||Archive News 2015||
Last Updated: February 02, 2016
No. QSD/MC/07 Dated: 1 Feb 2016
COA organizes a lecture on Biotechnology
Palampur 1 February. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has appreciated the role of biotechnology in agriculture. He, as Chief Guest, was addressing a galaxy of farm scientists and students at the College of Agriculture (COA), here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that biotechnology has been able to give a push in crop production through various innovative techniques. He cited the examples of two crop varieties Pusa Jai Kisan in case of Sarson and Phule Savitri in case of sugarcane for increased production. He said that tissue culture technology has helped in germplasm conservation of endangered plant species.
T.R.Sharma, Director, National Research Center
on Plant Biotechnology, an alumnus of the COA, in his special lecture
on Agricultural Biotechnology: From Genome to Gene and Genotype" highlighted
importance of genomics in discovering genes of agronomic importance and
their utilization in developing high yielding crop varieties citing a
specific example of rice blast resistance gene. He also informed
achievements of his centre.
Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, highlighted the achievements of the university in the area of biotechnology. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, COA said that his college was celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year and this lecture was part of the series of lectures to mark the occasion.
Scientist and postgraduate students were present during the lecture.
Last Updated: January 27, 2016
No. QSD/MC/07 Dated: 27Jan , 2016
Glimpses of Republic Day Celebrations in the University
Republic Day was celebrated enthusiastically in the University. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor unfurled the National Flag and took salute form the NCC contingent. He also addressed the staff and appreciated the Students’ Welfare Organization for organizing the function and NCC cadets for the impressive parade. Some glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations in the University:
Last Updated: January 23, 2016
Media Visit to the Deptt of Veterinary Gynecology & Obstetrics
CSKHPAU scientists take lead in India in laparoscopic diagnosis of reproductive problems in cows
Palampur 23 January. The Media Cell organized a visit to the Department of Veterinary Gynecology & Obstetrics, Dr. G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences,CSK H.P. Agriculture University , here today. Dr. Navneet Vasishta, Professor and Head; Dr. Madhumeet Singh, Professor; Drs. Amit Sharma and r. Pravesh Kumar, both Assistant Professor interacted with reporters and answered to their various questions.
The scientists told the visiting reporters about their major activities. It was informed that laparoscopic diagnosis of reproductive problems in cows has been started for the first time in India by this department. This latest work started in the department is providing advanced information of abnormalities of reproductive system of cows. Work has been done successfully for the first time in country to diagnose patency of fallopian tubes of cows with laparoscope, which was otherwise difficult to be diagnosed.
It was informed that being a clinical department, this department provides clinical facilities to the farmers of Himachal Pradesh in the areas of Female Infertility, Obstetrics and Andrology.
This department has bagged 10 research projects in the last five years worth 330.5 lac (3.305 crore) rupees. The main emphasis of research has been to study the reproductive problems of cows and buffaloes reared by farmers of Himachal Pradesh and also of abandoned cows. The area of these studies has been entire State with an aim to conduct research on epidemiology, etiology, management and suggesting curative measures for various reproductive disorders prevalent in different agro climatic zones of the State.
During a study by this department under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) project on reproductive status of abandoned cows maintained in various Gosadans and possibilities of treating those, 55% had reproductive problems. Further it was found that out of allreproductive problems in abandoned cows, 50.00% were caused by technical errors committed by personals handling genitalia, of which only 13% were treatable. Whereas, 40% reproductive problems in these abandoned cows were suspected to be due to managerial problems like poor feeding by owner. However, a much higher post treatment recovery rate of 44% was recorded in these cows with managerial problems. Irrespective of the reasons, overall treatable percentage of various reproductive ailments was 23%.
As this study indicated that a very high incidence of genital tract ailments in abandoned cows was associated with injuries/technical errorsattributed to the faulty Artificial Insemination (AI) technique, there was felt a need to improve the skill of personnel involved in AI programme of the state. As majority of AI is performed by Veterinary Pharmacists due to the shortage of doctors in state Animal Husbandry Department, it was decided to impart refresher training to working Veterinary Pharmacists. Overall 729 pharmacists were refreshed in 31 refresher training between years 2012 and 2014.
It was also informed that the department was rendering specialized services to the farmers of the State for treatment of various reproductive disorders. Since year 2013, scientists from department have organized 125 infertility treatment camps under RKVY project in all parts of Himachal Pradesh, including 32 camps in tribal areas of Pangi, Bharmour, Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur and also some very remote locations like trans-giri villages of Sirmour, Dodra-Kwar (Shimla), Janjehli (Mandi), Barsheni (Kullu) and Kihar (Chamba) etc. More than 2500 animals with reproductive ailments have been examined and treated in these camps. Blood samples and uterine discharge samples have been collected from around 800 animals for detailed investigations of various diseases. All diagnostic facilities including hormonal, mineral and biochemical estimations in blood and also microbiological investigations of uterine discharge exist in the department.These camps will be continued in future also.
