Last Updated: December 22, 2020
No. QSD/PR/550 Dated: 22.12.2020
Golden Jubilee Forage Garden inaugurated at CSK H.P. Agriculture University
Palampur 22 December. 'Golden Jubilee Forage Garden' was inaugurated at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University here today. While inaugurating the garden through virtual mode, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), asked all farm universities to develop fodder production development, forage seed production plans and fodder production based entrepreneurship in consultation with Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI), Jhansi.
Speaking as a Guest of Honour Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the ICAR for planning forage gardens in farm universities to commemorate golden jubilee year of the 'All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Crops and Utilization (AICRP-FCU) which was established in 1970. The Vice-Chancellor said that the forage garden established by Dr. Naveen Kumar, Officer In charge and associated scientists will certainly help farmers, students and other stakeholders to get them acquainted with various forage crops, their improved varieties, production and protection technologies for further utilization at their end according to their needs and requirements.
The Vice-Chancellor said that all crops have emerged from grasses hence 'Grasses First Crops Next' slogan should get pragmatic shape. Importance of livestock for livelihood security of people demands utmost attention of the scientific community towards grasses and forages. He suggested inclusion of ' Doob grass', 'Kusha grass' and ' Cogon (Chhij) grass' in the forage garden. He said that crop farming, animal husbandry and pastoralism are intimately integrated in the state and dairy contributes about 35 to 55 per cent of the family income. He told that since its inception, AICRP (FCU) programmes have been focusing for the improvement, development and management of forage resources with a view to bridge the gap between demand and supply of forage in the state. This centre has developed high yielding 18 varieties of different fodder crops, grasses and fodder legumes.
Prof Chaudhary said that the center has also its strength in the forage seed and root slips production having wider adaptability. The forage varieties and technologies developed by the centre have also found their place in J&K, Uttarakhand, Punjab and North East part of the country. AICRP (Forage Crops and Utilisation ) Palampur centre has been awarded "Best Centre Award" during the year 2017 for its contribution towards Forage Resources Development in Himachal Pradesh.
Dr.T.R.Sharma, Deputy Director General), ICAR expressed his happiness that scientifically designed "Golden Jubilee Forage Gardens" comprising more than 50 improved high yielding varieties of annual and perennial crops have been successfully established in 50 farm institutes in the country despite the adversities posed by Covid19 pandemic. Dr A.K.Roy, Project Coordinator and many other scientists associated with the project also expressed their views.
Last Updated: December 21, 2020
No. QSD/PR/549 Dated: 21.12.2020
Prof H.K.Chaudhary, VC,CSK HPAU, exhorts youth to become successful entrepreneurs
Palampur 21 December. Prof H.K.Chaudhary Vice-Chancellor CSK H.P. Agriculture University has exhorted the farm students and youth to take benefit of various government schemes to become successful entrepreneurs. While participating in an online sensitization workshop on "Opportunities for development of agri- entrepreneurship and start-ups under the central sector schemes" organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Vice-Chancellor said that a massive effort has been initiated both by the Govt. of India and Govt of H.P. to provide incentives to our youth to motivate, train and give adequate financial help enabling them to become successful entrepreneurs. Under the prevailing situation when job opportunities have become scarce due to pandemic, the students and other youngsters need to seize such opportunities and become job providers to many others. Prof Chaudhary also elaborated about the efforts of his University in promoting innovations and agri-preneurship in agriculture under RKVY RAFTAAR scheme of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare and Chief Minister’s Start-up scheme. He told that the University was incubating 21 Start-ups for developing business models and prototypes from their innovative ideas and 12 Start-ups for scaling up their innovative business models.Since major schemes were related to agriculture, fishery and food processing so the University has consciously made efforts to strengthen such areas with requisite manpower and infrastructure. The Vice-Chancellor told that new positions in all colleges and departments like food technology and fishery have been filled up and have also been advertised recently. Prof H.K.Chaudhary also expressed his views on the efforts of the University to register the farmers with Farmer Producer Organization, spreading the word ‘Vocal for local’ and motivating the local producers to sell their farm produce at the university main campus and KVK counters as certified produce, Linkage of Geographical Indicators with FPO, exploring the possibilities of saving the germplasm of cold-water trout in the Himalayan region, etc which aim socio-economic development of the farming community of Himahcal Pradesh. The Vice-Chancellor also discussed about creating competitive spirit amongst the graduates undertaking experiential learning programs by introducing awards at national level. While discussing the problems of tribal areas and other hard areas of Himachal Pradesh, he desired some relaxation in the limits fixed for applying in such new schemes. Earlier, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister, interacted with the students and discussed schemes like Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, Farmers Producer Organization, Cluster-Based Business Organization, Prime Minister Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprise Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-processing, Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojna ,etc. The University students, faculty and officers also participated in the online workshop.
Last Updated: December 18, 2020
No. QSD/PR/548 Dated: 18.12.2020
Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, launches webpage of NCC unit of CSKHPAU
Palampur 12 December. Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University launched webpage of University NCC unit, here today. In his address, the Vice-Chancellor said that it was a farsighted decision of the leadership of the nation to create NCC which has proved its worth from time to time during the war and peace. The slogan of ‘ Unity and Discipline’ has percolated down well among the student community of the nation and a large number of students have enrolled in NCC units and imbibed nationalism, discipline, and many such virtues. He expressed his satisfaction that equal number of girl and boy cadets have enrolled in the NCC unit of the University and were bringing glory to the institute by regularly qualifying ‘C’ and ‘B’ certificates. Some of them have also joined armed forces too. Prof Chaudhary, while launching the webpage, expressed the hope that study material on the page will help the cadets and promised to regularly contribute in it.He said that besides, the National Flag and the University Flag, NCC flag will also fly high in the campus. Guest of honour Col. D.K.S.Chauhan, Commanding Officer, 5 H.P. Company, Dharamshala, appreciated the University cadets for their discipline, behavior and achievements. He said that it was his idea to launch NCC web pages in the institutions. Dr.Satish Paul, Students’ Welfare Officer welcomed all and Dr.Ankur Sharma, NCC officer, detailed about the NCC activities in the University. Besides, Dr.(Mrs.) Sangita Chauhan, wife of Col. DKS Chauhan, the University statutory officers also attended the brief ceremony organized observing all Covid-19 related precautions.
Last Updated: December 12, 2020
No. QSD/PR/547 Dated: 12.12.2020
ICAR accredits CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University with 'A' grade till 2023
Palampur 12 December. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has accredited CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University with ‘A’ grade.
According to Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, the fresh accreditation till March 2023 will improve the prestige and recognition of this hill farm University. He said that the faculty and non-teaching staff deserve appreciation for putting in hard work to fulfil the mandate in academics, research and extension activities. The Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Chancellor of the University Shri Bandaru Dattatreya for his incessant guidance and encouragement along with generous support of the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh under the dynamic and the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur. He also thanked the ICAR and other funding agencies for helping the University in maintaining consistency in its performance.
Prof Chaudhary said that accreditation with an 'A' grade will enable the University to receive an enhanced grant from the ICAR and other funding agencies. It will also help in attracting meritorious students from all over the country and the rest of the world. The ICAR nominates foreign scholars and students from all over the country to the accredited institutions only.
Being expert in adeptly handling various international collaborations and having rich experience of working with the developed world, Prof Chaudhary is committed to utilize his expertise in connecting this mountain institution with various premier institutions across the globe. It will widen the horizon of the agricultural sciences and create unique opportunities for the faculty and mountain students to move with high precision cutting edge research.
The Vice-Chancellor said that some new initiatives have been taken to bring excellence in academics, accelerate need-based research and add skill component in all extension education programmes. Already, steps have been taken to involve farmers in major programmes of the University with due recognition to progressive farmers. He said that he is looking forward to improvement in the COVID situation so that the scientists and extension staff may visit farmers at their doorsteps and all farmer oriented programmes are also organized on their farms. Strenuous efforts are afoot to make the Farm Varsity a Green Clean Campus.
The ICAR peer review team minutely studies the self-study report submitted by the University and later verifies all parameters including academic achievements by the students, experiential learning programmes, laboratories, veterinary clinics, etc. The ‘Certificate of Accreditation’ by the National Agricultural Education Accreditation Board of the ICAR was received recently by the University.
Last Updated: December 11, 2020
No. QSD/PR/546 Dated: 11.12.2020
CSKHPAU to form a task force to deal with the problem of stray animals at its campus
Palampur 11 December. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has decided to form a task force to effectively deal with the problem of stray animals at its campus.
