At the heart of the culturally rich and prosperous Pune of the Peshwas is where the century old College of Agriculture, the constituent College of the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri is located. Pune with a population of 2.5 million is the second largest city in Maharashtra State. Since time immemorial, Pune has been a renowned educational and celebrated cultural centre. The Maratha Kingdom was founded by the great king Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj around Pune in 1676 A.D. The weather of Pune is very pleasant with maximum temperature ranging from 200C to 320C. The College of Agriculture is very close to the Bus and Railway stations and about 10 kms from the Lohgaon airport. The city is well connected to other metropolis of the country by road, rail and air.
The Department of Agriculture was established at the center in 1877 followed by setting of similar departments by the provinces. It was soon realized that research and education are the very foundations for the development of agriculture. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, the noted thinker, social reformer and agriculturist of Pune appealed, persuaded and convinced the British Government to set up institutions for agricultural education and research in India. This led to the opening of a branch for teaching agriculture in the College of Science at Pune in 1879 that was subsequently developed into a separate College of Agriculture in 1908. The main building with its grand dome, beautiful entrance hall, library, herbarium and laboratories for teaching and research in Agriculture, Botany, Mycology and Economics was ready in 1911 and was inaugurated by Lord Sydenham, the Governor of Bombay.
The College of Agriculture, Pune is one of the first five agricultural colleges established in India. In 1969, the College was transferred to the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri established in that year. The B.Sc.(Hort.) and PG programme was started in the year 1984 and 1985 respectively. The MBM (Agri.) programme was started in the year 2008. The University headquarter is located in Rahuri, Dist. Ahmednagar 160 km to the north of Pune.
1879--College of Science, Poona opened a branch for teaching Agriculture Diploma Course.
1885--Dr. Ozzane recommended to start the degree course in Agriculture.
1890-- Bombay University recognized the three year Diploma at the College of Science.
1899-- Bombay University started Licentiate in Agriculture (L.Ag.) Degree Course.
1905-- A fine site of 150 acres of farm land selected close to the College of Science, Poona.
1907-- College was housed temporarily in the building at Kirkee, under the Bombay University.
1908-- College of Agriculture, Poona was started and finally separated from the College of Science on January 01, 1908. Degree course of Bachelor of Agriculture (B.Ag.) was started.
1909-- Degree course of Bachelor of Agriculture (B.Ag.) recognized by Bombay University. The construction of laboratory block completed where the Chemistry Section is now housed.
1911-- Construction work of main imposing building of the College was completed.
1916-- Post–Graduate Degree course of Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.) was started.
1934-- The nomenclature of B.Ag. Degree was changed to Bachelor of Science in Agriculture [B.Sc.(Agri.)] degree.
1937-- First Batch of B.Sc. (Agri.) degree programme passed out from the College of Agriculture Pune.
1948-- The College of Agriculture affiliated to the Poona University.
1950-- Four year degree programme after Matriculation was started.
1959-- Four year degree course in Agriculture was started after Pre- degree University Examination of Pune University.
1968-- The College was affiliated to the Maharashtra Agricultural University.
1969-- The College was constituent college of the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri.
1972-- Trimester System of education was started.
1976-- Semester system of education was started.
1980-- First batch of semester system obtained B.Sc. (Agri.) degree.
1983-- The RAWE programme was started in the VII semester of degree course.
1985 -- Commencement of Postgraduate Degree Programme
2000 -- Establishment of Hi-Tech Vegetable & Floriculture Project
2007-- Introduction of new syllabus & inclusion of Hands-on-Training and Experiential Learning programme in the final year of degree course.
2008 -- Commencement of Master of Business Management
2008-- Establishment of Biotechnology Laboratory