Kerala Agricultural University

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Kerala Agricultural University
കേരള കാർഷിക സർവ്വകലാശാലാ
Kerala Agricultural University (emblem).png
Type Public
Established1971;52 years ago (1971)
Accreditation Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Chancellor Governor of Kerala
Vice-Chancellor Dr. B. Asok IAS
Vellanikkara Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala
680 656
  • Excellence in Agricultural Education
  • Research and Extension for Sustainable Agricultural Development
  • Livelihood security of farming community
Campus spreadCollege of Agriculture Vellanikkara

Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is a state university for agricultural education, recognised as a State Agricultural University (SAU) by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). It is situated in Vellanikkara, Kerala, India. [1] Dr. B. Asok IAS is the Vice-Chancellor (i/c) and Dr. A. Sakeer Husain is the Registrar (i/c) [2]


The KAU is the primary and the principal instrumentality of the Kerala State in providing human resources, and skills and technology, required for the sustainable development of its Agriculture, defined broadly encompassing all production activities based on land and water, including crop production, forestry and co-operatives by conducting, interfacing and integrating education, research and extension in these spheres of economic endeavour.


Entrance of Kerala Agricultural University Vellanikkara Mannuthy Thrissur Entrance of Kerala Agricultural University Vellanikkara Mannuthy Thrissur.jpg
Entrance of Kerala Agricultural University Vellanikkara Mannuthy Thrissur

On the recommendation of the Kothari Commission (1964-1966), one Agricultural University was to be established in each state. Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) was established on 24 February 1971 by the Act 33 of 1971 and began functioning on 1 February 1972. In accordance with the KAU Act of 1971, the College of Agriculture, Vellayani and the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy were brought under Kerala Agricultural University, in addition, 21 agricultural and animal husbandry research stations were also transferred to KAU. In 2011, Kerala Agricultural University was trifurcated into Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU), Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) and Kerala Agricultural University (KAU).[ citation needed ]


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Regional Agricultural Research Center, Ambalavayal, Wayanad

For each degree, its respective faculty also offer specialized concentrations [3]

Faculty of Agriculture

Degrees offered:

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College of Agriculture, Vellanikkara, Thrissur.

Faculty of Forestry

Degrees offered:

Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology

Degree offered:

Faculty of Fisheries

Delinked from KAU in 2010 to form separate University-KUFOS [4]

The Governor of Kerala and Chancellor of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has accorded assent to the proposal to establish a full-fledged Faculty of Forestry at Vellanikkara. Forestry will be the third faculty under KAU after Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering. Two other faculties, viz. Veterinary and Fisheries were delinked from KAU in 2010 to form separate Universities.


The institutions under Kerala Agricultural University are. [5]

Agriculture and Forestry


Climate Studies

Agricultural Engineering & Technology

Diploma Course

RARS Pattambi

Veterinary and Animal Science

Delinked from KAU in 2010 to form separate University-KVASU [6]

Research Stations

Northern Zone

High Range Zone

Central Zone

Special Zone of Problem Areas

Onattukara Zone

Southern Zone

Training & Extension Centres

Research Centres

Delinked from KAU in 2010 to form separate University-KVASU [6]

Notable alumni

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  1. "Official website" . Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  3. "Academic Programmes | Kerala Agricultural University".
  4. "KUFOS". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. "KAU website – Education section" . Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  6. "Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
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