Directorate of Research
The Directorate of research was established in June 1971 to co-ordinate all research activities in TNAU and to administer / monitor the activities of Research Stations situated in different parts of Tamil Nadu. The Directorate is headed by the Director of Research who is supported by scientists from various faculties in carrying out the activities of the Directorate.
Consequent on the formation of Directorate at TRRI, Aduthurai, research stations in Tamil Nadu has been divided into Region I and Region II. The 14 Research Stations grouped under Region I as mentioned below are under the administrative control of Director of Research, TNAU, Coimbatore.
Director of Research is the Nodal Officer for implementing the schemes funded by ICAR and other external agencies including NATP. The procedure for monitoring the University research sub projects in an effective manner through centralized system was dispensed from 2003 and decentralized monitoring system by the respective technical University Officers for effective implementation is presently in operation. Research projects that are presently operated in TNAU are given tnauprojects.pdf.
Due to decentralization, the schemes, research sub-projects etc. other than Region I are being monitored by the concerned University Officer / Directorate.
The newer research schemes funded by various agencies are implemented at various centres with the approval of the Vice-Chancellor. Generally, these schemes are prepared as University research sub projects and got approved for effective implementation. Besides, University research sub projects are also prepared by the scientists working in the University under Plan and Non-plan scheme on the research aspects that warrants action by the scientists on the day to day issues.
Identification of research problems
The problems for research are identified during the discussion in monthly zonal workshops of each districts, Transfer of Technology centres, Statewide Farmers Interactive meeting, Farmers’ Days in various campuses and Research Stations, State Research and Extension Councils, State Scientific Workers’ Conference in Agriculture, Horticulture, Agricultural Engineering, Forestry and Sericulture where extension functionaries of the state development departments and scientists of the TNAU participate. On knowing the problem of district zonal or state level importance, the scientist (Project Leader) in the relevant discipline in Research Station / Campus is identified to take up research on applied or basic nature.
Monitoring and evaluation
The Director of Research and Technical Directors during their visits to the Research Stations monitor the progress of the research projects and provide guidelines to the project leaders in their research pursuit.
The Vice-Chancellor, the Director of Research and the Technical Directors / Deans monitor and evaluate the progress of the research projects during discussion with the project leader in the Annual Research Workshops of various crops and commodities.
Dissemination of outcome of Research
The Project Leaders publish the findings from their research projects in various National and International journals which are valued greatly by the scientific community. They also publish popular articles in Journals and news papers for the benefit of the farming community.
The research findings from research projects are categorized as (a) for adoption and (b) for on-farm testing presented and discussed in the Annual Scientific Workers’ Conference for transfer of technology. Further, technologies that have performed consistently well and approved by the bodies for release are grouped under ‘For adoption’ category. Technologies that are under advanced stage of evaluation are categorized under ‘For on farm testing’.
The research findings under first category are incorporated in Crop Production Guide every year to update the technologies in this basic and reference document which is used by all extension functionaries. Continuous efforts of the scientists in the long run are focused in developing newer crop varieties for the benefit of the farming community to suit the various agro climatic conditions besides tolerating biotic and abiotic stresses. The number of crop varieties released from this institute till 2012 is furnished below.