National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) – A Comprehensive Guide

NDRI Guide


The National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), is leading institute for dairy science and technological research in India and was granted the status of Deemed university in 1989. In the year 1955, NDRI headquarters was shifted to Karnal and facilities at Bangalore centre were continue to function as a Regional Station to perform duties for the states of southern region. It was developed and renamed as Imperial Dairy Institute in 1936 and in 1947 after independence it was named as National Dairy Research Institute. Originally, NDRI was started as Imperial Institute of Animal Husbandry and Dairying in 1923 at Bangalore.

NDRI also offers B.Tech in dairy technology, and Master’s and Ph.D. programmes in dairying. These programmes also are offered at its Southern Regional field at Bangalore city. Admissions to those courses are through the all India entrance examinations conducted by the ICAR, New Delhi.
NDRI may be a deemed university functioning below the Indian Council of Agricultural analysis (ICAR).


National Dairy Research Institute offers in dairy technology, and karnal, Bangalore and Sheth MC college of dairy science of excellence for it. The eligibility for admission in course is 12th pass with minimum 505 marks in physics, chemistry and maths (PCM). Admission is made on the basis of entrance examination and choice of course is made on the basis of ranks obtained in entrance examination.
Master’s degree courses also there in dairy science and technology that are offered at very few veterinary or agricultural science and animal husbandry colleges.


Courses Offered:

B-Tech (Dairy Technology)

In this degree programme of 4 years (8 semester) they offers intensive training in processing and quality control of milk and dairy products and engineering aspects of dairy processing equipment’s.


The institute offers master in dairy for professional degrees in following disciplines is offered at Karnal-

  1. Dairy Chemistry
  2. Dairy Engineering
  3. Animal Biochemistry
  4. Dairy Microbiology
  5. Dairy Technology
  6. Animal Biotechnology
  7. Animal Nutrition
  8. Animal Genetics & Breeding Animal Physiology

Doctorate/Ph.D Programme

The Ph.D programme consists of research work for the thesis for two semesters. This doctorate course is offered at karnal campus of NDRI while the scholars for the thesis work can be allotted to different laboratories located at SRS, ERS Kalyani and Bengaluru. All Ph.D. scholars are supported by the Institute through award of Institute Fellowship. The Institute offers Ph.D. programmes in twelve disciplines, here is the list-

List of Disciplines-

  1. Dairy Technology
  2. Livestock Production & Management
  3. Animal Physiology Dairy Microbiology
  4. Animal Biochemistry
  5. Animal Nutrition
  6. Animal Biotechnology
  7. Dairy Chemistry
  8. Animal Genetics & Breeding
  9. Dairy Engineering
  10. Agricultural Economics / Dairy Economics
  11. Dairy Extension Education
  12. Animal co-ordination Masters Programme

Best Institutes

These are the best institutes and universities that offer higher education in dairy science and technology:

  • West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Faculty of Dairy Technology, Mohanpur Campus, P.O. Krishi Vishwavidyalaya
  • College of Dairy Science (Rajasthan Agricultural University), Udaipur
  • Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur. 1- College of Veterinary Science (Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University), Tirupati
  • Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad
  • Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Dairy Technology, Lohianagar, Patna
  • Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur (Chattisgarh).

Best Business investment opportunities in Dairy Industries-

  • Manufacture of Ingredients:

Several ingredients are included in the making of various dairy products like ghee, undiluted milk, and cheese. Producing of ingredients for these products offers a great potential for foreign investment.

  • Food Packaging Instruments:

There is amazing investment opportunity for foreign investors in the manufacturing of both packaging materials and machinery that aid the development of brand loyalty and gives a clear promotion in the marketing of dairy products.

  • Retailing:

Dairy products guarantee you good investment opportunities for standardization and improving of dairy products within the main metropolitan cities.

  • Biotechnology:
  1. In India milk yielding compared to their foreign counterparts is less. The Indian cattle breeders looking for ways to improve their milk yield. Thus, there is a huge potential available for foreign investors to invest in dairy cattle breeding with hybrid cows.
  2. Great investment opportunity in producing bio-preservative ingredients based on dairy fermentation are also there.
  3. The scope for investment in different dairy cultures, that including dairy probiotics, enzymes, biologics, and other colouring materials for food processing.
  • Dairy/Food Processing Equipment:

Great potential lies for foreign investment for manufacturing and marketing of cost-effective, top-quality food processing machinery.

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