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Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur (Trichur), Kerala
Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur (Trichur), Kerala
Address:Main Campus, KAU-Post
Thrissur (Trichur) (District Thrissur (Trichur))
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 680656
Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur (Trichur) Kerala is a University recognised by UGC.
Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur (Trichur) Kerala is situated in Thrissur (Trichur) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Thrissur (Trichur) comes under Thrissur (Trichur) Tehsil, Thrissur (Trichur) District.
Fax # of Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur (Trichur) Kerala is +91-487-370019.
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Website of Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur (Trichur) Kerala is www.kau.edu.
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Contact Details of Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur (Trichur) Kerala are : Phone: +91--0487-2370432, 2370034
Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology
* M.Tech.(Agrl. Engg.)
Faculty of Agricultural
* B.Sc. (Ag.)
* M.Sc.(Food Sci. & Nutrition.) and Ph.D.
* M.Sc.(FS & N)
* M.Sc.(Ag. Stat.)
* M. Sc. Ag Biotech and Ph.D.
* B.Sc. (Forestry)
* M.Sc. (Forestry)
* B.Sc. (C&B)
* M.Sc. (C&B), Ph.D.
* MBA in Agri Business Management
Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
* B.V.Sc. & A.H.
* M.V.Sc. and Ph.D.
* B.Tech.(D.Sc. & Tech.)
Faculty of Fisheries
* M.F.Sc. and Ph.D.
KAU Thrissur conducts Graduate, Post Graduate and PhD programs in Agriculture and Allied Sciences. It conducts Masters degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Agricultural Statistics, Cooperation and Banking, Home Science (Food and Nutrition), Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Fisheries and Agricultural Engineering and Technology. It has played a role in providing training in scientific experimentation through its programmes to the locals. Extension education activity of the University is implemented through the Communication Centre, Farm Advisory Service, Central Training Institute, Advanced Centre of Training in Plantation Crops, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Village Adoption Programme. The university is known for providing high quality professional education.
Admissions to undergraduate courses of the university are held on the basis of the ranks obtained in the Common Entrance Examination conducted by the Commissionarate of Entrance Examinations, Government of Kerala. For the PG courses, selections are made by the committee constituted by the University for the purpose on the basis of written test and interview. PhD admissions are on the basis of interview.
Separate hostels are available for girls and boys. The Computer Center helps the students to use Information Technology to learn the skills of agriculture. The Central Library has sufficient number of books to assist the students. The university also manages facilities like Guest house, Auditorium, and Indoor stadium. NCC/NSS aid the students in their overall personality development.
* Veterinary and Animal Science
* Agricultural Engineering
Profile of Kerala Agricultural UniversityProfile of University
Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) was established in 1971 by an Act of the State Legislature of Kerala. Jurisdiction of the university is in Wayanad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kasaragod, Malappuram and Ernakulam districts of Kerala. The University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). It is widely regarded among the best agricultural universities in India.
The Kerala Agricultural University is the primary and the principal instrumentality of the Kerala State in providing human resources, and skills and technology, required for the sustainable development of its agriculture, defined broadly encompassing all production activities based on land and water, including crop production (agriculture), animal husbandry, forestry and fishery through conducting, interfacing and integrating education, research and extension in these spheres of economic endeavour.
Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is the primary and the principal instrumentality of the Kerala State in providing human resources, and skills and technology, required for the sustainable development of its agriculture, defined broadly encompassing all production activities based on land and water, including crop production (agriculture), animal husbandry, forestry and fisheries through conducting, interfacing and integrating education, research and extension in these spheres of economic endeavour.
Kerala State Assembly established Kerala Agricultural University in the year 2001, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research adjudged the Kerala Agricultural University as the best performing University among the thirty five State Agricultural Universities and deemed Universities in the country.
Deemed to have come into existence on February 24th 1971 by the Act 33 of 1971 of the Kerala State Legislature, entitled 'The Agricultural University Act, 1971', the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) became operational since February 1st 1972 when the then existing two educational and 21 research institutions administered by the Departments of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry of the Government of Kerala, were brought under one umbrella for facilitating the sustainable and accelerated development of agriculture in the State.
