Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI)
The Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) was established in 1949. Since its inception CPRI has grown rapidly. Manpower has increased by 4.5 fold during the period of I to X plan and the plan-budget by 163.3 folds during the period of II to X plan. Apart from the headquarters at Shimla, CPRI at present has 7 research stations including CPRI campus at Modipuram located between 11 and 32o N latitudes, 75 and 910 E longitudes, and 53–2501 m altitude, covering wide range of agro-climates in the country. The All India Coordinated Research Project on Potato (AICRP, Potato) was established in 1970. It presently has 22 centres located in different agro-climatic zones of the country. Manpower and budget of AICRP (Potato) has increased by 1.5 folds during the period of IV to X plan and 22.8 folds during V to X plan, respectively. The primary mandate of CPRI is to undertake basic and strategic research aimed at the development of varieties and sustainable technologies for enhancing productivity and utilization of potato in the country. It also has the responsibility of producing disease-free basic seed to meet the country’s requirement.
The Library & Documentation Unit of CPRI was set up in 1956 to provide scientific and technical information resources and services support towards attainment of research mission of the Institute. CPRI Library is one of the best Indian Bio-science library on POTATO and most sought after for potato and agricultural research information.
It is a well-stacked Library having OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) of its holdings (more than fifty thousand) of research documents in print, digital and online form for serving scientific community. The library is being managed under supervision of a well qualified Librarian with the help of a dedicated team of staff comprising of two professional, one technical and two supporting staff under overall administrative control of Director and Chairman, Library Committee.