Shri Pankaj Sharma, HPAS, Registrar told that since the university campus is wide spread so miscreants push the stray animals in the boundary causing multiple problems. Many students have reported to the administration that their experimental farms have been grazed and damaged by such animals causing delay in their research work. Such animals also damage farms, flower beds and create unhygienic conditions in the campus known for its greenery and cleanliness. Hostile stray bulls also pose a risk to staff and residents at the campus. The administration has alerted its security wing and has installed some security gadgets to record the movements of such miscreants which push stray animals in the campus. It has been decided to take strict action against such elements. The administration has also sought the cooperation of all concerned, especially the residents of surrounding areas to help the university in ending the stray cattle menace in and around the campus.
The registrar said that besides taking up the matter with the local administration, the task force on stray cattle will also take requisite action on the issue.
Last Updated: December 11, 2020
No. QSD/PR/547 Dated: 11.12.2020
CSKHAPU administration cautions public against fraudsters
Palampur 11 December. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has cautioned its staff, all concerned and the general masses against fake email ids created by the miscreants in the name of the Vice-Chancellor.
Shri Pankaj Sharma, HPAS, Registrar told that it has come to the notice of administration that some miscreants are sending emails to the university employees and others seeking favours in the name of the Vice-Chancellor Prof H.K.Chaudhary from a fake email account. He has asked all concerned not to fall in the trap by fraudsters. He has suggested that only the official contact numbers including emails of the Vice-Chancellor and other officers as given on the official website of the University ( www.hillagric.ac.in) be used for communication.
The Registrar told that the administration is also taking appropriate legal action on this matter.
Last Updated: December 03, 2020
No. QSD/PR/545 Dated: 03.12.2020
Need to attract youth to agriculture: Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU
Palampur 3 December. Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has called for attracting youngsters to agriculture. While chairing an online 'Interaction workshop on Agriculture Education Awareness, scope and opportunities in the field' by the College of Agriculture, the Vice-Chancellor said that it was farm education where maximum scholarships and grants were provided by the government and it was providing ample opportunities to the farm graduates. He highlighted the key features of the new education policy which will further strengthen and sharpen the skill component in agricultural education. Prof Chaudhary said that there was need to renovate farm education to face the emerging challenges.
The Vice-Chancellor said that a massive awareness campaign should be launched to create awareness about farm education to attract meritorious students in farm education. He said that stronger links among schools, colleges, universities, and other places should be established. The Vice-Chancellor also emphasized that enrolment in farm university should be by zeal which can be achieved by introducing farm education in schools. He said that a blended model of learning by integrating digital medium of education with existing system will enhance the proficiency of students. "By establishing forward-looking innovative mechanism for human resource development and promotion of entrepreneurship competitions for innovative young entrepreneurs, education in agriculture and allied sectors can be modernized", opined Prof. Chaudhary..
Prof. H.K.Chaudhary informed that new education policy envisages adding additional disciplines in the existing agricultural subjects to make it more lucrative. There is need to develop synergy among different disciplines to enhance the proficiency of human resources. Dr.R.K.Kataria, Dean, College of Agriculture and Head of the Departments also took part in discussions.
Earlier, Prof H.K.Chaudhary was Chief Guest in another online programme on the 'Agriculture Education Day' by CCS Haryana Agriculture University. He gratefully remembered the immense contribution of the first President of India Bharat Ratna Dr Rajender Prasad, on whose birth anniversary this programme was organized by all farm universities and institutions in the country today.
Last Updated: November 21, 2020
No. QSD/PR/541 Dated: 21.11.2020
67 CSK HAPU students qualify for national level competitive examinations
Palampur 21 November. Sixty seven students of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University have qualified various national level competitive examinations, recently.
As per the information available to date, five students have qualified SRF examination, 35 students have qualified JRF examination, five students have qualified management tests of prestigious management institutes, nine students have qualified all India entrance examination for admission to agricultural courses (AIEEA) and 11 students have passed entrance examinations by Forest Research Institute, Punjab Agricultural University and other farm universities. Two students have also qualified GATE. JRF, SRF and AIEEA are conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Among the qualified students, 36 students belong to College of Agriculture, 18 students belong to the College of Community Science and 13 students belong to Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences. Among the top ten positions, Mr. Tarun Sharma secured seventh all India rank in Agronomy, Ms. Ishita secured eighth rank in Veterinary Sciences and Ms.Alisha secured ninth rank in animal sciences stream in ICAR JRF examination 2020.
Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor has congratulated these meritorious students for bringing laurels to the University and their respective colleges. The Vice-Chancellor also appreciated the concerned teachers for their guidance and motivation to these students and said that efforts will be made so that more students may qualify for such examinations in the future.
Last Updated: November 11, 2020
No. QSD/PR/539 Dated: 11.11.2020
PG Entrance Test conducted at CSK H.P. Agriculture University
Palampur 11 November. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Entrance Test for Post Graduate Programmes viz. M.Sc. Agriculture and M.V.Sc. & A.H. was conducted smoothly today.
According to Dr.Mandeep Sharma, Coordinator for this test, 357 candidates appeared in the test at 07 centers at the main campus of the University. 215 candidates were found absent from among the 572 candidates. The standard operating procedures for examination on account of COVID-19 were followed strictly. All centers were sanitized before and after the test. Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor visited all the centers and expressed his satisfaction at the arrangements. Shri Pankaj Sharma, HAS, Registrar, also accompanied the Vice-Chancellor.
Last Updated: November 09, 2020
No. QSD/PR/538 Dated: 09.11.2020
Campus beautification work initiated at CSKHPAU
Palampur 09 November. The campus beautification work was initiated at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. While interacting with the University Officers and other staff present on the occasion, Prof. H.K.Chaudhary Vice-Chancellor, said that in order to beautify the University campus, the weeds, fodder grass and unwanted bushes growing on the University land should be eradicated. He announced the creation of 'Weed Eradication Work Force' to exclusively work round the year. The Vice-Chancellor ordered that this workforce will work under the control of the Estate Officer who will be assisted by the expert scientists for carrying out the beautification and landscaping work. He asked Deans, Directors, and other officers to send detailed beautification proposals to him at the earliest.
The Vice-Chancellor also directed to supply the grass to the University dairy farm for feeding to the livestock. He said that surplus grass should be used in silage or haymaking and feeding the livestock during the scarcity period. Sh. Pankaj Sharma, Registrar; Sh Gurmeet Singh, Comptroller; Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Director of Research; Dr.Madhumeet Singh, Dean Post Graduate Studies; Er.Vikas Sood, Estate Officer; Dr. R.K.Kataria, Dean College of Agriculture and Dr.Satish Paul, Librarian were also present on the occasion.
Last Updated: November 09, 2020
No. QSD/PR/538 Dated: 08.11.2020
CSKHPAU Entrance Test held smoothly throughout the State
Palampur 08 November. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Entrance Test for Undergraduate Programme viz. B.Sc.(Hons.) Agriculture and B.V.Sc. & A.H. was conducted smoothly today. According to Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Coordinator for this test, 7939 candidates appeared in the test at 52 centres throughout Himachal Pradesh. 2783 candidates were found absent from among the 10722 candidates. The standard operating procedures for examination on account of COVID-19 were followed strictly and some candidates with slightly high body temperature than the normal temperature were allotted a separate room with all pandemic related precautions. All centres were sanitized before and after the test.
Prof.H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, visited around two dozen centres in district Kangra and expressed his satisfaction at the arrangements. He was accompanied by Shri Pankaj Sharma, Registrar of the University.
Last Updated: November 07, 2020
No. QSD/PR/537 Dated: 07.11.2020
To propel research work on pulses, H.P. to get IIPR Regional Centre: Prof H.K.Chaudhary, VC, CSKHPAU
Palampur 07 November. A regional centre of Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur, in collaboration with CSK H.P. Agriculture University will be established in Himachal Pradesh. This was decided in a meeting chaired by Prof Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor and attended by Dr.N.P.Singh, Director, IIPS and others today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that till the establishment of the regional centre, the University will offer its infrastructure, land and other facilities at its Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and Research Stations at Sundarnagar in Mandi district and Kukumseri in Lahaul-Spiti district so that crop cafeteria of major pulse crops were established at the earliest. He said that the state was grossly deficient in pulses and with the new centre, research and extension work on pulses will get an impetus. The Vice-Chancellor said that rajmash, urd, moongbean, chickpea, lentil, cowpea. Mash, kulthi etc. were important pulses crops of the State but had not got adequate attention.
Dr.N.P.Singh said that regional centre will cater to all north hill states and IIPR will start nursery raising work in this very season at the facilities offered by the University.
