Support Sections

Apart from regular Divisions and Sections, the Sugarcane Breeding Institute is ably supported by the functions of the following sections


Agriculture Knowledge Management Unit

The Agricultural Knowledge Management Unit (formerly known as ARIS Cell) established during 1996 functions under the Statistics Section. The Institute has set up a LAN consisting of nearly 100 nodes with a 100 mbps Internet Connectivity that has been provided by Ministry of Science and Technology under National Knowledge Network (NKN) in coordination with National Informatics Centre (NIC). The AKMU also takes care of maintaining and updating the Institute website.

AKMU I/C: Dr. V. VENKATASUBRAMANIAN, Principal Scientist (Agri. Extension) Scientist : Dr. P. MURALI, Senior Scientist (Economics)

Technical Officers: Mrs. D. SUBHADRA (T 9) Chief Technical Officer and Mr. S. KARUPPASAMY, Technical Assistant(Computer)



Sugarcane Breeding Institute Library, one of the oldest libraries in Coimbatore has a collection of about 12000 books consisting of Textbooks, Reference Books, Theses, Annual Reviews, Advances and bound volumes of Journals.

The major subjects covered are: Sugarcane, Biotechnology, Breeding, Genetics, Botany, Pathology, Entomology, Nematology, Physiology, Agronomy, Soil science, Agricultural chemistry, Statistics and Computer science.

At present, 13 Foreign Journals and 35 Indian Journals are being subscribed.

Other publications such as Annual Reports, Research Highlights, Newsletters, Scientific / Technical papers received free from ICAR institutes, SAUs, and Foreign R & D Organizations are organized and made available to the users for reference


  • Computers: SBI Library has provided eight desktop PCs to its users, which are connected to the Institute’s LAN with Broadband Internet connection, E-mail and Inter-computer (IP) messaging facility and application software for creating and processing different types of documents.
  • Scanner: A scanner is also available, which is being used to digitize documents in print form. The Library has a heavy-duty photocopier [Toshiba eStudio2007] to cater to the reprographic needs, as well.
  • Software:Library has software like Adobe Acrobat, Abbyy Fine Reader, Omni Page Pro[for doing OCR] and PaperPort [for OCR and File management]
  • E-Journals []: Library has “Online Access to E-journals” a facility provided by ICAR under CeRA (Consortium on e-Resources in Agriculture) funded under NAIP. This provides access to the journals published by CSIRO (Australia), Springer, and Annual Reviews Inc,, and a number of Open Access Journals


Bibliographic Databases in Library

The Library has the following bibliographic databases with abstracts on CD. These databases have been hosted on the Library Server and can be accessed by those connected to the LAN of the Institute

  • AGRIS 1975-2005 [by FAO, Rome]
  • AGRICOLA 1979-2005 [by National Agricultural Library, USA]
  • CROP-CD 1975-2004 [by CABI, U.K.]
  • TROPAG and RURAL 1975-2005 [by Royal Tropical Institute, Netherlands]

Services Offered

  1. Information Search and Retrieval from Books and Journals, Internet, Online / CD databases and also obtaining information from other Libraries / Sources, whenever required.
  2. Current Awareness Service [Display of New Arrivals, Newspaper Clippings, Current information on Notice Board etc.]
  3. Reprography facility
  4. Scanning / Content digitization


For the benefit of the library users, SBI library conducts User Awareness Programmes periodically. The following programmes/workshops were organised by the library in the recent years.

  1. CeRA User Awareness Programme on 7.10.2008
  2. CeRA Monitoring workshop on 16.4.2010
  3. CeRA User Awareness Workshop on 24.6.2011
  4. CeRA-ScienceDirect workshop and First anniversary of CaneInfo on 8.7.2011
  5. J-Gate@CeRA User-awareness workshop on 12 June 2015 (Details are available in

Scientists and Research scholars from Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Central Institute of Cotton Research – Regional Centre, Coimbatore, Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering – IEP, Coimbatore and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) participate in these workshops.

Besides these programmes, SBI library also periodically conducts Book exhibitions and arrange for interactions with Information management experts for the benefit of Scientists, Research scholars and Libraries of SBI and local institutes.


Library Committee

Members Dr. R. Viswanathan
Dr. J. Srikanth,
Dr. P. Govindaraj
Dr.K. Hari,
Dr. A. Selvi
Nodal Officer (Hindi)
Administrative Officer
Shri. M. Radhakrishnan,FAO
Member secretary &
Officer In-charge , Library
Dr. C. Sankaranarayanan

The library committee provides leadership and guidance to the library and is responsible for planning for the upkeep and future development and the purchase of publications.


Officer In-charge, Library, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore – 641 007

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Phone: 0422-2472621 Extn: 209
Fax: 91-422-2472923


Research Coordination and Management Unit

Officer-In-Charge : Dr. C. Palaniswami, Principal Scientist

Main Functions :

  • Organize Institute Research Council Meetings
  • Organize Research Advisory Committee Meetings
  • Organize QRT meetings
  • Organize Regional Committee Meetings
  • Project Monitoring and other support services as required by the Director


Technical Cell

Activities of Technical Cell

  1. The Technical Cell acts as a link between the Institute and the ICAR Head Quarters in maintaining all day-to-day correspondences on technical matters.
  2. The Technical Cell acts as a link between the Institute and external Institutions, including sugar factories, farmers and other research institutions.
  3. The section maintains all the Research Project Forms (RPF) of all ongoing and completed research projects of the Institute.
  4. The section maintains all files and correspondence with regard to Externally Funded Schemes.
  5. Contracts for Consultancy Services are routed through this section
  6. The section coordinates the Education services offered by the Institute to students who are pursuing short term research projects and Doctoral programmes offered by various Universities.
  7. Monitoring of breeder seed production schemes and supply of seed material to sugar factories and farmers are facilitated through this section
  8. All Institutional meetings and weekly seminars are arranged through this section


Administrative Sections

Senior Administrative Officer InchargeMrs. R.Vanithamuthumaheswari

The Administrative Unit has the following Sections:

  • Establishment
  • Cash & Bills
  • Stores
  • Estate (Security & Civil)


Finance and Accounts Section

Finance and Accounts Officer : Shri. M. Radhakrishnan
Junior Accounts Officer: Mrs. M.R. Sreedevi

Farm Section

Farm Section

The Institute has a total area of 80.09 ha including farm, laboratory and office buildings. The farm area is 54.98 ha and is situated in three campuses viz., Main (7.28 ha), ECC (28.50 ha), Additional land (17.20 ha) and VPT (2.00 ha)



गन्ने ने किसानों को बनाया आत्मनिर्भर : बक्शी राम (Source: जागरण संवाददाता, करनाल)"

World Soil Day was celebrated on 05.12.2018 in a farmer’s field at Vairamangam, Erode District."

"Updated Advisory for fall armyworm attack in sugarcane"

DG, ICAR inaugurates the XII ISSCT International Workshop at Coimbatore

Mobile-App "Cane Adviser" on Sugarcane for Cane growers and millers launched.

" Certificates of Variety Registration (Co 0118,Co 0237,Co 0403,Co 05011) ”

" Plant Variety Registration - Varieities registered ”

''Vacancy Announcements ”

''भा.कृ.अनु.प - गन्ना प्रजनन संस्थान क्षेत्रीय केन्द्र , करनाल - कार्यवाही विवरण।/ सारांश ”

Mobile-App "Cane Adviser" on Sugarcane for Cane growers and millers developed.

Twenty new sugarcane varieties undergoing field trials

UP becomes largest sugarcane producer with 87 lakh tonnes sugar

Dr.Bakshi Ram, Director, ICAR-SBI felicitated for his contributions in improving farmers’ income and sugar recovery through the variety Co 0238.

UP Sugar Output hits all-time record

Ganne Ki Kheti Mein Ab to 38-38 Ho Ri

Sugarcane farmers opt for drought-tolerant varieties

Sugarcane Breeding Institute gets award for two predominant varieties

Sugarcane Breeding Institute's two cane varieties recognised

" The Wonder Variety Co 0238 was evolved under the leadership of Dr.Bakshi Ram, Director, ICAR-SBI at Regional center,Karnal is doing wonders in subtropical India (UP)."

"Ganna Prakash - Hindi magazine"

"Success story (100tons/acre) YLD free Co 86032"

Advisories to mitigate the impact of drought in sugarcane

Yield potential of Co 0238 in UP(Source: Hindustan, Lucknow)

Release of New publication

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