A very positive result of pharmacist trainings imparted has emerged from the data generated from infertility camps. In majority of cows, repeat breeding in general and endometritis in particular are responsible for animals not conceiving and mainly caused by inefficient inseminators. While comparing data of camps organized in years 2013 and 2014, with the camps organized in 2015, it was found that incidence of repeat breeding has decreased by 10% and endometritis alone has decreased by 7%. This decrease can be attributed to improved technical skills of pharmacists imparted refresher training. There is a hope that if the same trend of improvement continues then the number of cows abandoned by owners due to reproductive problems may also decrease.
Being a very important Sheep breed of Himachal Pradesh, reproductive behavior and genital disease pattern in Gaddi sheep has been studied and documented by the department under RKVY. Presently department is also working on another research project to analysis obstetrical interventions in animals suffering from difficult birth in different parts of Himachal Pradesh under same project.
Dr.S.K.Sharma, officiating Dean of the College; Dr. Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information & Public Relations) and post graduate students of the department were present during the Media Visit.
Pic captions: A view of laparoscopic diagnosis facility and Scientists interacting with Media
Last Updated: January 20, 2016
No. QSD/MC/05 Dated:19 Jan , 2016
CSKHPAU to help students and young farmers in taking advantage of Start-up India, Stand-up India initiatives
Palampur 19 January. "Each professor must motivate a student to take advantage of Start-up India and Stand- up India initiatives of the Govt. of India", said Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor while addressing the statutory officers, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the purpose of this initiative was to ignite the entrepreneurship among the youth of our country with a large number of incentives like registration through an App, self certification, tax relief, patent protection, etc. and there were nineteen plans to choose. There was a budget of Rs.Ten thousand crore and seven research parks will be developed with an outlay of Rs. hundred crore for each park. He asked the Director of Research to screen university research work for innovations and asked the Deans to interact with senior students and encourage them to identify the innovations for Start- ups. Similarly the Director of Extension Education can identify the young farmers and livestock keepers for Start- ups in areas like marketing of organic produce as there were thirty thousand farmers engaged in organic farming but were finding it difficult to market their produce. There were many enterprises like production of quality planting material, value addition and processing, use of underutilized fibres, organic dyes, Mushroom processing unit , raising of rainbow trout in lower belt, high quality animal production and product development, bee products other than honey like bee-venom; bee wax, royal jelly, etc. which can be taken up by the youngsters.
He said that the Human Resource Development and Placement Cell of the university can train its students in certain areas to take advantage of these initiatives. The university may consider gifting some of its technologies to its students to take advantage of Start-up India and Stand-up India programmes.
All Deans, Directors and other statutory officers took part in the meeting.
Last Updated: January 19, 2016
QSD/MC/04 Dated:13 Jan , 2016
Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch inaugurates training on Personality Development
Palampur 13 January. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, inaugurated a two days training programme on personality development for the students at College of Agriculture, here today.
Stressing the importance of 'healthy body, healthy mind'; the Vice-Chancellor advised the students to effectively manage their time to improve their personality and imbibe good qualities like hard work, consistency, never give up attitude, focus and determination. He said that one must not lose self confidence and should always have a positive attitude to manage day to day stress in life. He also wanted that more students should excel in national level competitions to bring name and fame to the university. He informed that he would like to get feedback from all the participating students after the training programme.
Dr.Jahnvi Shekhar, Students' Welfare Officer, told that to sharpen the communication and other skills, two days training for personality development has been organised by inviting experts from Bangalore and final year students from all the constituent colleges will be trained in three batches. He expressed the hope that the training will hone efficiency of students to manage their personal and professional life.
Dr.P.K.Mehta,Dean, College of Agriculture, said that such trainings were helpful to the students to face interviews with added confidence. He complimented the Human Resource Development and Placement Cell of the Students' Welfare Organisation for conducting the training.
Dr.Ravinder Singh Chandel, Programme Director, Human Resource Development and Placement Cell, informed that 86 students from the College of Agriculture and College of Home Science were taking part in the programme. A session for the teachers has also been planned.
Ms.Radha, Chief Executive Officer and trainer from Smart Series Bangalore and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) attended the inaugural ceremony.