"One District, One Medicinal Plant" concept to be introduced in KVKs
In another meeting with the officers of National Medicinal Plant Board(NMPB), Union Ministry of AYUSH; Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor said that his University will try to popularize the concept of "One District, One Medicinal Plant", beginning with Krishi Vigyan Kendras situated in different districts of the State. He said that the University in collaboration with other stakeholders will submit a comprehensive proposal on medicinal plants to the Board to propel research and conservation work on these valuable plants. He said that the University will also submit a roadmap on seabuckthorn development in high altitude Himalayas. He advised the scientists to work for the release of seabuckthorn variety at the national level and simultaneously work for the introduction and cultivation of exotic Russian varieties. It can help the local youth in improving their economy. Even the Prime Minister has emphasized the importance of seabuckthorn.
Dr. J.L.N.Shastri, Chief Executive Officer, NMPB, assured of extending all possible support to the University in carrying out these projects. He empathized the need to involve local small entrepreneurs.
Dr.S.K.Sharma, Member, University Board of Management, Dr.Y.P. Thakur, Director of Extension Education, Dr.Ramesh Kataria, Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr.Aditya Parkash, Principal Scientists from IIPR, Dr. R.S.Chadel, Dr.J.D.Sharma, Dr.Arun Chandan, Dr.Suresh Upadhyaya, Dr.Virender Singh, Dr.Poonam, Dr.R.G.Upadhyaya, Dr.Suman Kumar, etc. also attended the meetings.
Last Updated: November 06, 2020
No. QSD/PR/536 Dated: 06.11.2020
Vice-Chancellor Prof H.K.Chaudhary orders more facilities for the students and staff
Palampur 6 November. Some more facilities for the students and staff are in offing at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University.
While chairing a meeting of University statutory officers and others, Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor issued directions for creating some facilities at the priority including a quality canteen in each constituent college and a centralized cafeteria for the staff. He said that the University the main entrance will also get a facelift with the provision of a tuck shop with availability of university souvenirs for the staff, students, and visitors. He said that he was determined to give an international look to this leading hill farm varsity by improving existing facilities and adding more services for the mandated areas of academics, research and extension education. He asked the Deans to explore the possibility of engaging all those willing Ph.D. scholars who have passed the oral comprehensive examination for assigning duties to conduct practical classes with some honorarium.
The Vice-Chancellor asked the estate organization to initiate painting work of all major office buildings and residential colonies, besides minor repair jobs. He said that planning, implementing and monitoring system will be strengthened in the University.
Prof H.K. Chaudhary said that efforts have been made to keep the campus clean and green under the Green Initiative of the Govt. In addition to installing solar panels on the main buildings, the water harvesting system is being strengthened. The University will also launch its updated new website. He asked to explore the possibilities of providing transport facilities for the students and staff from the main campus to the city and vice-versa in consultation with concerned authorities.
He emphasized discipline and punctuality for all regular and contractual staff and told that twenty ex-servicemen security staff members have been employed and night paroling of the campus has been started.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor inaugurated drivers' room adjoining administrative block.
Last Updated: November 04, 2020
No. QSD/PR/535 Dated: 03.11.2020
CSKHPAU ET Admit cards available for Download
Palampur 03 November. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Entrance Examination for Undergraduate Programme viz. B.Sc.(Hons.) Agriculture and B.V.Sc. & A.H. is scheduled to be held on 08 November. The University has allotted exam venues and Roll Numbers to all the valid candidates. The University has advised the applicants to download fresh admit cards from the University website ( http://hillagric.ac.in ). The previous admit cards downloaded prior to 2 November are not valid. All the candidates have to download fresh admit cards. The candidates should reach their allotted exam centre at 8.00AM on the exam day. The candidates have been advised to follow the standard operating procedures for examination on account of COVID-19 which are available on the University Website. The self-declaration form which has been provided along with the admit card should be submitted at the time of the examination to the officials present there.
Last Updated: November 02, 2020
Foundation Day Feature: 1 November 2020
Forty two 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. It is Indian Council of Agricultural Research accredited and ISO 9001:2015 certified institution. The ICAR has ranked this University at eleventh place among all farm universities of the country. 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 to the rural people of H.P.
Over the years, this University has contributed significantly in transforming the farm scenario of Himachal Pradesh. It has developed human resources, varieties and technologies and transferred these to farming community enabling the State to receive the "Krishikarman award" of Govt. of India four times in row.
Academic Programmes:The University has four constituent colleges. The College of Agriculture, Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, the College of Community Science and the College of Basic Sciences offer five Bachelor Degree programmes, 14 Masters Degree and 7 Doctoral Degree programmes. At present over 1600 students are on roll including international students from six countries and 14 Indian states. 8417 students have passed out from the University since its inception.
Research Activities: The Directorate of Research 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 and 10 Research Sub-stations. The University has developed and released 155 improved varieties of different crops for the different regions of the State. In addition, seventeen more varieties of different crops have also been developed and recommended to the State Variety Release Committee. 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. More than 100 farm technologies have been recommended to the farmers. To enhance crop and animal productivity, the University has developed suitable technologies. For doubling the farmers' income by 2022, twenty farm based models have been formulated.
Extension Education: The Directorate of Extension Education conducts a large number of trainings for farmers, livestock keepers, farm women, rural youths, etc. both at main campus and at its all eight Krishi Vigyan Kendras . The Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare has sanctioned Model Training Courses and various skill enhancement trainings sponsored by Agriculture Skill Council of India are also conducted. Natural Farming activities are also being undertaken by all KVKs.
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..
Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, says that all out efforts will be made to provide best possible facilities to the farmers and students. It has been decided to organize major farmers' related meetings and activities amidst farmers. "All University plans will be farmer centric in true sense", says Prof Chaudhary. He also told that all those farmers who learn, adopt and spread university technology among others will be suitably awarded and rewarded. Another area which will get priority is conservation of plant, animal, fishery and microbial resources of H.P.
Due to the sincere and strenuous work during the past forty two years in the University, the State has achieved new rank in 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 plentiful and the socio-economic status of the farming community has improved a lot. Among the leading universities in the hill regions of the country, this University has emerged as a lighthouse for all. It is considered as most peaceful institution in the region with very conducive atmosphere to pursue academic and research activities.
Last Updated: October 27, 2020
No. QSD/PR/534 Dated: 27.10.2020
Farm Officers' Workshop on Rabi Crops at CSKHPAU
Farmers learning, adopting and spreading University technology to be awarded: Prof H.K.Chaudhary
Palampur 27 October. A state level Agriculture Officers' Workshop on Rabi crops was organised at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.While inaugurating the workshop, Chief Guest Prof H.K.Chaudhary Vice-Chancellor, declared that innovative farmers and all those farmers who learn adopt and spread the university technology among other farmers will be suitably awarded. While appreciating the hardworking hill farmers, he told that a large number of farmers will be involved and invited in such workshops and other programmes in future. The University will organise farmer related programmes among their farms.The Vice-Chancellor asked the farmers to sow only university developed or approved crop varieties only to avoid any loss at later stage. Prof. Chaudhary said that collective efforts of the scientists and farm officers will enable the farmers to reap rich dividend of technologies. He told that the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has sanctioned a project worth Rs. Rs 94 lakh for tribal areas. The farmers of Lahaul & Spiti will be provided around 3000 wheel hoes under this project. He told that that the University has sent proposal to the ICAR to establish four new Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the State. He appreciated the scientists for presenting proposals on new crop varieties and giving recommendations on rye grass. Dr.N.K.Badhan, Director of Agriculture, H.P. elaborated about arrangements of farm inputs like seeds, fertilizers, etc for the Rabi crops. He also discussed in details various government schemes worth Rs. 650 crore to enhance farm production and asked the farmers to make use of such plans. He told that 4 lakh farmers were engaged in vegetable production. He said that 82700 quintal high quality seed of wheat having resistance to yellow rust will be made available to the farmers.
Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Director of Research, told that four varieties of cereals, pulses and fodder crops developed by the university have been released at the national level and 16 varieties have been recommended to the State Variety Release Committee. The University produced 1800 Kg nucleus seed, 56400 Kg breeder seed and 31150 Kg foundation seed of different crops in 2019-20.Eight production technologies have been approved for the farmers.
Dr. Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education, elaborated about major achievements in extension education. He told that despite pandemic, the University and its Krishi Vigyan Kendras continued their training programmes benefitting around 8000 farmers. Six lakh messages were transmitted to the farmers through electronic and social media platforms.
Dr.R.K.Kataria, Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr.Suresh Kumar and Dr.Ravinder Singh Rana also expressed their views. Dr. Daulat Ram Raju, Additional Director of Agriculture, H.P., Dr.D.K.Awasthy, Project Director ATMA, Deputy Directors, university scientists and around twenty progressive farmers like Sunka Ram, Sunita Devi and Parma Ram Chaudhary from Mandi, Manjeet Singh and Mohinder Tohra from Una, Ajay Ratan and Jagdish Chand from Bilaspur, Jaswant Singh and T.S.Negi from Kullu, Baljeet Sandhu and Ramesh Kumar from Hamirpur, etc also actively took part in the workshop. They were also honoured by the Vice-Chancellor. Six quintal breeder seed of improved wheat variety was also given to six progressive farmers of Kangra. Issues like seed multiplications, enhancing farmers' income, natural farming, new agro chemicals and bio pesticides to replace the banned agro-chemicals, etc were deliberated at length.
