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:
Laboratory facilities: The department has well equipped laboratory for
undertaking teaching and research.
Lecture theatres :1
Seminar Hall: The seminar room is equipped with audio – visual
Infrastructure facilities: Vegetable Farm with assured irrigation.
Polyhouse and Glass House facility.
Common facilities: Like Auditorium, committee room, conference hall,
bank, Post Office, internet etc.
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
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
Standardization of various vegetable based cropping sequences in mid
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.
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.