A view of the dais and participants
Last Updated: January 11, 2016
CSKHPAU scientists issue advisory for the control of yellow rust in wheat crop
Palampur 8 January. The scientists of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University have advised the farmers to visit their wheat fields regularly and observe the crop critically for the appearance of yellow rust in the form of yellow coloured pustules and powdery mass in stripes on leaves, especially under trees and in moist pockets. They have stressed that those farmers who have sown wheat varieties HD 2967 and HD 3086 should be more vigilant for the appearance of this disease. Further, the scientists have advised that the farmers must spray their crop with propiconazole 25 EC (Tilt 25 EC or Shine 25 EC) by making a solution of 30 ml fungicide in 30 litre water or tabuconazole @ 0.05% by making a solution of 15 ml fungicide in 30 litre of water adding one spoon of sticker or NIRMA powder or Lassi (traditional butter milk) and spraying per Kanal immediately after seeing the symptoms and repeat it after 15 days.
Last Updated: January 6, 2016
No. QSD/MC/02 Dated: 6 Jan , 2016
Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch inaugurates inter-college Youth Festival
Palampur 6 January. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, inaugurated an inter-college youth festival here today.
He said that such events provided a platform for the students to express their creativity, which was a must to excel in life. He suggested that a competition of 'Akshar Shalokam' be added to the events where the students may find and recite 'shaloka' related to agriculture,, livestock, rural life, etc. This will generate interest of students in our old age rich literature and help in reviving glory of our enriched past. The Vice-Chancellor said that the youth was full of energy which needed channelization for the development of country. He advised the students and participants to work hard and reap the dividends later.
Dr.Jahnvi Shekhar, Students' Welfare Officer, told that around 150 students from four constituent colleges will be taking part in seventeen items like Music, Dances, Theatre and Literary competitions.
Earlier the Vice-Chancellor lit the lamp and declared the youth festival open. The ceremony started by playing the University Anthem followed by Sarswati Vandna by the girl students.
All the statutory officers, heads, teaching and non-teaching staff and students attended the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: January 1, 2016
New Year address by the Vice-Chancellor
Dr.K.K.Katoch exhorts staff to help the farmers to Double the Income
Palampur 1 January. Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has exhorted the staff to work on the concept of 'Double the Income(DTI)' in addition to discharging their mandatory duties of teaching, research and extension education. He was addressing the university staff on the occasion of New Year.
The Vice-Chancellor told that despite tremendous financial support from the State Govt, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other funding agencies, the university need to increase its domestic income and also help in doubling the income of farming community. He asked the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs)and other units to submit projects like seed production programme, value addition in farm produce, beekeeping, etc.
He told that a mega State level Kisan Mela will be organized in mid-March where progressive farmers will share their success stories and interact with scientists. Another workshop on zero budget farming also known as natural farming will be held in end April. He expressed his satisfaction over successful organization of convocation and informed that online admission process has been successful and will be improved further this year. He told that construction work on Rs. Five crore girls' hostel has started as the number of girl students was increasing every year. It will house 108 girls including 24 foreign students. He appreciated the students for their magnificent performance in various national level competitions and attributed it to the quality teaching in the university. Video-conferencing facility has been created for conducting viva-voce examination where experts from all over the world will be available to conduct the examination.
He also appreciated the good research work and asked the scientists to work on cutting edge technologies and include risk factor in their research proposals. Effort has been made to address the needs of farmers and farming in research topics of post graduate students also . He also appreciated the extension education activities and told that a special task force on protected cultivation has been formed to repair poly houses and train two farmers from each block of the State on these aspects. He said that veterinary scientists were organizing clinical camps in remote and less accessible areas and the Veterinary Emergency Response Unit was attending to emergencies. Last year, over fifteen thousand farmers participated in 515 trainings and around 6000 farmers visited the University and KVKs
The Vice-Chancellor asked the staff to work with dedication for the welfare of farming community of the state. All the statutory officers, heads of departments, teaching and non-teaching employees and post graduate students attended the programme in the university auditorium.
