About Navsari Agricultural University



The iconic educational and farmers welfare institute of the south Gujarat, Navsari Agricultural University (NAU) with Navsari as head quarter came into existence with the promulgation of Gujarat Agricultural University Act 2004 on May 1, 2004. 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. 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, extensively reach to the farmers and cover sprawling south Gujarat through its 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.

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 31, 2021. As per the “Ranking of Agricultural Universities” conducted by ICAR, NAU ranked 22nd (2016), 9th (2017) and 14th (2018) during last 3 years. NAU is cosmopolitan campus and during the year 2019-20, 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.

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 one 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, 24.04 lakh tissue culture plantlets of sugarcane and banana, 8.0 lakh litres of different Biofertilizers & Biopesticides, 2.0 lakh fruit-fly traps, 6.0 lakh litres banana pseudostem sap, etc  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.

At the extension front, university organized more than thirty thousand activities including FLDs, farmer’s day/field day, farmer’s Shibir, educational tour/field visit, farmer’s meeting/ Krishi goshthi, seminars/workshop for famers, on farm trials, veterinary clinical camps for benefitting enumerate farmers and farm women since its 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.

          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.

 

(Dr. Z. P. Patel)

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