Last Updated: October 21, 2016
No. QSD/MC/74 Dated: 21 October, 2016
CSKHPAU notifies six percent enhanced DA to its staff & pensioners
Palampur 21 Oct. CSK H.P. Agriculture University has enhanced the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) from the existing rate of 119 per cent to 125 per cent with effect from 1 January, 2016 in respect of the employees of the University on the analogy of H.P. Government. As per the notification issued today, this additional installment of DA of six percent shall be paid in cash with the salary of October payable in November and arrears with effect from January to September, 2016 shall be credited in the GPF account of the employees depending upon the availability of funds.
The University has also issued notification for enhanced rate of DA from 119 per cent to 125 per cent to the pensioners and family pensioners w.e.f January 2016.
Prof. A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, has thanked the Government of Himachal Pradesh for providing funds to the university from time to time.
Last Updated: October 20, 2016
No. QSD/MC/73 Dated: 20 October, 2016
ICAR Team appreciates quality of education but regrets shortfall of faculty at CSKHPAU
Palampur 20 October. A monitoring and Review Team of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) completed its three days visit to CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. The committee assessed the works undertaken through ICAR development assistance, experiential learning unit(ELU) and Niche Area of Excellence during XII plan and requirements for the next three years.
During the wrap- up meeting with the Vice-Chancellor and Statutory Officers, Dr S.L.Mehta, Chairman of the Committee, appreciated that the development assistance has enabled the university in improving the quality of education which was reflected in increasing number of fellowships bagged by the students of the university. He said that the video conferencing facility should strengthen outreach programmes and skill development of students should be enhanced by quality manuals. "Experiential learning is very important to make the students confident. Develop corporate culture in the colleges for skill development and inculcating entrepreneurial skills in students", advised Dr Mehta.
He expressed his satisfaction that the University has been successful in development of new varieties and technologies which have gone to the farmers and have become popular amongst the farmers of the region and have played role in their economic empowerment. He lamented that the lack of adequate faculty in colleges have started affecting quality of post graduate teaching. The Chairman said that the quality of research publications must be improved to the international level and professors should compete for national and international research projects and awards. He also emphasized that the quality of post-graduate research needed to be improved. He appreciated that infrastructure has been developed well in experiential learning units (ELU) but these units should implement ICAR recommendations to run these as per corporate culture where students work for five months in a year and earn minimum Rs 9000 per month. He also advised that powers should be delegated in such matters to draw more support from the ICAR. He said that it was heartening that the enrollment of girl students have increased. He appreciated ELU on critical care which has ensured better health care facilities in veterinary clinic. He directed that the milk processing unit should be made functional within three months and dairy unit should be improved. Dr Mehta said that the university was provided support for Niche Area of Excellence on organic farming to the tune of Rs. 5.53 crore and it has been able to establish one of the best facilities on Organic Farming.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor said that during 12th five year plan period, ICAR has provided a support of about Rs. 53 crore and thanked the Chairman and committee members for recommending Experience Learning unit for modernization of tea processing unit for value addition and Honey Bee Production and Value Addition. He said that the recommendation for ICAR grant to the University for e-governance especially for complete automation including finance, administration and academic processes will enhance the efficiency. He also thanked for recommendation of a new hostel for veterinary intern students and assured that the new initiatives such as Best Teacher Award, Adjunct Professor and Guest Faculty will be implemented on priority. The Vice-Chancellor ensured the team that all suggestions would be implemented and the university would work hard to increase the income of farming community of Himachal Pradesh. Dr S.K.Chauhan, Nodal Officer, presented Impact assessment Report of the university. Others members of the committee Dr.P.S.Pandey, Dr. A.S Rajan and Sh.D.D.Verma also interacted and gave suggestions. All the statutory officers took part in the meeting. During the last three days, the team took stock of the work done in colleges, directorates and departments of the university.
Dr S.L.Mehta, Chairman, Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor and other members taking part in the meeting.
