of Horticulture, Vellanikkara
College of Horticulture was established in 1972 with the main objective of starting
graduate programme in Horticulture and strengthening research and extension activities
in Horticultural crops. B.Sc. (Hort.) degree programme was started with an intake
of 20 students during 1972.
intake capacity was increased to 30 from 1976 and then to 40 from 1979. The
B.Sc.(Ag.) programme was also introduced from 1977 with an intake of 50 students.
The syllabi for the B.Sc. (Hort.) and B.Sc. (Ag.) programme were then integrated
and the B.Sc. (Ag) programme alone was continued with the integrated syllabus.
The intake capacity for the B.Sc. (Ag.) programme was subsequently raised to
75 and then to 90.
graudate programme was started in six disciplines from 1976 viz., M.Sc. (Hort.),
M.Sc. (Ag.) in Agronomy, Agricultural Botany, Soil Science & Agrl. Chemistry,
Agrl. Entomology and Plant Pathology. From 1979, Ph.D. programmes in the above
disciplines were commenced. Subsequently, M.Sc. programmes were also started
in Agrl. Economics, Agrl. Extension, Agrl. Meteorology, Agrl. Statistics and
Home Science (Food Science and Nutrition).
post-graduate diploma courses of one year duration were conducted in Natural
Rubber Production and Land Water Resources and Management from 1979 and 1980
respectively and subsequently discontinued.
the Manpower Development Scheme sponsored by the Coffee Board of India, the
final year B.Sc. (Ag.) students were given special training in coffee cultivation
and processing from 1984 to 1997.
new diploma course of two-year duration in Natural Rubber Production was started
in 1998 for the sponsored candidates from Tripura with the financial assistance
of the Rubber Board, Kottayam.
required Infrastructure for imparting practical training has been established.
In addition to the Instructional Farm having an area of 95.35 ha, the different
departments have established farms of their own in a total area of about 72.24
ha. Most of the tropical annual, perennial and plantation crops are grown in
these farms. The undergraduates are given training in the cultivation of various
annual crops, maintenance of perennial crops and processing of agricultural
and horticultural produces through various work experience courses. In addition
to the regular field trips to various places within the state as part of practical
training, the students of the second and third year B.Sc. (Ag) classes are taken
on study tour to places of agricultural importance all over South India and
all over the country, respectively. During the eighth semester, the final year
students are attached to Krishi Bhavans and Agricultural Research Stations of
the state for specific periods as a part of their field Training Programme (RAWE).
Associate Dean heads the college. The faculty consists of nearly 130 highly
qualified teachers specialised in various branches of agricultural sciences.
The college consists of various departments/ units as follows:
of Agricultural Meteorology
of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry
of Plant Breeding & Genetics
of Agricultural Entomology
of Plant Pathology
of Agricultural Economics
of Agricultural Extension
of Agricultural Statistics
of Pomology and Floriculture
of Plantation crops and spices
of Processing Technology
of Agricultural Engineering
of Home Science
of Physical Education
for Plant Biotechnology & Molecular Biology
Journal of Tropical Agriculture ( formerly the Agricultural Research Journal
of Kerala) is being published from the College of Horticulture for the last
college is at present operating eight All India Co-ordinated Projects, 47 other
externally assisted projects and 192 KAU projects.
funded projects and University funded projects:
India Co-ordinated Projects:
India Co-ordinated Vegetable Improvement Project
India Co-ordinated Floriculture Improvement Project
India Co-ordinated Research Project on Weed Control
India Co-ordinated Research Project on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
India Co-ordinated Research Project on Biological Control of Crop Pests and
India Network Project on Agricultural Ornithology.
