About Birsa Agricultural University
Agricultural education was first started in Bihar in 1908 with the establishment of Bihar Agricultural College at Sabour in the district of Bhagalpur. Later on, it was realised that the agricultural situation and features of the plateau region of South Bihar is different from the rest of Bihar. Hence there was a need of a second college for this region. Ranchi Agriculture College was established in 1955, Ranchi Veterinary College in 1961 and College of Forestry in 1980. Considering the importance of agricultural education for the agricultural development of the state, the first Agricultural University in Bihar – Rajendra Agricultural University was started in1971 with its headquarters at Pusa.
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Dr. Onkar Nath Singh
Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi (BAU-R), carved out of Rajendra Agriculrural University (RAU), Samastipur (Bihar) in 1980 with the major objectives of perfecting area-specific, need-based, low-cost, system-responsive farm technologies for the undulating topography and resource-poor farmers of Chhotanagpur & Santhalpargana region, was formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi on 26th June, 1981. Ranchi-based Agriculture College, established in 1955, College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, set up in 1961 and Asia’s first Forestry College, established in 1979 were brought under the control of BAU. Centre for Biotechnology, set up in 1999 for offering postgraduate programme in the subject, was upgraded as College of Biotechnology in 2005.of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, set up in 1961 and Asia’s first Forestry College, established in 1979 were brought under the control of BAU.