Last Updated: October 07, 2016
No. QSD/MC/71 Dated: 07 October, 2016
Anti Ragging Committee Meeting at CSKHPAU
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor exhorts students to maintain glorious tradition of ragging free CSKHPAU campus
Palampur 7 October. A University level anti-ragging committee meeting was held at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor while chairing the meeting, informed that the university has a glorious tradition of being a ragging free campus for the last eight years and exhorted all concerned to maintain this tradition with vigil and diligence. He informed the members that all required measures have been taken to prevent ragging in the University. The Vice-Chancellor told that as per the legal and statutory requirements, monitoring cell on ragging has been made functional and a committee for promotion and monitoring of inter-action has been constituted in addition to anti-ragging squad and anti-ragging women squad at the University level. Such committees have also been formed at college and hostel level. Requisite affidavits concerning ragging have got filled from the students and undertakings have also been taken from all employees.
While expressing his satisfaction of not getting any adverse feedback about the incidents of ragging, he advised the students to avail all helpline numbers in case of any need. Prof Sarial also advised the senior students to guide the new students about semester system and other academic matters. He got independent feedback from the new students.
Shri Manoj Kumar, Registrar, while welcoming all the members informed about the laws concerning ragging and told that anti-ragging provisions have been printed in the prospectus and included in academic regulations.
Almost all three dozen members, including new and senior students, wardens and police department representatives actively participated in the proceedings and gave feedback.
Deans of the constituent colleges, Students Welfare Officer, Librarian, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations), President and Secretary, Non-teaching employees union and some parents of newly admitted students attended the meeting.
No. QSD/MC/70 Dated: 05 October, 2016
Rice Day at RWRC,Malan
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, appreciates the role of women in farm development
Palampur 5 October. Rice day was celebrated at Rice & Wheat Research Centre (RWRC), Malan, 18 KMs from here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, said that it was due to the progressive farmers that the country was exporting Basmati worth Rupees thirty thousand crore annually. He asked the farmers to grow only approved rice and other crop varieties to avoid any loss at later stages. He also advised the farming community to remain on touch with the university research stations and Krishi Vigyan Kendras for latest farm information and to resolve their crop related problems.
The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the pivotal role of farm women in agriculture and livestock production. He asked the young farmers to come forward in accelerating the pace of farm development in the state and help in strengthening the economy of their families.
Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, elaborated about significant rice research accomplishments and asked the farmers to be careful in selecting rice varieties. He also advocated growing red rice as it was full of several minerals and nutrients.
Dr Ripon Sood, Project Director, ATMA, said that a large number of programmes have been launched for the benefit of farmers and they should take advantage of these initiatives. Dr Ashwani Basandrai, Scientist Incharge, RWRC, informed about various activities of his centre.Drs Ajai Srivastva and Sandeep Manuja also addressed the farmers. Heads of departments answered to various crop and animal husbandry related questions of farmers.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor visited experimental farm and evinced interest in the exhibition. He also released two booklets by the scientists of the centre. He also honoured some progressive farmers.
Dr Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, College of Agriculture, heads and scientists from the university and officers from the state department of agriculture were present in the rice day programme.
A view of dais and audience
Last Updated: October 04, 2016
Significant University Activities for the month of September 2016
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, attended a meeting of 'State Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction' held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla on 22 September .
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, participated in the Brain Storming Session of the Vice-Chancellors of Agricultural Universities on the theme "Youth and Smart Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities" held at PJTSAU, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad on 28-29 September.
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, chaired Scientific Advisory Committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kukumseri in Lahaul & Spiti on 19 September. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education;Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research and Dr.Rajesh Uppal, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Kukumseri also expressed their views.
State level Agriculture Officers' Workshop on Rabi crops was organized on 24 September. It was inaugurated by Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor. Around 200 officers from the State Department of Agriculture, University scientists and progressive farmers attended the workshop. Dr.Som Raj Kalia, Director, Deptt of Agriculture, H.P.; Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research; Dr.Pawan Kumar Mehta Director of Extension Education and farmers actively participated in the workshop.
