With growing impetus given by the Indian Government for the agricultural sector, leading to what has been termed the Green revolution, many agricultural universities were established throughout the country. The then Mysore State Government through its Act No. 22 passed in 1963 provided for the creation of the University of Agricultural Sciences. The university came into existence on August 21, 1964 with operational jurisdiction over the entire state of Karnataka. It included the agricultural colleges at Hebbal and Dharwad, Veterinary College at Hebbal and 35 research stations located in different parts of the state along with 45 ICAR projects which were with the State Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries.
Later on the Marine Product Processing Training Centre (MPPTC) at Mangalore and Krishi Vignana Kendra, Hanumanamatti, Dharwad district were also transferred to the university.
The university established the Fisheries College at Mangalore in 1969 to provide degree level training and the Agricultural Engineering Institute at Raichur in the same year to offer a three year diploma course in Agricultural Engineering. The Home Science College was started to impart education on rural based home science at Dharwad campus in the year 1974, besides establishing a College of Basic Sciences and Humanities and College of Post Graduate Studies at Hebbal.
The phenomenal growth of the university, the differences in agroclimate in the parts of the state, led to the bifurcation of the university into two agricultural universities. An amendment to the University of Agricultural Sciences Act in 1986 saw the birth of the second university for agriculture in the state. The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore was entrusted territorial jurisdiction over 15 southern districts of Karnataka comprising nearly fifty percent of the total area of the state, while the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, was given jurisdiction over the remaining area in the northern districts of the state.
In 2005, with the needed to provide better autonomy to the veterinary education and research in the state, the Veterinary and Animal sciences faculty was bifurcated form both the Universities of Agricultural Sciences - Bangalore and Dharwad and placed under the single university - Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University with its headquarters in the northern district of Karnataka, Bidar by the passing of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University Bill, 2004 in the Legislative Assembly on February 10, 2004 (Deccan Herald).
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore currently has administrative head quarters at the Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra (GKVK) on the Bangalore-Hyderabad Highway.
It has the following campuses
The university had two-degree programmes covering broadly agriculture and veterinary disciplines. Over the years, attempts have been made to diversify agricultural education by starting specialized undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in various branches of agricultural sciences.
Presently the university offers nine-degree programmes covering Agriculture, Veterinary, Fisheries, Horticulture, Dairy Sciences, Agricultural Marketing and Co-operation, Forestry, Sericulture and Agriculture Engineering disciplines and Masters degree programmes in 47 disciplines and Ph.D. programmes in 34 disciplines.
The following Bachelors Degree are awarded: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc.(Ag.)) Bachelor of Science in Sericulture Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (B.Sc.(Hort.)) Bachelor in Technology in Dairy Technology (B.Tech.(D.T.)) Bachelor of Science in Forestry Bachelor of Science in Home Sciences
|Campus||College||Degree offered||Year of start|
|GKVK Campus, Bangalore||College of Agriculture||B.Sc(Agri)B.Sc(Ag. MaCo) B.Tech(Ag. Engg)||1965, 1976 ,1996 respectively|
|Mandya Campus||College of Agriculture||B.Sc(Agri)||1991|
|Shimoga Campus||College of Agriculture||B.Sc(Agri) 1990|
|Chintamani Campus||College of Sericulture||B.Sc(Seri)||1982|
|Mudigere Campus||College of Horticulture||B.Sc(Hort)||1972|
|Ponnampet||Campus College of Forestry||B.Sc(Forestry)||1985|