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Kerala Agricultural University

Kerala Agricultural University (KAU)
Kerala Agricultural University (emblem).png
Type Public
Established 1971
Chancellor Governor of Kerala
Vice-Chancellor Dr. R. Chandra Babu
Location Thrissur City, Kerala, India
Campus Rural
Acronym KAU
Affiliations Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

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), forestry and fisheries through conducting, interfacing and integrating education, research and extension in these spheres of economic endeavour. It is situated in Vellanikkara, Thrissur, Kerala.[1] More than 400 teaching and research positions are vacant in the University and it has led to the poor performance in the last decade compared to other Agricultural Universities in India and abroad.[2] Dr. R. Chandra Babu is the Vice-Chancellor and Dr .S. Leenakumari is the Registrar (i/c)[3]

Kerala Agricultural University entrance


Regional Agricultural Research Center, Ambalavayal, Wayanad

Faculty of Agriculture

Courses offered:

College of Agriculture, Nileshwaram
  • B.Sc.(Hons) Ag.
  • M.Sc.(Ag.)
  • M.Sc.(Hort.)
  • M.Sc.(Food Sci. & Nutrition.) and Ph.D.
  • M.Sc.(FS & N)
  • M.Sc.(Ag. Stat.)- Not offered from 2011 due to the absence of qualified faculty members
  • M. Sc. Ag Biotech and Ph.D.
  • M.Sc. (Integrated) Biotechnology
  • M.Sc. (Integrated) Climate Change Adaptation
  • B.Sc. Hons(C&B)
  • M.Sc. (C&B), Ph.D.
  • MBA in Agri Business Management
  • PhD (Agriculture-various disciplines)

Faculty of Forestry

[4] Courses offered:

  • B.Sc. (Forestry)
  • M.Sc. (Forestry)
  • PhD (Forestry)

Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology

Courses offered:

  • B.Tech.(Agrl.Engg.)
  • M.Tech.(Agrl. Engg.)

Faculty of Fisheries

Delinked from KAU in 2010 to form separate University-KUFOS [5]

The Governor of Kerala and Chancellor of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has accorded assent to the proposal to establish a full-fledged Faculty of Forestry at Vellanikkara. Forestry will be the third faculty under KAU after Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering. Two other faculties, viz. Veterinary and Fisheries were delinked from KAU in 2010 to form separate Universities.

Institutions under KAU[6]

Forestry and Horticulture


  • College of Co-Operation, Banking & Management, KAU Campus, Thrissur

Climate Studies

Agricultural Engineering & Technology

Veterinary and Animal Science

Delinked from KAU in 2010 to form separate University-KVASU[7]

Research Stations

Northern Zone

High Range Zone

  • Cardamom Research Station, Pampadumpara, Idukki
  • Regional Agricultural Research Station, Ambalavayal, Wayanad

Central Zone

Special Zone of Problem Areas

Onattukara Zone

Southern Zone

Training & Extension Centres

Research Centres

Delinked from KAU in 2010 to form separate University-KVASU [6]

  • Livestock Research Cetre, Thiruvazhamkunnu


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