During his visit to KVK and RRS, Bajaura on 18 September, Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor visited experimental farms and interacted with staff. He also visited experimental farms of KVK and RRS, Kukumseri on 19 September. The Vice-Chancellor also visited Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Mandi at Sundernagar and reviewed the activities on 23 September.
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, held his Maiden Press Conference on 6 September. Eighteen reporters representing various newspapers and electronic channels attended the Press Conference where the Vice-Chancellor presented his agenda to take forward the univeirsty. He also answerd to their questions.Dr. Hirday Paul Singh, Jt.Director(Info & PR) and Dr.Ashok Kumar,OSD to VC,were also present during the Press Conference.
Two project proposals viz (i) "Evaluation of Bio-efficiency of Sedaxane 2.5%+ Fludioxoni 2.5% + Thiamethoxam 26.25 against aphids & termites in wheat" worth Rs. 4.05 lakh with Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma, Principal Scientist (Entomology) as Principal Investigator of the project and (ii) "Impact of Crop Diversification on Food Security and Farmers Income in Himachal Pradesh Crop Diversification Promotion Project Area: Lesson Learnt and Vision Plan" worth Rs. 8.57 lakh with Dr. S.K. Chauhan, Professor& Head (Agril. Economics) as P.I. of the project have been sanctioned to the University by the M/s Syngenta India Pvt. Ltd, Panchkula and Project Director, HP Crop Diversification Promotion Project, Hamirpur, respectively.
Seven project proposals worth Rs. 326.13 lakh under RKVY (two under Production Growth Theme amounting to Rs. 62.69 lakh and one under Infrastructure & Assets amounting to Rs. 35.00 lakh in Agriculture Sector and two under Production Growth theme amounting to Rs. 74.50 lakh & two under Infrastructure & Assets amounting to Rs. 153.94 lakh in Animal Husbandry Sector) have been sanctioned to the University by the Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh for the year 2016-17.
Three research project proposals worth Rs. 47.27 lakh have been submitted to State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Kasumpti, Shimla for consideration and necessary funding
Following four new technologies have been recommended by the Research Evaluation Committee in its meeting held on 15 September and further approved in the Agricultural Officers Workshop on Rabi Crops held on 24 September for their use by the farmers of the State:
i) Release proposal of Barley variety HBL 713 (Him Palam Jau 1) for cultivation in Low & Mid hills of H.P. under timely sown rainfed condition.
ii) Release proposal of Linseed variety KL-241 (Him Palam Alsi-1), a seed type variety suitable for utera system of cultivation under assured moisture conditions of all traditional linseed growing areas in Mid-hills of H.P.
iii) Change in the existing recommendation on Phosphorus and Potassium applications in grain barley crop for inclusion in the package of practices for rabi crops
iv) Additional recommendation of new ready mix herbicides Clodinafop Propargyl + Metsulfuron Methyl for weed management in wheat crop for inclusion in the package of practices for rabi crops.
The Directorate of Extension Education organized 59 training programmes on various aspects of farming with the participation of 1193 farmers.
KVKs at Berthin,Bara,Sundarnagar,Una and Kukumseri organized eleven field days. KVK, Una also organized a Kisan Gosthie.
KVKs conducted 12 on-farm trials and laid five Front-line demonstrations.
Department of Tea Husbandry and Technology organized four training camps at Bir, Bhawarna, Kalu di Hatti and Nagri.
Department of Organic Agriculture conducted 4 trainings on Organic Farming -cum- Exposure visit of Organic Farm of 122 farmers.
Department of Agricultural Engineering organized one training camp at Jagraina on 21 September.
Deptt. of Veterinary Physiology & Biochemistry organized a 'Block course on Animal Management during Disasters' for B.V.Sc. final year students from 19-23 September.
A team of veterinary scientists from CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized eleven infertility camps in remote villages of distinct Chamba in the third week of September.
627 clinical cases were diagnosed and treated in veterinary clinics and 303 samples were also analyzed.
553 farmers from various parts of the State visited University HQ and KVKs for technical guidance.
Dr. J.P. Saini, Professor and Head, Deptt. of Organic Agriculture, attended first 'International Conference on Botanical Pesticides & Environmental Sustainability' at University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh on 24-25 September.
