At the heart of the culturally rich and prosperous Pune of the Peshwas is where the century old College of Agriculture, the constituent College of the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri is located. Pune with a population of 2.5 million is the second largest city in Maharashtra State. Since time immemorial, Pune has been a renowned educational and celebrated cultural centre. The Maratha Kingdom was founded by the great king Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj around Pune in 1676 A.D. The weather of Pune is very pleasant with maximum temperature ranging from 200C to 320C. The College of Agriculture is very close to the Bus and Railway stations and about 10 kms from the Lohgaon airport. The city is well connected to other metropolis of the country by road, rail and air. The Department of Agriculture was established at the center in 1877 followed by setting of similar departments by the provinces. It was soon realized that research and education are the very foundations for the development of agriculture. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, the noted thinker, social reformer and agriculturist of Pune appealed, persuaded and convinced the British Government to set up institutions for agricultural education and research in India. This led to the opening of a branch for teaching agriculture in the College of Science at Pune in 1879 that was subsequently developed into a separate College of Agriculture in 1908. The main building with its grand dome, beautiful entrance hall, library, herbarium and laboratories for teaching and research in Agriculture, Botany, Mycology and Economics was ready in 1911 and was inaugurated by Lord Sydenham, the Governor of Bombay. The College of Agriculture, Pune is one of the first five agricultural colleges established in India. In 1969, the College was transferred to the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri established in that year. The B.Sc.(Hort.) and PG programme was started in the year 1984 and 1985 respectively. The MBM (Agri.) programme was started in the year 2008. The University headquarter is located in Rahuri, Dist. Ahmednagar 160 km to the north of Pune.
The College of Agriculture, Dhule was started in the year 1960, to impart education in agriculture to the under graduate students. Initially facilities of Agriculture School, Dhule were utilized for teaching. Afterwards the 206.43 ha of land was acquired out of which 144.17 ha is presently under cultivation which is used for teaching, research and seed production programme. The remaining 62.26 ha are under buildings, roads and playgrounds. This College is situated at the crossings of National Highways No. 3 and No. 6. This region is under scarcity zone at 20.40 N latitude and 740E longitudes with 258 MSL. The average rainfall is 632.7 mm, with maximum temperature of 450C and minimum temperature of 60 C in the months of May and December, respectively. At the beginning, the College was affiliated to the University of Poona with administrative control of Directorate of Agriculture, Maharashtra State. The Poona University offered the four-year degree programme with annual examination system. The students who had passed S. S. C. examination (XIth standard) with science subject were eligible for admission to B. Sc. (Agri.) Degree Course. In 1968-69 with the establishment of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth with its Headquarter at Rahuri, Dist. Ahmednagar, this College became the constituent college of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth since 1969-70. Subsequently later four Agriculture Universities were established in the state Initially, the Trimester system of imparting education was introduced from 1968-69 and subsequently Semester system was introduced from 1974-75 and still it is continued. 10+2+3 pattern was introduced from 1977 to 1983 and 10+2+4 pattern was introduced since 1983 with one Semester (VII) of Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) programme, which is yet in force.
Kolhapur is predominant area in cultivation of Paddy, Sugarcane, Banana, Soybean, and Vegetables. The region is famous for Dairy, Poultry farms and Co-operative sugar Factories. Many educational trusts were emerged and established in this region. College of Agriculture, Kolhapur, was also established to educate and disseminate need based agricultural technologies to the farming community of this region at Kasaba Bawada on 30th June, 1963, under Shivaji University, Kolhapur and 63 students were admitted for the first batch. Decision was taken by Maharastra State government to establish Agriculture Universities in 1968 and Mahatama Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth was established for Western Maharashtra at Rahuri, Dist. Ahmadnagar in 1969 and ten districts are under the jurisdiction of the University. College of Agriculture, Kolhapur was established for three agriculturally progressive districts viz., Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara. It was shifted at present location near Shivaji University on Old Pune-Banglore National High-way No. 4 in 1968. This College encompasses total area of about 131.38 hectares, out of which 85.55 ha. Is available at main campus.
