Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth

Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth (VNMKV), formerly Marathwada Agricultural University (MAU), is an agricultural university at Parbhani in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was established on 18 May 1972, sitting on land donated by the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad-Mir Osman Ali Khan .[1] The objectives of the university are education in agriculture and allied sciences, research based on regional needs and facilitate technology transfer, etc. It is the only agricultural university in India where all the branches of Agricultural Sciences are taught. It is named after former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vasantrao Naik.

Funded and regulated by the ICAR, Government of India.

Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth
Type Public
Established 1972
Chancellor Governor of Maharashtra
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ashok S. Dhawan
Location Parbhani, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban+Rural
Former Name Marathwada Agricultural University
Affiliations ICAR, UGC, AIU, NAAC


The foundation of agricultural research in Parbhani was laid by the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad with the commencement of the Main Experimental Farm in 1918. Though during Nizam's rule agricultural education was available only at Hyderabad but crop research centers for sorghum, cotton, fruits existed in the region. After independence, the first college of Agriculture was established in Parbhani in 1956 by Hyderabad State government just before State reorganization. Lastly on 18 May 1972, university was established.[1]


As of 2014, the university has 12 constituent colleges and 32 affiliated colleges, with a total intake of 4175 students. constituent colleges have undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. courses, while affiliated colleges have only undergraduate studied. The university also has 9 constituent agriculture schools and 53 affiliated ones, with a total intake of 3270 students.[2]

Constituent colleges

The constituent colleges are:[2]

  1. College of Agriculture, Parbhani (established in 1956)
  2. College of Agriculture, Latur (established in 1987)
  3. College of Agriculture, Ambajogai (established in 2000)
  4. College of Agriculture, Badnapur, Dist. Jalna (established in 2000)
  5. College of Agriculture, Osmanabad (established in 2000)
  6. College of Agriculture, Golegaon
  7. College of Horticulture, Parbhani (established in 1984)
  8. College of Food Technology, Parbhani (established in 1976)
  9. Vilasrao Deshmukh College of Agricultural Biotechnology, Latur (established in 2006)
  10. College of Agril. Engineering, Parbhani (established in 1986)
  11. College of Home Science, Parbhani (established in 1976)
  12. College of Agricultural Business Management, Chakur (established in 2009)


  1. ^ a b "MAU". mkv. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Education". Maharashtra Agricultural University website.

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