CSK H.P. Agriculture University and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam(SJVN) Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 23 September to train five hundred farmers of Himachal Pradesh. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor was present during MoU signing ceremony between Dr Pawan Kumar Mehta, Director of Extension Education and Mr.D.P.Kaushal, Additional General Manager and Secretary, SJVN Foundation.
The Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension Education & Rural Sociology and Project Director, JICA-ODA signed a service agreement worth Rs. 8.57 lakh on 27 September. Under the agreement, the university will evaluate the impact of this ambitious project running in five districts namely Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, and Una of the state.
Department of Food Science, Nutrition & Technology and Nestle India Pv.t Ltd. signed a MoU worth Rs. 4.00 lakh on 29 September. Under the MoU, one thousand students, mainly adolescent girls will be covered to improve their nutritional and health status in schools of Una district.
College of Agriculture was declared overall champion and Dr GC Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences remained runners-up in Inter-college sports competitions which concluded on 3 September. Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, awarded the winners.Dr.Kamlesh Singh, SWO, presented a report of activities of his organization.
Dr GCN COVAS generated a revenue of Rs. 21,37,180 only, the College of Agriculture generated income of Rs. 6,29,194 only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an amount of Rs.4,59,758 only.
The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for payment of salary, wages and retirement benefits etc.
Last Updated: October 04, 2016
No. QSD/MC/69 Dated: 04 October, 2016
Veterinary scientists from CSKHPAU organize infertility camps in remote villages of Chamba
Palampur 4 October. A team of veterinary scientists from CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized eleven infertility camps in remote villages of distinct Chamba recently. The camps were organized under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) project in collaboration with H.P state Animal Husbandry department at Bharmour, Holi (Bharmour Sub-division), Masroond, Koti, Kiyani (Chamba Sub-division), Kihar (Salooni Sub-division), Sural, Takwas, Karyas, Saach and Kumar (Pangi Sub-division) villages of District Chamba in the last one week.
Principal Investigator of the project Prof. Madhumeet Singh, Team leader, told that around 150 cows, yaks and their crosses suffering from infertility problems were examined and treated in these camps. The scientists collected uterine discharge samples from infertile cows to study the infections causing reproductive diseases. Blood samples were also collected from these animals to study minerals, biochemical and hormonal profile for detailed diagnosis of diseases and also to study the causes of abortions in cows of these areas. Free medicines were distributed to the farmers.
Prof. Madhumeet Singh also told that total 146 infertility treatment camps have been organized in all parts of Himachal Pradesh under this project and will continue in next year also as similar project worth Rs. 25.00 lakh has been sanctioned to the department under RKVY. Other team members included Dr. Pravesh Kumar, Mr. Manoj Negi, Mr. Vijay Rana and Mr. Rakesh Kumar from Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Dr. G.C. Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, has appreciated the veterinary scientists for serving the farmers by organizing infertility camps in remote and less accessible areas.
Infertility camps in progress
Last Updated: September 30, 2016
No. QSD/MC/68 Dated: 30 September, 2016
Dr J.P.Saini from CSKHPAU attends International Conference at Bangladesh
Palampur 30 September. Dr. J.P. Saini, Professor and Head, Deptt. of Organic Agriculture, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University attended first International Conference on Botanical Pesticides & Environmental sustainability at University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, during last week of September.
As a key note speaker in plenary session, Dr. Saini, delivered a lecture on "Role of botanical pesticides in Organic Agriculture in North-Western Himalayas". He also presented and highlighted the research work being done at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on organic farming which was highly appreciated by all the delegates. He also Co-chaired one Technical session. Around 130 delegates from all over the world participated in the conference.
Last Updated: September 29, 2016
No. QSD/MC/66 Dated: 29 September, 2016
CSKHPAU and Nestle India sign MOU to provide better nutrition to adolescent girls
Palampur 29 September. CSK H.P. Agriculture University’s Department of Food Science, Nutrition & Technology and Nestle India Pv.t Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) worth Rs. 4.00 lac, here today.
