North – Eastern (NE) region consisting of the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura has been gifted by the nature with tremendous biodiversity and widely varying agro-climatic condition. Though, the region has vast potential for development of agriculture and allied vocation, its hilly terrain offers a great challenge for its full utilization. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), an apex body, which plans, undertakes aids, promotes, and coordinates agricultural education, research and extension education in India, constituted a research review committee in 1982 under the National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) to suggest the ways and means to strengthen the research capability of the NE Region. The committee was also given an additional mandate to look into the manpower needs of agriculture and allied sectors and suggests the remedial measures.
The committee in its report submitted to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in 1984, observed that the agriculture and allied sectors in the region have lagged behind due to non existence of enough support of agricultural university system which gave impetus for development of these sectors in other parts of the country. Therefore, it recommended establishing a Central Agricultural University in this region as it may not be practicable to establish a separate agricultural university in each north- Eastern state due to its smaller size. Accordingly the Central Agricultural University was established on 26 January 1993 with its headquarters at Imphal, the capital of Manipur under the Central Agricultural University Act 1992 of Parliament (Act No. 40 of 1992). The university has its jurisdiction over the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura.
The objectives and mandates of the university as stipulated in the Act are:
To impart education in different branches of agriculture and allied science as it may deem fit;
To further the advancement of learning and conducting of research in agriculture and allied sciences;
To undertake extension education programme in the states under its jurisdiction; and
To undertake such other activities, as it may deem fit, from time to time.
Keeping the mandates view, the mission of the university is to be a center of Excellence in teaching, research and extension education in the field of agriculture and allied sciences.
To fulfill the mission, the university has set the following goals for itself:
To produce globally competitive graduates and postgraduates in agriculture and allied sciences;
To develop sustainable and profitable farming system for improving productivity, production and profitability in the agriculture and allied sectors;
To educate the extension functionaries for effective dissemination of agro technologies to the farmers, entrepreneurs and agro – industries; and
To be an important link in the chain for converting agriculture and allied vocations into profitable enterprises and providing food and nutritional security to the people of NE Region, and the world.
To meet the goals, the university has laid down the following objectives:
To establish and develop excellent constituent colleges that offer undergraduate and postgraduate education in various states of the NE region coming under the jurisdiction of the university in the field of agriculture, agricultural engineering, fisheries, home science, horticulture, forestry and veterinary science and animal husbandry;
To impart quality education so as to produce globally competitive graduates and post- graduates in different areas of agriculture and allied sciences including interdisciplinary areas, who are confident and capable of working as scientists, entrepreneurs, managers, agro-industrial workers and above all progressive farmers;
To establish research stations and specialized research laboratories for taking up basic and applied research by the scientists and postgraduate students;
To develop and demonstrate alternate farming systems which help the farmers to improve their productivity and profitability while preserving and improving the environment;
To establish transfer of technology centre including Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Farm Science Centres) for developing effective extension methodologies and training the trainers in information dissemination;
To popularize improved farming systems, technologies and equipment on pilot basis to be model for other extension agencies;
To offer short-term refresher and vocational courses and training programmes to the officials of state government departments, farmers, entrepreneurs and agro-industrial houses;
To have collaborations in the field of teaching, research, transfer of technology and developmental activities with the development departments of the states and national and international institutions including industrial and business houses;
To provide consultancy services to progressive farmers, agro-entrepreneurs, agro- industries and others involved in agriculture and allied sectors; and
To act as documentation and information centre on agricultural education, research, extension methodology and development.
Visitor and statutory Officers
Her Excellency, the president of India
Director of Instruction
Director of Research
Director of Extension Education
Dean, College of Agriculture, Imphal
Dean, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Aizawl
Dean, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat
Dean, College of Fisheries, Agartala
Dean, College of Home Science, Tura
Dean,College of Agricultural Engineering and Post-Harvest Technology Ranipool, Gangtok
Dean, College of Post Gradate Studies, Umiam, Barapani
Board of Management
Research Advisory Committee
Extension Education Advisory Committee
Board of Studies