The Central Agricultural University (CAU) has been established by an act of parliament, the Central Agricultural University Act, 1992 (No. 40 of 1992). The Act came into effect on 26th January, 1993 with the issue of necessary notification by the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Government of India. The jurisdiction of the University extends to six north-eastern hill states viz., Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura with head quarters at Imphal in Manipur.
The College of Post-Graduate Studies (CPGS) was established by CAU, Imphal at Umiam, Meghalaya in the year 2007. It is ideally located on the Umroi (Shillong- Guwahati by-pass) road (NH ) at Umiam (Barapani) in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya about 13 km from the Umroi (Shillong) airport. Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya is about 20km away.