Under the MoU, one thousand students, mainly adolescent girls will be covered to improve their nutritional and health status in schools of Una district. Dr.S.R.Malhotra, Dean, College of Home Science and Principal Investigator, informed that experts from her college will pre-test the knowledge of students and the Nestle India will provide financial support under Nestle Healthy Kids programme to improve health of selected students. The college has also done similar project since 2013 covering three thousand students.
On behalf of the University, Director of Research Dr S. S. Kanwar signed the MoU and Nestle India Pvt Ltd was represented by Manager Corporate Affairs Shri Sanjay Singh Rawat.
Signing of MoU between CSKHPAU and Nestle India Pvt Ltd
Last Updated: September 26, 2016
No. QSD/MC/66 Dated: 26 September, 2016
CSKHPAU and JICA sign service agreement to evaluate impact of Crop Diversification
Palampur 26 September. CSK H.P. Agriculture University's Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension Education & Rural Sociology and Project Director, Himachal Pradesh Crop Diversification Promotion Project (HPCDP), Japan International Cooperation Agency -Overseas Development Assistance (JICA-ODA) signed a service agreement worth Rs. 8.57 lakh.
Under the agreement, the university will evaluate the impact of this ambitious project running in five districts namely Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, and Una of the state. The agreement envisages investigating the impact of the project in enhancing the incomes of the farmers in these districts through agricultural diversification and creation of related infrastructure.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor. On behalf of the University, Director of Research Dr S. S. Kanwar and Head of the Department Dr S K Chauhan, who is also the coordinator of the project, signed the agreement and HPCDP was represented by Finance Officer Mr D S Chaudhary.
The study is to be accomplished within one month and for this a team of the scientists comprising Drs J S Guleria, Virender Kumar, M S Pathania and Harbans Lal has been constituted.
Signing of MOU between CSKHPAU and JICA in the presence of Prof. Ashok Sarial, Vice-Chancellor
Last Updated: September 24, 2016
No. QSD/MC/65 Dated: 24 September, 2016
Role of improved technology vital for good crop production: Prof A.K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 24 September. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, has advocated increasing the crop yields to bring these at par with national average. He was addressing officers from the State Department of Agriculture, University scientists and progressive farmers during the inaugural ceremony of State level Agriculture Officers' Workshop on Rabi crops at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that yields of cereal, pulses, oilseeds and vegetables were less in the state as compared to national level averages so farm officers and scientists need to devise strategies to increase production and make efforts so that university developed and recommended crop varieties become popular among the farming community of Himachal Pradesh. He also underlined the importance of water conservation, quality seed, poly house cultivation and emphasized the need to increase area under organic farming and initiate steps for zero budget farming. He said that it was a challenge to increase area and production of oilseeds and pulses and the issue could be addressed by improved technology .Prof Sarial also advocated the importance of indigenous cattle and asked the officers to help farmers form self-help groups.
Dr.Som Raj Kalia, Director, Deptt of Agriculture, H.P. informed about the arrangements made for farm inputs for ensuing Rabi season. He told that 7650 metric tone seed of different Rabi crops has been arranged and 28000 metric tone fertilizers will be made available to the farmers. He also elaborated about Rs. 25 crore 'Mukhyamantri Khet Sarankshan Yojna' (Chief Minister Crop Protection Scheme), 'Mukhyamantri Jeevan Suraksha Yojna' and asked the farmers to make use of this and other schemes to enhance crop production.
Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, elaborated about significant research accomplishments and priorities of the University. He informed about the new recommendations like release proposal of barley variety HBL 713 (Him Palam Jau 1) for cultivation in Low & Mid hills of H.P. and release proposal of Linseed variety KL-241(Him Palam Alsi-1) for cultivation in Mid hills of H.P. He informed that 40600 Kg breeder seed and 34300 Kg of foundation seed of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables and fodder crops was produced during last Rabi season. 136 research project worth Rs. 50 crore were in operation in the university.
