introduced. The
College of Agricultural Engineering was established at Coimbatore
and a Bachelor's degree program in Agricultural Engineering
- B.E.(Ag) was introduced.
program was introduced in Horticultural College and Research
of Post Graduate Education was established in TNAU, Coimbatore
and Masters and Doctoral (1978) programs were started in Environmental
Sciences and Biotechnology.
Madras Veterinary College became constituent unit of TNAU and
B.V.Sc. degree program was suitably restructured*.
degree (B.F.Sc.) program in Fisheries Science at Thoothukudi
and Doctoral program in Agricultural Engineering was introduced.
degree (B.Sc. (H.Sc.)) in Home Science was launched in Madurai
program was introduced in Home Science College & Research
Institute, Madurai and Doctoral program in 1988.
program in Agriculture was introduced in Agricultural college
& Research Institute, Madurai; Masters program introduced
in Forest College & Research Institute, Mettupalayam and
Horticultural College & Research Institute, Periyakulam.
program in Agriculture was introduced in Agricultural College
& Research Institute, Killikulam, Thoothukudi district,
Tamil Nadu and Doctoral program in Forest College & Research
Process Engineering) introduced as self supporting program.
and B.Tech(Agricultue Biotechnology) introduced as self supporting
and Environmental Engineering) introduced as a self supporting