Genesis

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) had begun as an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Chennai in 1876 and blossomed as a College in Coimbatore, during 1906. The foundation stone for the Madras Agricultural College and Research Institute was laid in Coimbatore on 24th September, 1906 by the then Governor of Fort St. George, Sir Arthur Lawley.

Students were first admitted into the Agricultural College at Coimbatore in 1908 for an educational programme leading to Licentiate in Agriculture (L. Ag.). The Agricultural College and Research Institute was opened by Sir Arthur Lawley on July 14, 1909. In 1920, the college was affiliated to the Madras University and a new course of study leading to a degree in Agriculture, viz., B.Sc. (Ag.) was introduced and the first batch came out in 1923. To start with, only eight students were admitted for the three-year degree course. The qualification for admission being a pass in the Intermediate examination with 11 years of study in school and two years of Intermediate before entering the Agricultural College, thus bringing the total duration of study for an Agricultural graduate to 16 years. The number of students admitted to the college gradually increased from 8 in 1920 to 48 in 1926.

The Agricultural College at Coimbatore was separated from the Research Institute in 1922 and a separate building known as ‘Freeman Building’ was erected for housing the Agricultural College. The foundation stone for the Freeman building was laid on June 30, 1922 by the Governor of Madras, Lord Wellington of Ratton and was opened in July 1926 by Viscount Goschen of Hawkhurst, the then Governor of Madras. The Second World War brought in problems of shortage in food and clothing and in order to have an adequate number of trained agricultural personnel well equipped for tackling the program chalked out under the Post-War Reconstruction schemes. The admission to the Agricultural College was further raised from 48 to 96 in 1944 and 96 to 108 in 1953 and again from 108 to 162 from the year 1956.

In 1942, research and teaching sections were integrated. Second Agricultural College was started in 1965 at Madurai to cope with the vast expansion and intensification of agricultural activities in Tamil Nadu. A four year integrated B.Sc. (Ag.) course was started when the one year Pre-University course came into existence in 1960 thus maintaining the total duration at 16 years for first Graduation in Agriculture.

The agricultural colleges at Coimbatore and Madurai formed nucleus for the establishment of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in 1971.

