ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute

Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) is a constituent Institute  established in 1963 in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the only research organization in the world dedicated to tropical tuber crops. 

The main purpose of the institute is research on tropical tuber crops. Each division of ICAR-CTCRI concentrates on separate aspects of tuber crops. Crop improvement division focuses on new varieties of tuber crops with higher yield and other attributes suitable for industrial applications as well as for food purpose. Crop production division is engaged in developing new agro techniques for tropical tuber crops in different agro climatic regions. 

Crop protection division develops strategies and products for managing pests and diseases affecting tropical tuber crops. Crop utilization division concentrates its activities on value addition and post harvest processing of tropical tuber crops. Section of Extension and social sciences is involved in transferring the technologies developed by ICAR-CTCRI to its clienteles.

ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute Education and Training

ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute is a recognized centre by the University of Kerala, Kannur University, MG University and MS University for undertaking Doctoral programme. Several scientists of ICAR-CTCRI have been recognized as Research Guides by these universities. Similarly, the Regional Centre at Bhubaneswar, Odisha is recognized by Utkal University for taking up Ph.D. programme.

ICAR-CTCRI also imparts 1-2 months hands-on training especially in the fields of bio-technology and microbiology to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students leading to submission of dissertation as a part of course curriculum.

In addition, the Institute offers training on specific areas for a few weeks to few months. For example, farmers, farm women, extension personnel and students are given 1-2 days training on tuber crops which are sponsored by various agencies. The members of the women self help groups (SHG) are given hands-on training for 2 days on the preparation of value added products from tuber crops.ICAR-CTCRI will offer training on various aspects of tuber crops for different clienteles on request basis.

ICAR-CTCRI is also a recognized centre for imparting training to students under RAWE programme of Kerala Agricultural University and to ARS probationers for Field Experience Training (FET) under FOCARS programme.

Telephone: ( 91)(471) 2598551
FAX: ( 91)(471) 2590063
E-mail: ctcritvm@yahoo.com

Telephone: ( 91)(674) 4705281
FAX: ( 91)(674) 470528
E-mail: rcctcri@dte.vsnl.net.in

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