Indian Council of Agricultural Research

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Indian Council of Agricultural Research
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Logo of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Motto in English
Agrisearch with a human touch
TypeRegistered society
Established16 July 1929
Budget7,800 crore (US$1.1 billion) (2018–19)[1]
PresidentMinister of Agriculture
DirectorTrilochan Mohapatra
Location, ,

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


  • 2006: ICAR 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.
  • 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]
  • 2011: ICAR scientists were the first in the world to sequence the pigeonpea genome. It was an 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.
  • 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]
  • 2019: ICAR has also published an Integrated Mobile App called KISAAN (Krishi Integrated Solution for Agri Apps Navigation) for Farmers of country Mobile App has interface in 12 Indian Languages.


ICAR provides accreditation to agriculture universities, colleges and programmes, through its accreditation unit, National Agricultural Education Accreditation Board (NAEAB).[10] The accreditation serves only as a badge of quality assurance. It is not mandatory, is not a form of affiliation or recognition and does not give approval to open an institute or a program.[11] As of 17 September 2020, the NAEAB lists 72 accredited institutes.[12]

ICAR institutions[edit]

As of January 2020, ICAR has following institutions:[13]

  • 4 Deemed Universities
  • 65 ICAR Institutions
  • 14 National Research Centres
  • 6 National Bureaux
  • 13 Directorates/Project Directorates

Deemed Universities[edit]


National Research Centers[edit]

  • National Research Centre for Banana, Tiruchirappalli
  • National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune
  • National Research Centre for Litchi, Muzaffarpur
  • National Research Centre for Pomegranate, Solapur
  • National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner
  • National Research Centre on Equines, Hisar
  • 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 Seed Spices, Ajmer
  • National Research Centre on Yak, West Kemang
  • National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi
  • Mahatma Gandhi Integrated Farming Research Institute, Motihari


  • National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru
  • National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Mau
  • National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal
  • National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow
  • National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi
  • National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Nagpur

Directorates/Project Directorates[edit]

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


  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone I, Ludhiana, Punjab
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone II, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone III, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone IV, Patna, Bihar
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone V, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone VI, Guwahati, Assam
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone VII, Umiam, Meghalaya
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone VIII, Pune, Maharashtra
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone IX, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone X, Hyderabad, Telangana
  • Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone XI, Bengaluru, Karnataka

ICAR Headquarters[edit]

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

Examination system[edit]

All India Entrance Exam for Agriculture (AIEEA) is an entrance exam for admission into the agricultural universities recognized by ICAR.

Agricultural Research Service[edit]

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 awards[edit]

ICAR presents the following awards:[14]

See also[edit]


  1. . ICAR {{cite web}}: 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. Sibal: Yash Pal panel report will be implemented in 100 days, The Hindu, 25 June 2009
  8. "ICAR Journals in Open Access". Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  9. "The Indian Council of Agricultural Research Adopts an Open Access Policy". The Centre for Internet and Society. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  10. "National Agricultural Education Accreditation Board". Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  11. "Public Notice regarding clarification on 'Recognition' and 'Accreditation'" (PDF). Indian Council of Agricultural Research. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  12. "Status of NAEAB Accredited Agriculture Universities/Colleges /Programmes as on 17 September 2020" (PDF). Indian Council of Agricultural Research. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  13. "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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