Last Updated: December 25, 2015
No. QSD/MC/89 Dated: 24 Dec , 2015
SAC at KVK, Dhaulakuan
Poly house technology a boon for the farmers: Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor
Dhaulakuan(Nahan) 24 December. A scientific advisory committee (SAC) meeting of local KrishiVigyan Kendra(KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University was held here today. While chairing the meeting, Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, said that KVK has done good work in popularising vegetables production in the district and the university would guide the farmers for registration of ginger(Sonth) under geographic indicators.The Vice-Chancellor told that the state was comfortable in the area of food crops production but there was need to concentrate in the production of pulses and oilseed crops. He said that Poly house technology was a boon for the farmers and the university was actively working to solve the problems associated with this type of farming. Recently, a task force has been formed in the university to repair damaged poly houses and the department of agriculture has been asked to send two interested persons from each block to get training from the university for the benefit of farmers.The Vice-Chancellor said that his university would organise a seminar on natural farming from 26-30 April to popularise it and asked the progressive farmers to attend it. He also spoke on the importance of growing such crops which were not damaged by the wild animals, including monkeys. He said that it was necessary to keep animals healthy by animal management, proper feeding etc. He also discussed news programmes like soil health cards, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav,etc. and asked the farmers to give exact feedback to scientists so that they may work on new problem.Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education while elaborating about various extension activities welcomed the useful suggestions by the member progressive farmers. He informed that the University would organise Farmers'-Scientist Congress in mid- March where they would share their success stories. He also spoke on the importance of judicious use of chemicals in crops. He also spoke on the emerging challenges for the farming. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, appreciated the good work of KVK and highlighted the issues like water management by drip irrigation with fertigation, cropping system to manage the problems of monkey menace, marketing of farm produce, application of culture in pulses, protected cultivation, etc. He also detailed research activities for the benefit of farmers.Dr.Anirudh Manchanda, Programme coordinator, KVK briefed about major activities undertaken in the past and work to be done in the near future.Drs.Pankaj Mittal and Sangita Attri also expressed their views. The Vice-Chancellor also released four farm publications by the KVK scientists. He also launched farmers' page on the KVK's website.District level officers of the agricultural and rural development departments, progressive farmer members of SAC like Ravi Swarup, Ved Parkash, Kundan Shastri and Shakuntla Devi actively participated in the meeting.Earlier, Dr K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor visited experimental farms of University's Regional Research Station and KVK and sought details about the on-going research work from Dr.Dhanbir Singh, Associate Director and Dr.Anirudh Manchanda, Programme Coordinator KVK and gave instructions to them. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research; Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education, Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information &Public Relations) and scientists of station and KVK were present on the occasion.
Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor visiting experimental farms
A views of dais & participating SAC members
Chief Guest releasing publications
Last Updated: December 23, 2015
No. QSD/MC/88 Dated: 22 Dec , 2015
SAC at KVK,Una Onus to produce more on farmers and scientists: Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor Una 22 December. A scientific advisory committee (SAC) meeting of local Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University was held here today. While chairing the meeting, Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, said that steps were being taken for better convergence of all concerned departments and agencies working for the socio-economic development of farmers at district level. The Vice-Chancellor said that onus to produce more from ever decreasing farm land was on the scientists and farming community as population was increasing. The Vice-Chancellor said that his university would organise a seminar on natural farming in end April. He said the justification and utility of poly house farming in Una district needs to be debated and told that climate change was bound to adversely affect crop production so judicious use of water was a must. He informed that a task force has been formed to repair damaged poly houses and the department of agriculture has been asked to send interested persons to get training from the university for the benefit of farmers. He also cautioned farmers against excessive use of chemicals in the crops. The Vice-Chancellor also spoke on the importance of increasing production of oilseeds and pulses. He also discussed issues like value addition, marketing, good agricultural practices, soil health cards, etc. He said that technology generated by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Ludhiana was to be adopted in toto in the adjoining plain areas of Himachal Pradesh. He appreciated the participation of Scientists from KVKs of PAU at Ropar and Hoshiarpur. Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education said that all members ought to spread the messages of new scientific technology among other farmers of the district. He asked the farmers to remain in touch with the university and it’s all KVKs and research stations to solve their farm related problmes. He said that it was imperative to associate younger generation with the farming He also elaborated about various extension education activities and asked the farmers to adopt exact techniques. He told that the University would organise Farmers-Scientist Congress in mid March. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, said that Una was predominantly irrigated area based on ground water comparing it to other districts of the State. He cautioned farmers about the depleting water table. He also touched issues like imbalanced use of fertilizers and asked the farmers to use fertilizers based on the soil health cards. He also detailed research activities for the benefit of farmers. Dr.A.R.Khan, Programme coordinator, KVK briefed about major activities undertaken in the past and work to be done in the near future. Drs.Arvind Kumar and Sanjay Sharma also expressed their views. District level officers of the agricultural and rural development departments, progressive farmer members of SAC and for the first time, Scientist Incharges of KVK, Ropar and KVK,Hoshiarpur of Panjab Agricultural University Ludhiana also actively participated in the meeting. Earlier, Dr K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor visited University’s Regional Research Sub Station, Akrot(Una) and sought details about the on-going research work from Dr.Bipan Sharma, Scientist Incharge. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research; Dr. Atul, Director of Extension Education and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information & Public Relations) were present on the occasion.
