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 1500 research publications and nine books to its credit. So far 132 students completed their M. Phil. program and 93 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 standard supporting the career development of the students. The Centre being multidisciplinary has specific strengths, flexibility and ability in its research areas and provides quality teaching/ learning and inspiring research environment for the well-being of our students.