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Agro Economic Research Centre, University of Madras: A Profile (1954-2019)


The Union Government has established Agro Economic Research Centres (AERCs) throughout the country with a view to provide them with a constant flow of data on various aspects of Agriculture and Rural life. Initially, four centres were started each in New Delhi, Santiniketan, Pune and Chennai. At present there are 15 Centres in the Country.

AERC Chennai was started on 15th April 1954 for the purpose of carrying out a comprehensive and continues study of agricultural economic problems in the States of Tamil Nadu. Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Later Karnataka state was attached to a Centre at Bangalore and Andhra Pradesh to a Centre located Andhra University, Waltair. Currently, the Chennai Centre covers the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry and Lakshadweep.

An MOU was signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and the University of Madras and it came into force with effect from 1st April 1995.

Profile: AERC has been made as a permanent Department of the University in the year 1985 and approved by the syndicate meeting held on 20th April 1987 to the statues in chapter VIII vol. 1 of the University Calendar. The Senate at its meeting held on 22-10-1988 approved the same in accordance with section 30(3) given his assent to the addition to the statutes on 08-05-1989.

Funding: The entire funding of the Centre is being met by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. The Centre is functioning under the guidance of the Directorate of Economics and Statistics. Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and acting as the Co- ordinating body of the other Regional Research Centres located at different parts of the Centre.

Activities The activities of the centre during past 68 years can be grouped into broad               categories viz.

(a) Continuous study on changes in the rural Economy and problems of the rural sector.

(b) Evaluation of the Centrally Sponsored Agricultural Development Schemes implementedi n the jurisdiction States.

(c) Besides these, the Center had conducted Farm Management Studies in Salem and Coimbatore Districts during 1954-1955 to 1956-1957 and in Thanjavur District during 1967-1968 to 1969- 1970.

Academic Output: The Centre has accomplished the following during the last six and a half decades:

1. Has completed 170 Research studies

2 .Has completed 62 Village Surveys

3. Has completed 10 Resurveys

4. Completed 18 Research studies during the last  five years

5. 10  Agro Economic Alerts have been submitted  to Prime Minister’s Office

6. 4  Agro Economic Policy Briefs have been  submitted to Prime Minister’s Office

7. Several books have been published and  innumerable articles have been published in                reputed journals