Last Updated: December 19, 2015
Media Cell No QSD/MC/88 Dated:18 Dec.,2015
Workshop on Sanrakshit Kheti avam Prashikshan (.pdf format)
Last Updated: December 16, 2015
No QSD/MC/86 Dated:15 Dec.,2015
Workshop on Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa at Shimla
Shimla/Palampur The Centre for Geo-Informatics Research and Training, CSKHPKV, Palampur organized one day workshop on Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa at Shimla in collaboration with Indian Meeorological Deptt. Delhi and HP. The meeting was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Dr. K.K. Katoch . Speaking on the occasion Dr. KK Katoch said that the primary objective of the workshop is to apprise about the outputs of operational projects being executed by various agencies including CSKHPKV, Palampur for the benefit of farmers. He said that the operational venture of IMD on the crop yield forecasting at district scale is crucial for proper planning for crop production prospects and policy making in the agricultural sector at regional and country level. The project on "Forecasting Agricultural output using Space, Agrometeorology and Land based observations (FASAL)" is providing district level yield forecasts for maize and wheat at present for Himachal Pradesh and further it would be extended to nine other crops including horticultural crops in future. Dr B.P.Singh, Director, Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, and Dr. A.K.Baxla IMD, New Delhi was the guest of honour in the programme spoke on the weather forecasting in details. Dr. S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research highlighted the contributions of Agriculture University, Palampur in weather forecasting.. Mr Manmohan Singh, Director, Meteorological centre, Shimla was the special invitee in this function. In addition regional met centre, IMD of North zone and various representatives of the departments of Himachal Pradesh wewre present to grace the occasion.Speaking on the occasion convener of the workshop DR. R.S. Rana said that the primary objective of the workshop was to apprise about the outputs of operational projects being executed by various agencies including CSKHPKV, Palampur for the benefit of farmers and further scale up for other sectors. However to enhance the accuracy, dissemination and customisation of forecasts products, feed back from line departments is essential to maximize the benefits for end users. Dr. R.S. Rana said that a project entitled "Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) funded by India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES) is providing five days weather forecasts which is used for providing weather based agro-advisories and forewarning to farmers at district level through various electronic and print media. However to enhance the accuracy, dissemination and customisation of forecasts products feed back from line departments is essential to maximize the benefits for end users.
Last Updated: December 14, 2015
CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur
Camp Krishi Vigyan Kendra,Berthin (Bilaspur)
No QSD/MC/86 Dated:11 Dec.,2015
SAC at KVK,Berthin
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor appreciated convergence between KVKs and ATMA
Berthin(Bilaspur) 11 December . A scientific advisory committee meeting of local Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University was held, here today. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, while chairing the meeting appreciated the excellent coordination between KVKs and Agricultural Technological Management Agency (ATMA) at district level .
He said that district Bilaspur was known for pulse production and has also earned name for poly house cultivation, animal husbandry, etc but keeping in view the ill effects of global warming, the scientist and farmers should explore the options of alternative crops also. He told that his university will organize a specialized training for poly house repair and maintenance .Similarly , training for tractor driving can be arranged for the farmers.
The Vice-Chancellor also advocated for mega demonstration unit for the benefit of all farmers in each block and asked the scientists and farm officers to involve press for dissemination of useful technologies to the farming community. He also cautioned the farmers for indiscriminate use of chemicals in crops. He also spoke on the importance of water conservation, farm mechanization, etc and informed about organization of a farmer-science congress in March at his university.
Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education, elaborated about various extensions education activities and asked the farming community to maintain a live link with the university and its KVKs and research stations for guidance. He told that the university will prepare a directory of useful numbers and contacts for farmers.
Dr. Kuldeep Singh Verma, Programme coordinator, KVK, presented a report of activities undertaken in the past and future plans. Dr. Ravinder Kumar also expressed his views .Five farm publications were released by Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor. District level Officers from various development departments from Bilaspur and progressive farmers actively participated in the meeting.
Last Updated: December 10, 2015
No. QSD/MC/85 Dated: 10 Dec , 2015
Challenge to produce more for increasing population on decreasing farm land: Dr.K.K.Katoch
Sunadarnagar 10 December. A scientific advisory committee meeting of the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University, was held here today.
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, while chairing the meeting said that the importance of farming was ever increasing as the population was increasing and there was challenge to produce more from ever decreasing farm land. He said that the joint efforts of progressive farmers, the farm university and State Deptt of Agriculture has made Himachal Pradesh self sufficient on food front. The Vice-Chancellor told that the university would organize a four day s seminar on zero budget farming from 27-30 April at Palampur and invited the farmers to share their experiences and learn from the experts. He also advocated growing of pulses and also spoke on the importance of trained manpower for poly house repair and upkeep, food processing, animal husbandry ,etc.
Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education, asked the KVK scientists to test innovations of progressive farmers on scientific basis and said that major and micro nutrients have depleted from the soil due to high intensity farming and there was need for soil testing. The soil health card can help farmers to rejuvenate the fatigued soils by addition of required fertilizers and nutrients.
Dr.Pankaj Sood, Programme Coordinator, KVK, informed about major achievements and future programmes. Dr. Kavita Sharma and Shakuntla Rahi also expressed their views.
District level officers from the departments of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, etc and members actively participated in the meeting.
The Vice-Chancellor chairing the SAC meeting and a view of participants
Last Updated: December 09, 2015
No. QSD/MC/84 Dated: 9 Dec , 2015
SAC meeting at KVK, Bajaura
The farm varsity to help in making Kullu cannabis free: Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, HPAU
Bajaura(Kullu) 9 December. A scientific advisory committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University was held here today. Chairing the meeting, Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, declared that the university will play an active role to provide alternative remunerative crops to the farmers of all those areas in the Kullu district which were growing cannabis. He said that the university has constituted a committee which will visit Malana and all such remote areas where cannabis was being grown and after a detailed study will provide not only high value medicinal crops to the farmers but will also give a policy document to the government for appropriate decisions.
He told that the university and its all Krishi Vigyan Kendras and research stations were effectively working for the socio economic development of the farming community and were getting full support from the State Department of Agriculture , State Deptt. of Animal Husbandry and all those agencies which were working for rural development. Dr Katoch advised that demonstrations should be organised on various aspects and problems so that the progressive farmers may learn various farm related skills by doing and may also further train other farmers in their villages. He also discussed issues of global warming, soil and water conservation, resilience farming, protected cultivations, importance of pulses and animal husbandry. He directed the KVK staff to make at least one village animal disease free in Kullu district.
Dr.Atul, Director Extension Education, told that the University will organise a three days Kisan Mela at Plampur in March where progressive farmers will be invited to share their success stories. He said that university has recently distributed more than 550 soil health cards in the State. He also elaborated about various extension activities.
Dr.R.S.Jamwal , Associate Director, Regional Research Station, said that it was imperative to follow crop rotations to save nutrients in the soil. He said that the station and KVK has been able to motive farmers for crop diversification in Kullu but the indiscriminate use of chemical was a cause of concern.
Dr.S.K.Thakur, Programme Coordinator, KVK while detailing activities told that his KVK was adjudged best KVK in North Zone by the Indian Council Agricultural Research recently. He also elaborated about future programmes.
Representatives of various departments and of the State Govt and agricultural institutions of the Govt of India in district Kullu and some progressive farmers actively participated in the meeting.
Dr. K.K.Katoch, VC chairing the SAC meeting and a view of participants
Last Updated: December 07, 2015
Significant University Activities for the month of November 2015
Acharya Devvrat, His Excellency the Governor, Himachal Pradesh and Chancellor, CSKHPKV and Shri B.B.L. Butail, Hon'ble Speaker, Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, graced the 13th Convocation of the University on 1 November. Three hundred and forty six doctoral, master's and bachelor degrees were conferred (12 Ph.D; 112 Masters & 222 Bachelor's degrees) and 212 students (5 Ph.D; 65 Masters & 142 Bachelor degree recipients) received their degrees in person. H.E. the Governor conferred all the degrees and Honour Certificates. Shri B.B.L. Butail decorated twenty 22 brilliant students with Gold Medals. In his address, the Chancellor exhorted the scientists to help farmers with useful technologies so that they become prosperous which will make all healthy and the State will also prosper. H.E. the Governor said that women were excelling in every field and should come forward to participate in agriculture activities in order to strengthen the sector with their contribution. The Governor urged the farmers of the State to adopt traditional and organic farming to enhance the quality of their produce and to get better prices in the market. Chief Guest Sh. B B L Butail congratulated all the degree recipients and called upon them to work dedicatedly for strengthening the State and put their knowledge for improving the farming activities in the State. Dr. K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the dignitaries and informed about various achievements in the areas of academics, research and extension education. Shri Manoj Kumar, Registrar, conducted the proceedings and Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Dean, College of Basic Sciences, presented a vote of thanks. Members of Senate, BOM, Academic Council, Officers of local administration and parents of the degree recipients attended the convocation.
His Excellency the Governor was Chief Guest in the cultural evening in the auditorium on 1 November. His Excellency released inaugural issue of CSK HPKV Newsletter, a quarterly newsletter of the University and an audio CD on protected cultivation prepared by the Directorate of Extension Education. In his address, Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor said that cultural evening has been organized to mark the foundation day of the University, to celebrate the convocation and also to mark the Golden Jubilee Year of COA. The students of constituent colleges presented a musical and colorful cultural programme.
