Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Official logo of ICAR.png
Established 16 July 1929
Type Registered society
Budget INR5392 crore (US$900 million) (2012–13)[1]
President Sharad Pawar
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
Campus Urban
Nickname ICAR

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, India is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture, government of India. Formerly known as the Imperial Council of Agricultural Research, it was established in 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in pursuance of the report of the Royal Commission on Agriculture. ICAR has its headquarters at New Delhi.

The Council is the apex body for coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the country. It has 99 ICAR institutes and 53 agricultural universities spread across the country.

The ICAR has played a role in enabling the country to increase the production of foodgrains by four, horticultural crops by six, fish by nine (marine five and inland 17, milk six times and eggs 27 times since 1950..

Union Minister of Agriculture, Sharad Pawar is President and Dr. S. Ayyappan is Director General of ICAR.[2]


The Committee to Advise on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee, 2009) has recommended setting up of a constitutional body — the National Commission for Higher Education and Research — which would be a unified supreme body to regulate all branches of higher education including agricultural education.[3] Presently, regulation of agricultural education is the mandate of ICAR, Veterinary Council of India (Veterinary sub-discipline) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (Forestry sub-discipline). The UPA government has included Yashpal Committee recommendations in its '100 days agenda'.[4]


ICAR has the following organizational structure :[2]

ICAR has two bodies:


ICAR institutions

As of September 2009 ICAR has following institutions,:[5][6][7][8][9]

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kannur located in the premises of the Pepper Research Station at Panniyur is a front-line agricultural extension institution. The compact area group approach (CAGA) against coconut mite, Paddy Task Force to combat labour shortage in rice farming, first ever Farmers' Science Congress, pioneering a new branch of agricultural extension called Creative Extension are a few of the contributions made by the Kendra. The subsurface dyke constructed at KVK as part of demonstrating rain water harvesting technologies has become an example of an effective method for ground water conservation.


Deemed Universities

  1. Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
  2. Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
  3. National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana
  4. Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, Maharashtra

ICAR Institute

  1. Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair
  2. Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur
  3. Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar
  4. Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore
  5. Central Institute Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai
  6. Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hissar
  7. Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom
  8. Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal
  9. Central Institute of Arid Horticulture, Bikaner
  10. Central Institute of Cotton Research, Nagpur
  11. Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin
  12. Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubneshwar
  13. Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai
  14. Central Institute of Sub Tropical Horticulture, Lucknow
  15. Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar
  16. Central Institute on Post harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana
  17. Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi
  18. Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod
  19. Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla
  20. Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore
  21. Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad
  22. Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack
  23. Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar, Rajasthan
  24. Central Soil and Water Conservation Research & Training Institute, Dehradun
  25. Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal
  26. Central Tobacco Research Institute, Rajahmundry
  27. Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum
  28. ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna
  29. ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani
  30. ICAR Research Complex for Goa, Ela, Old Goa, Goa
  31. Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi
  32. Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi
  33. Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Ranchi
  34. Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru
  35. Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi
  36. Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur
  37. Indian Institute of Soil Sciences, Bhopal
  38. Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut
  39. Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow
  40. Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi
  41. National Academy of Agricultural Research & Management, Hyderabad
  42. National Biotic Stress Management Institute, Raipur
  43. National Institue of Abiotic Stress Management, Malegaon, Maharashtra
  44. National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bengaluru
  45. National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata
  46. National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics, Hebbal, Bengaluru
  47. Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore
  48. Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora


  1. National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Bangalore
  2. National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Micro Organisms, Mau Nath Bhanjan, Uttar Pradesh
  3. National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal, Haryana
  4. National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  5. National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi
  6. National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Project Directorate

  1. Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur
  2. Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Nainital
  3. Directorate of Floriculture Research, Pusa, New Delhi
  4. Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagarh, Gujarat
  5. Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA), New Delhi
  6. Directorate of Maize Research, New Delhi
  7. Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research, Anand [2]
  8. Directorate of Mushroom Research, Solan
  9. Directorate of Oil Palm Research, Pedavegi, West Godawari
  10. Directorate of Oilseed Research, Hyderabad
  11. Directorate on Onion and Garlic Research, Pune
  12. Directorate of Rapeseed & Mustard Research, Bharatpur
  13. Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneshwar
  14. Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad
  15. Directorate of Seed Research, Mau
  16. Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad
  17. Directorate of Soybean Research, Indore
  18. Directorate of Water Management Research, Bhubaneshwar
  19. Directorate of Weed Science Research, Jabalpur
  20. Directorate of Wheat Research, Karnal
  21. Project Directorate for Farming Systems Research, Modipuram
  22. Project Directorate on Animal Disease Monitoring and Surveillance, Hebbal, Bangalore
  23. Project Directorate on Cattle, Meerut
  24. Project Directorate on Foot & Mouth Disease, Mukteshwar
  25. Project Directorate on Poultry, Hyderabad

National Research Centre

  1. National Centre for Agril. Economics & Policy Research, New Delhi
  2. National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi
  3. National Research Centre for Agroforestry, Jhansi
  4. National Research Centre for Banana, Trichi [3]
  5. National Research Centre for Citrus, Nagpur
  6. National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune
  7. National Research Centre for Litchi, Muzaffarpur
  8. National Research Centre for Pomegranate, Solapur
  9. National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner
  10. National Research Centre for Makhana(foxnut), Darbhanga
  11. National Research Centre on Equines, Hisar
  12. National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad
  13. National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland
  14. National Research Centre on Orchids, Pakyong, Sikkim
  15. National Research Centre on Pig, Guwahati
  16. National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi
  17. National Research Centre Seed Spices, Ajmer
  18. National Research Centre on Yak, West Kemang


  1. All India Coordinated Project of Micro and Secondary Nutrients and Pollutant Elements in Soils & Plants

ICAR Headquarters

Indian Council of Agricultural Research's headquarters is in New Delhi.

Examination system

All India Agriculture Entrance Exam is an entrance exam for students to get into the institution.

Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) conducts all India competitive examination Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to recruit posts in the ARS of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board

The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) website) was established on 1 November 1973 as an independent recruitment agency for all the posts of ICAR in pursuance of the recommendations of the Gajendragadkar Committee.

Mandate as per the official ASRB website is follows:-

ICAR Merits & Awards[10]

See also


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