India Co-ordinated Research Project on Agrometeorology
India Co-ordinated Research Project on Soil Test Crop Response Studies.
and selection of medicinal plants suitable for a coconut based farming system.
multiplication of race and endangered medicinal plants
multiplication of cashew through in vitro methods
in iron and zinc availability in the laterite and lateritic soils of Central
Kerala with reference to rice nutrition.
breeding of tetraploid hybrids of Palayankodan x Pisang Lilin for disease
collection and evaluation of table mango types in Central Kerala
collection and cataloguing of sacred lotus and studies on its reproductive
propagation and improvement of foliage plants.
bacterial wilt resistant tomatoes for processing
intramat and crop competition studies in banana using radio tracer technology
and appropriate technologies for in situ rain water harvest.
research on training and extension for integrated home development
in ginger through in vitro pollination
scale production of quality fruits and ornamentals
of indigenous phosphate rock by partial acidulation and other amendments.
analysis of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) hybrids.
project of agrometeorological field unit (AMFU)
assessment of stressed ecosystem of Thrissur District of Kerala
waste management with special emphasis to sustainable agriculture.
Information Sub Centre (DISC)
culture research on humid tropical plantation crops
project for the evaluation of tissue culture plants of black pepper
vitro studies in Gymnema sylvestre - an antidiabetic plant
production of watermelon and annonas through in vitro endosperm culture
- KAU Collaborative Cocoa Research Project (Cadbury's India Ltd.)
of nursery for the production of budded cocoa plants and hybrid seedlings
(Directorate of Cocoa Arecanut & Spices Development)
sector scheme for the production of medicinal plants (Directorate of Cocoa
Arecanut and Spices Development)
research project on the evaluation of slow release fertilizers for the important
crops in Kerala (FACT/ DSIR)
research for evolving recommendations for major groups of soils in the state
(Govt. Of Kerala, soil Survey Department)
- KPCL collaborative project on organic meals
in Natural Rubber Production (Rubber Board)
and health impacts of substituting soya products for green gram in the nutrition
intervention programme (Sakthi Soyas, Coimbatore)
of teak plantations in Kerala (ICFRE)
in the uptkae of fertilisers by the co-operatives in Kerala and suggestions
for improvement (IFFCO)
Horticultural Development Project - R&D
of co-operative credit - An analysis of minor irrigation loan in Thrissur
District (Kerala State Co-operative Bank Endowment Fund)
and analysis of endangered skills in the farming system of Trichur District
KRPLLD, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.
and identification of high yielding varieties of black pepper (Govt. of India)
testing of released varieties of black pepper (Govt. of India)
and identification of low input responsive varieties of black pepper (Govt.
black pepper varieties for Phytophthora foot rot tolerance (Govt. of India)
somaclonal variants for resistance to Phytophthora foot rot disease (Govt.
of low input technology in black pepper (Govt. of India)
of organic manures and biofertilizers on black pepper (Govt. of India).
of biocontrol agents for checking nursery diseases of black pepper (Govt.
of biocontrol agents for the control of Phytophthora foot rot of black pepper
(Govt. of India)
addition to the above externally funded projects, 195 research projects are
in progress in various departments of the college.
Externally Assisted Projects
Development Scheme sponsored by Coffee Board
Diploma in Natural rubber Production financed by Rubber Board
Root (wilt) Disease Project
India Co-ordinated Spices and Cashew Improvement Project for Research on Ginger
of Degraded Environment in Chembakad Tribal Colony Area
of Excellence/Advanced Studies for Humid Tropical Tree Crops and Environmental
of Central Nursery for Hybrid Pepper
scheme for marketing of coconut and cocoa in Kerala - ICAR
control and utilization of floating type aquatic weeds - ICAR
collection and evaluation of germplasm of jack fruit - ICAR
studies on the bio-availability of iron from foods - ICAR
project on tissue culture of orchids, pineapple and anthurium - Govt. of Kerala
project on tissue culture of black pepper and Kaempferia - Govt. of
of tomato for summer season - ICAR
testing of papaya based products - NHB
development for handling and utilization of common types of jack fruits of
Kerala - ICAR
of agro-techniques in foliage plants - ICAR
culture research in black pepper - DBT
culture research on cocoa - DBT
on coconut palm in coastal areas of Quilon District of Kerala - Deptartment
of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India
chemical and radio-ecological investigations of root (wilt) disease of coconut
palm - ICAR
and radio-ecological investigaqtions of coconut root (wilt) affected watershed
of damage due to pests, diseases and drought in black pepper in Kannur District
of Kerala - ICAR
India Co-ordinated Project on Sericulture - Silk Board
investigations on Kaempferia galanga and Piper longum and Andrographis
paniculata - ICAR
of agro-techniques in lemongrass and palmarosa for maximizing oil production.
