Vegetable Science & Floriculture
Last Updated: August 31, 2015

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About the Department

DEPARTMENT'S HISTORY            

         Agroclimatic conditions of the state are congenial for production of so called off season vegetables which ensured better quality more nutrition & higher returns than the vegetables produced in adjoining plains. The different pockets of the state have tremendous potential for high quality seed production of various high value and temperate vegetables, which is in great demand from different pockets all over the country. To face the challenges in frontier areas production and production of vegetables in the state, of improvement, Department of Vegetable Science and Floriculture was established in the University during December, 1985 from the minor department. Master and Doctoral programmes were added during 1987-88 and 1990-91, respectively to gear up the various research on vegetable related problems of the hill farmers.

Infrastructure and other Research Facilities:

  1. Laboratory facilities: The department has well equipped laboratory for undertaking teaching and research.

  2. Lecture theatres :1

  3. Seminar Hall:  The seminar room is equipped with audio – visual facilities.

  4. Infrastructure facilities:   Vegetable Farm with assured irrigation.

  5. Polyhouse and Glass House facility.

  6. Library :

  7. Common facilities:  Like Auditorium, committee room, conference hall, bank, Post Office, internet etc.

HIGHLIGHTS/Salient achievements:

  • So far, 13 varieties of different vegetables at state level and two at National level have so far been released and nine varieties are in pipeline. The released varieties are Palam Priya (pea), Palam Pink and Palam Pride (Tomato), surajmukhi (Chilli), GHC-1(Garlic), Palam Hriday (Radish), Palam Smridhi, Palam Haritika, Palam Vichitra and Palam Kanchan (Broccoli), Palam Tender knob (knol khol) and Palam Paushitik (Leek).

  • Standardization of production technology of different vegetables, namely Tomato (Transplanting on raised beds during August in high rainfall (Prone areas), early pea (sowing in first fortnight of September), Cabbage (summer cultivation), Radish (Year round production), Green onion (planting of onion sets in mid August), Summer squash (Polybag technology) for mid hills of H. P.

  • Standardization of various vegetable based cropping sequences in mid hills.

  • Breeder seed production of released and popular varieties of vegetables.

  • Standardized of protected cultivation technology for vegetable (capsicum) and seedling production in mid hills of H. P.

  • Maintenance of more than 200 collections of off-season vegetables and 300 collections of ornamental germplasm.

  • Perfected dehydration technology for about 150 wild and cultivated ornamental plants from the outer Himalayas.

  • 41 students completed M.Sc. and 10 are on role while 16 students completed Ph.D. and 11 are on role.

  • Prepared Practical Manuals of “Hybrid seed production of vegetables” and Commercial Floriculture”.

  • 6 students got JRF (ICAR) scholarship and one SRF (CSIR).

  • Publications in the National and International Journals.

  • 5 ad hoc research projects have been completed and 2 are in operation.

  • Pahari Radio Pathshala on vegetable cultivation.

  • Consultancy services to entrepreneurs.

Building Partnership:

       To upgrade and enhance research and teaching efforts, the department maintains intra-institutional linkages with the various departments of the College of Agriculture and five Regional Research and extension centres of the university. The department has an ambitious plan to have strong partnership with IARI, New Delhi. NBPGR, New Delhi and Satellite stations at Katrain and Shimla including CPRI.

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