The seeds of agricultural research in the state of Assam were sown way back in 1923 with the estab
The seeds of agricultural research in the state of Assam were sown way back in 1923 with the establishment of two Rice Research Stations, one at Titabor in Brahmaputra valley and the other at Karimganj in Barak valley. After the establishment of the University with its headquarters at Jorhat, these two research stations alongwith two others in Shillongani, Nagaon and Kahikuchi, Guwahati were incorporated into the university set-up.
Assam Agricultural College at Jorhat and Assam Veterinary College at Khanapara, Guwahati came into existence in 1948 as a result of exemplary willpower and dedication to service of Bharat Ratna Late Gopinath Bordoloi, the first chief minister of Assam. The Assam Agricultural College started to serve the people of the state under the able leadership of Late Rev. B.M. Pugh, the first Principal.
Assam Agricultural University, which is the first institution of its kind in the whole of North-Eastern Region of India and was established on April 1, 1969 by an Act called “The Assam Agricultural University Act, 1968” with its headquarters at Jorhat. The base of this new institution comprised the erstwhile Assam Agricultural College at Jorhat and the Assam Veterinary College at Khanapara, Guwahati.
The University has a number of campuses with its head quarter located at Borbheta at a distance of about 5 km from both bus station and railway station and 2 km from airport of the Jorhat. The city can be reached easily from Guwahati, the capital of Assam, by air/bus/train. The latitude, longitude and altitude of Jorhat are 26°44´N, 94°l0´E and 9l m above mean sea level respectively.
The research strategy of the University have been to develop economically viable and ecologically sustainable crop production technologies which can be conveniently adopted by the farmers. To carry out location specific and need-based research works, AAU has six Regional Research Stations and three Crops Research Stations in addition to research undertaken at AAU Head Quarter, Jorhat and Biswanath College of Agriculture, Sonitpur. The university has given necessary research support to develop environmentally sound and economically feasible technologies of different field and horticultural crops. Presently, technology generation efforts are focussed mainly to varietal identification/development of major crops suitable to different agro-ecological situations, development of production technologies for field and horticultural crops, aromatic and medicinal plants, soil and water management, cropping and farming system, integrated nutrient management, integrated pest management, integrated crop-fish-livestock farming, post-harvest technology, biotechnology, testing of agricultural tools and equipments, development of agro-forestry, farm forestry, sericulture, bee keeping etc.