of variety, maturity and storage of cashew apple on the quality of fermented
products - ICAR
relationship in the genus Piper and scope of related taxa in the improvement
of Piper nigrum - ICAR
collection, evaluation, conservation and cataloguing of germplasm of certain
under-exploited perennial vegetables - ICAR
Agricultural Development Project
of technology in low cost nursery production and management - NHB
marketing management of vegetables in Kerala - IRMA, Anand
of technology of crop varieties released by KAU ICSSR
of irrigation in coconut cultivation in Thrissur District - kerala Community
and extension project for integrated homestead development in Thrissur District
processing and training centres at Vellayani and Vellanikkara campuses - Govt.
sector scheme for vegetable and fruit seed production - Ministry of Agriculture,
Department of Commerce
of F1 hybrid seeds in bitter gourd, snake gourd and pumpkin and
management of hybrid crops - ICAR
of Vellanikkara campus - DST
for resistance to bacterial wilt in Brinjal and Chilli - ICAR
India Co-ordinated project for the improvement of tuber crops other than potato
project on development and evaluation of petti and para
project on water management
of co-operative credit - an analysis of in Thrissur Dist. (ICAR Diamond Jubilee
performance and profitability model for district co-operative banks in Kerala
(KSEB Diamond Jubilee Endowment Fund)
multiplication of rare and endangered medicinal plants - ICAR
multiplication of cashew through in vitro methods - ICAR
collection, evaluation, conservation and standardization of vegetative propagation
in five under exploited fruits of Kerala - ICAR
investigation on summer vegetables - DST
Swetha, Haritha and Neelima
CCRP-IV, CCRP-V, CCRPVI and CCRP-VII
Important Research Accomplishments
protocols for large scale multiplication by in vitro techniques have
been standardized in banana, pineapple, jack , ginger, cardamom, Kaempferia
galanga, Kaempferia rotunda, Holostemma, orchids and gladiolus.
Viable seeds of ginger could be produced for the first time in the world, by
in vitro pollination. The technique for in vitro seed germination in
banana has been standardized.
were standardized in various horticultural and agricultural crops. Vegetative
propagation techniques have been standardized in mango, jack sapota, Garcinia
cambogia, Phyllanthus emblica, Citrus, cocoa, pepper, nutmeg and some selected
weed Salvinia molesta present in the backwaters of Kuttanad could be
controlled by biocontrol methods using Cyrtobagus salvineae.
faculty members are actively participating in various extension programmes of
the University by way of conducting training programmes on recent advances in
production technology of various crops, taking classes in farmer's seminars,
broadcasting radio talks, publishing popular articles etc.
Scale Production Of Quality Planting Materials
mushroom production unit is also functioning in the college. The unit caters
the needs of mushroom growers of Thrissur and nearl by districts by supplying
quality oyster mushroom spawn. Further, periodical training programme on mushroom
cultivation is organised for unemployed youth, housewives and farmers.
the vegetable seed production complex, approximately one tonne of quality vegetable
seeds is being produced annually and distributed to the farmers fetching Rs.7-8
lakhs per annum.
the central sector scheme on medicinal plants started in 1993-94, planting materials
of long pepper, Caesalpinia sappan, Adhatoda, Plumbago, Indigofera, Coleus
zeylanicus, Kaempferia, Gymnema, Tylophora, Acorus etc. are being produced
and distributed to the farmers.
Scientist Award of STEC, Govt. of Kerala
Dr. T.E. George
Dr. S. Pathummal Beevi
Dr. D. Girija
Dr. C. R. Elsy
Dr. N. Mini Raj
Dr. T. Girija
Dr. M.R. Shylaja
Agronomist award of ISA