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Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Motto in English
"Agrisearch with a human touch"
Type Registered society
Established 16 July 1929
Budget 5,392 crore (US$830 million) (2012–13)[1]
President Radha Mohan Singh
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
Campus Urban
Nickname ICAR
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The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous body responsible for co-ordinating agricultural education and research in India. It reports to the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture.[2] The Union Minister of Agriculture serves as its president.[3][4] It is the largest network of agricultural research and education institutes in the world.[5]

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.[6] 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'.[7] premier institute of agriculture in India


  • As of July, 2006 it has developed a vaccine against bird flu. The vaccine was developed at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal, the only facility in the country to conduct tests for the H5N1 variant of bird flu.It was entrusted with the task of developing a vaccine by the ICAR after the Avian Influenza outbreak in February. The ICAR was provided Rs. 8 crore for the purpose.
  • 2009: In December 2009, it announced that it was considering a policy to provide open access to its research.
  • 2010: In March 2010, ICAR made its two flagship journals (Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Journal of Animal Sciences) as Open Access Journals.[8]
  • 2013: On 13 September 2013, it announced the Open Access Policy and committed for making all the public funded scholarly research outputs openly available via open access repositories.[9]
  • ICAR scientists were the first in the world to sequence the pigeon pea genome. it was a purely indigenous effort by 31 scientists led by Nagendra Kumar Singh of NRCPB. The first draft of the sequence was published in J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol.

ICAR institutions

As of October 2017, ICAR has following institutions:[10]

  • 4 Deemed Universities
  • 64 ICAR Institutions
  • 15 National Research Centres
  • 6 National Bureaux
  • 13 Directorates/Project Directorates

Deemed Universities


  • Central Agroforestry Research Institute , Jhansi
  • Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur
  • Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar
  • Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Ela, Old Goa, Goa
  • Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore
  • Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai
  • Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner
  • Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hissar
  • Central Institute for Research on Cattle, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
  • Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom
  • Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneshwar
  • Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal
  • Central Institute of Cotton Research, Nagpur
  • Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin
  • Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubneshwar
  • Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai
  • Central Institute of Sub Tropical Horticulture, Lucknow
  • Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar
  • Central Institute on Post harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana
  • Central Island Agricultural Research Institute , Port Blair
  • Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi
  • Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod
  • Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla
  • Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore
  • Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad
  • Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar, Rajasthan
  • Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal
  • Central Tobacco Research Institute, Rajahmundry
  • Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum
  • ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna
  • ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani
  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Jharkhand
  • Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi
  • Indian Grassland and Fevener Research Institute, Jhansi
  • Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Ranchi
  • Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research, Modipuram
  • Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru
  • Indian Institute of Maize Research,New Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi
  • Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research, Eluru , Pedavegi, West Godawari
  • Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Seed Research, Mau
  • Indian Institute of Soil Sciences, Bhopal
  • Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun
  • Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut
  • Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow
  • Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi
  • Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneshwar
  • Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal
  • National Academy of Agricultural Research & Management, Hyderabad
  • National Institue of Abiotic Stress Management, Malegaon, Maharashtra
  • National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi
  • National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bengaluru
  • National Institute of Biotic Stresses Management, Raipur
  • National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal
  • National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata
  • National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics, Hebbal, Bengaluru
  • National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack
  • Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore
  • Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora

National Research Centers

  • National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi
  • National Research Centre for Banana, Trichi
  • National Research Centre for Citrus, Nagpur
  • National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune
  • National Research Centre on Litchi, Muzaffarpur
  • National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur
  • National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner
  • National Research Centre on Equines, Hisar
  • National Research Centre on Integrated Farming, Motihari
  • National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad
  • National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland
  • National Research Centre on Orchids, Pakyong, Sikkim
  • National Research Centre on Pig, Guwahati
  • National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi
  • National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Ajmer
  • National Research Centre on Yak, West Kemang


  • National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru
  • National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Micro Organisms, Mau Nath Bhanjan, Uttar Pradesh
  • National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal, Haryana
  • National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi
  • National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Directorates/Project Directorates

  • Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur
  • Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Nainital
  • Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, Maharashtra
  • Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagarh
  • Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA), New Delhi
  • Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research, Anand
  • Directorate of Mushroom Research, Solan
  • Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad
  • Directorate of Rapeseed & Mustard Research, Bharatpur
  • Directorate of Soybean Research, Indore
  • Directorate of Weed Research, Jabalpur
  • Directorate on Onion and Garlic Research, Pune
  • Project Directorate on Foot & Mouth Disease, Mukteshwar

ICAR Headquarters

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

Examination system

All India Agriculture Entrance Exam is an entrance exam 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).

ICAR Merits & Awards[11]

  • Choudhary Devi Lal Outstanding All-India Coordinated Research Project Award
  • Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award
  • Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award for Tribal Areas
  • Hari Om Ashram Trust Award
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award for outstanding doctoral thesis research
  • Vasantrao Naik Award
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Young Scientist Award
  • Bharat Ratna Dr C Subramaniam Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Punjab Rao Deshmukh Woman Agricultural Scientist Award
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh Award for Excellence in Journalism in Agricultural Research and Development
  • N.G. Ranga Farmer Award for Diversified Agriculture
  • Jagjivan Ram Kisan Puruskar
  • Swamy Sahajanand Saraswati Extension Scientist/ Worker Award
  • ICAR Award for Outstanding Multidisciplinary Team Research in Agriculture and Allied Sciences
  • National Krishi Vigyan Kendra Award
  • Dr Rajendra Prasad Puruskar for Technical Books in Hindi in The Field of Agriculture and Allied Sciences
  • Udyan Pandit Award for excellence in fruit growing

See also


  1. ^ . ICAR [].  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "About us". Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Organization
  4. ^ "ICAR-CPCRI strive to bring back coconut leaf craft to mainstream with workshop from Sep 6 - Times of India". 
  5. ^ India 2016, "Agriculture" p.93, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, (New Delhi).
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Sibal: Yash Pal panel report will be implemented in 100 days, The Hindu, 25 June 2009
  8. ^ "ICAR Journals in Open Access | Indian Council of Agricultural Research". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  9. ^ "The Indian Council of Agricultural Research Adopts an Open Access Policy". The Centre for Internet and Society. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  10. ^ "ICAR Institutions, Deemed Universities, National Research Centres, National Bureaux & Directorate/Project Directorates | भारतीय कृषि अनुसंधान परिषद". Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
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