Milestones

  • The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) 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 1876 and it was later relocated at Coimbatore.
  • In 1920, it was affiliated to University of Madras; TNAU assumed full responsibilities of Agricultural Education and Research, and supported the State Agricultural Department by delivering research products. The milestone of growth and development of TNAU indicates its service to the farming community.
  • 1876 – Agricultural School was started at Saidapet, Chennai (Madras).
  • 1906 – The Saidapet Agricultural School was shifted to Coimbatore and foundation stone laid for Madras Agricultural College.
  • 1908 – Students were admitted to education program leading to Licentiate in Agriculture (L.Ag.).
  • 1909 – Opening of Agricultural College and Research Institute (AC&RI) by Sir Arthur Lawley.
  • 1920 – The AC&RI was affiliated to University of Madras. A new course of study leading to a three years degree in Agriculture – B.Sc.(Ag.) was started.
  • Second Agricultural College was started at Bapatla (Now in Andhra Pradesh).
  • 1958 – Regional Post-Graduate Center was established to offer programme leading to Master’s degree in Agriculture & Horticulture.
  • 1960 – Integrated system with four year B.Sc.(Ag.) degree programme after Pre-University education was introduced and subsequently doctoral programme in Agriculture was started.
  • 1965 – Third Agricultural College was started at Madurai. Tamil Nadu and the Masters programme at Madurai was introduced during 1969.
  • 1971 – The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University came into existence at Coimbatore as its Head Quarters.
  • 1972 – A separate faculty of Horticulture was established and a degree programme in Horticulture – B.Sc. (Hort.) was introduced. The College of Agricultural Engineering was also established at Coimbatore and a Bachelor’s degree programme in Agricultural Engineering – B.E.(Ag) was introduced.
  • 1973 – Doctoral programme in Horticulture was introduced at Horticultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore.
  • 1975 – Faculty of Post Graduate Education was established in TNAU Coimbatore.
  • 1976 – The Madras Veterinary College became constituent unit of TNAU and B.V.Sc. degree programme was suitably restructured.
  • 1977 – Bachelor’s degree (B.F.Sc.) programme in Fisheries Science at Thoothukudi was started.
  • 1977 – Masters programme was introduced in Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Coimbatore.
  • 1987 – Doctoral programme was introduced in Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Coimbatore.
  • 1980 – Bachelor’s degree B.Sc.(H.Sc) was launched in Madurai Campus.
  • 1981 – Masters programme was introduced in Home Science College & Research Institute, Madurai and Doctoral programme in 1988.
  • 1989 – Doctoral programme in Agriculture was introduced in Agricultural College & Research Institute, Madurai; Master’s programme in forestry was introduced in Forest College & Research Institute, Mettupalayam and Master programme in Horticulture was introduced in Horticultural College & Research Institute, Periyakulam.
  • 1989 – Post Graduated degree programme in M.Sc, Biotechnology was introduced in Biotechnology.
  • 1990 – Doctoral programme was introduced in Biotechnology.
  • 1990 – Established the department of Environmental sciences with introduction of Master and Doctoral programme in environmental science
  • 1990 – Masters programme in Agriculture was introduced in Agricultural College & Research Institute, Killikulam, Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu and Doctoral programme in Forest College & Research Institute, Mettupalayam.
  • 1998 – Undergraduate Programme as in B.Tech. (Food Process Engineering) was introduced as a self-supporting programme in Agricultural Engineering College & Research Institute, Coimbatore.
  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) awarded TNAU the “ICAR Best Institution Award 1998”. The University was also adjudged as the “Best performing University” based on the performance of farm graduates at National level competition.
  • 2002 – Undergraduate Programme in B.Tech. (Horticulture) was introduced as a self-supporting programme in Horticultural College & Research Institute, Coimbatore.
  • 2002 – Undergraduate Programme in B.Tech. (Biotech) was introduced as a self-supporting programme in Agricultural College & Research Institute, Coimbatore.
  • 2003 – Cafeteria system of curricula syllabi was introduced.
  • 2004 – Undergraduate programme in B.Tech.(Energy and Environment Engineering) as a self-supporting programme in Agricultural Engineering College & Research Institute, Coimbatore.
  • 2005 – Centenary year of Agricultural College & Research Institute was celebrated.
  • 2005 – Undergraduate programme in B.Tech.(Bioinformatics) as a self-supporting programme in Agricultural College & Research Institute, Coimbatore.
  • 2006 – Revised the syllabus with internship in B.Tech. (Biotech.), B.Tech. (Bioinfo.), B.Tech.(Hort.), B.Tech.(FPE) and B.Tech.(EEE).
  • 2007 – Revised the syllabus for all UG degree programmes as per ICAR guidelines
  • 2007 – Undergraduate programme in B.S.(Agribusiness Management) and B.Tech (Agricultural Information Technology) as a self-supporting programme.
  • 2011 – Revised the syllabus for all UG degree programmes.
  • 2011 – Introduction of B.Sc.(Sericulture) degree programme at AC&RI, Coimbatore Campus later shifted to FC&RI Mettupalayam.
  • 2011 – Started a Horticultural College and Research Institute for Women at NavalurKuttapattu, Tiruchirappalli with introduction of B.Sc. (Horticulture) degree programme.

Mission and Goals

  • To impart education in the branches of agriculture and allied sciences.
  • To further the advancement of learning and pursuit of research in agriculture and allied sciences,
  • To update the knowledge of farmers in the field of agriculture and allied sciences through appropriate extension technologies in
    collaboration with the government departments concerned

ICAR Accreditation

In TNAU, the following degree programmes of the college were approved accreditation for a period of five years (2018 to 2023) by the ICAR, New Delhi.

