Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University popularly known as HAU, is one of Asia's biggest agricultural universities, located at Hisar in the Indian state of Haryana. It is named after India's seventh Prime Minister, Choudhary Charan Singh. It is a leader in agricultural research in India and contributed significantly to Green Revolution and White Revolution in India in the 1960s and 70s. It has a very large campus and has several research centres throughout the state. It won the Indian Council of Agricultural Research's Award for the Best Institute in 1997.HAU was initially a campus of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. After the formation of Haryana in 1966, it became an autonomous institution on February 2, 1970 through a Presidential Ordinance, later ratified as Haryana and Punjab Agricultural Universities Act, 1970, passed by the Lok Sabha on March 29, 1970. A. L. Fletcher, the first Vice-Chancellor of the university, was instrumental in its initial growth.The university has 8645 Acres land (around 7219 Acres. at main campus, 1426 Acres. at outstations). Since 1970 there has been significant advances in research, teaching and extension by creation of a strong infrastructure at its main campus and at outreach stations. Besides, the university has also provided a number of service centres including campus hospital, community centre, sports complex, guest houses and residences for its staff.
The foundation stone of the College of Agriculture, Kaul was laid down on Nov. 18, 1971. The local panchayat donated land for the Agricultural School, which later on became a college.
The University strives for excellence in fulfilling all three missions of a comprehensive land grant institution: teaching, research and extension. When this university was created, it did not have to start from scratch. The College of Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, Basic Sciences & Humanities were already in existence - the first two were housed in their own respective buildings and the third one in a part of the building of College of Agriculture.
Vice ChancellorDr. Krishan Singh Khokhar