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Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Tavanur
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The KCAET, Tavanur is the seat of the erstwhile Rural Institute established by the Government of India in the year 1963. This institute was taken over by the University in 1975 and renamed as Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT). The IAT offered Diploma in Agrl. Science (DASC), Diploma in Agrl. & Rural Engineering (DARE) and Agrl. Mechanic Course (AMC). The Kerala Agricultural University established the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology in the year 1985 by upgrading the IAT and renamed it as "Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology".

Location

The 40 hectare KCAET campus is located in Tavanur village on the southern bank of Bharathapuzha. Tavanur village in Malappuram district lies 8 kilometres west of Kuttippuram Railway Station and 12 kilometres north of Ponnani. The campus is situated on a hill commanding an enchanting view of the natural scenary around.

Academic Programmes

B. Tech. And M. Tech. Programmes in agricultural engineering are offered from the inception of the College in 1985.

Departments
  1. Dept. of Land and Water Resources & Conservation Engineering.
  2. Dept. of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.
  3. Dept. of Farm Power, Machinery & Energy.
  4. Dept. of Post Harvest Technology & Agrl. Processing.
  5. Dept. of Supportive & Allied Courses of Study.
Central Facilities
  1. Instructional - cum - Research Workshop.
  2. Central Data Processing Unit (Computer Centre).
  3. Remote Sensing and Photographic Cell.
  4. Repographic and Audio Visual Unit.
Instructional Farm

The Instructional Farm attached to the College has been identified as one of the centres for producing grafts/seedlings/seed materials under the integrated breeder seed multiplication programme.

Veterinary Hospital & Dairy Unit

Attached to the College there is a Dairy Unit in the College which has a herd strength of 30 at present. A veterinary Hospital also functions in the College which provides ample facility in Artificial Insemination and treatments of animals to the nearby farmers.

Research Accomplishments

Manual or mechanical harvesting generally acknowledged to be a ecologically sound way of management of excessive aquatic plant growth. However, these harvesting methods are often rejected on account of high cost of collection. Salvinia Molesta, localy known as African Payal has infested large areas of inland water surface of the State. Suitable technique for economic control of this weed were lacking. Kerala Agricultural University has developed a salvinia harvesting machine which utilises conventional pumpsets as the prime mover. A high capacity check device build into the machine sucks, fluidises and pumps out the weed material to the desired height or location. A 10 hp machine has achieved an harvesting rate of 16 ton/hour for continuous operation. With this machine the harvesting cost will be in the order of Rs. 100-150 per hectare as compared to Rs. 1000-1500 per hectare for manual removal.


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