The Chief Guest also released some extension education publications including revised Package of Practices on Rabi and Kharif crops.All Covid-19 related norms were observed during the workshop.
Last Updated: October 26, 2020
No. QSD/PR/533 Dated: 26.10.2020
CSKHPAU planning to organize Global Organic Village Festival : Prof H.K.Chaudhary,Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 26 October. Prof H.K.Chaudhary Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has disclosed that his University was planning to organize a ‘Global Organic (GO) Village Festival’ at Palampur.While chairing a meeting attended by Shri Trilok Kapoor, Chairman, H.P. Wool Federation, Dr. Hero San, sustainability scientist from Japan, Deans, Directors, and scientists from the University and officers from the different development departments of the H.P., the Vice-Chancellor said that self-sustainable organic farms for food, energy, water and shelter from a single source were need of the hour as these were safe. He said that GO village festival can strengthen the efforts of the government in increasing the income of farmers by showcasing such useful technologies to them and other stakeholders. Prof Chaudhary said that his University will make efforts to involve other stakeholders and was planning to organize a ‘GO Village Festival’ at Palampur, in the near future.Prof Chaudhary said that H.P. was full of diversity and the farmers were very intelligent. They are aware of integrated farming and do not waste time. The farmers of tribal areas were changing crops according to climate change. Some progressive farmers were responding to the market needs and some interventions from the university research and extension centers have helped them much. He said that the university will invite progressive farmers to listen to them and understand their rich experience and directions have been issued to the scientists to spend time at farmers’ fields to learn their real problems. He told that Geographical Indications (GI) groups for different commodities have been formed in the University to protect our agricultural heritage. Shri Trilok Kapoor told that farmers and livestock keepers need technologies to make them self sustainable. He asked all concerned to help the farming community to increase their income. He discussed the issues of sheep and goat farmers. He said that university research and technology will be helpful to the farmers. He said that GO village will bring top farm scientists and business tycoons to Palampur. Dr. Hero San made a presentation on climate-smart agriculture to increase farm productions. He suggested vertical farming systems and use of modern technologies to meet the increasing needs of safe food. He underlined the need to discover the secrets of hidden sustainability. Issues like setting up of organic compost from biomass processing, packaging with international standard for export, chevon and meat marketing, goat milk and sheep wool marketing, logistics center and packaging.etc were discussed in detail. Local officers from the State Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Forest also attended the meeting and took part in the deliberations.
Last Updated: October 26, 2020
No. QSD/PR/537 Dated: 25.10.2020
Prof H.K.Chaudhary, VC, CSKHPAU exhorts the farmers of neighbouring states to imbibe H.P farmers straw management model to save the environment
Palampur 25 October. Prof H.K.Chaudhary Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has exhorted the farmers of Punjab, Haryana and other states to adopt straw management model of Himahcal Pradesh farmers to utilize it efficiently and save the environment. The Vice-Chancellor said that there has not been even a single case of paddy straw burning or stubble burning reported in the state since long. The farming community had developed and utilized technologies to utilize this bio-resource scientifically. Now, his university has identified and developed some scientific interventions for better utilization of paddy straw which included use of straw in animal feed.
Prof Chaudhary said that the university has recommended various ways and means to utilize this valuable available by-product of rice cultivation in animal feeding. H.P. is deficient in dry and green fodder. Most of the fodder in the form of wheat straw or paddy straw is purchased from Punjab and Haryana. It is stored and fed to animals during scarcity period. Scientific investigation has revealed that paddy straw has oxalate and silica anti-nutritional factors which restricts its utilization in dairy cattle feeding. These anti nutritional factors can be lowered by some of physical and chemical methods. It can be converted into nutritious fodder by making total mix ration or complete feed blocks or by enriching these with urea molasses treatment. A balanced and complete feed can be prepared by incorporating concentrates to increase its nutritive value and utilise this source more judiciously. The research conducted in the university revealed that the paddy straw can be mixed efficiently with horticulture by products like apple pomace, strawberry pomace or citrus pomace or discarded fruits to make a nutritive and palatable haylage which can be stored for long time and fed to animals during lean period.
Prof Chaudhary said that traditionally, most of the paddy straw is used to feed unproductive animal like bulls and male calves, etc. Since buffaloes have high fibre digesting ability as compared to cow so it is also fed to these animals. Paddy straw is also used in packing of fruits and other delicate agricultural and horticultural produces. All the surplus material is diverted for this cottage industry. In villages of the state, it is also used to make mats, ropes and mixed with mud to make paste to be used in construction of sheds as well as plastering walls. This traditional wisdom of farmers is also saving the environment degradation which other states are facing due to burning of paddy straw.
The Vice-Chancellor told that as the demand of organic fertilizer is increasing hence it is being compensated by composting paddy straw and paddy stubbles. It takes around 45 days to prepare compost from paddy straw. This compost increases crop yield by four to nine percent. It is also used in the preparation of vermicompost by adding earthworms culture thus making a value added fertilizers with increased nutrient concentration.
He told that paddy straw can be used as a source of raw material for number of cottage industry units like energy source in brick kiln, raw material in paper industry and packaging industry of fruits and vegetables, compost preparation unit with inoculation of beneficial cultures of bacteria, fungi and organic nutrients and minerals, handicraft industry for making mats, hats, ropes or household traditional material, as a sound-absorbing material for the preparation of strawboard and roof thatching of tourist lodge or traditional houses.
Prof Chaudhary said that the problem of environmental pollution due to the burning of straw needs the attention of all stakeholders and his university was willing to extend all help to end this menace.
Last Updated: October 19, 2020
No. QSD/PR/532 Dated: 19.10.2020
The Vice-Chancellor congratulates newly nominated members to CSKHAPU Senate
Palampur 19 October. Prof H.K.Chaudhary Vice-Chancellor has extended his greetings to Shri Ravinder Kumar and Shri Arun Kumar, both MLAs, for their nomination to the Senate of CSK H.P. Agriculture University by the Speaker, H.P.Vidhan Sabha.
The Vice-Chancellor said that Hon'ble Governor, H.P. and Chancellor of the University is Chairman of the Senate The Senate reviews policies and programs and guides in the development of the University. Prof Chaudhary said that the rich experience of both MLAs will be useful to this august body.
Last Updated: October 16, 2020
No. QSD/PR/531 Dated: 16.10.2020
Scientific Advisory Committee meeting at KVK, Kukumseri
Conserve traditional crop, medicinal and aromatic plant varieties in L&S: Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU
Palampur 16 October. There is need to conserve traditional crop, medicinal and aromatic plant varieties in Lahaul & Spiti, said Prof H.K.Chaudhary Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, while chairing the scientific advisory committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kukumseri in Lahaul & Spiti.
The Vice-Chancellor said that research and extension activities in the remote and tribal areas will be adequately strengthened. Appreciating the hard working farmers and farm ladies in less accessible and tough areas of the State, the Vice-Chancellor told that two subject matter specialists have been posted recently in the KVK, Kukumseri in addition to fresh appointments of supporting staff. He directed the staff to organise their major extension activities in the villages in consultation with the progressive farmers. Since farmers of the area were also growing exotic vegetables, the Vice-Chancellor advised that the University released crop varieties be used by the farmers. He asked the scientists to test high-quality hybrids of private companies grown by farmers. "Such hybrids can be included in the package of practices later", opined Prof Chaudhary. He also asked the scientists to conserve traditional knowledge by recording the information from experienced farmers.
Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education said that despite tough terrain, the farmers of Lahaul & Spiti were innovative and progressive, The opening of Atal Tunnel will facilitate better marketing facilities for the farmers of this district.
Dr.Luv Bhushan, Extension Specialist presented the progress report and proposed future activities. Dr.Vinod Sharma, Associate Director, Regional Research Station and progressive farmer members also actively took part in the proceedings. District level officers from the development departments including agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, etc. also participated in the meeting.
Last Updated: October 16, 2020
No. QSD/PR/530 Dated: 16.10.2020
CSK H.P. Agriculture University reopens admissions and fixes entrance test dates
Palampur 16 October. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has re-opened the admissions to various academic programmes of the University and has also fixed entrance test dates.
