Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) is an agrotechnology provider of India and its graduates are recognized throughout the world. The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University had its genesis from establishment of an agricultural school at Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, as early as 1868 which was later relocated at Coimbatore during 1906.
The university offers thirteen undergraduate degree programs, forty graduate degree programs and twenty-six doctoral programs in 15 colleges distributed in 11 campuses all over Tamil Nadu. TNAU has 36 research centers for agrotechnology development and 14 Farm Science Centers for outreach.
In 1920 it was affiliated to Madras University. TNAU assumed full responsibilities of Agricultural Education and Research and supported the State Agricultural Department by delivering research products. Till 1946, the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore, was the only Institute for Agricultural Education for the whole of South India. In 1958, it was recognized as a post-graduate centre leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. The Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai was established in 1965. These two colleges formed the nucleus of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University while it was established in 1971.