In the mid-1960s, Maharashtra government decided to establish Agricultural Universities. One such location was at Akola in Vidarbha, where there was already a functioning Agriculture college since 1905. However, leaders from Western Maharashtra prevailed on the Maharashtra government to shift it Rahuri in Western Maharashtra. As a result, Government of Maharashtra shifted the State Agril. University to Rahuri in Western Maharashtra by end of 1966. This led to an inprecedented student protest in Akola, and provoked an angry response from citizens of Vidarbha, who viewed it as one more act of discrimination against them. It may be remembered that on November 1, 1956, a part of Madhya Pradesh consisting of 8 districts of Vidarbha had been merged against the local people's wishes and the recommendations of the States Reorganisation Commission into the erstwhile State of Bombay, which was later transformed in the State of Maharashtra on May 1, 1960. The people of Vidarbha resented this merger, and saw the shifting of the Agriculture Iniversity from Akola to Rahuri as an act of deliberate discrimination and favouritism. On 17 August 1967 in Akola, thousands of people demonstrated against this government's decision finally resulting in of the massive violent agitation of the Students in which 9 students were shot dead by the police. The agitation ended after the government of Maharashtra relented not to shift the Agricultural University to Rahuri. The agitation also marks the beginning of Jambuvantrao Dhote's period in Vidarbha's statehood struggle. Finally the Agricultural University at Akola was started on 20 October 1969. It was named after the illustrious son of Vidarbha Dr. Panjabrao (alias Bhausaheb) Deshmukh, who was the Minister for Agriculture, Government of India, as Panjabrao Krishi Vidyapeeth. It was renamed as Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth from 15 November 1995. College of Agriculture, Nagpur located in heartland of the city is one of the 5 oldest Agriculture colleges that started in 1905.
PDKV grants Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Engineering & Technology. Admission to all the degree, Post Graduate and Doctorate degree programmes are made through MCAER, Pune. New College of Agriculture has been opened at Gadchiroli, a tribal district. There are also five agriculture schools for lower education located at Buldana, Hiwara, Mul-Maroda, Nimbi, Sawangi and Warud. recently under the grant of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krushi Vidhyapeeth running new college Vasantrao Naik College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, at Yavatmal. Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University has several departments with its intent to provide the best current knowledge needed by farmers. The university is always trying to provide highly reputed education, research and extension with the departments.
• Plant Pathology • Agriculture Entomology • Agriculture Botany (Genetics and plant Breeding, Crops Physiology, Seeds Technology, Agriculture Biotechnology) • Soil Science • Agriculture Economics and statistic • Extension Education • Agronomy • Animal husbandry and Dairy science
The University has over a total 3425 hectares of cultivable land under its possession for conducting various research, field trials in addition to seed multiplication programme. This university covers the need of a wide range of climatic zones varying from Wet Humid Rice zone of East gradually ending with Arid Cotton and Millet Zone of west. Similarly its Northern districts form southern limit for wheat cultivation in India. In the past this university has made significant contribution to research work especially in cotton (PKV-2 cotton hybrid), sorghum (kharif hybrids), pulses (TAU- series of Black gram), oilseed (TAG-24 Groundnut variety; few linseed varieties), watershed management, dryland management, Mandarin orange cultivation.
The following is the list of articles by scholars from Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth that are published in OMICS International journals.
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.
The following is the list of scholars from Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences