Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola was founded on 20th October, 1969 with its main branch at Akola. This Agricultural University was called after the illustrious son of Vidarbha Dr. Panjabrao (alias Bhausaheb) Deshmukh, who was the Minister for Agriculture,Govt. of India. The jurisdiction of this university is disseminating over the eleven districts of Vidarbha. The University has its prime campus at Akola. The instructional programmes at main campus are disseminate over in five Colleges namely, College of Agriculture, College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, College of Forestry, College of Horticulture and Post Graduate Institute.
At this campus four degree crash course namely B.Sc.(Agri.) B.Sc. (Hort.), B.Sc. (Forestry) and B.Tech. (Ag. Engg.) , 2 PG Degree Programmes viz. M.Sc.(Agri.) and M.Tech. (Agri.Engg.) and Phd Degree Programmes in the faculties of Agriculture and Agril. Engineering are offered. The university is a member of the affiliation of Indian Universities, AIU. It has been assigned with the duty of agricultural education, research and extension education along with breeder and foundation seed program. It is a state university, distinguished by University Grant Commission, UGC. A Central Research Station is situated at the main Campus which caters to the need of research projects undertaken by Crop Scientists of the principle crops of the region are Cotton, Sorghum, Oilseeds and Pulses.