According to Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, the Govt. of H.P. has approved the University proposal to increase 10 percent of the total number of seats in various academic programmes. These will be kept reserved over and above specifically for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) candidates without disturbing the present intake capacity. Last date for receipt of online and offline application forms is 26 October for all degree programmes for all categories, including EWS. For applicants from the tribal area, last date for receipt of offline applications for merit based admissions is 2 November. The candidates who have already applied to the programmes of this University for the Academic Year 2020-21 need not apply again. But the candidates who have already applied to the Entrance Test Based Admissions can make the necessary corrections, modification, etc. by the last date. The candidates and students have been advised to visit the University website for further details like eligibility, qualifications, the procedure to apply for the programs, number of seats, mode of admission, important dates, etc.
The University has also fixed Entrance Test-2020(ET-2020) dates. The dates of ET 2020 for B.V.Sc. & A.H. and B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture will be 8 November and for M.Sc. Agriculture and M.V.Sc. programmes will be 11 November. The entrance tests with all pandemic related precautions will be conducted on the scheduled dates from 10.00 AM to 01.00 PM.
Prof H.K.Chaudhary said that due to prolonged lockdown and pandemic, he has been receiving requests through emails, phones and several parents also met him in person informing that many applicants could not apply earlier due to net connectivity problems in their villages. He said that reopened admission process was a golden opportunity to all those who could not apply to the various academic programs
Last Updated: October 12, 2020
No. QSD/PR/529 Dated: 12.10.2020
National Education Policy will enhance skill among students: Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU
Palampur 10 October. Prof.H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has underlined the need to develop synergy among different disciplines to enhance the expertise of human resources. As a Chief Guest during an interactive discussion on 'National Education Policy 2020: Higher Education and Research', the Vice-Chancellor was addressing the University Statutory Officers, Heads of department and scientists.
The Vice-Chancellor said that National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) has been widely discussed and implementation was in the process. His University was also fast-tracking its implementation by taking up requisite steps. He said that NEP will be providing a blended model of learning by integrating the digital medium of education with the existing system to enhance the proficiency of students. "By establishing a forward-looking innovative mechanism for human resource development and promotion of entrepreneurship competitions for innovative young entrepreneurs, education in agriculture and allied sectors can be modernized", opined Prof. Chaudhary. The Vice-Chancellor discussed the rich heritage of the country, including world-class higher education institutes like Nalanda which were systematically decimated by invaders. He said that with the implementation of NEP, the country will move fast in all areas.
The Vice-Chancellor also emphasized that enrolment in farm university should be by passion which can be achieved by introducing farm education in schools. He also urged to bridge the gap between education and employment and asked for international exposure of the students to widen their horizons. The Vice-Chancellor also discussed issues like capacity enhancement of faculty, work productivity improvement, policy intervention for market base linkages, the synergy of local and traditional knowledge, online learning, eco-friendly productivity, etc.
Prof Nagesh Thakur, Member, University Grants Commission, in his keynote address detailed the genesis of NEP 2020. He said that this policy is as per the needs and emerging challenges of the country as it is based on the wider consultations with all stakeholders. He said that major reforms have been proposed for higher education and research. By 2035, fifty percent gross enrolment ratio will be achieved. It is holistic and multidisciplinary with the flexibility to choose subjects for the students. It will be providing ample opportunities for the overall personality development of students. He also elaborated about various merits of NEP like multiple entries and exit system with the advantages of carrying forward credits earned. Higher education institutes will be three types like research-intensive institutes, teaching-intensive institutes, and degree-granting autonomous institutes with common norms for government and private institutes.
Dr. Ramesh Kataria , Dean, College of Agriculture, informed that current farm education has practical and skill components in it but the new education policy will make it more inventive. Dr. Pardeep Kumar, President, Agricultural Scientists Forum and Dean, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dr.Sanjay Sharma, President, Agrivision H.P, and Dr. Janardan Singh, Secretary, Agricultural Scientists Forum also expressed their views.All the statutory officers, heads of department, and scientists participated in the program. Some educationists from surrounding areas also attended the program jointly organized by the University, Agricultural Scientists Forum, and Agrivision H.P.
A view of the dais
Vice-Chancellor Prof H.K.Chaudhary presenting a memento to keynote speaker Prof Nagesh Thakur
Last Updated: October 07, 2020
No. QSD/PR/528 Dated: 07.10.2020
CSKHPAU postpones Entrance Test-2020
Palampur 7 October. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has postponed Entrance Test-2020(ET-2020) for B.V.Sc. & A.H. and B.Sc.(Hons.) Agriculture scheduled to be held on 10th October, 2020 due to administrative reasons. The University has also postponed ET-2020 for M.Sc. Agriculture and M.V.Sc. programs scheduled to be held on 18 October. Similarly, dates of counselling for ET based and Merit-based admissions have been postponed till further orders. Fresh dates for conducting the ET-2020 and counselling for admissions to all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including merit-based admissions of the University will be announced soon. The candidates and students have been advised to regularly visit the University website for relevant information about entrance tests and counselling dates.
Last Updated: October 03, 2020
No. QSD/PR/527 Dated: 05.10.2020
Efficient food supply management can reduce post harvest losses: Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, VC
Palampur 5 October. A training on the job role, "Food supply chain management for field assistants" concluded at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
While distributing participation certificates to the trainees, Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, said that supply chain management persons play a crucial role in making available safe and wholesome food from producers to the consumers. He said that the producers are economically benefitted due to the efficient supply chain management. The Vice-Chancellor said that the importance of this sector has been amply proved during the lockdown as the local producers kept making available the food material to the consumers in time. He said that efficient management can help in reducing the enormous post harvest losses thereby of improving the food security of the nation.
Prof Chaudhary asked the trainees to spread the gained knowledge in their villages and form cooperative societies or groups for marketing. He also advised them to maintain high quality for their farm produce and other products to gain credibility and preserve the traditional knowledge of traditional food items. He said that the University will also invite experts from banks, marketing and officers from the State Deptt of Agriculture in such trainings in future.
Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Director Extension Education, informed that the training was sponsored by Agriculture Skill Council of India. The 200 hours were devoted in professionally training twenty participants from all over the state. Dr.Y.S.Dhaliwal, Dean, Community Science College, told that the training was started in March but was abruptly discontinued due to the pandemic. Now, the remaining period has been completed successfully.
Dr.Anupama Sandal, Training Coordinator, told that the participants were imparted practical training on various aspects of food supply chain management including visits to successful entrepreneurs.
Besides the trainees, University scientists were present during the concluding ceremony.
Last Updated: October 03, 2020
No. QSD/PR/525 Dated: 02.10.2020
Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor’ CSKHPAU appreciates Veterinary Scientists for organizing animal infertility treatment camps in Pangi
Palampur 3 October A team of veterinary scientists from CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized eight infertility treatment camps in different parts of Pangi valley in Chamba distirct during the last three days. The camps were organized in collaboration with the Department of Animal Husbandry, H.P. at villages Saach, Takwas, Hudan Bhatori, Sahli, Mindhal and Killar, located at the altitude varying between 8000 to 11000 feet above mean sea level, under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna(RKVY) project to investigate status of infertility in bovines reared in tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh.
Prof. Madhumeet Singh, team leader, who is Dean Postgraduate Studies in the University and Head, Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences told that around 125 cows and 'Churi' (cross of cow and yak) were examined and treated in these camps, with the main emphasis to record reproductive abnormalities in milch animals reared by the farmers in the remote valley.The scientists collected blood samples to study their minerals, biochemical and hormonal profile and also genital discharge samples for detailed diagnosis of uterine infections. Faecal samples were also collected to study the parasitic load in animals in this area and their relationship with infertility. Free medicines were distributed to the farmers.
Prof. Madhumeet Singh told that his department is rendering specialized services to the farmers in different parts of the state for treatment of various reproductive disorders with an aim to reduce the incidence of infertility. In the last 7 years, scientists have organized 274 infertility treatment camps under RKVY projects in diverse parts of H.P., including more than100 camps in tribal and other very remote locations. Area wise mapping of reproductive ailments through clinic-gynaecological examination, nutritional deficiencies through blood investigations, parasitic infestation responsible for reproduction problems and microflora (bacteria and fungi) responsible for uterine infections is being done.
Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor has appreciated the team of veterinary scientists for serving the livestock keepers in less accessible and very remote areas of the State.
The team included Dr. Pravesh Kumar and Mr. Vijay Rana also.
