The Center of Research for Development (CORD) was established in 1979. Right from its inception the Centre has been quite active in establishing a multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional research base and has made considerable progress in the research areas like Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Lake Conservation, Forest Ecology, Fisheries Development, Medicinal Plants Phytochemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Wild life Conservation.
The staff of the Centre has more than 1000 research publications and nine books to its credit. So far 132 students completed their M. Phil. program and 84 students their Ph.D. program through the Centre and at present 36 students are pursuing their Ph.D in the fields of Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries, Environmental Microbiology, Toxicology and Plant Tissue Culture, Biochemisty, Phytochemistry and Conservation. Centre also runs the P.G. Department of Environmental Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar from 2000. Also Centre has started the PG. Programme in Microbiology from 2017.
The Centre strives to carry out research which is academically of high-level and at the same time has a strong societal impact. The Centre has specific strengths, flexibility, agility and innovativeness in opening new research areas. We foster collaboration and networking in research both domestically and internationally. The Centre also provides M.Phil and Ph.D scholars with an inspiring research environment, which supports their career development.