National Dairy Research Institute ,NDRI,Karnal,Deemed University
National Dairy Research Institute ,NDRI,Karnal,Deemed University




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Historical Perspective
National Dairy Research Institute is the premier organization that provides R&D support for Dairy Development programmes of the Nation. Over the years, it has gained prominence as the front ranking research organization on global basis. The Institute works in close liaison with various National and International developmental agencies to assist the country in its dairy development plans. Scientific achievements, development of human resource at multi-tier level and infusion of science in various sectors of the dairy industry have been the hall-marks of the Institute. The Institute catalyses close interaction among scientists, students, farmers and dairy industry for orchestrating dairy development process in a harmonious manner.

The National Dairy Research Institute metamorphosed from erstwhile Imperial Institute for Animal Husbandry & Dairying, which was established at Bangalore in 1923. In 1936, it was expanded and renamed as Imperial Dairy Institute. It was in 1955 that its Headquarters were shifted to Karnal at the location formerly called Central Cattle Breeding Farm . view to consolidate the impressive infrastructure already developed at Bangalore, the unit was reorganised to serve as the Southern Regional Station of the Institute. In 1962 and 1964, two regional stations were established in Kalyani and Bombay, respectively, to serve as the Eastern and Western regional stations of the Institute. However, the Western Regional Station (WRS) at Bombay was closed down in 1984. The Southern and the Eastern Regional Stations continue to provide region specific R&D support for dairy development in relation to the agro-climatic conditions that exist in those areas. In 1970, the Institute's management was weaned away from the Ministry of Agriculture and brought under the wings of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research with a view to provide greater operational autonomy in research management functions. In 1989, status of Deemed University was conferred to the Institute for further strengthening the academic programmes for human resource development. The Institute provides high quality education in the field of dairying which has no parallel in Asia. It is noteworthy that NDRI is not only an important contributor of dairying manpower required in SAUs but it plays on important role in enhancing the teaching capabilities of SAUs dairying staff. This is evidenced by recognition, by the ICAR, of the Institute as Centre of Advanced Studies at NDRI in Dairy Cattle Breeding and Dairy Technology disciplines to further strengthen the research and training components. During the IX Plan period, a National Research Centre on Biotechnology is being commissioned at this Institute. There are also additional proposals to establish a National Referral Centre on Quality Assurance in Dairy Industry. Additionally a multi-locational network project for monitoring the Quality of Milk and Milk products is also being proposed during the IX Plan period.

undertake basic and applied research in the area of Dairying covering Production, Processing, Economics and Management.

To develop Dairy Farming Systems for different agro-climatic conditions and demonstrate models for transfer of technology.
To organise and conduct programmes at under-graduate and post-graduate levels in various branches of dairy science.
To organise short-term specialised training programmes and vocational courses.
To collaborate with National and International agencies for Dairy Research and Development.
To provide consultancy to Dairy Industry, Dairy Farmers and other Dairy Development Agencies.
To act as a referral Centre on Dairy Research.
Organizational Structure
The organizational structure of NDRI follows the Deemed University pattern of the ICAR. The policy making functions are managed through four main bodies focused at fields of research, education and extension activities.

Board of Management
Research Advisory Committee
Academic Council
Extension Council

The highest policy making body is the Board of Management. The Director, NDRI, the Chairman of this Board. The Executive Council is the main task implementing body on administrative matters. The Research Advisory Committee is responsible for all round progress of research at the Institute and its application. The Academic Council is responsible for all issues relating to the education and training. The Academic Council, in turn, is supported by (i) Standing Committees, (ii) the post-graduate faculty, and (iii) the Board of Studies in the respective disciplines. The Extension Council is responsible for extension programmes. The Research, Education and Extension activities of the Institute are managed by the Director and the Joint Directors through Scientific, Technical, Administrative and Supporting staff. The Director is overall Administrative Head of the Institute and its Regional Stations at Kalyani(West Bengal) and Bangalore. The Joint Directors in addition to extending support the Director in the area of Research, Academic and Administration are responsible to co-ordinate educational and research activities of various Divisions and Regional Stations, respectively. Each of the Regional Stations is administered through the Head located at the station. The Scientific and teaching work at the main station is conducted through 11 subject-matter Divisions namely Dairy Cattle Breeding, Dairy Cattle Nutrition, Dairy Cattle Physiology, Animal Biotechnology,Dairy Chemistry, Dairy Engineering, Dairy Microbiology, Dairy Technology, Animal Biochemistry, Dairy Economics, Statistics & Management and Dairy Extension.

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