VIT School of Agricultural Innovations and Advanced Learning (VAIAL) is engaged in Agricultural education, research and extension. Core activities of the school revolves around teaching in Agriculture, training of students, organizing farmers training programmes, outreach and ﬁeld programmes for the farmers as well as research in agricultural and allied sectors on a techno-commercial scale. Integrated and self sustainable organic farming is the main focus of the school . The School is strengthened with qualified faculty in various fields of agriculture including Agronomy, Soil Science, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Microbiology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, Crop Physiology, Agro Processing, Agricultural Engineering, Geoengineering, Horticulture, Water Technology and Agricultural Extension. Many of our faculty are trained abroad either for Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research in countries like USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, France and Switzerland.
The current research strength of VIT in agriculture and allied subject areas includes microbial biotechnology, tissue culture technology, crop genomics research, molecular markers for crop improvement, Hi-Tech horticulture, remote sensing applications in agriculture, management of problem soils, medicinal plant research, food quality and processing, fermented food and food product development, renewable energy for agriculture and design of cost-effective farm machinery. For our research, we collaborate with multiple institutes in the country and abroad including Agricultural Universities and Research Institutes in addition to Agricultural organizations and multinational companies.
The School has facilities for teaching, research and extension activities in agriculture. Some of the facilities include teaching labs with high-end equipment and analytical instrumentation, smart classrooms, conference halls, research labs for multi and trans-disciplinary research, agricultural and horticultural land space of one hundred and ten acres, botanical garden, medicinal plant garden, composting units, irrigation facilities, farm office and farm machinery. VAIAL also enjoys the facilities of other Schools and various branches of Engineering, Science and Technology of VIT. The School also has reasonable number of farm staff to monitor and execute day-to-day farm activities. Crops such as rice, vegetables, pulses, coconut, millets etc are grown in the farm and are marketed to the VIT faculty, staff and students at a reasonable cost on regular basis. Excess farm produce is supplied to VIT guest house and student hostels.