India’s agriculture universities receive scant media coverage depite 60 percent of the country’s population engaged in agriculture and allied vocations and industries
The National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal (NDRI, estb.1923) and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (PAU, estb.1963) are jointly ranked India’s #1 agriculture varsities in EWIHER 2022-23. NDRI (ranked #19 in 2021-22) is awarded top scores on the parameters of curriculum and pedagogy, industry interface and placements and PAU (#26) is top-ranked on the parameters of faculty competence, research and innovation, and infrastructure.
Promoted by the Central government and accorded deemed university status in 1989, NDRI is also designated an ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) institution. “We are thrilled to be ranked India’s #1 agricultural university in the EW survey. FYI in the ICAR rankings of agricultural universities also, NDRI has been ranked India #1 for five years consecutively. Last year, the institute filed 11 patents and commercialised six technologies, initiated cloning of indigenous cattle breeds and conducted 29 training programmes despite disruption of the Covid pandemic. We are working dedicatedly to make NDRI among the Top 10 agriculture universities of the world,” says Dr. M.S. Chauhan, director of ICAR-NDRI since 2020.
Following NDRI and PAU at the top are the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi at #2 (#34 in the composite 2021-22 league table), Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar and GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, jointly ranked #3. The Top 5 table is completed by the previously unranked Navsari Agricultural University (Gujarat) at #4 and Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly at #5 (#37), which have received huge promotions in this year’s domain-specific league tables.