Dr.Pawan Kumar Mehta Director of Extension Education informed that his directorate and Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) were regularly sending agricultural messages to around 3.47 lac farmers. The University has organized 507 vocational training benefiting around 19000 farmers. To encourage farm mechanization, a custom hiring centre has been established from where small and marginal farmers can hire farm machinery.
Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, College of Agriculture, Drs.Desh Raj Chaudhry and Pawan Sharma also expressed their views. The Vice-Chancellor also released a 'Practical Manual on Grafting Techniques in Vegetables' authored by Dr. Pardeep Kumar, Dr. Parveen Sharma ,Ms. Binny Vats and Mr Viplove Negi.
University statutory officers, Eighteen Progressive farmers from different parts of Himachal Pradesh also took active part in the discussions and gave suggestions.
Dignitaries on the dais and audience
Chief Guest releasing a book
Dr P.K.Mehta honoring Vice-Chancellor
Prof A.K.Sarial honoring Director of Agriculture Dr S.R.Kalia
Last Updated: September 24, 2016
No. QSD/MC/64 Dated: 23 September, 2016
CSK H.P. Agriculture University and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam(SJVN) Foundation sign MOU to train five hundred farmers
Palampur 23 September. CSK H.P. Agriculture University and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam(SJVN) Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) today to train five hundred farmers of Himachal Pradesh. During MOU signing ceremony, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor said that skill development programmes through trainings and demonstrations to the young aspiring farmers and entrepreneurs of Himahcal Pradesh will help them in various income generating professional activities. He said this will enable farmers to understand integrated agriculture and some of them may even adopt start up programmes in agri- entrepnurship.He appreciated and asked SJVN to continue their endeavors for the upliftment of farmers and livestock keepers under CSR and the university will extend all help.
Dr Pawan Kumar Mehta, Director of Extension Education, said that in all twenty trainings will be conducted by the university experts where farmers will be trained and skill development would be under the areas of agriculture, floriculture, vegetable cultivation, mushroom production , bee-keeping, medicinal and aromatic plants, nursery production, dairy farming, poly-house cultivation, plant protection, organic agriculture, start up agri-prenureship and environment impact assessment.
Mr.D.P.Kaushal, Additional General Manager and Secretary SJVN Foundation, told that MOU has been signed under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of SJVN Ltd. Each trainee will be given a stipend of Rs 1400 and the programme will be completed in this very financial year. He thanked the University.
In addition to Mr O.P.Gupta, Head of Project Dhaulasidh Hydroelectric Project and Mr Dheeraj Gupta, Executive, SJVN ; Drs Suresh Gautam, Desh Raj Chaudhry, Pawan Sharma, Anand Singh, A.K.Chaube, Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Jt.Director(Information & Public Relations) and Heads of Department from the College of Agriculture were present during signing of MOU.
Signing of MOU between the University & SJVN in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial
Last Updated: September 24, 2016
No. QSD/MC/63 Dated: 21 September, 2016
CSKHPAU to fill up vacant positions of scientists in tribal areas of the State: Prof A.K.Sarial
Palampur 21 September. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has said that vacant positions of scientists and technical staff at University research stations and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) situated in tribal areas of the State will be filled up with the consent of State government to strengthen the scientific activities in these areas. As chairman, he was addressing the members of Scientific Advisory Committee of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kukumseri in Lahaul & Spiti on Monday.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the farmers of this district were very hard working as despite short duration of cropping season and adverse weather conditions they were growing and providing off-season vegetables to the plains. Some of the innovative farmers have started growing exotic vegetables exclusively for the top notch hotels in Delhi and other areas. He said that with the sincere efforts of his university, the farmers have started taking two crops in short duration of cropping season. Prof Sarial said that since the farmers were shifting from growing peas and other vegetables to cauliflower and exotic vegetables exclusively so there was need to conduct research on the varieties of lettuce, broccoli, red cabbage and such other exotic vegetables with specific focus on agronomical, disease management and integrated nutrient management aspects, etc.
