Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour

बिहार कृषि विश्‍वविद्यालय, सबौर

About The VC

 The Bihar Agricultural University The Bihar Agricultural University was established on 5th August, 2010 on the sound base of erstwhile Bengal (Now Bihar) Agricultural College, which was instituted during 1908. The university has been acclaimed for its outstanding contributions to teaching, research, extension and training services in state and nation building. Today, the University stands to meet the enormous expectations of farmer’s society. Society wants us to nurture professionals and scholars of high caliber, who can offer solutions to a broad range of issues related to agriculture. This requires excellence in teaching, research and extension at par with the best in the world.

Bihar, an agrarian state, with a population of 103.8 million, is the second most populous state in the country. The population density of the state is 1102 persons per sq km compared to 382 persons per sq km for the rest of India. About 80 per cent of its population are engaged in agricultural pursuits though the share of agriculture in state’s gross domestic product is 18.9 per cent, attributable to agriculture still being at subsistence level with little commercialization. Nearly 91 per cent of 16.1 million land holdings are fragmented, small and marginal which belongs to 88 per cent of the farmers of the state. Although, state is rich in soil and water resources, the average yields of rice, wheat, maize and pulses in the state are only about 32, 44, 40, and 38 per cent of their potential yields; largely attributed to the incidence of abiotic stresses, especially in the rainfed areas. Similarly horticulture is another focused area in the state. Although, horticulture (fruits, vegetables, tuber and mushroom, spices, honey, medicinal and aromatic plants) occupy 12 percent of land area but income realization is much higher and per ha productivity is also higher than the other field crops.

The greatest challenge to the agriculture in the years to come is to provide adequate food to burgeoning population in order to combat with hunger and malnutrition. We will have to feed more people with scarce water resources, degrading lands and difficult access to energy. The state has achieved good growth rate of 6.2% in agriculture in recent past, however, maintaining this rate will be a challenge. The onus of turning these challenges into opportunities lies in reposing faith and commitment in ourselves in accomplishing this task.

In view of these challenges and opportunities that are likely in the next decades, the university is focusing its strategy and framework to address issues such as climate change through crop improvement and efficient natural resource management; biodiversity exploration, conservation and exploitation for future food security; development of biotic and abiotic stress tolerant new crop varieties; solution of malnutrition through genetic improvement and fortification; production of quality seed and planting material; technology for small and marginal farm holders; rainfed / dry land farming; precision farming for high value crops; post-harvest handling, loss reduction, storage structures, value addition and rural agro-processing; farm mechanization; entrepreneurship development; management of energy and agricultural waste; agri-knowledge management and dynamic technology extension network and policy research and analysis.

Many innovative programmes were launched and popularized for reaching to the unreached. Some of them are very successful and adopted even at national level. Some key programmes initiated and continued are Kisan Chaupal, live mobile television broadcasting, Video conferencing, Community Radio Stations, Mobile messaging services, Kisan Helpline, Kisan Gyan Rath, Agri-Entrepreneurship development, Agri-business Consortium and Incubation Centre and Programmes for Under-Privileged, Kisan Mela and Technology Week.

The university is committed for education, research, extension and training activities and dedicated to the cause of livelihood and income security to the farming community of the state. Indeed, I am pleased that faculty, staff and students of the university have brought many laurels to the university through their sincere commitments, dedication and contributions. We believe in providing needed support to faculty, staff and students to establish good academic and scientific environment in the university and take the university to the level of excellence. I invite all the stakeholders to enrich the University with your intellectual resources, rich experiences and fruitful suggestions.