The College of Agriculture, Nagpur, is one of the oldest college in the country established in the year 1906 by British Government. It is one of the first five Agriculture Colleges in the country. The other four colleges were located at Pusa, Kanpur, Coimbatore, Lyallpore (Pakistan). The college is situated in the important citrus belt of the country and was opened to develop agriculture technology, educate, train and generate specialised agricultural experts and to cater the needs of the local farming community and to impart agricultural education to students. The college was initially under the administrative control of the Department of Agriculture, Maharashtra State and affiliated to the Nagpur University. The main building of the college was earlier known as Victoria Technical Institute building. Later on the affiliation as well as administrative control shifted to Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola during the year 1969.
This one of the oldest Colleges of the country. The college was under the administrative control of the Department of Agriculture, Maharashtra State and was initially affiliated to the Nagpur University. Later on the affiliation as well as administrative control shifted to Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola during the year 1969. The college was established to provide qualitative education in the areas of agriculture, to develop overall personality of the students during their graduation and to provide competitive graduates to the society.
The college of Agricultural Engineering & Technology was established on 3rd October, 1970 at Akola. The college is now one of the premier institutes in the country for imparting education in Agricultural Engineering leading to B. Tech. (Agril. Engg.) degree programme and plays an important role in human resource development in the field of Agricultural Engineering. Till to date total 1299 (1109 Boys and 190 Girls) students have been graduated.
Post Graduate Institute was established in the year 1970. A well experienced and trained faculty is managing the educational activities of this institute. Almost all the faculty members are Ph.D degree holders. The institute has blossomed into a center of excellence and provides a very conducive environment for the learning-teaching process. It provides all the facilities for learning to enable the students to acquire knowledge, skill and ability to face the emerging trends in agricultural sector.
Looking to the requirement of trained manpower in Agri-business Management, the School of Agri-Business Management is established by Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor Dr. V.M. Mayande in year 2009. A post-graduate degree programme is started at School of the Agri-Business Management, Nagpur under the jurisdiction of this Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola awarding the degree of Master in Business Administration (Agriculture).
The Vasantrao Naik College of Agricultural Biotechnology, Yavatmal was established in the year 2013 affiliated to Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola. The College is first Government Agricultural Biotechnology College in Vidarbha Region established by Govt. of Maharashtra. The college is located at Waghapur Road, Yavatmal dist. Yavatmal. Most of the Population of the Yavatmal district is farming community having Soybean, Cotton and Pigeon pea as a cropping pattern. The Institute has a well experienced and trained faculties for all the academic activities carried out at the institute.
College of Agriculture, Karad is established in the Birth centenary year of Hon. Ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra, late Shri. Yashwantrao B. Chavansaheb. The dream of Hon. late Shri. Yashwantrao B. Chavansaheb was to establish a college, which will cater the educational need of the rural masses for development of Agriculture, Social and Economical conditions of the rural people of Western Maharashtra. The dream came to reality with worth drive from the Hon. Ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Prithvirajji Chavansaheb after sanctioning of Agricultural College at Karad on 16/07/2013 and actual working of college was started on 16/08/2013 with admission of first historic batch of 60 students in this college. It carries different types of departments like Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry , Agricultural Botany, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Horticulture, Agronomy.
As per Government of Maharashtra Cabinet Ministerial meeting Held at Nasik on 29th July 2009 & the initiatives of Tribal Development Department the decision taken to established Government Agriculture College in Scheduled tribes populated districts (i.e. Nandurbar & Gadchiroli) under Tribal Sub plan Scheme. Nandurbar districts comes Under Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri jurisdiction. As per Government Resolution No.MPKV2009/341/Pr.No.-138/7A Dated 19 June 2013 Government of Maharashtra sanctioned College of Agriculture at Nandurbar. As per Government of Maharashtra Resolution dated 19 June 2013 and MPKV University Resolution dated 06 /08/2013 Government College of Agriculture started on 01 August 2013. Every year total intake capacity of students is 60 Out of that 80% students intake capacity reserved for Scheduled tribes students. As per syllabus for the U.G. courses leading to B.Sc.(Agril.) degree, the no. of course offered to the students every year for even and odd Semester.
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