ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CTCRI)
The ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CTCRI) a constituent Institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is the only research organization in the World dedicated solely to the research on tropical tuber crops. The Institute established in 1963 with its Headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram (= Trivandrum), Kerala has grown over the years into a premier research organization of international repute. The Headquarters of ICAR-CTCRI is located at Sreekariyam 12 km away from Airport and 10 km from Railway Station/and Bus Terminal of Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala State and has an area of 48.19 ha. The Institute has a Regional Centre at Bhubaneswar, Orissa established in 1976 with an area of 20 ha located 8 km from Airport and 7 km from Railway Station; this cater to the needs of Eastern India. There has been a phenomenal increase in the budget and manpower over the years and the Institute's outlay for the XI Plan is Rs.1774 lakhs (Plan) and Rs. 5667.56 lakhs (Non-Plan). The staff strength during XI Plan is 195 (Scientific 50, Technical 47, Administrative 31 and Supporting 67). The All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Tuber Crops (AICRP) was started at ICAR-CTCRI in 1968, as a vehicle for the testing and popularisation of tuber crop technologies and this project has developed location specific recommendations; 17 centres located in 12 State Agricultural Universities 4 ICAR institutes and 1 Central Agricultural University. This Project has a staff strength of 53 which includes 23 Scientists and operates a budget of Rs.772.12 lakhs during the XI Plan.