No.2 October, 2007
Dr.Tej Partap, a well-known
authority on Hill and Mountain Agriculture, has joined as Vice-Chancellor of
CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur on July 5, 2007. He is
the ninth regular Vice-Chancellor of the University and had the privilege to
serve in the same capacity from April, 2001 to June, 2004.He is credited with
transforming this traditional
Dr.Tej Partap has over thirty years proven record of efficient programme leadership, fund raising and implementing projects and plans. He has formulated and implemented several International Projects contributing to agriculture based farming communities. He has in-depth knowledge of small farmers’ food security, livelihood concerns and sustainability.
Born on July 4, 1952 at village Preyee (Manikaran valley) in Kullu District, Dr.Tej Partap obtained his Ph.D. in Agro-Ecology from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla in 1983.He joined International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) as Associate Officer and rose to the position of Senior Officer and later as Division Head, Mountain Farming Systems Programme for seven years. He served ICIMOD for thirteen years and later joined Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur, as Vice Chancellor.
Dr Tej Partap is
Honorary Professor in Mountain Agriculture in Tibet Academy of Agriculture and
Animal Sciences and also Honorary Professor of Mountain Agriculture at
He has vast experience in organizing International meetings, seminars, conferences and has published over 100 research papers and articles in International Journals, books, etc. and has written around 50 books and monographs. He has also visited several countries in connection with his professional obligations. Immediately after taking up the new responsibility on July 5, 2007, he addressed the University community on July 6, 2007. Following are some of the ideas put forth by the new Vice-Chancellor to speed up various activities in the arena of Teaching, Research, Extension, Finance and Administration:
C. Extension Education
D. Financial Management
Chancellor Exhorts Scientists to Introduce New Technology
Presides Over 16th Senate Meeting of CSK HPKV
His Excellency, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Chancellor of the University, Sh. V.S. Kokje exhorted agricultural scientists to introduce new technology for quality agriculture produce in Himachal Pradesh. He was presiding over the 16th Meeting of the Senate of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur on March 23, 2007.
The Chancellor said, “Himachal is an agrarian state, where around 80 percent population is dependent on agriculture, so they need specific technologies to enhance their income. Such technologies could be adopted through research without burdening the common farmer.” Sh. Kokje further said, mostly, the farming in the state is rainfed, so acceleration of research efforts in this direction could make a large difference. Efforts should be made to bring more area under irrigation so that maximum number of farmers could be advised to grow high value cash crops under irrigated conditions, he added. He said that around 31,000 farmers participated in 726 training camps and another 32,000 farmers had participated in Kisan Melas and Kisan Gosthees recently. He advised the scientists to get a feedback from such trainees and participants, whether they had really benefited from such trainings and extensive efforts and how many of them had applied the newly-acquired skills.
The Chancellor also emphasized the need for taking all possible steps to increase the income of the University. Unproductive expenditure should be curtailed and staff member should work towards generating income for the University. He also opined that the Annual Reports, Audited Annual Accounts and Annual Audit Reports should be prepared and submitted on time. Proper account should be maintained so that there were minimum audit objections and proper attention should be paid to settle audit objections, he added.
Directorate of Extension Education Organizes Workshop on Kharif Crops
Agriculture Minister, Sh. Raj Krishan Gaur while presiding over the Kharif-2007 “Agricultural Officers’ Workshop” on May 14, 2007 expressed his concern over deterioration of seed varieties and said past experiences had shown that farmers suffered huge losses due to sub-standard seeds supplied to them by various companies. He said this was the reason Himachal farmers were not keen to adopt new seeds recommended by the scientists.
Agriculture Minister said Himachal was the first State to adopt the Model Agriculture Act and had set up markets at suitable places, which had encouraged farmers to bring their produce directly to the market. Dr.K K Katoch, Director Extension Education stated that Directorate has started new programme of Saviour Windows for Soundness of Technologies (SWST) and feedback and Impact of Training Programmes. Dr. Satish Sharma, Director of Research presented the new technological recommendations.
Education Related Activities
The admissions to the Master's Degree Programmes for the Academic year 2007-08 were made on 26 July, 2007. A total 79 of candidates were selected in different programmes, of which 65 candidates reported for registration. In addition to this, 11 candidates were admitted against ICAR seats. The registration of fresh and continuing students for the 1st Semester (2007-08) was completed on 27-28 July 2007. During the registration of 1st Semester (2007-08) a sum of Rs.12,52,043/- was collected as fees (from Hostellers and Non-Hostellers) from the fresh and continuing students and Rs.6,00,000/- from Self-Financing seats.
line demonstrations of manual paddy transplanter were carried out at farmers'
fields in 11 villages of District Kangra and two villages in District Mandi.
