- WHAT IS IT: Center for excellence in dairying in India, offers B.Tech programs in Dairy Technology, MSc programs in verious fields of dairying and also Phd. programs.
- PROGRAMS: B.Tech (Dairy Technology), MSc. in animal biochemistry, animal biotechnology, animal nutrition, animal physiology, animal breeding, dairy chemistry, dairy engineering, dairy microbiology, dairy technology, dairy extension, dairy economics, and livestock production and management.
- ADMISSIONS: Through the ICAR-conducted All India Entrance Exams and interviews for the B.Tech & Masters program.
- PROGRAM COST: Education at NDRI is subsidised. The annual BTech fee is about Rs 5,000. Hostel fees are extra.
- ACCOMMODATION: On campus. There are hostels for boys and girls.
- PLACEMENTS: In MNC’s like NESTLE, GSK, Alfa Laval and indian companies like AMUL and other milk federations.
- LOCATION: Karnal, Haryana, 125 KM on GT Road, North of Delhi. Between Delhi & Chandigarh.
- ADDRESS: NDRI, Karnal,Haryana 132001. Phone: (0184) 2252800, 2259002.
Its a sprawling 560-hectare campus in hinterland Haryana where you’ll see students of engineering and technology rear cattle, feed and milk them, and learn the science of transforming milk into ice-cream. And when they’re not in their classrooms, the boys and girls at this educational institute might be found manipulating cattle embryos, operating milk-processing machinery, or engaging in study sessions in cattle yards.
NDRI, which is a center for excellence in Dairying in India is a premier institute. It comes under the ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research. The college offers prestigious B.Tech (Dairy Technology ) program every year.
For students keen on pursuing careers in dairy science and technology, the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) in Karnal offers an undergraduate as well as several postgraduate programmes. NDRI, one of four deemed universities under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), trains students in the myriad fields that cover livestock science and dairy management. In recent years, NDRI officials say, the four-year BTech in dairy technology has emerged a top choice among students who apply for the 30-50 seats in this programme. NDRI began operations in Bangalore in 1923 as the Imperial Institute of Animal Husbandry and Dairying and was later renamed the Imperial Dairy Institute. It moved to Karnal, the site of the central cattle breeding farm in 1955, launching research projects and offering education and training programmes.
NDRI also offers MSc programmes in 12 disciplines, animal biochemistry, animal biotechnology, animal nutrition, animal physiology, animal breeding, dairy chemistry, dairy engineering, dairy microbiology, dairy technology, dairy extension, dairy economics, and livestock production and management. Each discipline admits five to six students making up an annual intake of about 70 students at the MSc level. Postgraduate students at NDRI get paid to study. Each MSc student gets Rs 5,000 a month, while a PhD scholar takes home an educational stipend of Rs 7,000. Doctoral students also receive Rs 30,000 as contingency grants. But these continue only as long as the students maintain high performance standards,says Rameshwar Singh, NDRI registrar. The institute attracts students from across India. We’ve
got students from the central agricultural university in Imphal pursuing PhDs here, says Singh. While boys have traditionally dominated the student population at NDRI the boys-to-girls ratio being about 3:1 the number of girls applying each year is steadily rising, particularly in biochemistry, biotechnology and microbiology. NDRI alumni have standard career options in the milk and food processing industry, but officials say students may also continue in academics or research in institutes of higher education in India or abroad. Faculty members at NDRI say some students also pursue higher studies within India either at agricultural universities or other institutions. The National Dairy Development Board is another major employer of NDRI graduates. Some students also join banks as agricultural officers who can look after rural finance. India is today the world?s largest milk producer, but quality and processing practices need to improve. There is a need to find better ways of managing livestock and dairy animals, says Dr Nagendra Sharma, NDRI director. Our students are contributing to that process.