Acharya Devvrat, His Excellency the Governor, Himachal Pradesh and Chancellor, CSKHPKV, visited some departments on 2 November in COA and Dr.GCN COVAS and evinced keen interest in the ongoing activities. The Governor interacted with scientists and got information about the various research activities. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, accompanied the Governor.
Shri BBL Butail, Hon'ble Speaker, H.P. Vidhan Sabha laid the foundation stone of Rukmani girls hostel at the University on 1 November. According to Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, the Govt of H.P. has funded the hostel to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 crore.
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, chaired a joint meeting of the Monitoring and Guidance and Executive Committee of International Coordination Cell on 16 November. He said that all requisite facilities will be provided to the foreign students to facilitate their studies and stay at the University.
CSKHPKV and Institute of Nuclear Medicines DRDO under the aegis of Seabuckthorn Association of India organized the 7th Conference of the International Seabuckthorn Association on 24 November at N. Delhi. As Chief Guest Dr. K.K. Katoch, Vice-Chancellor inaugurated the conference. Sh. Ravi Thakur, Vice-Chairperson, National Commission on Schedule Tribes, Dr. S. Manas K. Mandal, Director General, Research & Development, Life Science, Sh. Kewal Singh Pathania, Vice-Chairman, HP Forest Cooperation, Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, DDG, ICAR; Dr. Virendra Singh, Organizing Secretary and other Indian and global experts and companies participated in the the Conference.
Two research project proposals viz. (i) "Metagenomic analysis of Pahari cattle rumen to identify microbial flora involved in low grade roughage utilization" worth Rs. 32.76 lakh and (ii) " Development of a nanoparticle-based biosensor assay for pen-side diagnosis of Sheeppox and Goatpox using multiple antigentic peptides" worth Rs. 35.20 lakh have been submitted to ICAR for consideration and necessary funding under ICAR Extramural Research Project.
Two research project proposals viz. (i) "Popularization, Promotion and Validation of IPM Technology in Vegetables with Emphasis on Biopesticides, Plant Extracts, Pheromone Traps and Bioagents" worth Rs. 9.67 lakh and (ii) " Evaluation of Plant Growth Regulator "BOUNTY" in Green Pea for enhanced production" worth Rs. 2.70 lakh have been submitted to the Deputy General Manager, NABARD, Shimla and Technical Sale Executive, Mumbai , respectively for consideration and necessary funding
A State level Agriculture Officers' Workshop on Rabi crops was organized on 21 November.Dr.K.K.Katoch Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the workshop.
The Directorate of Extension Education and KVKs organized 31 training programmes with the participation of 1397 farmers.
KVK, Kangra organsied a Kisan Mela at Lunj on 22 November in which 650 farmers participated and KVK, Sundernagar organized a Kisan Goshthi.
KVK, Dhaulakuan put-up an exhibition at Renukajee International Fair from 21-25 November.
Sixty two diagnostic visits were conducted.
The College of Agriculture organized two advanced trainings on "Protected cultivation of vegetable crops" to the farmers on 20-22 November and 27-29 November under RKVY project.
Dr.GCN COVAS organized special infertility camps in Shimla and Solan districts from 26-29 November.
388 clinical cases were diagnosed and treated in clinics. 135 samples were also analyzed.
242 farmers from all over the State visited the University and KVKs for technical guidance.
A two days 'National conference on interventions in livestock production-cum-health and crop mixed farming for nutritional security' was organized at Dr.G. C. Negi COVAS on 4-5 November.
To commemorate the Golden Jubilee Year of the COA, a cultural evening was organized by the members of Agro Club on 20 November. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor was chief guest in the programme.
The students and staff of the College of Home Science organized a cultural evening Radiance: Home Science Nite 2K15 on 29 November. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor was Chief Guest. He appreciated the efforts of students and also distributed prizes to the students. Dr.Rekha Malhotra, Dean, College of Home Science also expressed her views.
College of Agriculture organized Declamation contest, Quiz Competition, Poster Making Competition and Cultural Programme to mark the Golden Jubilee Celebration of COA.
Dr GCN COVAS generated an income of Rs.34,58,718 only, the College of Agriculture generated an income of Rs.4,78,757 only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an amount of Rs.2,64,432 only.
The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for payment of salary, wages and retirement benefits etc.
Last Updated: December 05, 2015
No. QSD/MC/83 Dated: 5 Dec , 2015
CSKHPAU distributes five hundred soil health cards to mark 'World Soil Day'
Palampur 5 December. CSK H.P. Agriculture University celebrated 'World Soil Day' by distributing over five hundred soil health cards to the farmers. Around fifty cards were distributed in a programme at University here and rest of the cards were distributed through its eight Krishi Vigyan Kendras in different districts in the State, today.