Excellence in Agricultural Education, Research and Extension for Sustainable Agricultural Development and Livelihood security of farming community
To Provide human resources, skills and technology required for sustainable development of agriculture, including crop production, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Sciences, Dairy Sciences & Technology, Co-operation, Fisheries, Forestry, Agricultural Engineering, Home Science and other allied disciplines by integrating education, research and extension.
OUR STRATEGY (Objectives)
The University focuses its strategy on synergizing multi-disciplinary education and strengthening problem-specific research relevant to the state and help building innovative extension systems for sustainable management of natural resources, sustainable agricultural production and overall improvement of rural livelihoods.
To achieve the Mission and Goal, the University propose to adopt the following programmes:
* Provide quality education in Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry including Veterinary and Dairy Sciences, Co-operation, Fisheries, Forestry, Agricultural Engineering, Home Science and other allied disciplines.
* Undertake basic, applied and adaptive research to address current and future challenges of farming community and to provide management options relevant to the prevailing agroclimatic and socioeconomic situations
* Generate appropriate technologies to support sustainable growth of agricultural entrepreneurship and agri-business.
* Develop innovative extension strategies and formulate effective mechanisms for Transfer of Technology to institutions and farmers for enhanced and sustainable agricultural production leading to improved rural livelihoods.
Locate and protect biodiversity to preserve agro-ecosystem of the state and to document traditional knowledge and technologies.
The mandates of the University as defined in `The Agricultural University Act, 1971, are:
1. Making provision for imparting education in different branches of study, particularly in agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry including veterinary and dairy science, co-operation, fisheries, forestry, agricultural engineering, home science and other allied branches of learning and scholarship;
2. Furthering the advancement of leadership and prosecution of research, particularly in agriculture and allied sciences;
3. Undertaking an extension education programme; and
4. Such other purposes as the University may from time to time determine.
The University under the KAU Act is bestowed with responsibility and vested with jurisdiction extending to the entire geographic territory of the State in fulfilling its designated mandate. Located almost in the middle of the state at Vellanikkara in the Thrissur District on the National Highway (NH47) at about 13 km from the Thrissur Railway Station and 50 km from the International Airport, Kochi, the headquarters of KAU is easily accessible by road, rail and air.
The University over the years has succeeded in establishing some very critical facilities for quality research and training which include Electron Microscopy, Radiotracer Laboratory, Meat and Carcass Utilisation Plant, the Central Library with all IT facilities and hard ware built up to link the 10 College Libraries and national library net work to facilitate electronic access. The University is keeping pace with the application of information technology in all spheres of activity where IT opens up immense possibilities. The Central Computer Facility serves the basic requirements of the headquarters in word processing. The Distributed Information System Centre funded by the DBT apart from providing access to biotechnology related information extends mundane service in IT. Thanks to NATP this University is also included in the ARIS project which has proved the basic hardware for the network linking the headquarters with the constituent colleges. The 800 seated fully air-conditioned Central Auditorium in the Main Campus equipped with one of the finest acoustic systems and an Indoor Stadium at Vellayani campus add to the basic infrastructure for the full development of the potentials of the students and the faculty in the Main Campus
* Electron Microscopy
* Dairy Plant
* Meat Technology & Carcass Utilisation Plant
* Radiotracer Laboratory
* Central Library
* Central Auditorium
* Kerala Agricultural University School
* Indoor Stadium
* Central Auditorium, Vellanikkara
* Central Computer Facility, Vellanikkara
* Geographic Information System (GIS) Centre, Vellanikkara
* Kerala Agricultural University is well poised to meet the challenges ahead that transforms agriculture sector into the engine of growth of Kerala's economy by providing the human resources, and skills and technology for the sustainable development of state's agriculture, all economic activities put to the production of biomass based land and water including crop production (agriculture), animal husbandry, forestry and fishery.
* Realisation of this objective renders imperative; on the one hand, the fostering the natural strengths and advantages emanating from resource endowments such as abundant rainfall, and sun shine and tropical year round biomass production capability as well as the literate and well informed human population; and on the other hand sharpening the competitive edge of Kerala's agriculture through a package of appropriate strategies, public policies, programmes technology services and investment support.
