Introduction of the University

Last Updated: October 31, 2017

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Introduction of the University

Thirty Nine Years in the Service of Farming Community of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya (renamed as  Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya in June, 2001) was established on 1st November, 1978.The College of Agriculture (established in May, 1966) formed the nucleus of the new farm University. It is ICAR accredited and ISO 9001:2008 certified institution.

The University has been given the mandate for making provision for imparting education in agriculture and other allied branches of learning, furthering the advancement of learning and prosecution of research and undertaking extension of such sciences, especially to the rural people of Himachal Pradesh.

Over the years, this University has contributed greatly in transforming the farm scenario of Himachal Pradesh. Today, the State has earned its name for hill agricultural diversification and the farming community has imposed its faith in the University.

Academic Programmes

The University has four constituent colleges. The College of Agriculture has 13 departments, Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Science has 18 departments, the College of Home Science has five departments and the College of Basic Sciences has four departments. These colleges offer six Bachelor Degree programmes and the Dean, Post Graduate Studies offers 22 Masters Degree & 15 Doctoral Degree programmes.

At present 1523 students (844 girls & 679 boys) are on roll and 6593 students have passed out from the University since its inception. In addition to world class academic, sports and co-curricular facilities, there are twelve students’ hostels, including one International Students’ Hostel.

Research Activities

The Directorate of Research coordinates research in the field of agriculture, veterinary and animal sciences, home science and basic sciences. It has been giving priority to the location specific, need based and problem oriented research with multidisciplinary approach at main campus Palampur, 3 Regional Research Stations (Bajaura, Dhaulakuan & Kukumseri) and 10 Research Sub-stations (Kangra, Malan, Nagrota, Salooni, Akrot, Berthin  Sundernagar, Sangla, Leo & Lari) situated  in all the districts of the State (except Solan and Shimla).

The University has developed need-based technologies  for the different regions of the State and has released 155 improved varieties of different crops. Around 800 quintal breeder seed and around  1000 quintal foundation  seed of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, vegetable and fodder crops is produced and supplied to the State Department of Agriculture for further multiplication and making it available to  the farming community. Around 100 farm technologies have been recommended to the farmers.To enhance crop and animal productivity, the University has developed appropriate technologies in the areas of crop improvement, animal breeding, disease combating, natural resources management, etc. Besides continuing  research on organic farming in hill agriculture, the University has taken initiative on ‘zero budget natural farming’ so as to  transform Himachal Pradesh as organic State of the country. Recenlty,  twenty farm based models have been formulated and shared with the agriculture and animal husbandry departments of the state government and efforts have been made to educate and motivate the farmers to adopt the models as per the agro-climatic conditions of their area and their requirements.

Extension Education

The Directorate of Extension Education shares the responsibility for planning, implementation and coordination of various extension education programmes of all the departments of four constituent colleges and research stations in close collaboration with the State Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and other concerned departments and institutions. It conducts a large number of trainings for farmers, livestock keepers, farm ladies, rural youth, etc. at main campus and at its eight Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Farm Science Centres) at Bajaura, Dhaulakuan, Hamirpur, Una, Mandi, Kangra, Berthin and Kukumseri. The Agricultural Technology Information Center is serving as a single window service to the farmers.

The Media Cell projects and protects the image of the University among target clients and others by various Public Relations and Communication tools.

A massive infrastructure to fulfill the mandate and realize objectives has been created at main campus Palampur, all Research Stations and Krishi Vigyan Kendras.The main clients viz. the farmers and the students are provided quality facilities in the form of training hall, farmers’ hostels, transportation, students’ hostels, play ground  &  gymnasium, placement cell, etc.

Among the leading universities in the hill regions of the country, this University has emerged as torch bearer for all. It is considered most serene institution in the region  with very conducive atmosphere to puruse  academic  and research activities.

Due to the sincere and arduous work during the past thirty nine  years in the University, the State has achieved new pinnacle  in the area of agriculture. Despite constant decrease in area under farming, crop yields have increased. The State has earned name in commercial agriculture, especially off-season vegetable cultivation. Harvests have become bountiful and the socio-economic status  of the farming community has improved significantly.

Vital Statistics*

Academic programmes

Bachelor degree programmes = 6

Masters Degree programmes =22 (9 Vety.& AH, 9 Agri., 2 H.Sc. & 2 Basic Science)

Doctoral degree programmes = 15 (8 Agri., 5 Vety. & AH and 1 Basic Science & 1 H.Sc.)

Varieties Released by the University

The University has released 155 improved varieties of different crops (Wheat 24, Paddy 23, Maize 9, Barley 6, Pulses 24, Vegetables 29, Oilseeds 23, Buckwheat 2, Sugarcane 1, Fodder 12 and Tea 2).

Staff Strength

Teachers/Scientists=249, Non-teachers= 1107 (including 597 class IV and excluding 249 employees on secondment with State Govt.) 


 Total Area at main campus: 397 hectares, Area at Out stations/KVKs:  190 ha

* As on 31 Oct 2017

Important Telephone Numbers/Emails

Vice - Chancellor: 01894-230521 Fax: 230465 Email:

Registrar: 230383 Fax: 230511 Email:

Director Extension Education: 230399 Fax: 230399 Email:

Director of Research: 230406 Fax: 230406 Email:

Jt. Director (Info. & Public Relations): 283108

Incharge Hospitality: 01894-230312

Agricultural Technology Information Centre 01894-230395

University Website:  

Conceptualized, compiled  and edited by Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations),  for and on behalf of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur 176062 INDIA

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