Message from Vice Chancellor

Dr. S. R. Chaudhary

Vice Chancellor

Navsari Agricultural University,
Navsari-396 450 
E-mail: vc@nau.in
Telephone Number : Office : (02637) 283869,
Fax : (02637) 282554
Residence : (02637) 282584, 292111

The Navsari zone of erstwhile GAU had attained the status of independent State Agricultural University (SAU) with the promulgation of Gujarat Agricultural University Act 2004 on May 1, 2004 heralding formation of Navsari Agricultural University (NAU) with Navsari as head quarter. NAU’s jurisdiction covers seven districts of South Gujarat viz., Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Valsad, Narmada, Tapi and Dangs. At present, there are 10 Colleges imparting 7 bachelor’s, 45 Master’s and 26 doctoral degree programmes.There are faculty of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Veterinary Sciences, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Biotechnology and Fisheries Science. During the year 2019-20, NAU has admitted a total of 945 students including 605 students to undergraduate degree programmes and 340 students to postgraduate degree programmes. University also admitted 289 students in four diploma courses offered by seven Polytechnics. In the year 2018-19, 84 students qualified NET conducted by ASRB, New Delhi.

A total of 8 out of 10 colleges of NAU are Accredited by “National Agricultural Education Accreditation Board” of ICAR, New Delhi up to March 31st, 2021. As per the “Ranking of Agricultural Universities” conducted by ICAR, NAU ranked 22nd (2016), 9th (2017) and 14th (2018) during last 3 years.

Further, there are 25 research centres at 15 locations to carry out need based research on mandate crops viz., paddy, sugarcane, cotton, sorghum, small millets, mango, banana, sapota and vegetables. NAU has given top priority to agricultural research and as a result scientists developed 70 varieties in 21 crops including 14 varieties of cotton, 13 of rice, 8 each of sugarcane and pulses, 7 each of small millets and vegetables etc. The University also developed 542 technologies including 237 in the field of Natural Resource Management, 152 in Horticulture and Agro-forestry, 75 in Plant Protection, 36 in Agricultural Engineering, 28 in Animal Production & Fisheries,  6 in Animal Health, 7 in Basic Sciences and 1 in Social Science for benefitting farming community. Under Mega Seed Project, NAU has produced 56550 q of breeder, foundation, truthful and certified seeds, 60980 q of sugarcane setts, 95.77 lakh saplings of various fruits and vegetables and 24.04 lakh tissue culture plantlets of sugarcane and banana over last 13 years. The research stations of NAU, received Best Performing AICRP centre on fruits (2016), small millets (2017) and tuber crops (2018) and sugarcane (2018). At present, a total of 19 AICRPs including 3 voluntary centers are operational at NAU.

University library of NAU has received Best Usage of “J-Gate@CeRA” award (2018) and Best CeRA Ambassador Award (2019) for West Zone by ICAR-CeRA. Further, NAU has 21 boy’s hostels, 15 girl’s hostels and 1 International hostel to accommodate more than 3500 students. University also has student’s amenities like indoor and outdoor sports facilities including gym, auditorium, bank, post office and health centre.

NAU has 5 Krishi Vigyan Kendras located at Navsari, Surat, Waghai, Vyara and Dediyapada and Sardar Smruti Kendra, T & V and ATIC at Navsari to undertake dissemination of newer technologies to end users of seven districts of  South Gujarat. Various extension activities like 25955 FLDs benefiting 88025 farmers, 706 farmer’s day/field day, 569 farmer’s Shibir, 1897 educational tour/field visit, 616 farmer’s meeting/ Krishi goshthi, 626 seminars/workshop for famers,276 on farm trials and 325 veterinary clinical camps for benefitting more than 34902 farmers and farm women were organized by the University since it’s inception.

          NAU, Navsari has recently signed an International MoU with Accrued Gains Pvt. Ltd., Botswana for the commercial scale production and marketing of Banana Pseudostem based Organic Liquid Nutrient “NOVEL” (internationally patented technology) in entire Africa. Further this technology has also been licensed to 11 private companies of Gujarat and 8 of Maharashtra, respectively.

          Moreover, a World Bank funded and ICAR implemented project under CAAST component of NAHEP entitled “Establishment of Secondary Agriculture Unit at NAU, Navsari for PG Students and Farmers” has been implemented since 2018. At present, total of 11 Experiential Learning Units (ELUs) funded by Education Division ICAR are going on for imparting ‘hands on training’ and providing an opportunity to ‘earn while learn’ to UG students of various faculty. Further, Education Division, ICAR also provides NTS (UG & PG), READY stipend and PG fellowships to students admitted through AIEEA-ICAR.

               

(S. R. Chaudhary)

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