Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

About the university

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was established in 1962 on the pattern of Land Grant System of USA. There are four constituent colleges of PAU namely, College of Agriculture, College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, College of Home Science and College of Basic Sciences & Humanities. The University has 30 departments and five schools. The Punjab Agricultural University has competent faculty to fulfil its mandate of research, education and extension work.

The University has attained a special status in the history of Indian agriculture for its pivotal role in ushering in the Green Revolution in India. This is a pioneer State Agricultural University (SAU) of India, well known for its research, education and extension in agriculture with a well-established academic and research infrastructure. There are six Regional Research Stations, three Fruit Research Station and four Seed Farms. Apart from the infrastructure at the main, the University has played a pivotal role in making the country self-sufficient in food grain production and has recommended more than 809 varieties/ hybrids of different crops out of which 173 have been released at the national level. The productivity of wheat increased from 1.2 t/ha in 1960-61 to 5.1/ha in 2016-17 and rice from 1.1t/ha to 4.1. The cropping intensity in the State increased from 126% during 1960-61 to nearly 205%.

The PAU is also well known for its high academic standards. The University is imparting education in 83 academic programmes of which 10 are Undergraduate, 44 are Masters and 29 are Doctorate programmes. In total, 3999 students have been on the rolls of PAU during the academic year 2016-17. Of these, 2217 students are in Undergraduate, 1350 in Masters and 378 in Doctorate programme while 54 students belong to Diploma Courses. At present 45% students are boys and 55% are girls. Institutes of Agriculture have been established at Gurdaspur and Bathinda where students are admitted for the initial 2 years of 6-years B.Sc. programme. Mostly rural students (about 90%) are admitted in these institutes. PAU is also a preferred destination of foreign students. Presently, 24 students from countries such as Nepal, Afganistan, Uganda, Iran, Bhutan and Maldives are studying in different (UG) and (PG) programmes.

There is a strong research-extension worker-farmer linkage between PAU and state development departments. PAU pioneered of the concept of Farmers Service Centre, which was adopted by the ICAR as Agriculture Technology Information Centre (ATIC). The Directorate of Extension Education maintains a close liaison with the farming community of the state directly/indirectly through various extension programmes, including trainings, exhibitions, demonstrations, adaptive trials, field days, Kisan Melas, farm publications, Plant Clinic, etc. The University organizes Kisan Melas twice a year, at the Main Campus and at six Regional Research Stations where technology displays, farmer-scientist interactive sessions, crop produce competitions, field demonstrations and agro-industrial exhibitions are arranged.

University Type
State Agricultural University
Vice Chancellor
Dr. Satbir Singh Gosal





1.     The diligent and judicious use of the ICAR Development Grant has helped the Uniersity to uphold the high standards of academics and research, that has been duly recognized at many platforms, the latest being Ranking by ICAR in which PAU has bagged the Third Rank.

2.     The quality education, facilitated through this grant has also resulted in, one PAU student getting ICAR Jawaharlal Nehru Best Doctoral Thesis Award, one Prime Ministers Fellowship, while one student has topped the ICAR SRF in Plant Breeding & Genetics and another student has been provisionally selected for Commonwealth Split Site Scholarship.

3.     Advanced laboratory equipment/machines have been purchased from ICAR grant that has enhanced the working efficiency in terms of research alongwith imparting quality education to students.

4.     Funds provided for UG/PG contingency help in giving hands on experience to the students during practicals.

5.     The infrastructure of colleges laboratories and hostels has been developed/strengthened through this grant to create ambient environment for providing quality educations.

6.     The curriculum delivery system has improved with the smart classrooms and the instructional material developed with this grant.

7.     The grant has helped in enriching the library resources and digitizing these.

8.     Financial help rendered through NTS, JRF, SRF, RAWE etc. provides much needed financial support and motivation the students to improve their academic performance.

9.     The personality and the communication skills of the students are improved through guest lectures and the educational tours funded through this grant help in increasing the exposure of the students.

10.  Participation of faculty in conferences/workshops etc. is facilitated through ICAR Grant resulting in acquisition of knowledge and better networking that ultimately gets reflected in quality of teaching and research.


DBT Schemes

ICAR-PG Scholarship

Financial Year : 2021-22 | Beneficiary :86

National Talent Scholarship-PG

Financial Year : 2021-22 | Beneficiary :144


Financial Year : 2021-22 | Beneficiary :84

National Talent Scholarship-UG

Financial Year : 2021-22 | Beneficiary :88




Punjab Agricultural University,Ludhiana
Ferozepur Road,Ludhiana-141004

Website : http://web.pau.edu/