Last Updated: October 02, 2020
No. QSD/PR/525 Dated: 02.10.2020
50th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
Imbibe virtues of Mahatma Gandhi and Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri: Prof H.K.Chaudhary, VC
Palampur 2 October. To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, "Swachhta" related activities were carried out in CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
While taking part in the daylong cleanliness campaign, Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor paid glowing tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, whose birth anniversary coincides with Gandhi Jayanti. He called both as great sons of mother India and asked the University community to imbibe virtues of simplicity, piousness, truthfulness, patriotism, cleanliness, etc practiced by Gandhi Jee and Shastri Jee. The Vice-Chancellor said that he was committed to provide a clean and transparent administration for the welfare of the farming community which was very dear to the second Prime Minister who gave a popular slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan'. The Vice-Chancellor directed the staff to devote second half of every working Saturday, initially for a month, for cleaning their office surroundings so that the campus is beautified. "It is necessary to give an aesthetic look to the green and clean University", opined Prof Chaudhary. Later, the Vice-Chancellor along with Shri Pankaj Sharma,HAS, Registrar and other statutory officers took active part in the cleanliness drive.
The University staff cleaned the front area of administrative block. During the campaign, devotional songs and Bhajans were also played. Er.Vikas Sood, Estate Officer, told that all staff of the constituent colleges, directorates and other offices took part in the cleanliness drive. All outstations of the University also cleaned their premises.
Last Updated: September 28, 2020
No. QSD/PR/523 Dated: 28.09.2020
CSKHPAU proposes to develop a national facility for DH breeding in wheat: Prof H.K.Chaudhary, VC
Palampur 28 September. The CSK HP Agricultural University will enhance the speed and precision of various crop improvement programmes for diverse farming communities of north- west Himalayas. This was disclosed by Prof.H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor while, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was heading twin departments of Genetics & Plant Breeding and Agricultural Biotechnology before his appointment to the current august position, told that scientific innovations and exemplary research work at internationally acclaimed High-tech Molecular Cytogenetics and Tissue Culture Lab during his leadership, invented Chromosome Elimination Mediated Wide Hybridization Technique. It is cross of Wheat and Imperata cylindrica System leading to Doubled Haploidy (DH) Breeding. This work has been able to open new vistas by excessively shortening the breeding cycle and actually accelerated the varietal development programmes of bread (chapati) and durum (pasta) wheat. The University has been able to set an example by developing and releasing first DH wheat variety 'Him Pratham' of the country. It was notified by the Central Sub-Committee of the Govt. of India in 2016.
Prof Chaudhary informed that many institutes of the country are harvesting the advantage of this facility at his University for accelerating varietal development programmes and also for developing gene mapping populations in shortest possible time. This department has attracted various international collaborations with premier Labs in Japan and England and has established student exchange programmes by securing prestigious international scholarships. This High- tech Lab has also pioneered in establishing for the first time molecular cytogenetics facility with the support of Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India for physical mapping of targeted genes introgressed in various crop species by using novel tools like GISH & FISH for enhancing precision of selection of desired recombinants in an accelerated manner. Combination of DH Breeding and Molecular Cytogenetics techniques has opened new horizon in the sphere of Speed and Precision breeding for the targeted crop improvement in the shortest possible time.
Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, who has more than three decades rich experience in chromosome engineering and molecular breeding, told that a massive efforts are afoot in this Lab to develop wheat varieties associated with high profile drought and disease resistance (yellow and brown rusts) for rainfed agriculture and enhance the productivity and quality level by utilizing Himalayan old wheat genetic resources and the novel plant breeding and biotechnological approaches in time-bound and précised manner.
Keeping in view the congenial environment at Palampur and available technical expertise in the high-tech MCT Lab, the Vice-Chancellor, who continues to guide eight scholars, said that the University has proposed to develop a national facility for DH Breeding in wheat to cater to the needs of wheat geneticists, breeders and biotechnologists of the country for accelerating their wheat improvement endeavours.
Last Updated: September 26, 2020
No. QSD/PR/522 Dated: 26.09.2020
Take steps to get GIs for the traditional crop varieties : Prof H.K.Chaudhry, VC, CSKHAPU
Palampur 26 September. A meeting of the scientists of 'Intellectual Property Rights Cell' of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University and officers of Himachal Pradesh Council for Science and Technology(HIMCOSTE) was organized here.
Prof. H.K. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor while chairing the meeting said that effective steps should be taken to get Geographical Indicators (GIs) to popularize the traditional crop varieties of the State conserved by the farmers and the varieties developed by the University. He said that Chief Minister Sh. Jai Ram Thakur in his Budget 2020-21 speech had also emphasized the need to avail GIs to popularize the traditional varieties and products of H.P.Prof. Chaudhary asked the scientists and officers to initiate a process to get GIs for Bharmour rajmash, Karsog kulthi and Spiti Chharma. He also suggested popularizing these varieties at the international level in the interest of farming community. The Vice-Chancellor said that University had developed Kanchan, Baspa and Triloki varieties of Rajmash and Baiju and Dhruv varieties of Kulthi. He also discussed the importance of Charkhani Pattu, Dohroo, Pude and traditional meet products of H.P. He said that University will make sincere efforts to get GIs for these products.
Sh. Nishant Thakur, Joint Member Secretary, HIMCOSTE and Sh. Shashidhar Co-ordinator were also present in the meeting. The officers present in the meeting assured to provide all possible help to each other with mutual cooperation to get Geographical Indicators for the traditional varieties and products of the state.
Last Updated: September 23, 2020
No. QSD/PR/519 Dated: 23.09.2020
CSKHPAU to speed up research work on sheep and goat: Prof H.K.Chaudhary, VC
Palampur 23 September. The CSK HP Agricultural University will speed up research work on sheep and goat. This was disclosed by Prof.H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor while chairing a joint meeting of the scientists and officers from Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Science(COVAS) and H.P.Wool Federation on Tuesday evening.
Prof. Chaudhary said that COVAS has got specialization in preparing high quality animal feed and there was a need to establish a modern demonstration farm on sheep and got in the University. Similarly, wool testing lab was also required to fetch good wool price to the sheep and goat farmers. He sought financial help from the wool federation to establish theses facilities. The Vice-Chancellor also elaborated about the top quality of meat of these animals as they graze in alpine pastures.
Shri Trilok Kapoor, Chairman, H.P.Wool Federation, told that there were eight lakh sheep and eleven lakh goats in the state, and twenty thousand families were engaged in rearing these valuable small animals. He asked the veterinary scientists to develop a vaccine for foot rot disease of small ruminants and conducting research and extension education activities. He told that training for sheep-goat farmers will be organized in January-February 2021.
Dr.Mandeep Sharma, Dean, COVAS elaborated about the existing research facilities in his college. Some Heads of the Department made presentations. Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education, Dr.Sandeep Mishra, Assistant Director, State Animal Husbandry Department and Sh. Deepak Saini, Manager, H.P.Wool Federation also participated in the meeting.
Last Updated: September 15, 2020
No. QSD/PR/517 Dated: 15.09.2020
Prof. H. K. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU releases a video on insect pest control in Paddy
Palampur 15 September. Prof. H. K. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H. P. Agriculture University visited Rice and Wheat Research Centre, Malan today. He released a video on "Dhan mein keeton ki pehchan va niyantran" and a technical bulletin on "Dhan ki adhik upaj hetu prakritik kheti ka mahatva" . The Vice-Chancellor also inaugurated a 45 KVA generator set installed in the centre. Prof. Chaudhary planted a sampling of China Rose (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis). He appreciated research work pertaining to rice and wheat crop at centre. He visited the experimental farm, seed production unit and indigenous special screening trials on 'Rice Hispa'. Dr. Ajai Srivastava, Incharge of the centre and other scientists thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his encouraging visit.
Last Updated: September 14, 2020
No. QSD/PR/516 Dated: 14.09.2020
Modernize education in agriculture and allied sciences: Vice-Chancellor Prof H.K.Chaudhary
Palampur 14 September. Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has called for modernizing farm education to face the news challenges. He was chairing a webinar on New Education Policy 2020, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that a blended model of learning by integrating the digital medium of education with the existing system will enhance the proficiency of students. "By establishing a forward-looking innovative mechanism for human resource development and promotion of entrepreneurship competitions for innovative young entrepreneurs, education in agriculture and allied sectors can be modernized", opined Prof. Chaudhary. He said that stronger links among schools, colleges, universities and other places should be established. Course curricula need revamping to make it compatible with multiple exit point systems so that students have the flexibility to leave the course with some credit. The Vice-Chancellor also emphasized that enrolment in farm university should be by passion which can be achieved by introducing farm education in schools. He also urged to bridge the gap between education and employment and asked for international exposure of the students to widen their horizons.
Prof. H.K.Chaudhary said that existing farm education has multidisciplinary approach but additional disciplines should be included to make it more lucrative. There is a need to develop synergy among different disciplines to enhance the proficiency of human resources. The Vice-Chancellor also discussed issues like capacity enhancement of faculty, work productivity improvement, policy intervention for market base linkages, the synergy of local and traditional knowledge, online learning, eco-friendly productivity and need of establishing agricultural technology parks.
Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education, said that existing farm education has practical and skill components in it but the new education policy will certainly make it more innovative and skill-based. Shri Pankaj Sharma, HAS, Registrar, told that the University has moved fast to adopt and implement new education policy.
All the statutory officers, heads of department, faculty and students participated in the webinars.
Last Updated: September 10, 2020
No. QSD/PR/514 Dated: 10.09.2020
CSKHPAU signs agreements for seed multiplication of maize hybrid, rye grass and garden pea for large scale availability to the farming community of H.P.
Palampur 10 September. A memorandum of Agreement has been signed between the CSK H.P. Agriculture University and M/s Nutranta Seed Private Limited, Hyderabad for the multiplication of seed of maize hybrid 'Palam Sankar Makka 2' and Rye grass variety Him Palam Rye Grass 1', developed and released for cultivation by the University.
Palam Sankar Makka-2, a medium maturity, high yielding single cross hybrid of maize is suitable for cultivation in low and mid hill regions of Himachal Pradesh. The colour of the grains of this hybrid is yellow orange. Hybrid has been developed from two inbred parents namely BAJIM 0826 (female) and BAJIM 0827 (male). The hybrid is medium in height with thick stem, resistant to lodging, moderately resistant to turcicum leaf blight and maydis leaf blight.
Him Palam Rye Grass-1, variety of rye grass is suitable for cultivation during Rabi season in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and J & K. This variety produces high yield of quality fodder during winter months in 4 to 5 cuts and production is very high where irrigation facilities are available. This variety is highly resistant to powdery mildew, tolerant to cold and frost.
As per this agreement inbred lines of maize hybrid and breeder seed of rye grass will be supplied each year by the University to the company. The seed will be multiplied by the company using its own resources and will be marketed and supplied to the farmers. The main aim of this agreement is to enhance the availability of quality seed of improved varieties to the farmers with a view to increase maize production as well as fodder production on their fields.
Another Memorandum of Agreement has been signed between Durga Seeds Farm, Mandi and the University for the Seed Multiplication of garden pea variety 'Him Palam Matar-1(DPP-SP-22)'. The main objective of MOA is to provide license of seed multiplication so that quality seeds reach the farming community to a larger extent and in turn, farmers get better production and remuneration. The company will sell the seeds in its original name as 'Him Palam Matar-1' which will help in increasing the visibility of University research at different levels.
'Him Palam Matar-1' is adopted for cultivation during the main season in high, mid and low hills of Himachal Pradesh. The variety has medium growth habit, flower a week earlier than 'Pb-89' and about two weeks over 'Azad P-1'. It has synchronized flowering. The main features of this variety on consumers' point of view are its long pods (10-12 cm), lush green and attractive colour, 8-12 seeds per pod (average around 10 seeds) with 50 percent shelling. It is moderately resistant to powdery mildew disease. Average yield is about 140-165 quintal per hectare which is about 7-10 percent higher than 'Pb-89' and about 10-15 percent higher than 'Azad P-1'.
Vice-Chancellor Prof H.K.Chaudhary has appreciated Drs Satish Kumar Guelria, Vinod Kumar Sood, Naveen Kumar and Akhilesh Sharma and their team of scientists for developing these varieties and collaborating with private sector for multiplication of seed of these University developed varieties for their large scale availability to the farming community of the State and resource generation to the University.
Last Updated: September 08, 2020
No. QSD/PR/512 Dated: 08.09.2020
CSKHPAU plans will be farmer-centric: Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 8 September. "The farmers of Himachal Pradesh will be central in all plans of the University", announced Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University during his maiden Press Conference, here today.
Prof Chaudhary said that his efforts will be directed to get international recognition to this prestigious hill farm varsity. Besides, working in the mandated areas of academics, research, and extension education, the farmers will be consulted to reorient the system to meet the emerging challenges. "My priority is to make farmers happy with new innovations", said Prof Chaudhary. He told that the University has initiated work to frame a vision document considering short and long term goals. As the new education policy will revolutionize the education sector so his University has started taking steps to implement it at the earliest. Effective and quick decision making mechanism is being developed to meet the new challenges. Adopting multi-disciplinary approach, students will be provided a bouquet of subjects to pursue profession with passion. Many certificate courses have been planned to engage and train the youth, especially the rural youth and others who returned to roots after the pandemic. Start-up programmes have also been started in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor said that all Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Research Station scattered all over the state will be strengthened. It has been decided to hold major extension and research related meetings amidst farmers in their homes or farms. Prof Chaudhary said that his University scientists were tuned to work in the hills and effort will be made to get more such research projects sanctioned which help in resolving problems of farming community. He expects that each scientist will bring at least one research project to the University. The Vice-Chancellor said that rich diversity in the state needs focussed work to get geographical indicators (GIs) so that benefits reach the farmers of concerned area. The University will undertake new research work on high potential crops like garlic, Kalazeera, ginger, etc. and will also take up research on Chiggu goat, Churri, Gaddi dog (Himachali hound), poultry etc. with biotechnological interventions.
Prof H.K.Chaudhary said that it was his dream to establish Agricultural Technology Park for providing a single window solutions to the farmers. He said that he will develop synergy between farmers, scientists and farm officers. There is need of perfect coordination between private sector, public sector and farmers for quality farm inputs and developing storage and marketing facilities. He said that serious efforts will be made to enhance the domestic income and adopt austerity measures. Efforts will be made to fill vacant positions of teaching and non-teaching staff. The University will work with utmost dedication and in a transparent manner following all rules and regulations. The Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the Governor and Chief Minister for imposing their faith in him and expressed his commitment to serve the farming community to the best of his capability.
Shri Pankaj Sharma, HAS, Registrar and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director (Info & PR) were present during the press conference.
Last Updated: September 05, 2020
No. QSD/PR/511 Dated: 05.09.2020
CSKHPAU creates Information Technology cell
Palampur 5 September. CSK H.P. Agriculture University created an Information Technology (IT) cell. This was announced by Prof. Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that this cell will be base for new education policy. He told that artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, precision agriculture, geo-informatics, etc will be integrated with newly created IT cell. There is a proposal to redesign the university website and online interaction for teaching, research and extension education will be strengthened besides strengthening online communications and collaborations of the various sectors. All employees will be given individual ids and some of the course contents will be online. A vision document will be ready soon. The campus will be made Wi-Fi with identified hotspots. There is proposal to initiate some online farm related courses after its up-gradation to a full fledged department. Prof Chaudhary also discussed salient features of national education policy.
Shri Pankaj Sharma, HAS, Registrar told that IT cell will be handled by four existing staff members with additional charge initially till it is made fully functional. The University statutory officers attended the inaugural ceremony of IT cell.
Last Updated: September 05, 2020
No. QSD/PR/510 Dated: 05.09.2020
Crop diversification key to increase the farm income: Prof H.K.Chaudhary,Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 5 September. A meeting to review the Shiitake Cultivation and Training Centre (SCTC) and other Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded projects was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University.
While chairing the meeting, Prof. H.K. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, said that his University will work for the crop diversification to increase the farm income. He said that some important components of the JICA project for the University like SCTC worth more than Rs. four crore and "Creation of infrastructure for seed production of vegetables and other crops" worth Rs. 10 crore will be highly beneficial to the farming community of Himachal Pradesh. He said that 125 farmers from all over the State will be trained per year in Shiitake cultivation. Since this was the only edible mushroom being used for medicinal purposes like curing cancer, AIDS, etc., the farmers will be getting highly remunerative prices. The Vice-Chancellor asked JICA officers and the University scientists to highlight the nutritive value of Shiitake mushroom among farmers.
The Vice-Chancellor directed scientists to explore the feasibility of providing irrigation to the project on vegetable seed production from bore wells in the project area covering more than 70-hectare area in the University. He told that a hi-tech centre has been proposed as another component of JICA project having hi-tech poly houses and cold storage facilities for off season fruits and vegetables. He asked the scientists to prepare concept notes on the researchable issues on the real farm problems like insect-pest and disease management in vegetable crops and whitefly and soil-borne diseases. Prof Chaudhary asked JICA officers to include garlic and black cumin (kalazira) in the project to facilitate concerned farmers of the state
Dr. JC Rana, Chief Project Director, H.P.Crop Diversification Project (HPCDP), JICA expressed his satisfaction with the progress of construction work at SCTC. He told that the second phase of the project was likely to start in May 2021 with an emphasis on irrigation, marketing and post-harvest management. Dr. Mandeep Sharma, Director of Research and Dr. YP Thakur, Director Extension Education, Er Vikas Sood, Estate Officer and University scientists also expressed their views.
