Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand

( A State Government University )

Faculty of Agriculture, Ranchi

The foundation stone of Ranchi Agricul.tural College was laid by the then Agriculture Minister Late Dr. Anugrah Narayana Singh on 15th August, 1955 which was inaugurated by Late Dr. Srikrishna Singh, the then Chief Minister of Bihar on 29th January, 1959. Till the formation of Rajendra Agricultural University, Bihar, Pusa in 1971, it was part of Ranchi University. It was transferred to Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi after its formation on 26th June, 1981. It is located at Ranchi-Patratu Road, about 8 Km north of Ranchi, 13 and 20 Km from Ranchi Railway Station and Ranchi Airport, respectively. Its location stands 85° 19′ East longitude, 23° 17′ North latitude and 625 meter altitude above mean sea level.


  • Promote science based agricultural education and research. All Departments to be equipped to meet challenges in !!Agriculture & allied sectors.
  • Enforce strict discipline among the students. Helping them in all possible ways to prepare for National level !!competitions.
  • Incorporate Information Technology (IT) in Teaching, Research and Extension activities for enhanced efficiency.!!
  • Assist State Government for policy analysis and prescriptions.!!
  • Educate agriculturally dependent population through open and distant learning programme.!!
  • Develop linkages for commercial application of agricultural research output.!!

Future thrust

  • To develop Ranchi Agricultural College as one of the best agricultural colleges in the country.
  • To strengthen experiential learning programme so that maximum number of entrepreneurs could be produced.
  • To establish foreign collaborations in teaching, research and extension.
  • Adoption of INM, IPM for crops & cropping systems in large areas.!!
  • To establish and promote innovation lab.
  • To initiate and promote online academic exchange programme.
  • To make the campus fully wi-fi.
  • To strengthen curricular research
  • To develop and promote institution-industry linkage.
  • Web-portal for academics
  • Human Resource Management System
  • Financial Management System

Salient achievements

  • E-Classroom and Smart Classroom
  • Networking of departments and units
  • Strengthening of RAWE and ELP
  • Strengthening of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
  • Block level soil fertility map
  • Integrated farming system model
  • Two varieties of linseed viz. Divya (BAU-06-03) for irrigated condition in 2014-15 and Priyam (BAU- 2012-1) for rainfed condition in 2015-16 have been released at national level.
  • Dobha technology
  • IVRS integrated Call Centre
  • Farmer-oriented IT-enabled Services(ITeS) like Web-portal in local language, LCMS and Guided SMS


Prof. M. A. Mohsin 1983-1994
Dr. V. C. Srivastava (Officiating) 1994-1995
Prof. M. A. Mohsin 1995-1996
Dr. F. Haque (Officiating) 1996-1998
Dr. V. C. Srivistava 1998-2003
Dr. S. N. Pandey (Officiating) Feb. 2003 – Sep. 2003
Dr. A. K. Sarkar (Officiating) Oct. 2003 – Nov. 2005
Dr. A. K. Sarkar Nov. 2005 -June 2012
Dr. K. Sinha (Officiating) July 2012 -Aug. 2013
Dr. R. Thakur (Officiating) Sep. 2013 -June 2014
Dr. M.S. Yadava (Officiating) July 2014 – June 2015
Dr. R. Thakur (Officiating) Jul. 2015 – Continued
Alumni who made us proud
Dr. C. Prasad (1959) Ex DDG (Ext.), ICAR, New Delhi
Dr. J. P. Singh (1959) Ex-Director, IFFCO, Gurgaon
Dr. D. N. Jha (1960) Ex Director NCAP & Ex-Professor, Agril.Economics, IARI
Sri Manoj Das Gupta (1960) ‘Sahara India’ Kolkata
Dr. P. N. Jha (1961) Ex-Vice-Chancellor, RAU, Pusa
Dr. M. A. Mohsin (1961) Ex-Vice-Chancellor, BAU, Ranchi
Dr. K. K. Sahay (1961) DGM, Punjab National Bank
Dr. A. K. Mitra (1961) Gokhle Institute of Politiecs & Economics, Pune
Dr. P. K. Sen (1962) Director, Project Tiger, Govt. of India
Sri Turia Oranon (1963) Ex- Director Agriculture, Govt. of Jharkhand
Dr. Shankar Manjhi (1965) Ex-ADG (WM) ICAR, New Delhi
Sri Dayanand Bhagat (1967) Ex-Director, Dept. Of Agriculture, Govt. of Jharkhand
Dr. S. N. Pandey (1968) Ex-Vice-Chancellor, BAU, Ranchi
Sri Firak Ahmad, IAS (1976) Secretary, Govt. of Bihar
Sri Herman Minz (1978) Ex- Director Agriculture, Govt. of Jharkhand
Dr. Neelima (1984) Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra Kerketta, IAS
Principal/Associate DeanTenure
Dr. H. N. Mukherjee1955-1956
Prof. R. S. Roy1956-195
Prof. S. C. Mandal 1959-1966
Prof. M. P.Singh1966-1969
Prof. S. M. Alam 1969-1975

Dr. K. K. Jha 1975-1977
Dr. M. S. S. Rao1977-1983
Prof. M. A. Mohsin1983-1994
Dr. V. C. Srivastava (Officiating)1994-1995
Prof. M. A. Mohsin1995-1996
Dr. F. Haque (Officiating)1996-1998
Dr. F. Haque (Officiating)1996-1998
Dr. V. C. Srivistava1998-2003
Dr. S. N. Pandey (Officiating)Feb. 2003 – Sep. 2003
Dr. A. K. Sarkar (Officiating)Oct. 2003 – Nov. 2005
Dr. A. K. SarkarNov. 2005 -June 2012
Dr. K. Sinha (Officiating)July 2012 -Aug. 2013
Dr. R. Thakur (Officiating)Sep. 2013 -June 2014
Dr. M.S. Yadava (Officiating)July 2014 – June 2015
Dr. R. Thakur (Officiating)Jul 2015 – Jan 2019
Dr. M.S. Yadava (Officiating)Feb 2019 – Oct 2021
Dr. S. K. Pal (Officiating)Nov. 2021 - Feb. 2023
Dr. D. K. ShahiMar. 2023 -