One month practical training of "Farm Mechanization, Equipment
Fabrication, Testing, Repair and Maintenance of Power Tiller/Diesel
Engine" was organized for the 15 students of College of Agricultural
Engineering & Research, Panchavati,
Veterinary Graduates take Oath
oath taking ceremony for the passing out Veterinary Graduates of the
Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences was organized on July 21,
Agriculture Graduates Bring laurel to CSKHPKV
The final year students of the
Scientific advisory panel meets
Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kangra was held on March 14, 2007. The meeting was chaired by Dr. D.S. Rathore, the then Vice-Chancellor of CSKHPKV Palampur and attended by HOD’s of various departments. Dr. Rathore underlined the need for crop diversification. He exhorted farmers to adopt a group approach to avoid exploitation by middlemen while marketing farm produce.
Workshop on Enhancing Communication Skill
The Directorate of Extension Education, CSKHPKV, Palampur in collaboration with the Public Relations Society of India (Himachal Pradesh Chapter) organized a workshop on “Enhancing Communication Skill” on April 20, 2007. More than fifty Scientists, Officers of the University and Public Relations Department participated in the workshop. Dr.K.K. Katoch, Director Extension Education was the Chief Guest of the day. Dr.Katoch stressed the need for true feedback by the public relations professionals so as to reach the management at right decision and also serve an effective link between the organization and people so that they are benefited from various ongoing programmes. A seminar on “Achieving Excellence in Public Relations through Information Technology” was also organized on April 21, 2007 in the Directorate of Extension Education by Public Relations Society of India-Himachal Chapter.
Technology Boon to Vegetable Growers
To promote protected farming in the state, particularly in the mid-hills, efforts of the Scientists of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur have started bearing results. Polyhouse protected cultivation of vegetables and its nursery is one of the technologies that are less dependent upon environment and require less capital. Of late, this technology has caught the fancy of farmers in the mid-hills that offer a congenial environment for off-season vegetables. Farm scientists say vegetables like Capsicum and Tomato can be grown successfully for eight to nine months in naturally ventilated polyhouses in the State.
Agricultural scientists in CSKHPKV, Palampur see an immense need
for producing high quality garden–pea seed in the state to avoid entry of
diseases like rot and wilt that infest the pea crop particularly in the hills.
To meet the growing demand of garden-pea seed, the
New wheat variety 'HPW 251'
A new high yielding and disease resistant wheat variety HPW 251 developed by the wheat scientists of CSK H.P. Agricultural University, Palampur has been identified at the All India Wheat Workshop held at Pune. According to Dr.S.C.Sharma, Director of Research, the new wheat variety has been found suitable for cultivation under early sown rainfed conditions of the Northern Hill Zone of the country. The new wheat variety has high grain yield potential with average productivity of 34.43 q/ha. The variety has higher degree of resistance to yellow and brown rust. It provides replacement of VL 616 and HS 277 and an alternative to VL 829. It also possesses higher degree of tolerance to karnal bunt. The new variety is responsive to fertilizer application. This variety has exhibited complete resistance to flag smut disease. Dr.Tej Partap, Vice-Chancellor, has appreciated the scientists for developing new wheat variety for the rainfed areas as around 82 per cent farming in the state is rainfed.The new variety has been developed by Drs. S.C.Sharma, K.S.Thakur, S.C.Negi, S.K.Rana, Shyam Verma, S.L.Gartan, Dhirender Singh, Vijay Rana and Dhanbir Singh.
Jharkhand Governor Mr. Syed Sibtey Razi visited Chaudhary
Sarwan Kumar, Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur on May 15,
2007. He addressed and interacted with Statutory Officers and Heads of
Departments and asked them to bridge the gap between technology and fields.
Jharkhand Governor Mr. Syed Sibtey Razi along with the first lady, Chand
Farhana, visited various research spots including Horticulture Department,
Memorandum of understanding with IHBT
To develop new disease-resistant crop varieties with high
Dr. S.P. Tyagi, Deputy Director-General, Education (ICAR) on
May 31, 2007 laid the foundation stone of
New Hostel for girls
Member parliament, Mrs. Pratibha Singh inaugurated Bageshwari PG Hostel for Girls in Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur on March 28, 2007. On this occasion, the University authorities apprised the MP of the need for funds for upgrading facilities in CSKHPKV Palampur. Mrs.Pratibha Singh promised to take-up the matter with the State Government.
Farmers’ Hostel Inaugurated at KVK Mandi
Dr D.S. Rathore, the then Vice-Chancellor of the University laid the foundation stone of farmers’ hostel in KVK Mandi at Sundernagar on March 15, 2007. The building, which would cost Rs.24 Lakh, will be utilized by the farming community of Mandi District while attending training programmes at the KVK.
Foundation Stone of Farmers’ Hostel at Palampur
Sh. Virbhadra Singh, Hon'ble Chief Minister, laid the foundation
stone of farmers' hostel at CSKHPKV, Palampur on July 2, 2007 to be constructed
at the total cost of Rs.1.5 Crore. The new farmers' hostel is fully
funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research,
Shri Virbhadra Singh, Hon'ble Chief Minister, laying the Foundation
Stone of Farmers' Hostel