Origin & Growth


1930 Statistical Section created under ICAR
1940 Activities of the Section increased with appointment of Dr. PV Sukhatme
1945 Re-organisation of statistical section into statistical branch as a centre for research and training in the field of Agricultural Statistics
1949 Re-named as Statistical Wing of ICAR
1952 Activities of Statistical Wing further expanded and diversified with the recommendations of FAO experts, Dr. Frank Yates and Dr. DJ Finney
1955 Statistical Wing moved to its present campus
1956 Collaboration with AICRP initiated
1959 Re-designated as Institute of Agricultural Research Statistics (IARS)
1964 Installation of IBM 1620 Model-II Electronic Computer

Signing of MOU with IARI, New Delhi to start new courses for M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Statistics

1970  Status of a full fledged Institute in the ICAR system, headed by Director
1977 Three storeyed Computer Centre Building inaugurated.

Installation of third generation computer system, Burroughs B-4700.

1978 Re-named as Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI)
1983 Identified as Centre of Advanced Studies in Agricultural Statistics and Computer.

Applications under the aegis of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

1985-86 New Course leading to M.Sc. degree in  Computer Application in Agriculture, initiated
1989 Commercialization of SPAR 1
1991 Burroughs B-4700 system replaced by a Super Mini COSMOS LAN Server
1992 Administration-cum-Training Block of the Institute was inaugurated
1993-94 M.Sc. degree in Computer Application in Agriculture changed to M.Sc. (Computer Application)
1995 Center of Advanced Studies in Agricultural Statistics & Computer Application.

established by Education Division, ICAR.

1996 Establishment of Remote Sensing & GIS lab with latest software facilities.

Outside funded projects initiated.

1997 Senior Certificate Course in ‘Agricultural Statistics and Computing’ revived.

Establishment of modern computer laboratories.

First software in India for generation of design along with its randomised layout SPBD release 1.0

1998 Four divisions of the Institute re-named as Sample Survey, Design of Experiments, Biometrics and Computer Applications

Revolving Fund Scheme on Short Term Training Programs in Information Technology initiated

Training programmes in statistics for non-statisticians in National Agricultural Research System initiated

1999 Strengthening of LAN & Intranet with Fibre optics & UTP cabling

Substantial growth in outside funded projects and training programmes

2000 Two divisions re-named as Division of Forecasting Techniques and Econometrics
2001 Data Warehousing activities (INARIS project under NATP) initiated
2002 Establishment of National Information System on Animal Experiments Laboratory

Development of PIMSNET (Project Information Management System on Internet) for NATP

2003 Establishment of National Information System on Long-term Fertilizer Experiments funded by AP Cess Fund

Development of PERMISnet (A software for Online Information on Personnel Management in ICAR System)

First indigenously developed software on windows platform released Statistical Package for Factorial Experiments (SPFE) 1.0

2004 National Information System on Agricultural Education  (NISAGENET) Project launched.

Training Programme for private sector initiated and conducted training programme for E.I. DuPont India Private Limited.

E-Library Services Initiated.

2005 Statistical Package for Augmented Designs (SPAD) and Statistical Package for Agricultural Research (SPAR) 2.0 released

Design Resources Server with an aim to provide E-advisory in NARS initiated

Strengthening of Reproductive Lab with colour photocopier

Installation of Digital Telephone Exchange

2006 Organisation of International Conference on Statistics and Informatics in Agricultural Research
2007 Establishment of Agricultural Bioinformatics Laboratory (ABL)
2008 Software for Survey Data Analysis (SSDA) 1.0 released
2009 Golden Jubilee Celebration Year of the Institute

Strengthening Statistical Computing for NARS initiated

Expert System on Wheat Crop Management launched

International Training Hostel inaugurated

2010 Establishment of National Agricultural Bioinformatics Grid (NABG) in ICAR initiated

Division of Biometrics re-named as Division of Biometrics and Statistical Modelling

Division of Forecasting Techniques and Division of Econometrics merged to form Division of

Forecasting and Econometrics Techniques

A new centre namely Centre for Agricultural Bioinformatics [CABin] created

2011 Maize AgriDaksh and Expert System on Seed Spices launched

Indian NARS Statistical Computing Portal initiated

M.Sc. degree in Bioinformatics initiated

2012 Software for Survey Data Analysis (SSDA) 2.0 released

Division of Biometrics and Statistical Modelling re-named as Division of Statistical Genetics

Division of Forecasting & Econometrics Techniques re-named as Division of Forecasting & Agricultural System Modeling

Development of Management Information System (MIS) including Financial Management System (FMS) in ICAR initiated

Half-Yearly Progress Monitoring (HYPM) System in ICAR implemented

Sample Survey Resources Server initiated

2013 High Performance Computing (HPC) System for Biological Computing established

Ph.D. degree in Computer Application initiated

Certified as ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) Institute

2014 Advanced Supercomputing Hub for OMICS Knowledge in Agriculture (ASHOKA) inaugurated

ICAR-ERP system implemented

Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics initiated

IASRI Campus Wi-Fi enabled

ICAR Data Centre, Unified Communication and Web Hosting Services for ICAR started

FAO Sponsored Study under the Global Strategy for Improvement of Agricultural Statistics  initiated

2015 KRISHI (http://krishi.icar.gov.in/) Knowledge based Resources Information Systems Hub for Innovations in agriculture portal has been launched as a centralized data repository system of ICAR.

ICAR-IASRI has been declared as National Level Agency (NLA) under MIDH (Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture).

ICAR Data Centre established at IASRI acquired the certification for ISO/IEC 20000 and

ISO/IEC 27001 for IT-service management and information security legislation respectively

2016 KVK-Portal (Krishi Vigyan Kendra Knowledge Network) and Mobile Application (http://kvk.icar.gov.in/) developed and launched

MAPI (http://sample.iasri.res.in/ssrs/android.html/) Mobile Assisted Personal Interview- An android application developed

Developed sampling methodologies for estimation of crop area and yield under mixed and continuous cropping for different situations prevailing in different countries and field tested in the three identified countries by the FAO, one each in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America/ Caribbean region, i.e. Indonesia, Rwanda and Jamaica respectively.

Developed methodology for estimation of area and production of Horticultural crops, tested and validated in four states. The methodology will be implemented at national level.

Developed Personnel Management System, for managing the cadre strength and transfer of the scientific staff and implemented in ICAR.

2017 Suitable sampling methodology (aligned with existing Input Survey of Agriculture Census) for estimation of private foodgrain stock and post-harvest losses at farm level has been developed.

Guidelines for estimating post-harvest losses of horticultural crops (fruits and vegetables), livestock (meat and milk) and fish (capture and culture fisheries)/fish products have been developed and will be tested in the two countries (Namibia and Mexico).

Produced Poverty map of spatial inequality in distribution of poverty incidence in different districts of Bihar.

2018 Education Portal-ICAR (https://education.icar .gov.in) developed and launched.

Mobile  Apps: Pashu Prajanan (Animal Reproduction) and Sukar Palan (Pig Farming) developed in collaboration with ICAR-IVR




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