Genesis and Growth
Seed of organic farming programme was sown in the university way back in 2002 under the guidance of Hon’ble Vice- Chancellor, Dr. Tej Partap. The main emphasis was to train human resource (scientists & field functionaries) to carry out further research and extension to boost organic farming in the state. A trained voluntary team of 25 scientists from different disciplines of four colleges of the university worked thereafter for the strong establishment of organic farming programme in the university. As a result, Model Organic Farm was launched on Himachal Day, April 15, 2006 by the then Vice Chancellor, Prof. D.S. Rathore. Sincere and dedicated efforts brought laurels to the university in the form of Centre of Organic Farming in Hill Agriculture under “Niche Area of Excellence Program” of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Within three years of inception the centre is recognized at the National and International forum. Dr. Tej Partap, Hon’ble Vice- Chancellor finally paved the way for the creation of the department of Organic Agriculture and it came in to existence in August 2009 with specific mandate to promote organic farming in the region by systematized teaching, research & extension under the leadership of Dr. YS Paul. Now a multidisciplinary team of seven Scientists is working under the headship of Dr J P Saini, Professor & Head in the department with support from about seventeen associated scientists at various Research Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras of the university for holistic development of organic farming.