* In the specific context of Kerala's highly heterogeneous resource base and societal values, for ensuring livelihood security of the dependent population a paradigm shift in optimisation of the biophysical resource base for agriculture development is called for from the maximisation of production of specific commodities in contrast, to the maximisation of income and employment on a sustainable basis.
* The Kerala Agricultural University would strive to fulfill its commitment by reorienting and restructuring its programmes. In education at the graduate level, professionalism would be strengthened with entrepreneurship; and at the post graduate level, training would be imparted in emerging areas integrating relevant disciplines such as biotechnology, natural resource management, environment, IPR and biodiversity, WTO and global trade to mention a few.
* Research would be reoriented on pursuing a system approach to technology generation systems rather than specific commodities and focused on integrated agro-silvi-pastoral-aqua production systems and resource based livestock production; emphasis would be on product conversion and value addition rather than ending production alone.
* Extension and technology transfer would focus on group approach and area approach, and technology for production systems rather than commodities; training for entreprenuership rather than adding skills; and support services to be rendered by the single window.
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Kerala Agricultural University for speedy induction of VCIt appears that the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) — currently bogged down by a slew of controversies ranging from corruption to sexual harassment — is keen on restoring its credibility by inducting a full-time vice chancellor (VC).
According to official sources, the university senate, as part of fast-tracking the appointment, has decided to convene a special general council meeting to nominate its representative to the VC search committee.
Though the senate meet is only due in July, we have decided to convene a special meeting of the body on June 23 so that the new VC takes charge in August, they said.
The VC search committee also includes representatives of the governor, who is also the chancellor and the Indian Council for Agriculture Research.The absence of a Vice Chancellor after the former VC K.R. Viswambharan vacated the post on March 28, 2012, has severely affected the functioning of the university, faculty members allege.
It is being felt primarily in taking key policy decisions, said a senior official, also raising objections over turning the institution into a political platform –an apparent reference to the appointment of a bureaucrat to the post by the previous state cabinet.
Last time, the governor left it to the cabinet to recommend a name, preferably an agriculture scientist in conformity with the model law of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).However, the cabinet recommended Viswambarans name that did not figure in the selection panels short list.Meanwhile, officials are of the view that the upcoming VC will have his task cut out in restoring the institutions credibility, which has got mired in a slew of controversies.
On Wednesday, the university suspended one of its professors for allegedly seeking sexual favours from a post graduate woman student.
Earlier last week, it also suspended R. Gopinathan, Professor of Agronomy following allegations that he had trespassed into the compound of the instructional farm in Velanikkara and obstructed activities there.
The vigilance and anti-corruption bureau is also investigating charges that the KAUs former VC along with the then controller of exams and registrar had jointly earned lakhs of rupees by promoting some assistant professors as associate professors thus violating the universitys rules.
Eco-tourism project to start at Gandhi Smrithi VanamALAPPUZHA: The state forest department is set to start an eco-tourism project at Gandhi Smrithi Vanam in Purackadu, Ambalappuzha.
A team of officials from Kerala State Forest Development Corporation, Kerala Agricultural University, Fisheries College, Animal Husbandry Department and Rice Research Institute Mankombu visited Smrithi Vanam to prepare an action plan for the project.
Kerala state forest development corporation (KSFDC) is the implementing agency of the project. KSFDC chairman M Manoharan Pillai said the state had allotted Rs 2 crore for this project and Kerala forest research institute (KFRI) has completed a feasibility study for executing this initiative.
The forest department owns 335 acres in Smrithi Vanam and 64 acres will be used for the first phase of the project. In the first phase, we will set up Kuttanad model village where tourists can experience the Kuttanad lifestyle. Holidaymakers can also learn the farming techniques of Kuttanad farmers and can enjoy Kuttanad food there, Pillai said.
Historically important places like temple of Karumadikuttan (Buddha statue), Kumarakodi at Pallana - the final resting place of great poet Kumaranasan and Kunjan Nambiar memorial have also been included in the second phase of the project, he said.
