G B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar

About the university

The establishment of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, the first Agriculture University of the nation, in 1960 was a symbolic expression of collective will of people of India to march towards self-sufficiency in food production through integrated teaching, research and extension. The success story of this first Agricultural University complements the major success story of the independent India in terms of food security. The university was the first SAU based on Land Grant University pattern, emphasizing integration of research-education-extension. Within few years of its establishment, it emerged as the leading and a model Land Grant University in India. The land granted to it not only provided it excellent experimental farms but also huge seed farms which evolved into the famous Tarai Development Corporation : a major seed centre in the country.

The University in its 56 years of existence not only revolutionized agricultural education but also introduced innumerable novel concepts of research and extension, which enabled the country to achieve food security and rural prosperity within an unimaginable short period. The University continues to march vibrantly to face the challenges of an open economy and globalization of trade. It is devising strategies that would harness advances in science, technology and management to transform these challenges into opportunities.

The University Education Commission of 1949 headed by Dr. Radhakrishanan was the first to articulate the need of establishing rural universities to impart agricultural education amidst rural settings. This began to take shape in 1954, when an Indo-American team led by the then Vice President of ICAR, Dr. K.R. Damle stipulated the parameters of such universities. It opted for the land-grant system of the USA and in October 1959 in technical collaboration with the University of Illinois the process of establishing agricultural specialists from there initiated a comprehensive project for agricultural education in northern India. At the same time, the Government of Uttar Pradesh sought Dean H.W. Hannah's assistance in the preparation of a blueprint of a rural University to found at the Tarai State Farm in the district Nainital. Thus, the first Agricultural University of India, the U.P. Agricultural University, came into existence by an act of legislation (U.P Act REV of 1958 and which was later amended under the Uttar Pradesh Universities Re-enactment and Amendment Act 1974) as Govind Ballabh Pant Krishi and Prodyogik Vishwa Vidayalya, Pantnagar.

The University was inaugurated and dedicated to the nation on November 17, 1960 by the first Prime Minister of India, late Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. The objectives of the University were primarily to improve agriculture and enhance the rural economy of the U.P. state. The main campus at Pantnagar is situated in the Tarai region at 29N latitude and 79.3E longitude at an elevation of 232.8 m above mean sea level. It is located away from the congestion of townships and hence has a pollution free and serene environment, which is conducive for teaching, research and extension activities. Spread over an area of more than 10,000 acres of land, it is the second largest University of the world in terms of contiguous area.

Despite its being away from hub-bub of cities, it is well connected to state and national capitals through road, rail and air. The bus station, two railway stations and an aerodrome are located on the periphery of the University. It has its own workshop, printing press, transport pool, feed-plant, telephone exchange, shopping centre, hospital, seed processing plant, dairy with daily production of 2200 liters of milk, vast poultry, one of the most prosperous libraries of world, huge central computing facility and sections of water supply, electric supply, sanitation and general maintenance. Government agencies like Bank, Post Office, and Low Pressure Gas distribution centre also exist in the campus. Besides the creation of such civic amenities, the University has maintained the state-of-art excellence through sincere maintenance and upkeep of all these services. All such features have led to a distinctive culture of learning in this University, thereby creating a truly unique institution not only for progressively augmenting the technological innovations, but also for turning out highly motivated youth capable of handling a variety of multidimensional challenges in the country and elsewhere in the world.




University Type
State Agricultural University
Established | NIRF Rank
1960 | NIRF Rank : 8
Vice Chancellor
Dr Manmohan Singh Chauhan


Keeping the mandate in view, the University has set for itself the following goals and objectives:


1.       Creation of opportunities for quality education in Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Technology, Home Science, Basic Sciences, Fisheries, Forestry and Agribusiness Management programmes

2.       Generation of new, farmer-friendly and industry-friendly technologies to improve the production and productivity of crops and livestock, and to encourage and assist the rural youth, men and women to adopt the technologies

3.       Providing the required expertise and assistance to the planning and development departments of the State and other agencies for evaluating and testing the improved technologies and their dissemination for the benefit of the farmers

4.       Strengthening and improving the infrastructure for imparting quality education, and conducting need-based research by constantly improving and monitoring the syllabi, human resource and related facilities.

5.       Strengthening and expanding the existing extension services for the development of rural areas of Uttarakhand.


By achieving these goals, the University aspires to become the foremost centre of higher learning in the field of Agriculture and allied disciplines. It contemplates on providing formal and informal education and training to the students, supporting research in priority areas, and generating and evaluating new technologies for the benefit of farmers. It also envisages making such technologies accessible for the farmers.



1.      Earned Best University of Uttarakhand Award given by Honble Governor of Uttarakhand consequently for the second year.

2.      Developed University Library as Smart Library with state of art technology for effective resourceutilization.

3.      Maintained brand value of university in quality education as evident from the II position earned by the students as JRFs in All India Entrance Examination conducted by the ICAR.

4.      Attained I position in Youth Fest indicative of learning centric education and facilitation of students.

5.      Efficient system of Intellectual Property Management Cell and filing of two patents by the Scientists during the period.

6.      Capacity building and human resource development through organization of many Seminar/Symposia/Training/Summer School besides participation of faculty in various conferences at National level to visualize their research efforts (Total number of HR trained/participated= 192.)

7.      Quality research publication/articles (Total number= 483) by the academic staff during the period under report. The University secured first position in the Best Research Paper Award in Uttarakhand, conferred by Hon ble Governor of Uttarakhand in 2016.

8.      Grant-in-aid utilized for supporting talent through National Talent Scheme for the students of undergraduate and post graduate programmes besides awarding JRF and SRF to the students of various States other than Uttarakhand admitted by ICAR.

9.      Nurtured various innovations of UG and PG students through organization of Innovation Day during Foundation Day Week (November 2016) of the University.

10.  Implemented V Dean Committee recommendations in all the Undergraduate programmes for following model curricula. Development of Infrastructure of lab facilities by addition of minor equipments, refurbished labs, maintenance and repair of students amenities such as hostel facilities, stadium etc. wherever necessary.


DBT Schemes

ICAR-PG Scholarship

Financial Year : 2023-24 | Beneficiary :33

National Talent Scholarship-PG

Financial Year : 2023-24 | Beneficiary :23


Financial Year : 2023-24 | Beneficiary :17

National Talent Scholarship-UG

Financial Year : 2023-24 | Beneficiary :164



G B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology,Pantnagar
G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology

Website : http://www.gbpuat.ac.in/