National Seed Research and Training Centre
National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC) is located at Varanasi. This institute has been has been notified as a Central Seed Testing and Referral Laboratory (CSTL), with effect from 1 April 2007.
The primary objective for establishing the NSRTC is to have a separate National Seed Quality Control Laboratory to serve as CSTL and a referral laboratory for courts in India, and also to act as a human resource development centre in the field of seed quality. The CSTL of the NSRTC has become a member laboratory of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA), Zurich, Switzerland with effect from 2007.