Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth

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Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth
महात्मा फुले कृषी विद्यापीठ
Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth main entrance.jpg
Main Entrance on Nagar Manmad Road
Motto Sanskrit: अन्नं बहु कुर्वीत तद् व्रतम्
Motto in English
"We vow to produce abundant food"
Type Public
Established 29 March 1968[1]
Chancellor C. Vidyasagar Rao
Vice-Chancellor Dr. K.P. Vishwanath
Location Rahuri, Maharashtra, India
Campus Rural
Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU

The Maharashtra Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri was established on March 29, 1968 and subsequently named as Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV) (Marathi:महात्मा फुले कृषी विद्यापीठ) after a great social reformer Mahatma Phule. It became functional from October, 1969 at Rahuri, District Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India. The Campus is situated 160 km from Pune on Pune-Delhi highway in Ahmednagar district. Forty kilometer in the South is Ahmednagar city and 50 km in the North is Shirdi, famous for the saint Saibaba. Newasa, land of saint Dnyaneshwar is 33 km from Rahuri. The campus is 10 km from Rahuri Railway Station and 110 km from Manmad railway junction. Ahmednagar is a historical place and was a capital of the Nizam rulers. It is famous for co-operative sugar and dairy industries. The annual average maximum and minimum temperature ranges between 30 and 40 °C and 10 to 20 °C. respectively.

Main Administrative Building of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth

The basic mandate assigned to this University are advancement in teaching, research and imparting extension education to the farmers of the State. There are four Agricultural Universities in the State, catering the similar services in their locality. The jurisdiction of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri extends over Western Maharashtra covering ten districts.

Statue of Mahatma Phule at the entrance

The University has two faculties namely Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering. The under-graduate and post-graduate programmes are offered in both faculties. The University also deals with lower agricultural education through Agricultural Schools, Mali Training Centre and Training's for Livestock Supervisors.

The University has a very good network of research stations spread over different agro-climatic zones. In all 23 research stations, 4 State level specialists and 16 research testing/verification centers are located in different agro-climatic zones in addition to 4 Zonal research stations.

Of the threefold functions, it is mandatory on the part of the University to transfer the technology from the research centers to the ultimate users through extension education programme.

Colleges : Three constituent Agriculture Colleges at Pune, Dhule and Kolhapur; 1 Horticulture College at Pune and 1 Agricultural Engineering College at Rahuri. 40 affiliated Colleges in the jurisdiction of MPKV. A new constituent Agriculture College is sanctioned by the Govt. of Maharashtra for Nandurbar district.

MPKV offers Post Graduate education at Central Campus, Rahuri and College of Agriculture, Pune, Kolhapur and Dhule; Ph.D. programme at Rahuri; M. Tech. (Agril. Engg.) at Rahuri with high quality faculty and modern laboratories. Special infrastructure facilities for international students.

Faculty of Lower Agricultural Education offers Diploma courses in Agriculture through 9 constituent and 85 affiliated Agricultural Schools under MPKV.


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Coordinates: 19°20′57″N 74°38′46″E / 19.349104°N 74.646106°E / 19.349104; 74.646106