He also underlined the importance of growing vegetable seedlings in poly-tunnels so as to make available the seedlings early in the crop season in April. The Vice-Chancellor told that Lahaul & Spiti topped the State in term of consumption of minimum chemical nutrients corresponding to the total geographical area. He directed the scientists to gear up research on finding organic substitutes to chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides to enhance value of produce of all crops and fruits grown in the district. He asked the farmers to take full advantage of university facilities for their crop and animal husbandry related issues.
Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education told that the university was conducting special trainings for the farmers of tribal areas and the focus was on farm ladies and young farmers. The farmers will be trained in integrated insect- pest management, integrated nutrient management, etc and farm ladies and young farmers will be provided vocational trainings on mushroom cultivation, knitting and embroidery, scientific pruning of apple trees, etc as they have adequate time in winters. He also elaborated about various extension education activities of the university
Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, said that the university will work for the development of superior high yielding varieties of crops and vegetable crops and will standardize production technology. He said that researchable issues of this district will get priority.
The university was working on the quality seed production of French bean, rajmash, potato ,etc which will be further strengthened to increase crop productivity .
Dr.Rajesh Uppal, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Kukumseri presented achievements of KVK and proposed action plan for next year.
District level officers from the L&S and some progressive farmer-members also actively participated in the deliberations.
Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director (Information & Public Relations) was also present on the occasion.The Vice-Chancellor also distributed improved farm tools, developed by RRS, Kukumseri to some progressive farmers of the area.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor also visited experimental farm of KVK and Regional Research Station and interacted with staff. Dr.B.S.Mankotia, Associate Director, RRS conducted the visit of Vice-Chancellor. On way to Kukumseri, the Vice-Chancellor also held a joint meeting with scientists of KVK and RRS, Bajaura on 17 September and sought details about the on-going activities. He also visited experimental farms on 18 September where Dr R.S.Jamwal, Associate Director, RRS and Dr.S.K.Thakur, Programme Coordinator, KVK conducted the visit of Vice-Chancellor and detailed about the experiments, etc. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research and Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education were also present during meeting and the field visit.
Vice-Chancellor visiting RSS farm
Vice-Chancellor getting a traditional welcome from farmers
Vice-Chancellor distributing improved farm tools to the farmers
Vice-Chancellor chairing the SAC meeting
Dr. Ashok Sarial visiting experimental farm at RRS, Bajaura
Last Updated: September 08, 2016
Significant University Activities for the month of August 2016
Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial, a renowned farm academician, joined as twelfth regular Vice-Chancellor of the University on 11 August.
Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety at CSK H.P. Agriculture University.Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial ,Vice-Chancellor unfurled the National flag and took salute from the N.C.C. cadets who presented an impressive parade.The Vice-Chancellor asked the staff to work with added vigour to serve the farming community.
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated 'Digital India Workshop' for NSS volunteers on 24 August. He asked the students to become brand ambassadors of digital India.
A sensitization progrmme on ragging was organized for the students of all constituent colleges of the University on 26 August. The Vice-Chancellor while addressing the newly admitted and other regular students assured that all required steps have been taken by the University to stop the menace of ragging as per the directions of Supreme Court of India and Govt of H.P. Anti Ragging act.
Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated Inter-college sports competitions on 29 August. He said that sports play an important role in the development of students' personality, besides cultivating qualities of leadership, discipline, mutual understanding and brotherhood.
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor,attended a programme at Govt. Senior Secondary School at village Tatehal(Panchrukhi) on 22 August during celebrations of parthenium awareness week. He called for concerted efforts to control parthenium, an obnoxious weed, which was wide spread in cropped and non-cropped areas of the State.
Four research projects worth Rs.76.54 lac viz. 'Development and testing of a lateral flow assay kit for the diagnosis of subclinical mastitis' worth Rs. 10 lac with Dr. Geetanjali Singh as PI; 'Biotechnology & Biomolecular approaches to tackle Enzootic Bovine Haematuria' worth Rs. 10 lac with Dr. Subhash Verma as PI ; 'Mainstreaming Farmer's Varieties in Himachal Pradesh' worth Rs. 6.54 with Dr. T.R. Sharma as PI and 'Impact of Climate Change on Emergence of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases and their affects on Livestock Production System in Mid hills of Western Himalayan Region' worth Rs. 50.00 lac with Dr. Mandeep Sharma as PI have been sanctioned by Deptt. of Environment Science & Technology, Shimla; DST, New Delhi and NICRA, Hyderabad respectively .