Dr. V. K. Sharma, Project Director, HPCDP JICA, Dr. K. C. Azad, Deputy Project Director HPCDP JICA and some other officers from JICA and scientists from the University attended the meeting.
Last Updated: September 05, 2020
No. QSD/PR/509 Dated: 05.09.2020
CSKHPAU will involve rural youth in farming: Vice-Chancellor Prof H.K.Chaudhary
Palampur 4 September. Prof. H.K. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University said that his University will take effective steps to involve rural youth in agriculture.
The Vice-Chancellor, after attending a webinar by Padma Bhushan Dr. R. S. Paroda, former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research on "Challenges and opportunities before youth in agriculture" said that several suggestions and ideas by the the eminent scientist can be implemented in Himachal Pradesh.
The Vice-Chancellor asked the Deans and Directors to take steps to involve the youth, especially rural youth in agriculture. He said that efforts should be made to motivate youth with exact knowledge about agriculture, animal husbandry and allied avocations. They need institutional back stocking and financial support to initiate farm-related avocations. The Vice-Chancellor said that many programmes at the national and state level have been initiated to involve youth in agriculture. The farm students were involved in rural agricultural work experience which has been transformed to a new student ready programme , Stand-up and Start-up programmes, Make in India, Skill India Mission, P.M.Kisan Vikas Yojna and many other entrepreneurship development programmes have been started to empower the youth.
Prof Chaudhary said that unless youth start earning more they will feel discouraged. As attracting youth to agriculture is a buzz word so they need to be trained to job creators and job providers to others. The Vice-Chancellor said that rural youth can be trained to be good extension workers, farm input suppliers, they can provide custom hire services for farm implements, etc. Some other areas where youth can be trained include conservation agriculture, protected agriculture, improved seed suppliers, certified nursery and quality flower growers, mechanization, post harvest processing, micro-irrigation, labs for water and soil testing, organic certification, bio-fertilizer and bio pesticides suppliers for organic agriculture., agro-tourism, etc.
Shri Pankaj Sharma, HAS, Registrar, Dr.Mandeep Sharma, Director of Research-cum-Dean, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Director of Research, Dr.Madhumeet Singh, Dean Post Graduate Studies, etc. attended the meeting.
Last Updated: September 01, 2020
No. QSD/PR/508 Dated: 01.09.2020
Vice-Chancellor Prof H.K.Chaudhary pays homage to former President of India Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Palampur 1 September. Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, has expressed shock at the demise of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India. Prof Chaudhary said that Shri Mukherjee was a towering statesman who served the country in various capacities and left an indelible mark with his intellectual excellence. His tenures as Union Finance Minister, Union Foreign Minister or Union Defence Minister before becoming President of India are remembered by countrymen for his scholarly and compassionate approach to serve the masses. The Vice-Chancellor said that the University will try to imbibe the virtues of this great personality.
Last Updated: August 29, 2020
No. QSD/PR/507 Dated: 29.08.2020
CSKHPAU will strive hard for 'Krishi Mein Atamnirbharta': Vice-Chancellor Prof H.K.Chaudhary
Palampur 29 August. "The clarion call of the Hon'ble Prime Minister for "Krishi Mein Atamnirbharta" is a Mantra for the socio-economic development of the farming community and our University will strive hard to implement the valuable suggestions in toto" said Prof. Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agricultural University while addressing the statutory officers, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that during the inauguration of administrative buildings of Rani Laxmi Bai Central Agricultural University at Jhansi, the Hon'ble Prime Minister has given many important suggestions to make agriculture self-reliant. He said that the University scientists should work with renewed vigour for transfer of modern scientific technology to the farmers' fields. As announced by the Hon'ble Prime Minister, value addition in farm produce, new innovation under 'One Life, One Mission' by young researchers, developing entrepreneurship among farmers, new storage infrastructure in rural areas, introducing agriculture as a subject in middle classes in the schools, etc. were significant decisions. He said that the University scientists must work on these new areas so that farmers of the State would be benefitted.
Prof. Chaudhary said that the innovative directions of the Hon'ble Prime Minister would inspire future actions so that technology from laboratories reaches the villages. He said that as suggested, the use of artificial intelligence, modern farm implements, etc. should be increased to enhance farm production. Skill component and practical approach in farm education should be enhanced. The farmers should be educated about proper utilization of groundwater and irrigations sources.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed his satisfaction that a large number of farmers at all eight Krishi Vigyan Kendras and several students, through constituent colleges of the University, were linked for live streaming of the Hon'ble Prime Minister's speech at Jhansi.
Last Updated: August 28, 2020
No. QSD/PR/506 Dated: 28.08.2020
Identify new varieties for protected environment: Prof H.K.Chaudhary, VC, CSKHPAU
Palampur 28 August. Prof. Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University inaugurated a webinar on 'Vegetable cultivation under protected cultivation', here today.
The Vice-Chancellor emphasized the need to identify new varieties or genotypes suitable for protected environment with higher production potential. He advised scientists to use artificial intelligence and robotics to enhance the efficiency of the production system. He suggested that small poly-houses should be popularized for small and marginal farmers.
Dr Mandeep Sharma, Director of Research, discussed the techniques of Hi-tech nursery production and varieties suitable for protected environment for enhancing the production potential. Dr Bal Raj Singh, former Vice Chancellor of Jodhpur Agriculture University delivered two thematic expert talks on 'Plug Tray Nursery Raising Technology in Vegetables' and 'Cultivation of Vegetable Crops under Protected Conditions'.
Dr Ranbir Singh Rana, Principal Investigator told that webinar was organized under Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology project on protected agriculture and natural farming, national agricultural higher education project and the World Bank funded project. Dr Akhilesh Sharma,Nodal Officer, Dr. Parveen Sharma, Organizing Secretary, Dr Ajay Sood, co- organizing secretary, Dr. R.K Gupta and Mr Kapil Sharma also took part in the webinar.
The webinar was attended around 200 members from seven universities of the country.
Last Updated: August 28, 2020
No. QSD/PR/505 Dated: 28.08.2020
Prof.H.K. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor releases a compendium on 'Reproductive ailments in abandoned cows and their treatment'
Palampur 28 August. Prof. Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University released a compendium entitled "Reproductive ailments and effect of different treatments on fertility status of abandoned cows in Goshalas of Himachal Pradesh - a rehabilitation effort", here today.
The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the research work of Prof. Madhumeet Singh and his team including Drs. Pravesh Kumar, Khursheed Sofi, Rohit Sharma, and Akshay Sharma. He said that this work will enable the policymakers to plan and effectively deal with stray cattle problem in Himachal Pradesh.
Prof. Madhumeet Singh, Dean, Post-graduate Studies-cum- Head of the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics in the University who was Principal Investigator of the projects to study the reproductive problems in abandoned cows kept in various Goshalas in different parts of H.P., told that the study was conducted under 'Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna' sponsored projects. The study was conducted all over the state and more than 1500 cows were examined on various reproductive parameters. Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Director Extension Education and Dr. Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director (Info & PR) were also present during the release ceremony.
Last Updated: August 25, 2020
No. QSD/PR/451 Dated: 25.08.2020
Prof. H.K.Chaudhary Vice-Chancellor pays a courtesy call to Shri Shanta Kumar
Palampur 25 August. Prof. Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University paid a courtesy call to Shri Shanta Kumar, former Chief Minister.
Shri Shanta Kumar while appreciating the past achievements of the University and the new Vice-Chancellor said that he was emotionally attached to the University and has high expectations from the capable Vice-Chancellor and hard-working staff. He discussed major issues concerning agriculture and farmers in the state. The Vice-Chancellor said that efforts will be made to give international recognition and position to this prestigious farm institution founded by Shri Shanta Kumar during his tenure as Chief Minister in 1978. He assured that untiring efforts will be made to realize the dreams of former Chief Minister and the University will religiously work in the mandated areas of academics, research, and extension education for the benefit of stakeholders. Shri Shanta Kumar also presented his book on Swami Vivekanand to Prof Chaudhary. The Vice-Chancellor also met Shri Vipin Singh Parmar, Hon'ble Speaker, H.P. Vidhan Sabha. Dr. (Mrs.) Parveen Lata, wife of the Vice-Chancellor was also present on the occasion.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Harinder Kumar Chaudhary gets a rousing reception from the University Community
Palampur 24 August. After his appointment, Prof H.K.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor reached the Admin Block and got grand reception from the teaching and non-teaching staff from various departments. The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by his wife Dr.(Mrs.) Parveen Lata.
Last Updated: August 24, 2020
Prof. Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, formally joined his duties at the University on 24 August. He had given his joining report to the Hon'ble Governor, H.P. & Chancellor on 22 August at Shimla