URL : http://tnau.ac.in/files/ICAR_Accreditation_to_TNAU.pdf

MAP of the Campus

Citizen's Charter of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Citizens / Clients

  • Undergraduate Post Graduate and Doctoral students of agriculture and allied sciences.
  • Farmers of Tamil Nadu.
  • Farm input providers.
  • Entrepreneurs / agro based industrialists.
  • Extension personnel of the development sector.
  • Members of Agribusiness Consortium
  • NGOs

Services offered

  • Advising on the package of practices of agricultural and horticultural crops.
  • Distribution of seeds of notified varieties of the agricultural and horticultural
    crops released by the University.
  • Distribution of saplings of fruit trees and ornamental plants.
  • Advising on nutrient management of soil.
  • Advising on the control of pests and diseases occurring in the crops.
  • Advising on the management of degraded soils and environment
  • Introduction of latest farm equipments / machinery to farming community.
  • Transfer of technology, training and demonstration.
  • Educating the farmers on agricultural technology through various distance education programmes, farm school on AIR, Community Radio, audio cassette lessons and video lessons, popular magazine and Newsletter.
  • Consultancy services to entrepreneurs on commercial agriculture.
  • Act as an incubator through Agribusiness Development for the entrepreneurs on commercial agriculture.

Constituent Colleges of TNAU

S.No. Name and Address of the College          Courses Offered
1 Agricultural College and Research Institute,

Coimbatore – 641 003.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture

 

B.Tech. (Biotechnology)

 

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agribusiness Management

2 Agricultural College and Research Institute,Madurai – 625 104. B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
3 Agricultural College and Research Institute,

Killikulam, Thoothukudi District – 628 252.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
4 Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute,

Navalur Kuttappattu, Tiruchirappalli – 620 009.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
5 Agricultural College and Research Institute,

Eachankottai, Orathnad Tk, Thanjavur – 614902

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
6 Agricultural College and Research Institute,

Valavachanur, Thiruvannamalai – 606753.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
7 Agricultural College and Research Institute,

Kudumiyanmalai,  Pudukkottai – 622104.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
8 Horticultural College and Research Institute,

Coimbatore – 641 003.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Horticultue
9 Horticultural College and Research Institute,

Periyakulam, Theni District – 625 504.

10 Horticultural College and Research Institute for Women,

Navalur Kuttappattu, Tiruchirappalli– 620 009.

11 Community Science College and Research Institute,

Madurai – 625 104.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Food Nutrition and Dietetics
12 Forest College and Research Institute,

Mettupalayam – 641 301.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Forestry

B.Sc. (Hons.) Sericulture

13 Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute,

Kumulur, Tiruchirappalli District – 621 712.

B.Tech. (Agrl. Engg.)

 

14 Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute,

Coimbatore – 641 003

B.Tech. (Agrl. Engg.)

 

B.Tech. (Energy and Environmental Engineering )

 

B.Tech. (Food Technology)

Affiliated Colleges of TNAU

S.No. Courses Offered Name and Address of the College

1.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College (APAC),

Kalavai, Vellore District – 632 506

Phone : 04173-295050

e-mail : deanapac@tnau.ac.in

2.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Horticulture

Adhiparasakthi Horticultural College (APHC),

Kalavai, Vellore District – 632 506

Phone : 04173-295050

e-mail : deanapac@tnau.ac.in

3.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

ThanthaiRoever Institute of Agriculture and Rural

Development (TRIARD),Perambalur – 621212. Phone : 04328-291066, 325096

e-mail : deantriard@tnau.ac.in

4.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

Vanavarayar Instituteof Agriculture (VIA),

Manakkadavu, Pollachi – 642 103.

Phone : 04253 290147/127, 9942908410, 7402618008 e-mail : deanvia@tnau.ac.in

5.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

Imayam Instituteof Agricultureand Technology (IIAT),

Kannanur, Thuraiyur Tk, TrichyDt.-621 206

Phone : 04327-239515, 239815 e-mail : deaniiat@tnau.ac.in

6.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

PGP College of Agricultural Sciences (PGPCAS),

Palani Nagar, Namakkal – 637405

Phone : +91 9443211898

e-mail : deanpgpcas@tnau.ac.in

7.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

RVS Agriculture College (RVSAC),

Thanjavur- 613 402

Phone : 04362-293565,+91 9443930824 e-mail : deanrvsac@tnau.ac.in

8.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

College of Agricultural Technology (CAT),

Kullapuram, Theni District – 625562.

