Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering was established on Feb. 15, 1976 during the Fifth Five Year Plan to address research issues related to Agricultural Engineering. Initially, research and development work related to farm machinery, post harvest technology and energy in agriculture, were taken up. Keeping with functional utility, the divisions at the Institute were reorganized and two additional divisions namely Agro Industrial Extension and Instrumentation were created during VII plan. The divisions were further reorganized and an additional division of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering was created
The vision is an attempt to conceptualize the role that CIAE, Bhopal is prepared to play for the growth of Indian agriculture during the next two decades. It takes the ground realities, emerging challenges and recent development in science and engineering into account so as to carve out its strategy and programmes. The institue seeks to develop and demonstrate appropriate technology for various farming situations incorporating modern tools and methods. Precision framing, conservation agriculture, mechanization of manufacturing and food processing are proposed to be taken up.To address the issue of farm power availability, harnessing potential of agro-residue and renewable sources of energy are also being priority.