The first phase of the project will be completed in March 2013. Earlier the state government had promised the forest department that as many as 600 acres will be allotted for Smrithi Vanam project. However, the department got only 335 acres so far. We have already approached the state for getting the remaining land promised by the state government, district assistant forest conservator S Sreekumar said. The eco-tourism project will be executed by the forest department with the support of various government wings and a detailed project report will be submitted to the government on June 8 .
Gandhi Smirthi Vanam was a project fashioned by the state government with the support of the union government for promoting biodiversity in 1984.
The government had acquired 335 acres and laid the foundation stone for the project at Purackadu on October 2, 1984, however, it could not execute the project following strong opposition from some section of the people.
Hence, the land identified for the project remained useless since 1984.
Recently, forest minister K B Ganesh Kumar visited the area and directed the forest department to take adequate steps for protecting this place.
Kerala Agricultural University to form food security intelligence wingTHRISSUR: The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is all set to form a food security intelligence wing, which will analyze and find out the commonly-seen diseases in paddy fields. The wing will also look into various factors that affect harvest such as attack of insects, nutritional disorder of crops, seasoned weather changes and hyper-acidity in paddy fields.
The wing will make a first information report (FIR) and submit it to the research sub-centre and district diagnostic centre.
Food security intelligence wing is a model project developed by KAU aimed at 100% productivity in paddy fields. As a trial run, the project will be implemented in kole lands spread in five block panchayats -- Irinjalakuda, Cherpu, Anthikkad, Mullassery and Puthukkad, said Dr U Jaikumaran, professor and head of Agricultural Research Station, KAU, Mannuthy.
The project, to be introduced next month, will collect information from kole lands of each block panchayat on a daily basisand compile the data. Paddy crops are highly vulnerable to diseases and insect-attack.
Once we get information about each field daily, we will be able to tackle all the issues related to cultivationat the earliest, he said. the professor said.
KAU has already selected 20 people who have passed VHSC (agriculture) course, for the job. They will be given a 15-day intense training on crops and paddy fields by KAU experts and then sent to the field.
As about 40% of the total crop is affected by various factors every year, the service of food security intelligence wing is expected to be a great boon.
Rs 100cr for KAU, Metro gets Rs 60crA Rs 60-crore allocation for the Kochi Metro Rail and a Rs 100-crore grant for the Kerala Agriculture University were the main attractions for the state in the Union budgeton Friday.
The allocation for the Kochi Metro, yet to get the final nod from the Planning Commission and the Union Cabinet, meant the Centres support and green signal for the start of the project.
The decision to pare the excise duty and exempt LNG from customs duty would provide a big boost to the LNG terminal in Kochi thats expected to go on stream by the year-end.
Expectedly, chief minister Oommen Chandy and finance minister KM Mani were all praise for the budget, unlike in the case of the Railway budget which didnt impress the state government.
Mani said the GST network by August would prove beneficial to the state.
The increase in the central devolution of taxes by over Rs 1,000 crore for the fiscal year 2012-13 is likely to give a big relief to the state, which is in a state of perennial fiscal stress. The central devolution for the coming fiscal is placed at Rs 7,082 crore.
The proposals to increase the base rate of excise and service taxes to 12 per cent from the existing 10 are unlikely to go down well in a consumer state like Kerala. The two measures are feared to stoke inflation, putting the life of the common folk in difficulty.
Kuttanad seeks redemptionWaves of corruption rock Kuttanad as it has set out to rediscover its once famed status of the rice bowl of the State with an ambitious Rs 1,840-crore revival package.
Strangely, corruption has raised concrete and granite fences around paddy fields bordering waterbodies as part of the Kuttanad package delivering another blow on the fragile environment.
Allegations of corruption have also come up against distribution of fowls and cattle (and even bees!) to farmers under the package. The whole purpose of the revival package conceived by renowned scientist M.S. Swaminathan with the twin aim of eco-restoration and livelihood expansion of the people has been undermined by officials belonging to different departments.
According to environmentalists, the focus so far has been on two successfully tested breeding grounds for corruption — bund construction and cattle-fowl distribution.
