The Madras Agricultural Students Union (MASU) started in the year 1911 was registered as a Society during 1923 (Registration No.1/1923 -24). The
first President of MASU was Mr. Cecil Wood, the first Vice-President was Mr. De Silva and the first Secretary and Editor MAJ was Mr.Ramaswamy Sivan.
Several distinguished agriculture research scientists from Southern India, including Dr.M.S.Swaminathan, have served as members and officials in MASU.
The Society has been functioning without a break from its inception. Presently (2011), MASU has 603 life and annual members from various parts of the country
besides 4500 student members.
MASU has been publishing a reputed journal, “The Madras Agricultural Journal” (MAJ) since 1913 and it is one of the longest serving journals in India
for the students and research community in agriculture and allied sectors. The 98th Volume of MAJ (2011) has been published and journals from 1995 to 2011
are also accessible vide in our website (http://masutnau.in/). The journal is subscribed by many National Institutes/Organizations and is abstracted in
Common wealth Abstracts (CAB), Chemical Abstracts, Current Contents (Internationally reputed abstracting journal) and major annual reviews of scientific
publications for the past five decades. Presently, the MAJ has joined the “Directory of Open Access Journal”, Lund, Germany. Besides, research articles in MAJ
are widely cited in research studies.
Annually MASU selects best teachers, researchers and extension experts in agriculture and recognizes their scholarship through distinguished awards
and medals, some of them established as early as 1913. MASU conducts competitions, “ENTHUSIA” among graduate and post graduate scholars on essay
writing and elocution in key areas of agricultural development and awards prizes.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) is one of the national leaders in agriculture research and human resource
development .The Institution originated as Agriculture School at Saidapet in 1876, and was later shifted to Coimbatore
in 1905. The Institute was upgraded into Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in 1971. Today there are 11 colleges in 7
campuses, 36 research stations, 14 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and 5 Plant Clinic Centres . The University also provides
affiliation to 5 Agricultural Colleges which offer B.Sc (Ag) course and 5 Agricultural Institutes which offer Diploma in
Agriculture. TNAU is serving the country through six avenues: education, research, extension, open and distance
learning and agribusiness development programmes and agricultural policy support.
TNAU offers 13 UG degree progarmmes in six disciplines: agriculture, horticulture, forestry, sericulture, agricultural
engineering, and home science. PG education is imparted in 30 disciplines for MSc (Ag) programme and 27 disciplines
for Ph.D programme. One UG Dual degree programme with Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Canada and two PG Dual
degree programmes with Cornell University are also offered. The University is an ICAR accredited institution. TNAU is
the pioneer in implementing ‘technology enhanced learning’ by hosting open courseware materials in TNAU website,
e- class rooms, video streaming, online examinations and evaluations, wi-fi connections in hostels and exam halls
and video conferencing. TNAU has adopted ICT tools (Information & Communication Technology) for teaching.
Starting from the year 2003, about 797 open course ware materials have been uploaded in the website.
TNAU is also offering many correspondence courses through the Directorate of Open & Distance Learning. At present, 21 certificate courses
9 certificate courses in English, 3 PG diploma and 3 PG courses are being offered. A new degree programme in tamil medium, “Bachelor of Farm
Technology” was started in 2010 exclusively for the farmers, as first of its kind in India. TNAU has 36 research stations spread over the State. The
University has released, 753 crop varieties, 149 farm implements and several crop management technologies for the benefit of farming community.
Landmark rice varieties such as CO 2, GEB 24, TKM 6 and ADT 27 are still being used as a parent in rice improvement programmes across the world.
TNAU has 14 Krishi Vigyan Kendras in various parts of the State. The University established the “Agri Portal’ with 3 lakh pages of information on
various agro-technologies. TNAU forecasts the market price of various agricultural commodities and disseminates them through internet, mobile
phones and newspapers and magazines. Tami Nadu Agricultural University has won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award 2010 given
by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.