Agricultural University has been awarded the SARDAR PATEL OUTSTANDING
ICAR INSTITUTION AWARD for the year 2003. The award is given annually to
one State Agricultural University for the best performance in
agricultural research, extension and education.
Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) was established on 24 February
1971, to give the much-needed impetus for agricultural development in
the State through education and research. The founding fathers perceived
the University as an organization for “providing human resources, skills
and technology required for the sustainable development of Kerala’s
agriculture including crop production, animal husbandry, forestry and
fishery by integrating education and research, by piloting their
large-scale field adoption with supporting extension activities.
Agriculture in the state is confronted with several problems such as low
productivity of crops and low returns/ profitability, topographic
peculiarities, high rainfall intensities, accelerated soil erosion etc.
Although challenges are daunting, especially in view of the abundant
biophysical resources, physiographic heterogeneity, changing social
fabric of the society and the mounting environmental concerns, the
academic and research programmes of KAU have been designed to address
these problems and the dilemmas of the twenty-first century, signified
by globalisation, liberalization and international competition.
The KAU has been striving to fulfill its commitment by reorienting and
restructuring its programmes. In bachelor’s level education,
professionalism has been fortified with entrepreneurship; and at the
post graduate level, training imparted in emerging areas integrating
relevant disciplines. The KAU secured the first position among 34 State
Agricultural University (SAUs) in India in the All India Examination
held in agriculture and allied subjects for the Junior/Senior Research
Fellowships, conducted during the year 2002 and 2003 by the ICAR. The
KAU was also ranked first in the Third Agricultural University Youth
Festival (AGRIUNIFEST) organised at Thrissur, in which 12 SAUs
participated, implying its eminence in co-curricular activities too. The
Centre for Plant Biotechnology & Molecular Biology (CPBMB), College of
Horticulture, Vellanikkara was awarded the Biotech Product & Process
Development and Commercialisation Award for the year 2003.
The mantra of this current era is ‘”job placement”. Career preparation
is widely seen as the function of higher education. Several of the KAU
alumni have gained entry into the civil service, agricultural research
service etc. Furthermore, the Kerala Agricultural University has been
instrumental in providing the intellectual foundation and training in
scientific experimentation through its graduate and postgraduate
programmes to a visible quantity of internationally known professional
and scientists in agriculture and allied fields.