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 headquarters 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, 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.
In 1990, with the birth of "Pratham", the first IVF buffalo calf of the world, NDRI reached a significant milestone.
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.
Doctorate/Ph.D Programme The Institute offers Ph.D. programmes in twelve disciplines. The programme consists of course work for two semesters followed by research work for the thesis. The course work is offered at karnal campus whereas the scholars can be allotted to different laboratories/guides located at ERS Kalyani and SRS, Bangaluru for the thesis work. All Ph.D. scholars are supported by the Institute through award of Institute Fellowship.
List of Disciplines 1. Dairy Microbiology 2. Dairy Chemistry 3. Dairy Technology 4. Dairy Engineering 5. Animal Biochemistry 6. Animal Biotechnology 7. Animal Genetics & Breeding 8. Livestock Production & Management 9. Animal Nutrition 10. Animal Physiology 11. Agricultural Economics/ Livestock Economics/ Dairy Economics 12. Dairy Extension Education 13. Agronomy (Forage Production)
The institute offers Master in dairying for graduates in pure sciences and for graduates with professional degrees.
Master's programme in following 12 disciplines is offered at Karnal. 1. Dairy Microbiology 2. Dairy Chemistry 3. Dairy Technology 4. Dairy Engineering 5. Animal Biochemistry 6. Animal Biotechnology 7. Animal Genetics & Breeding 8. Livestock Production & Management 9. Animal Nutrition 10. Animal Physiology 11. Agricultural Economics/ Livestock Economics/ Dairy Economics 12. Dairy Extension Education 13. Agronomy (Forage Production)
B-Tech (Dairy Technology)
This highly sought after four year degree (8 semester) programme offers intensive training in processing and quality control of milk and dairy products and engineering aspects of dairy processing equipments.