M.Gopakumar, who is one among those spearheading the campaign by the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP), against the corruption, said the magnitude of theft in bund constriction is appalling. It is five times of the amount required for the construction of the new Mullapperiyar dam. The irrigation department has proposed bund construction worth a whopping Rs 2900 crore in Kuttanad, while the original sum for the whole package is Rs 1840 crore! Granite bund has been proposed on a stretch of 3,250 kilometres whereas the Commission recommended stiff clay bunds in all the areas and granite bunds only in exceptional cases. This is a celebration of corruption, he said.
He pointed out that there was no attempt to evict encroachers of water bodies. The basic premise of the Swaminathan Commission that agriculture has become unsustainable in the region because of lack of solid outer bund itself is wrong. Agriculture is threatened by growing input cost including the shooting cost of farm labour and pesticides and fertilizers, he said.
Environmentalists point out that granite bunds have even been erected in paddy fields where there has been no incidence of flooding in 25 years. A concrete fence is being built around the Rani and Chithira paddy field block where there have been no paddy cultivation for the past twenty years! There was neither any environment impact study.
CPM leader G. Sudhakaran MLA said that the package was not being implemented as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission. There is no monitoring of the project. Whatever construction that has been done is ramshackle and sure to go down soon and the culprits will have to go to jail.
N.K. Sumaran Nair, general secretary, Pamba Protection Council, complained that the project was being implemented without proper attention. The demands for widening of Thottappilly Spillway and rebuilding of Thannermukkam bund for proper flood water management were ignored. The revival of Alappuzha-Changanassery Canal is also not addressed.
Dr Padmakumar, associate director of research, Kerala Agriculture University at Kumarakom, and a member of the Swaminathan Commission, said what lacked at present for the Kuttanad package is proper monitoring at the field level. There are 250 projects envisaged under 75 tasks in the package. Each project should be monitored by experts groups and these groups should vet each project, he said.
Fr Thomas Peelianikkal, executive director, Kuttanad Development Council, opined that there should be a secretary in charge of the package of the rank of an IAS officer and he should be based at Alappuzha. He should be vested with enough powers to control the package, he added. He recommended use of geo textiles for protecting small bunds of paddyfields.
The Kuttanad package needs a relook at this crucial juncture before it is getting late and going the way of another 2G scam.
Objectives of package
* To promote natural water flow and enhance ecological health.
* To minimize adverse ecological impact on closure of Thanneer-mukkam barrage and elimination of waterweeds.
* To reproduce native fishes, prawns and shells.
* To cut down solid waste pollution.
* To eliminate in situ water pollution in Kuttanad.
* To minimise chances of major crop loss during floods.
* To improve de-watering operation.
Whats Kuttanad package
Kuttanad region has been facing a severe agrarian crisis for over 5 decades owing to a variety of factors. It was in 2006, the Central government roped in Dr M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) to suggest suitable remedial measure after a scientific study based on the request from State government.
MSSRF in 2007 recommended a variety of interventions to be implemented as a Package with a total financial outlay of `1840 crore. The Central government in 2008 agreed for funding under ongoing Central Sector Schemes. Thus, the implementation of the package started in 2010.
Agriculture varsity to launch green initiativeAgricultural Research Station of Kerala Agricultural University, Mannuthy, will launch the Green Cadet Corps (GCC) programme in May aimed at ensuring food security in the country.
The purpose of GCC is to create awareness among school and college students on basic theories and practices of cultivating different crops and motivate them to adopt farming as a career. The students will also be taught about the need, scope and importance of mechanized agriculture.
The programme covers everything starting from land preparation to harvesting. The idea is to physically and mentally prepare the students for agricultural works. The aim of the GCC is to promote self-sufficiency in agriculture, said Dr U Jaikumaran, professor and head of the Agricultural Research Station.
The first training session of GCC would start in May first week at the Vocational Higher Secondary School, Puthukkad. Training would be given to 20 students. Every Saturday, they would be trained on all aspects of cultivation of food crops at their school.
Both theory and practicals would be taught. Practicals would be oriented more towards use of machinery, its operation, repair and maintenance. Mobile Agro Machinery Training Unit of Food Security Army would go to schools to impart the training. Uniforms would also be provided to GCC cadets.
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