Overview

Agriculture College in Odisha, an imaginative, innovative, unconventional and ground-breaking concept in itself, was the dream of legendary visionaries in early '50's, when India was striving hard to stride forward impressively. The idealistic, quixotic and utopian leader late Mr. Biju Pattnaik spear-headed the drive for establishment of the said Agriculture College which finally reached culmination on 2nd May, 1954 with laying of foundation stone for Utkal Krushi Mahavidyalaya, now the College of Agriculture at Bhubaneswar, by Mr. Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, the then Union Minister for Food and Agriculture, Government of India. Time has its ripples, the crests and and troughs, yet, it never stagnates. Initially, the institution started as a minuscule undergraduate college in a primary school building at Unit-1, Bhubaneswar with an intake capacity of 32 students taught under only seven U.G Departments. In due course of time, number of the U.G Departments has swollen steadily to a present status of 16, where as the students in roll as the first entry has fluctuated time and again as per the human resource requirement of the state departments of Agriculture, Horticulture and Soil Conservation and allied public and private sectors. At present, the College has an intake capacity of 192 at U.G level, 150 at P.G level and 46 at Ph.D. level. All the departments are offering P.G programme where as Ph.D. course programme is offered in 14 Departments. Till the year 2011-12, the college has produced 6515 graduates 3093 postgraduates and 188 Ph.D.s, serving the human kind in general and the farm community in particular in assorted, diverse and multifarious capacities. It is worthy to mention that the alumni of this College can be traced at any nook and corner of the country as officers in agriculture and allied sector institutions, agri-based national and multinational companies, Nationalised banks and Indian Civil Services. Besides, exhibiting outstanding excellence in curricular programmes, this college has produced exponents in the field of games, sports, literature and culture.