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Top Agriculture Colleges & Universities in Kerala

Kerala, a state known for its network of emerald-colored rivers, streams, and backwaters, is proud of its agrarian economy as well. Agriculture predominates in the state's economy because of the amount of water the state receives. In this article, we have discussed the top agriculture colleges and universities for young aspirants.

Sonali Behera
Agriculture Colleges & Universities in Kerala
Agriculture Colleges & Universities in Kerala

Agriculture is a significant source of income in Kerala. 13 percent of the state's GDP is contributed by the agricultural sector. Kerala is the world's top producer of paddy, coffee, arecanut, coconuts, and sugarcane. The state also offers ample opportunities for students to pursue a career in agriculture.

Different institutions in the state provide various graduate and postgraduate level courses in the agriculture stream. The courses assist candidates in learning about innovative farming methods, cutting-edge agricultural equipment, and superior seeds or fertilizers. Professionals that can assist farmers in producing better crops are in high demand.

Numerous institutions in Kerala are providing a range of Agriculture courses to meet this growing demand for candidates with an interest in this field. Some of the popular Agriculture colleges in Kerala are listed below:

Top Agriculture Colleges in Kerala

Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur

In 1971, the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) was founded. It offers bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. programs in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry. CEE, a common entrance exam, is used to determine admission to undergraduate programs. Written exams and interviews will determine admission to postgraduate programs.

Every year, Kerala Agricultural University releases its cut-off and merit list for a variety of courses to be eligible for admission to UG and PG programs. The Kerala Agricultural University has about 8 departments and colleges, and the cut-off will be decided depending on the available seats and the reservation categories.



B.Sc. (Hons.)

Specializations: Agriculture, cooperation and Banking, Forestry, and Co-operation, Banking & Management
Duration: 4 years
Eligibility: 10+2 with 50% in PCM/B
Selection Criteria: Entrance-Based (CEE by KEAM)

B. Tech

Specializations: Agricultural Engineering and Food Engineering
Duration: 4 years
Eligibility: 10+2 with 50% in PCM/B
Selection Criteria: Entrance-Based (CEE by KEAM)


Specializations: Agricultural, Co-operation and Banking, and Forestry
Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: Bachelor’s/ B.Sc. (Ag.)/ B.Sc. (Hort.) degree in the respective subject recognized by KAU.
Selection Criteria: Merit Based


Specializations: Agribusiness Management
Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline with 60% aggregate
Selection Criteria: Entrance Based


Specializations: Agricultural Processing & Food Engineering, Farm Power & Machinery, Soil, and Water Conservation
Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree with CGPA of 6.0/10 for the general category and 5.5/ 10 for the SC/ ST category
Selection Criteria: Entrance-Based (GATE)


Specializations: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Entomology, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Microbiology, Agricultural Statistics, Agronomy, Floriculture & Landscaping, Fruit Science, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Plantation Crops & Spices, Pomology & Floriculture, Post-Harvest Technology, Rural Marketing Management, Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry, Vegetable Science, Community Science, Forest Biology and Tree Improvement, Forest Products and Utilisation, Natural Resource Management, Silviculture and Agroforestry, Wildlife Sciences, Agricultural Processing & Food Engineering, Farm Power & Machinery, Soil, and Water Conservation Engineering

Colleges under KAU are:

  • College of Agriculture, Vellayani

  • College of Agriculture, Vellanikkara

  • College of Agriculture, Padannakkad

  • College of Forestry, Vellanikkara

  • College of Co-operation, Banking & Management, Vellanikkara

  • Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Tavanur

  • College of Climate Change and Environmental Science, Vellanikkara

  • Institute of Agriculture Technology & RARS, Pattambi

  • College of Agriculture, Wayanad

Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University 

The KVASU was established on June 14th, 2010, in accordance with Kerala Government Ordinance 44/2010 and later Act 3/2011. Therefore, the University is the result of many people's consistent efforts to pursue their dreams over a long period, beginning in the middle of the 1990s. The formation came about as a consequence of the realization that there was a need to promote operations in the animal production sector and to open up more chances for academic study, practical research, and entrepreneurship in the areas of animal health, production, and related topics.

The University is a publicly sponsored institution with its main campus at Pookode, Wayanad. The Management Council and the Board of Management are the university's governing bodies.

Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology

There is just one engineering agricultural college in Kerala, and that is the Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology. The institution bears Sri. K. Kelappan's name, sometimes known as "Kerala Gandhi," was a seasoned independence warrior and well-known social reformer. The college is associated with Kerala Agricultural University's Faculty of Agricultural Engineering. In 1985, B-Tech and M-Tech programs in Agricultural Engineering were launched, and in 2011, a B-Tech program in Food Engineering did the same.

Course and Department:

  1. Tech. And M. Tech Programmes in agricultural engineering are offered from the inception of the College in 1985.


  • Land and Water Resources Conservation Engineering.

  • Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.

  • Farm Power, Machinery and Energy.

  • Post-Harvest Technology and Agricultural Processing.


  • Tech. Agricultural Engineering

  • Tech. Farm Power, Machinery and Energy

  • Tech. Land and Water Resources Conservation Engineering

  • Tech. Post-Harvest Technology and Agricultural Processing

  • Tech. Food Engineering

College of Agriculture, Padannakad

The Kerala Agricultural University's Faculty of Agriculture established the College of Agriculture, Padannakad, as its third agricultural college in 1994. Currently, the institution solely provides a B.Sc. in Agriculture degree program (Ag). Already, five batches of students have been accepted. In May 1999, the first group of B.Scs. (Ag) students completed the program. The college is situated on the side of National Highway - NH 17 in Kasaragod District, 9 km south of Kanhangad town and 1 km north of Nileshwar town. Road and rail connections to Padannakad are excellent. Nileshwar Railway Station is the closest.

College of Forestry at Vellanikkara

With the founding of the College of Forestry at Vellanikkara in 1986, Kerala Agricultural University began offering forestry courses. At the moment, the College is housed inside the Faculty of Agriculture and is led by the Associate Dean.

Courses Offered

  • B. Sc. (Forestry) Programme-The College offers a four-year degree programme in Forestry. The primary emphasis of this programme is to impart theoretical and practical knowledge in all the areas of forestry. The course is offered under the course-credit system over eight semesters, the final semester being entirely set apart for off-campus training programmes.

  • M. Sc. (Forestry) programme– M.Sc. (Forestry) is a two-year programme (4 semesters) with opportunities for specialization in three disciplines of forestry viz., Silviculture and Agroforestry, Tree Physiology and Breeding and Wildlife Science.

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