ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

About the university

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) is Indias largest and foremost Institute in the field of research and higher education and training in agricultural sciences. It has served the cause of science and society with distinction through first rate research, generation of appropriate technologies and development of human resources. In fact, the Green Revolution was born in the fields of IARI and our graduates constitute the core of the quality human resource in Indias agricultural research and education. The Institute has all along been adjusting and improving its policies, plans and programmes to effectively respond to the needs and opportunities of the nation. During the fifties, the advancement of scientific disciplines constituted the core programme and provided the base for its fast expansion in the 1960s and 1970s in all its three interactive areas, namely, research, education and extension. Besides basic research, applied and commodity research gained great importance resulting in the development of several popular high yielding varieties of almost all major crops and their associated management technologies, which brought about an unprecedented increase in the national food and agricultural production. The main functions of the Institute cover the areas of basic and applied research in the major branches of agricultural sciences; post graduate education at the M.Sc., M.Tech. and Ph.D.levels for which the Institute has been accorded the status of a Deemed University under the University Grants Commission Act of 1956; specialized post graduate training courses; and extension education and transfer of technology in selected areas. The administrative control of the Institute is vested with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), which is an autonomous organization established under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The Institute was originally established by the Government of India in 1905 at the village Pusa in north Bihar. After a devastating earthquake in 1934, it was shifted to New Delhi in 1936. That is why it is popularly known as the pusa Institute. It is known also by its popular acronym IARI. The present campus of the Institute is a self-contained complex spread over an area of about 500 hectares. The Institute has inherited a great tradition of agricultural research. Since its early days at Pusa, the Institute has been doing pioneering work in various fields of agricultural sciences. The Institute has expanded greatly in its activities, research facilities and scientific personnel in the post-independence years. When the Institute came to New Delhi in 1936 it had five Sections. Today, the Institutes research and educational activities are carried out through a network of 35 Divisions/multi-disciplinary laboratories/Centres of Excellence/units and 8 Regional Stations.

University Type
Deemed University
Established | NIRF Rank
1905 | NIRF Rank : 1
Director & Vice Chancellor :
Dr. A. K. Singh



v  Emphasize utilization of global plant genetic resources, including conservation of agriculturally important microbial, cyanobacterial and insect resources, to produce efficient, productive and stable genotypes of crops, especially hybrids and improve bioenergenetics.

v  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.

v  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.

v  Pay greater attention to the problems of agriculture under unfavourable conditions and to orphan commodities.

v  Foster excellence in agriculture related to basic and social sciences, strengthen synergism between traditional knowledge and modern science, and harness management sciences and communication systems for improving overall efficiency.

v  Develop capabilities in post-harvest technology, agro-processing, product development, value addition and utilization research on agricultural commodities, by-products, agricultural wastes and renewable energy resources.

v  Concentrate on new and emerging cutting edge technologies such as molecular biology and biotechnology and develop inter-disciplinary centres of excellence with modern instrumentation and foster system research.



v  Promote excellence, foster high standard and orient the educational programme towards future needs and opportunities.

v  Strengthen physical, biological and social sciences in the curricular and add frontier areas such as biotechnology, computer application and information technology, environmental science, management science and post-harvest technology and agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources.

v  Provide opportunities for post-doctoral research, continuing education, faculty upgradation and development of human resources in new and cutting edge technology areas, especially through international collaboration.

v  Strengthen non-formal training to promote entrepreneurial skills and commercialization of agriculture.



v  Generate innovative extension models, dovetail them to developmental models, and disseminate them through regional stations, universities and state extension systems

v  Promote client oriented on-farm research and technology assessment, refinement and transfer through participatory approaches and by promoting the Institute-Village Linkage Programme.

v  Foster development communication research and linkages with rural development programmes and strengthen micro-planning through inter departmental and participatory approaches.


o   National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of UGC has recently accredited IARI with A+ (3.51/4.00) Grade for five years (2016-2021).

o   Based on MHRD ranking, IARI has been ranked 23rd among all Institutions; 15th among Universities and 1st among agricultural universities.

o   IARI students received PM Fellowship, IPNI Scholar Award, Visiting Student Fellowship etc.

o   Published Annual Report and a compilation of Significant Research Achievements of Post Graduate Students (2007-16).

o   Initiated online teaching for the first time for the students of ANASTU, Kandahar, Afghanistan

DBT Schemes

ICAR-PG Scholarship

Financial Year : 2023-24 | Beneficiary :525


Financial Year : 2023-24 | Beneficiary :624

National Talent Scholarship-UG

Financial Year : 2023-24 | Beneficiary :623



ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute,New Delhi
ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa Campus., New Delhi

Website : http://www.iari.res.in