The National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) is a premier Dairy Research institution with expertise in Dairy Production, Processing, Management and Human Resource Development. Started as Imperial Institute of Animal Husbandry and Dairying in 1923 at Bangalore, the institute was renamed as Imperial Dairy Institute in 1936 and called National Dairy Research Institute after independence in 1947. NDRI headquarter was shifted to Karnal in Haryana in 1955 and facilities at Bangalore functioned as a regional station to serve the southern states. In 1970, NDRI came under the management of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to offer greater operational autonomy to the institute in research management functions. NDRI was assigned the status of deemed university in 1989. NDRI conducts basic and applied research with the objective of enhancing animal productivity, develop cost effective technologies and provide high quality manpower to meet requirements for the overall dairy development in the country. The institute also undertakes extension programmes for transferring the know-how from the laboratory to the farmers’ fields.
Spread across 1383 acres, the NDRI campus hosts well equipped laboratories for research on areas such as molecular biology, cell culture, fermentation technology, protein chemistry, nutritional studies, food technology, microbiology, micro element analysis, etc, library with over 90,000 documents on dairying and allied disciplines and subscription to 250 Indian and foreign journals, the library also has facilities like internet, documentation, reference, current awareness services, CD-ROM, photocopying, literature and documentation scanning services. The other campus facilities include an experimental dairy with facilities to process milk into a variety of products and meeting the training needs of students in pilot-scale dairy plant operations, a model dairy plant with processing capacity of 60,000 liters of milk per day and to provide hands-on training facilities to the BTech students of NDRI Deemed University, community centre, guest house/scientist home, staff club, communication centre and a human health complex. NDRI has a computer centre tagged with Agricultural Research Information System (ARIS) and Biotechnology Information System (BTIS) engaged in multifarious academic and service providing activities like monitoring management information, maintaining databases, software development, data analysis, graphic applications and Bioinformatics for the benefit of staff and students through the establishment of Local Area Network (LAN). The institute also houses over 1600 dairy animals including cattle, buffaloes and goats for breed improvement projects and research activities. A modern Milking Parlor System and Shelter Management System for demonstration models for the progressive farmers and provide infrastructure for conducting research on various aspects of milk production system, reproduction behaviour, growth profile and nutritional requirements for elite milch breeds.
Diploma Dairy Technology (20-25 seats) and Animal Husbandry and Dairying (30-50 seats) BTech Dairy Technology Masters Programme at Karnal (5-12 students in each of the 13 disciplines) Dairy Microbiology; Dairy Chemistry; Dairy Technology; Dairy Engineering; Animal Biochemistry; Animal Biotechnology; Animal Genetics & Breeding; Livestock Production & Management; Animal Nutrition; Animal Physiology; Dairy Economics; Dairy Extension Education; Forage Production; Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Masters Programme at Bangalore Dairy Chemistry; Dairy Technology; Dairy Engineering; Animal Genetics & Breeding; Livestock Production and Management; Animal Nutrition; Dairy Economics; Dairy Extension Education; Food Quality & safety Assurance Masters Programme at Kalyani Animal Biotechnology; Livestock Production and Management; Animal Nutrition; Dairy Economics; Animal Genetics & Breeding; Dairy Extension Education; Animal Physiology Doctoral Programme (5-12 students in each of the 13 disciplines) Dairy Microbiology; Dairy Chemistry; Dairy Technology; Dairy Engineering; Animal Biochemistry; Animal Biotechnology; Animal Genetics and Breeding; Livestock Production and Management; Animal Nutrition; Animal Physiology; Agricultural Economics/ Livestock Economics/ Dairy Economics; Dairy Extension Education; Agronomy (Forage Production)
NDRI maintains close liaison with various ICAR/CSIR Institutes, Dept. of Biotechnology, Dept. of Science and Technology, NDDB, Ministry of Food Processing & Industry, SAUs and various Government Agencies at State and National levels, and several International Organisations such as World Bank, IAEA, UNDP, IDF, DAAD, Volkswagen Foundation AVH Foundation and several leading institutions in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands and Australia. Since its inception in 1976, more than 3000 training programmes for various categories of end users have benefitted more than 57,000 rural youths, school drop-outs, farm women, farmers and ex-servicemen. The Dairy Extension Division of the Institute has developed information packages in the form of video films and multimedia packages on clean milk production, hygienic milk processing and packaging and scientific calf rearing based on Information and Communication Techniques (ICT). Mechanisms for transforming the output of R&D efforts into viable technologies are being further strengthened by establishing National Demonstration Centers. Keeping in view the significance of ICT in relation to Transfer of Technology (TOT) in the current scenario, the Agricultural Technology Information Center (ATIC) of the Institute works as a single window delivery system for all queries related to technologies available at the Institute.