Prof. Atul, Director of Extension Education, as Chief Guest asked the soil health card recipient farmers to remain in touch with soil scientists of the University for guidance during crop seasons. He told that Soil Health Cards contained all the information of the farmer including the fertilizer recommendations for predominant crops grown in the area with straight as well as the complex fertilizers in Hindi. He told that the country has 1244 soil testing laboratories and the University soil testing laboratory was one of the best in the region.
Dr. S.S. Kanwar, Director of Research, said that soil was a living system but over exploitation of soil has fatigued it and it needed replenishment with requisite nutrients. He expressed the hope that soil health cards would enable the farmers to manage it scientifically. He told that health of soil affects human health so it required adequate attention and care. He said that information in soil health cards will be very helpful to the farmers in applying the balanced fertilizers including secondary and micronutrients.
Dr. PK Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture, remarked that soil provided plenty of sources for the ecosystem and was reservoir of biodiversity. He informed that the students of his college had launched soil testing campaign with the message to conserve and preserve soils. He said that application of balanced fertilizers will not only help in maintaining and improving the soil health but will save the costly inputs and protect the environment.
Dr.(Mrs) Usha Kiran Chopra, a retired Principal Scientist, Division of Agricultural Physics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute , New Delhi as a key speaker, enlightened about the importance of soil health cards, soil quality and soil sustainability. She told that for good soil health, integration of physical, chemical and biological properties was a must. She said that healthy soils were required for healthy and quality food.
Dr. SP Dixit, Head of the Department of Soil Science elaborated about the genesis and importance of ‘International Year of Soil’ and ‘World Soil Day’.
Drs. Raj Pal Sharma and Sanjay Sharma also expressed their views. Chief Gust Dr.Atul and key speaker Dr Usha Kiran Chopra distributed soil health cards to around fifty farmers of nearby villages of Bandvihar, Padhiarkhar,Bandla,Banuri, Sungal and Draman.
Dr.S.P.Sharma, Dean, Post Graduate Studies; Dr.R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Dr. GC Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Dr.K.S.Thakur, Librarian, Dr. Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information & Public Relations), Heads, Scientists and students also attended the World Soil Day.
A view of dais
Dr.Atul distributing Soil Health Card to a farmer
Farmers with Chief Guest and others audience --
Dr.Hirday Paul Singh Jt.Director(Info & PR) CSK H.P.Agri.University Palampur 176062
Last Updated: December 04, 2015
No. QSD/MC/82 Dated: 4 Dec , 2015
Women in Agriculture Day celebrated at CSKHPAU
Palampur 4 December. 'Women in Agriculture Day' was celebrated enthusiastically at CSK H.P. Agriculture University here today. The College of Agriculture, as a part of its Golden Jubilee Year lecture series, organized a special lecture to commemorate the day.
Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, as Chief Guest, underlined the importance of providing access to resources to farm women to increase opportunities for them. He said that there were not many women friendly tools, especially in hill states like Himachal Pradesh although 57 percent women play an active role in Agriculture here. He also wanted that number of women extension workers should be more to interact freely with farm women for effective transfer of technology. Dr.Kanwar said that farm women were backbone of rural economy without any recognition but to move towards nutritional sensitive agriculture, the role of women should not go unsung.
Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture, as Guest of Honour, informed that his college teachers were motivating the school students to adopt agriculture as a career resulting girl students outnumbering boys in his college. He lamented that gender issues have not received adequate attention.
Dr.Usha Kiran Chopra, a retired Principal Scientists from Indian Agricultural Research Institute , New Delhi, as a keynote speaker , told that farm women need ownership of land, education, training ,legal rights and access to credit which can accelerate farm growth in the country. She informed that the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has established National Centre for Women in Agriculture in the year 1996 which has been upgraded to Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, this year. She advocated the need to popularize new farm technology among rural and farm women. Dr.Chopra wanted that women should be an essential part of policy making and efforts should be made to retain professional women when due to family obligations they were made to quit. Drs. Vedna Kumari and Sonia Sood also expressed their views.
Staff and students attended the programme.
Last Updated: December 01, 2015
No. QSD/MC/81 Dated 30 Nov, 2015
Glimpses of Radiance
Palampur 30 November.The students and staff of the College of Home Science organized a cultural evening Radiance: Home Science Nite 2K15 on 29 November. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor was Chief Guest. He appreciated the efforts of students and also distributed prizes to the students. Dr.Rekha Malhotra, Dean, College of Home Science also expressed her views. Some of the glimpses of Radiance: