The Institute started as Imperial Institute of Animal Husbandry and Dairying in 1923 at Bangalore is currently located at Karnal since 1955 as National Dairy Research Institute and has two regional stations viz. Southern Regional Station at Bangalore and Eastern Regional Station Station at Kalyani to serve the cause of dairying in the southern and eastern states respectively. The University Grants Commission conferred the Institute with Deemed University status in March 1989.The Director and the Joint Directors (Research & Academic) through scientific, technical, administrative and supporting staff manage the Research, Education and Extension activites of the Institute. The Institute presently has strength of 176 scientific, 365 technical, 172 administrative/ ministerial and 788 supporting staff.
- Conducting research in the areas of Dairy Production, Processing and Marketing
- Demand driven ‘Human Resource Development’ to meet the requirements of Dairy Industry & R&D Institutions.
- Dissemination of innovative dairy production and processing technologies for socio-economic transformations.
Major Research Achievements
- Two strains of cattle, namely Karan Swiss and Karan Fries developed by crossbreeding, followed by selection.
- Cytogenetic profiles of various breeds of cattle, buffaloes and goats elucidated .
- Development of Hansa test for detection of adulteration of cow milk with buffalo milk.
- Development of ‘Degcure’ for curing Degnala disease.
- Urea molasses block lick development for use as a good source of nitrogen and minerals to cattle during scarcity period.
- Protocol for induction of lactation in indigenous cows and buffaloes development.
- Procedures development and standardized for estrus synchronization and super ovulation different hormone combinations in cattle and buffaloes.
- Ten calves produced from a single donor cow in one year’s time through ETT.
- Protocol for embryo transfer technology standardized for cattle and buffalo
- The world first in vitro fertilized buffalo calf born at NDRI. Since then more buffalo calves using this technology have been produced.
- Protocols for transferring IVF goat embryos to synchronized recipient goats using laparoscopy standardized resulting in the birth of first in vitro fertilized goat kid in the country at NDRI.
- A large animal treadmill for cattle and buffaloes fabricated for experimentation on work capacity to determine draught animal power in bullocks. This treadmill is the only one of its kind in India and South East Asia.
- Highly sensitive antiserum against progesterone has been development.
- Development/standardization of processes and techniques for the manufacture of concentrated milk product such as sweetened condensed and evaporated milks from buffalo milk.
- Development of powdered products such as milk powder, Rasogolla powder, gulabjamun mix powder and low-lactose milk
- Development of processes for manufacturing of low fat, sugar free desserts & Rasogulla using artificial sweeteners and bulking agents.
- Development of different varieties of beverages including sports drinks using whey.
- Simple, accurate and rapid methods for estimation of major and minor constituents, heat stability tests and detection of adulterants etc., for milk and milk products such as “synthetic milk” adulteration in milk
- Development of a process for production of low cholesterol ghee.
- Innovations in lactometer design and a for estimation of SNF in milk to suit Indian conditions.
- Test kit for detection of various adulterants in milk.
- PCR test kit development for detection of food borne pathogens in milk and milk products.
- Development of continuous ghee, and channa making machines. Cream separator attachment for domestic mixies and food processors.
- Development of process for conversion of ghee into recombined Butter (Butter G).
- Development of a composite management index for bovines as a determinant in enhancing milk production.
- Development of a test for measurement of adoption behavior of dairy farmers, training effectiveness index and skill competence scale.
Major Achievements in Human Resource Development
Institute has produced over 2154 Diploma holder, 1084 dairy graduates ,1705 post- graduates with specialization at Masters level and 745 post-graduates at Doctorate level up to 2006 in different areas of dairying. Professionals trained at this Institute man almost all leadership positions in Dairy Research, Education and Development in the country.