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National Dairy Research Institute is situated at Near Jewels Hotel, GT Rd, Karnal, Haryana 132001 in Karnal.

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B. (Dairy Technology)
  • 4 Years
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The National Dairy Research Institute as country's premier Dairy Research institution has developed considerable expertise over the last five decades in different areas of Dairy Production, Processing, Management and Human Resource Development. Information generated at the Institute and the services offered have contributed to the growth of Dairy Industry as a whole and well-being of millions of milk producers and consumers of milk and milk products. Realizing the challenging need of global Dairy Trade, the Institute is continuously working to develop its R&D and HRD programmes to better serve the nation in terms of food security, employment generation, poverty alleviation and economic prosperity. The National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal was originally started as Imperial Institute of Animal Husbandry and Dairying in 1923 at Bangalore. It was expanded and renamed as Imperial Dairy Institute in 1936 and was known as National Dairy Research Institute after independence in 1947.  Subsequently, in 1955, NDRI Headquarter was shifted to Karnal. Facilities at Bangalore were retained to function as a Regional Station to serve the Southern States. In 1964, Eastern Regional Station of the Institute was established at Kalyani in West Bengal. Both these Regional Stations continue to provide region specific R&D support for dairy development in these areas. In 1970, NDRI was brought under the wings of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to provide greater operational autonomy to the Institute in research management functions. In 1989, status of Deemed University was conferred to the Institute for further strengthening the academic programmes for human resource development. The National Dairy Research Institute as the premier Dairy Research Institution undertakes research, teaching and extension activities towards dairy development in the country. Being the National Institute, it conducts basic and applied research with the objective to enhance animal productivity and also to develop cost effective technologies for the benefit of the teeming millions. Further, the Institute provides high quality manpower to meet the human resource requirements for the overall dairy development in the country. The Institute also undertakes extension programmes for transferring the know-how from the laboratory to the farmers’ fields.

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  • NDRI Bags Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award - 2014
  • NDRI Bags Agriculture Leadership Award - 2013
  • NDRI Bags Education Leadership Award
  • Characterization and Differentiation of Embryonic and Spermatogonial Stem Cells in Cattle and Buffaloes Award
  • Second Rajshree Tandon Award-2011

National Dairy Research Institute Placements

NDRI has been the main source of trained manpower for India’s expanding dairy industry. Over the decades, NDRI alumni have contributed immensely to the dairy development in the country, right from production through processing to marketing. The Industry has been offering jobs with diverse profiles to students of NDRI, Karnal. The college have reason to believe that students, by their intensive and all-inclusive training and flexible, adaptable and innovative personality have been well accepted in the job profiles that were placed before them. Major recruiters in the past years have been GCMMF, GEA, GSK, IDMC, ITC, Modern Dairies Ltd., NDDB Dairy Services, Nestle India, SRIJAN India, Tetra Pak India, Britannia India etc. The college take this opportunity to thank all the recruiters and hope that this association between them and NDRI will continue in the future. The B.Tech (Dairy Technology) students undergo an intensive 4-year curriculum comprising of 3 years of course work – both theory and practical - and one full year of in-plant training. They are also encouraged to get hands-on experience in the dairy and food industry through Summer Projects taken up with reputed organizations. The current (2015) batch of 28 students are undergoing in-plant training at various dairy plants across the country. This website will furnish information about the 2016 batch of B.Tech students in August-September 2015. The college also have a group of post graduate students pursuing M.Tech/M.Sc/M.V.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in fourteen different disciplines. The post-graduate training of the Institute has proved extremely beneficial for the R&D, quality assurance and management programmes of the dairy, food and feed industry as well as in other institutions such as banks and non-governmental organizations. The college would consider it a privilege to invite the esteemed organization to visit the campus for the final placement of the students. Please feel free to contact the college for any additional information that any person may require. The college look forward to the feedback in terms of the specific requirements and also the time frame so that the college can facilitate the recruitment process well in time.


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National Dairy Research Institute

The  sprawling 560 ha campus of the Institute is self sufficient in housing laboratories, offices, hostels, hospital, residential complexes, auditorium etc. Various laboratories of the Institute are equipped with the state-of-the-art analytical instruments for carrying out research in most advanced areas of Molecular Biology, Cell Culture, Fermentation Technology, Protein Chemistry, Nutritional Studies, Food Technology, Microbiology, Micro Element Analysis, etc.

The Institute possesses an elite herd of over 1600 dairy animals including cattle, buffaloes and goats which caters to breed improvement projects and other research activities. The highest peak yields of 44 and 46.5 kg have been recorded in Karan-Swiss and Karan-Fries cows, respectively. Through consistent selection, the indigenous cattle breeds, Sahiwal and Tharparkar, have been improved and the highest peak yields of 23 and 19.5 kg milk per day have been obtained in these two breeds, respectively. In Murrah buffaloes, the breed that is known to be the best in the world, the peak milk yield of 22.5 kg in a day has been achieved. A modern Milking Parlor System and Shelter Management System set up recently at the Livestock Farm serve as demonstration models for the progressive farmers and provide infrastructure for conducting research on various aspects of milk production system, reproduction behaviour, growth profile and nutritional requirements for elite milch breeds.

 Experimental Dairy Plant with facilities to process milk into a variety of products provides necessary infrastructure for experimentation on new product/process development and meeting the training needs of students in pilot-scale dairy plant operations. The Model Dairy Plant with the most modern equipment and process automation, and a processing capacity of 60,000 liters of milk per day has been established with the collaboration of NDDB to provide hands-on training facilities to the B. Tech. students of NDRI Deemed University and

for scientists to carry out scaling up of operations for products and processes developed in the research laboratories. The Plant has acquired ISO 9002 and HACCP Certifications.

NDRI has in its fold a National Library for Dairying, which has over 90,000 documents on Dairying and allied disciplines. The library subscribes to 250 Indian and foreign journals and caters to the needs of the scholars of NDRI and the sister institutions within the country. It is adequately equipped with facilities like Internet, Documentation, Reference, Current Awareness Services, CD-ROM, Photocopying, Literature & Documentation Scanning services.

The Computer Centre tagged with Agricultural Research Information System (ARIS) and Biotechnology Information System (BTIS) is engaged in multifarious academic and service providing activities like monitoring management information, maintaining databases, software development, data analysis, graphic applications and Bioinformatics for the benefit of staff and students through the establishment of Local Area Network (LAN).

A new state-of- the-art research facility with 60,000 square feet of laboratory space has been created recently to give further fillip to research in Animal Biotechnology at NDRI. The Institute has recently taken up steps to start new activities like establishment of Technology Business Incubator (TBI) facility at NDRI to promote entrepreneurship and wider application of technologies developed here and efforts are being made to establish a National Referral Laboratory for analysis of milk, milk products, feed and fodder.


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