UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, BANGALORE

Science is still to be explored, there are still the mysteries to be unfolded and phenomenon are still to be understood. Not only would the probe to newfangled scientific specifics but exploiting the best out of understood realities will describe the FUTURE of mankind. The 106th Indian Science Congress perceives the theme of FUTURE INDIA – Science and Technology in order to provide platform to researchers, academicians and industry champions to share their findings with the scholars zealous to excavate scientific findings and also to instigate budding science and technology enthusiasts to do meaningful extradition for ever-growing industry need and sustainable socio-economic system.

The 107th Indian Science Congress would be the festival to rejoice science and technology and would prove to be the showcase for what is being done, what can be done and what would define the future of Science and Technology in India.

Come let us celebrate science!!!

History & Genesis

University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, a premier institution of agricultural education and research in the country, began as a small agricultural research farm in 1899 on 30 acres of land donated by Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhiyavaru, the Regent of Mysore and appointed Dr. Lehmann, German Scientist to initiate research on soil crop response with a Laboratory in the Directorate of Agriculture. Later under the initiative of the Dewan of Mysore Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah, the Mysore Agriculture Residential School was established in 1913 at Hebbal which offered Licentiate in Agriculture and later offered a diploma programme in agriculture during 1920. The School was upgraded to Agriculture College in 1946 which offered four year degree programs in Agriculture. The Government of Mysore headed by Sri. S. Nijalingappa, the then Chief Minister, established the University of Agricultural Sciences on the pattern of Land Grant College system of USA and the University of Agricultural Sciences Act No. 22 was passed in Legislative Assembly in 1963. Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then Vice President of India inaugurated the University on 21st August 1964.

Dr. Zakir Hussain in his inaugural address set forth the lofty objectives of the university in the following words: “By bringing about significant improvement in every phase of rural life, by much needed change in methods of production, by influencing the whole outlook of the rural community and rural home, by giving them a new vision and new hope, this University will be able to make great contribution to national welfare”.

With these objectives on hand, the UAS came into existence on October 1, 1965 with the transfer of Colleges of Agriculture at Hebbal (Bangalore) and Dharwad, the Veterinary College at Hebbal and 35 Research stations located in different parts of the state along with 45 ICAR schemes which were with the State Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, under its control the full fledged University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore came into existence on 1st October 1965 with the entire State under its jurisdiction. Later on, a Marine Product Processing Training Centre (MPPTC) at Mangalore was also transferred to the University. The University established Fisheries College at Mangalore in 1969 to offer a degree programme in fishery sciences and the Agricultural Engineering Institute at Raichur in the same year to offer a three year diploma course in Agricultural Engineering. The Home Science College was started to impart education on rural based home science at Dharwad campus in the year 1974, besides establishing a College of Basic Sciences and Humanities and College of Post-Graduate Studies at Hebbal. In 1986, the erstwhile, UAS, Bangalore was bifurcated into two universities by establishing one more Agricultural University at Dharwad. Further, in 2004 Animal and Horticulture Sciences were bifurcated from agricultural sciences and transferred to Karnataka veterinary Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Bidar in 2004 and University of Horticulture Sciences Bagalkot in 2010 in order to provide greater importance in the emerging sectors like Animal Husbandry and Horticulture.

University of Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences, Shimoga is being established during the year 2013 to address the research and educational issues of Malnad and Coastal zones of Karnataka. Presently UAS, Bangalore has jurisdiction over ten southern Districts of Karnataka.

Education

University has drawn-out its academic programs to meet the requirement of human resources in the face of changing agriculture scenario. A range of new technology oriented six Under-Graduate Degree programs in Agriculture, Sericulture, Food Science & Technology, Agricultural Marketing & Cooperation, Agri-Biotechnology and Agricultural Engineering including 22 Postgraduate programs & 15 Doctoral degree programs have been initiated across five campuses. Besides degree programmes, the university has launched Diploma and Certificate courses to meet the human resource needs of technology, services, marketing, extension and research. University places great emphasis on dynamic curriculum that ensures specialized skills and practical experience.

Institutional Awards / Recognitions

  1. Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award – 2001 & 2012
  2. One among the three SAUs awarded PURSE by DST
  3. DST FIST Level-II
  4. Two ICAR Niche Area of Excellence programmes
  5. Advance Centre for Drought Research (DBT)
  6. National Productivity Council Awards – Kabbalanala Model Watershed, Mittemari Model Watershed and Bakery Training Unit
  7. ICAR Best KVK Awards: 3 times
  8. Chaudhary Devi Lal Outstanding AICRP Award
  9. Environmental Excellence Award – 2012 by KSPCB
  10. NSS Best University Award
  11. National Education Award 2017
  12. AICRPAM – Best center during 2017-18

Extension

UAS-B has played a pivotal role in carrying out front-line extension involving all the stakeholders for technology dissemination and also identifying problems that require technological interventions. Agricultural Technology Information Centre, UAS Agri-portal, Krishi Vignana Kendras, Extension Education Units, Bakery Training Unit, Staff Training Unit and Farmers’ Training Institute of the University have been nationally commended for their role in outreach activities both at the State and National level. Krishimela of UAS-B has proved to be a substantial boon to the surging development of agriculture in the State.

Research

Over the past six decades, UASB has developed several locally relevant production technologies that have substantially enhanced farm productivity in the state and beyond. In less than half a century, UAS-B has released over 200 varieties in diverse crops. The major flag bearers of these are unique varieties in finger millet (ragi), pigeonpea, groundnut, cowpea, sugarcane and hybrids in paddy, sunflower & maize. Production technologies developed for Dryland Agriculture have helped to stabilize farm productivity even in rain sparse years.

Sports & Culture

True to the farm niche in which students of the university are being brought up, they have been cultivating and nurturing the rural culture while keeping up their physical fitness through sports. University has a strong support system to encourage    co-curricular activities for overall personality development. Students have on their part excelled in sports and cultural activities by dancing and leaping their way to championships at the national level.

Collaborations

The UASB has entered into academic and research collaborations with several international institutions; of them following are the important ones.

 

  • Georg-August-University, Gottingen Stiftung, Wilhelmsplatz, Germany
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
  • University of Kassel & Gottingen, Germany
  • International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany
  • Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Kirkhouse Trust SCIO, Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Graduate School of Horticulture & Faculty of Horticulture, Chiba University, Japan
  • CIMMYT, Carretera México-Veracruz, Texcoco, Mexico
  • International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna.
  • Ministry of Higher Education, Govt. of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • East African Seed (U) Ltd., Kampala, Uganda
  • Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan.