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The idea to establish an ICAR Institute in the North-Eastern Hills Region was conceived at a Seminar on ‘Research and Training Needs in Agriculture and Animal Husbandary of the North-Eastern Himalayan Region’ held in Shillong from October 23-26, 1973. Organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The seminar was inaugurated by late Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, the then Union Minister for Agriculture. During the deliberations, the potential as well as the long felt needs for research and development of agriculture, animal husbandary and fishery in the North-Eastern Hill Region was highlighted. In the plenary session of the seminar under the chairmanship of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, the then Director General of ICAR, New Delhi, it was concluded that an ICAR unit should be established at Shillong to take up research and development needs of the North-Eastern Hill Region of the country comprising hill tracts of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland and Tripura. The ICAR accepted the recommendation of the seminar and a project to establish agriculture and animal science research Centres was included in the Council’s IVth Five Year Plan itself. However, the ICAR Research Complex for North-Eastern Hill Region, Shillong came into being on January 9, 1975.