About Allahabad Agricultural University
The Agricultural Institute was established under the leadership of Dr. Sam Higginbottom, in 1910, as an ecumenical Institution of the Christian Churches and Church organizations in India. In order to obtain more academic freedom and to strengthen the specialized programmes of Teaching, Research and Extension a proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India by the Director, Dr. Rajendra B. Lal on the 31st of August 1994, that the Institute be granted the status of a Deemed University. In 1997 a team of experts from ICAR and UGC visited the Institute and gave their recommendation that the Institute be declared as a Deemed University, as it had all the potentials of a University. On the 15th of March 2000, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Honable Minister of HRD, Govt. of India, gave his approval to the recommendations of the UGC.
The Allahabad Agricultural Institute- Deemed University is a united endeavour of the Christian community in India, for promoting rural life and development in conformity with the Christian vision in relation with the human kind and the creation. The University is held in Trust as a common ecumenical heritage by the Christian Churches and Christian Organizations of the country. It seeks to be a national center of professional excellence in education and service to the people with the participation of its students and faculty members from all over India.
The University upholds and strives to achieve the following:
a) Responsible stewardship of the environment and its resources.
b) Sustainable development.
c) Linkage of Learning and Research to the needs and life of the people.
d) Justice to the minorities, and other weaker sections of the society, especially to women and the rural poor.
e) Holistic formation of the human person in, with and through the community for leadership instilled by Christian values.
f) National Unity and communal harmony.
g) International fellowship and co-operation in the educational and development ministry in the service of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.