Phone : 04546-252766, +91 7373015055, +91 7373045055 e-mail : deancat@tnau.ac.in

9.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture (KIA),

Sakthi Nagar, Erode District – 638 315

Phone : 04256-247000, 247222 e-mail : deankia@tnau.ac.in

10.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

J.K.K.Munirajah College of Agricultural Science (JKKMCAS),

TN Palayam, Gobi (TK), Erode District – 638 506

Phone : 04285-260263

e-mail : deanjkkmcas@tnau.ac.in

11.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

Don Bosco College of Agriculture(DBCA),

Takkolam, Arakonam(TK),Vellore District – 631151

Phone : 044-27608029

e-mail : deandbca@tnau.ac.in

12.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Horticulture

RVS Padmavathy Horticultural College (RVSPHC),

RVS Farm, S.Paraipatty Post, Oddanchatram Road, Sembatti, Dindigul District – 624701

Phone : 04551-293220

e-mail : deanrvshc@tnau.ac.in

13.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

JSA College of Agriculture and Technology(JSACAT),

Avatti cross road, Ma.Podaiyur, Tholudur, Cuddalore-606 108

Phone : +91 9443656369

e-mail : deanjsacat@tnau.ac.in

14.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

SRS Institute of Agriculture and Technology(SRSIAT),

Vedachandur, Dindigul District – 624 710

Phone : +91 7639555804

e-mail : deansrsiat@tnau.ac.in

15.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

S. Thangapazham Agricultural College (STAC),

Vasudevanallur, Tirunelveli District – 627 760

Phone : 04636 242344, 7402320001, 9942852100 e-mail : deanagristac@tnau.ac.in

16.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

SethuBhaskara Agricultural Collegeand Research

Foundation (SBACRF), Kalam Kalvinagar, Visalayankottai, Karaikudi Taluk, Sivagangai– 630 306

Phone : +91 9443955444

e-mail : deansbacrf@tnau.ac.in

17.

B.Sc.(Hons.)

Agriculture

Nammazhvar Collegeof Agriculture and Technology (NCAT),

Peraiyur Village, Peraiyur PO, Kamuthi Tk., Ramanathapuram District – 623 708

Phone : 04576-292230, 292231, +91 9500799007 e-mail : deanncatkamuthy@tnau.ac.in

Education System

The course credit-based semester system of education is being followed in TNAU for all the degree programmes from the academic year 1991-1992 onwards.

  • Each semester has 105 working days.
  • The medium of instruction is English.
  • Each undergraduate degree program has total of 8 semesters.
  • Marks score from Mid-semester, final practical and final theory examination are taken for grading of 10 for each semester. Accrual of marks from 1st to 8th semesters are graded as Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) out of 10.00.
  • Inclusion of Physical Education, NSS, NCC, Yoga as part of the Curriculum.

Agro-Industrial Tie-up Programme

The students are given in-plant training for 15 days in agro-industries. This programme is being undertaken in VII semester.

Study Tour

The students are taken on tour to various Research Stations and Agricultural Colleges situated in the State to facilitate them to know the major crops in various agroclimatic regions of State and to observe and learn the latest developments in agriculture across the State. Similarly, the students are taken on tour to various Institutes and Universities in India, which are engaged in imparting agricultural education, research, extension and training. This enables the students to understand the scenario of Indian agriculture i.e. major crops grown in different agro climate regions of India.

Guidelines for Students

I.General Responsibilities

  • A student shall in no way misrepresent his or her work.
  • A student shall in no way fraudulently or unfairly advance his or her academic position.
  • A student shall refuse to be a party to another student’s failure to maintain academic integrity.
  • A student shall not in any other manner violate the principles of academic integrity.

II.Examples of Violations

The following actions are examples of activities that violate the Code of Academic Integrity. This is not a definitive list.

  • Knowingly representing the work of others as one’s own.
  • Using, obtaining or providing unauthorized assistance on examinations, papers or any
    other academic work.
  • Fabricating data in support of laboratory or field work.
  • Forgoing a signature to certify completion of a course assignment or a recommendation to graduate school.
  • Unfairly advancing one’s academic position by hoarding or damaging library
  • Misrepresenting one’s academic accomplishments.

Working Hours

  • Working days and time schedule: Except Sundays and other listed Government holidays, all other days of a week including Saturdays are working days for the students.
  • Normal Working Hours: 7.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Time schedule may vary in teaching campuses to suit the local needs.