What is the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)

What is the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) is also known as Pusa institute. IARI is national Institute for agricultural research, education, and extension of India. the institute was damaged during the devastating Bihar earthquake of 15 January 1934. The Secretary of State approved the transfer in July 1943. The Standing Finance Committee of the Union Assembly finally announced on 25 August 1934 in Shimla, the decision to shift the institute to New Delhi at the cost of ₹3.8 million (US$53,000). to a place that is now called Pusa in New Delhi. The new campus at New Delhi was inaugurated on 29 July 1936, while the new building of the Imperial Institute of Agricultural Research was inaugurated by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Linlithgow on 7 November 1936.

 The IARI was dedicated for the research leading to the “Green Revolution in India” of the 1970s. The campus is spread over 500 hectares (5.0 km2), 8 km west of New Delhi Railway Station. This was initially outside Delhi, but over the decades the city has grown much beyond the campus. Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute is affiliated with  IARI and is located in the campus of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. The Institute has all along been adjusting and improving its policies, plans and programmes to effectively respond to the needs and opportunities for the betterment of the nation.

The Institute consists of  20 divisions 5 multi-disciplinary centres situated in Delhi, 8 regional stations, 2 off-season nurseries, 3 All India coordinated research projects with headquarters at IARI and 10 national centres functioning under the all India coordinated research projects. It has a sanctioned staff strength of 3540 comprising scientific, technical, administrative and supporting personnel.

  • Staff Quarters
  • Hostel
  • Guest House
  • Health Centre
  • Sports Activity
  • Auditorium
  • Faculty Club

Main objectives:

  • To Promote the excellence, high standard and orient the educational programme towards future needs and opportunities.
  • To give opportunities for post-doctoral research, continuing education, faculty upgradation and development of human resources in new and cutting-edge technology areas,  through international collaboration.
  • Generate innovative extension models, dovetail them to developmental models, and disseminate them through regional stations, universities, and state extension systems.
  • Promote client oriented on-farm research and technology assessment, refinement and transfer through participatory approaches and promoting the Institute-Village Linkage Programme.
  • Generate Knowledge related to the processes of production and productivity of agricultural crops leading to the development of research philosophies, concepts, methodologies, materials, and technologies.
  • Develop and use systems approach, crop modelling, bioindicators, nuclear tools, remote sensing and GIS to achieve greater understanding of the production systems, the resources, the environment and their sustainability and modify them to reduce the environmental and human health risks to make them more sustainable in the context of holistic ecological and socio-economic systems.
  • Provide national leadership in agricultural research, education, extension, and technology assessment and transfer by developing new concepts and approaches and serving as a national reference point for quality and standards.
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