Agricultural College and Research Institute

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University was started in 1876 as Madras Agricultural College in Saidapet. The initiative was started at 1863 by Sir William Denisan, the then governor of Madras Presidency. He presented a note to his council emphasizing the need for generating accurate knowledge and statistics in agriculture. His vision took shape first as Madras Agricultural College in 1876 that later got shifted to Coimbatore 1905. With the striving focus and finesse of the laurels in agriculture, the university has grown as premiere university marching towards


TNAU is a leading agro-technology provider in the country with several initiatives in education, research and technology delivery. In the NIRF rankings, TNAU was ranked one among top 50 Universities (under the category UNIVERSITIES) in India during 2016 (40th rank) and 2017 (17th rank). In the international QS BRICS University Rankings (2018), TNAU has moved to #105th rank with a full score for ‘Faculty staff with PhD’ and ‘Faculty Student Ratio’, featuring in 300 top universities from the region. The university ranks # 1 amongst the 67 Agricultural Universities and 17th amongst the total educational institutions in the country.

In the past several years of its existence, TNAU has developed varieties in a wide array of crops, production technologies;farm implements and machineries besides GIS based precision farming and nano-technologies to minimize post-harvest losses in fruits and vegetables. The technologies emerged from the university has helped the State of Tamil Nadu to augment and achieve its food grain production of more than 120 lakh tons regardless of vagaries of monsoon and changing scenarios in agriculture. TNAU’s research and extension activities enabled Tamil Nadu in securing Krishi Karman.

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