The 50th Foundation Day and launching of Golden Jubilee year of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University were held on Tuesday virtually.
M.R.K. Panneerselvam, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Pro-Chancellor of TNAU participated as chief guest and launched the Golden Jubilee year celebrations.
The Minister in his Foundation day address emphasized the importance of TNAU in the agriculture sector of the country. He applauded the TNAU graduates who are in different positions in both the private and public sectors, serving the public and especially the farming communities.
He insisted the TNAU scientists to continue their research in frontier areas that would suit the farmer-oriented technologies in various crops in order to help them get higher yield and monetary benefits.
Earlier, A.S. Krishnamoorthy, Registrar, TNAU, informed that this University started as a School as early as 1868 at Saidapet, Madras and moved to Coimbatore during 1906 and later transformed as a State Agricultural University on 01.06.1971.
N.Kumar, Vice-chancellor in his address conveyed that 26,101 Under Graduate, 10897 Master’s and 3324 Doctoral Graduates have gone out of TNAU with flying colors and have been serving the country and the world in various spheres. The University has released 581 crop varieties and 57 agricultural implements and machineries and perfected more than 1500 crop production technologies since the formation of University.
Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi appreciated the TNAU’s achievements in setting an example to all other agricultural institutions of the country.
C.Samayamoorthy, IAS, Agricultural Production Commissioner & Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu in his address, lauded the University contribution to surpass the state food grain production to 100 lakh tonnes from 50 lakh tons during 1971