Punjab Agricultural University was established in 1962 to serve the state of erstwhile Punjab. On trifurcation of Punjab in November 1966, Haryana Agricultural University was carved out of PAU by an Act of Parliament in February 1970. Later, in July 1970, Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya was established.
In 2006 the College of Veterinary Science was upgraded to become Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) at Ludhiana.
The PAU has played a key role in increasing food grain production in the Punjab State several folds, ushering in an era of Green Revolution in India. It has also made notable contributions in increasing livestock and poultry production. In recognition of its outstanding achievements in agricultural research, education and extension, it was adjudged the Best Agricultural University in India in 1995.
The Punjab Agricultural University now has four constituent colleges: College of Agriculture, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, College of Home Science and College of Basic Sciences & Humanities.
In 1960's Dr M M Kashyap( faculty Agricultural and Engg Deptt),Bondurant and Dr Feryll( ex student of Dr Verghese Kurien (AMUL) visited AMUL factory in Gujarat as a research team under the head ship of Dr Bheemsen Shivdayal Pathak ( ex- Director Sardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute). A Pasteurisation System at research centre of PAU was then setup under the guidance of Dr M M Kashyap .
PAU, through 28 departments in the four constituent colleges, offers 31 Master's and 30 Ph.D. programmes. The course curricula are constantly revised and restructured to keep pace with the latest developments in agriculture and allied fields.
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