Eight research project proposals worth Rs. 336.83 lac have been submitted to funding agencies for consideration and funding.
The Directorate of Extension Education organized 65 training programmes on various aspects of farming with the participation of 1329 farmers.
KVKs at Una and Dhaulakuan organized Kisan Gosthies. KVK, Kullu organized a field day.
KVKs conducted four on-farm trials and laid eight Front-line demonstrations.
Department of Organic Agriculture organized one training programme for Anganwadi workers.
Department of Seed Science and Technology conducted two days training programme on "Seed production and quality testing" on 30-31 August.
Scientist from Department of Plant Pathology demonstrated the cultivation of Dhingri to the farmers of Khaira village of Distt. Kangra.
Department of Tea Husbandry and Technology organized a camp at Nagri on "Quality Plucking" on 29 August .
739 clinical cases were diagnosed and treated in veterinary clinics and 348 samples were also analyzed.
281 farmers from various parts of the State visited University HQ and KVKs for technical guidance.
Ten class 'D' employees have been appointed as clerks in the University under limited direct recruitment quota.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research review committee has rated the Department of Veterinary Microbiology as "very good" for its consistent brilliant research work and for successfully meeting the objectives of All India Network Programme on Haemorrhagic Septicaemia.
Dr GCN COVAS generated a revenue of Rs. 17,76,722 only, the College of Agriculture generated income of Rs. 509214 only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an amount of Rs.2,28,927 only.
The University granted Interim Relief at the rate of five percent of the basic pay to its regular employees with effect from 1 August on the analogy of H.P. Government.
The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for payment of salary, wages and retirement benefits etc.
Last Updated: September 06, 2016
No. QSD/MC/61 Dated: 06 September, 2016
Maiden Press Conference of New Vice-Chancellor
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial assures to bring excellence in various university programees to serve the farmers effectively
Palampur 6 September. "Providing an encouraging environment where all staff members work in cohesion to their optimum capacity for the benefit of farming community of Himachal Pradesh will be my priority", stated Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University in his maiden press conference, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor, who joined the University on 11 August, said that serving the farming community to raise their socio-economic status by bringing excellence in the given mandate of teaching, research and extension education will form part of his all endeavors. Elaborating, he told that concerted efforts will be made for dissemination of entrepreneurial technologies like protected cultivation, mushroom cultivation, apiculture, floriculture, dairy, value addition, etc in an integrated mode in the villages to achieve success in "Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav" programme of the government all over the State. He also advocated encouraging the villagers for forming self-help groups and cooperatives to enhance their participation in economic activities.
Prof Sarial said that as the fertilizer and chemical use in the state was quite low as compared to plains so Himachal Pradesh was by default an organic State and the university will make serious efforts to encourage organic farming, zero budget farming, preservation of indigenous crop varieties, and establishment of hill cattle development centre. "Such research projects will be brought which are need based, location specific and problem oriented to increase crop yields and enhance animal production", he added. He said that there was need to enhance productivity and production of hill crops matching with all India average under irrigated and rainfed production systems. There was need of value addition or Biofortification of rainfed crops. The university will also work on diversification for high value cash crops and climate smart agriculture
At present not all faculty members have adhoc projects and he will ensure that they have research projects by strengthening linkages through Memorandum of Understating with the National and International Institutes for collaborative research, exchange of faculty and students.
The Vice-Chancellor said that to promote competitive excellence, teaching will be complemented with extra training and coaching for all India competitions. He said that he will strengthen Student-Advisory system and provide individual care of talents to groom the students for competition at National & International level for fellowship and placement progammes. There was need to provide wide academic exposure by encouraging the under-graduate students to pursue master's degree in other universities through Junior Research Fellowship and Ph. D through Senior Research Fellowship.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial announced that he will make a serious effort to minimize the multiplicity of litigation and will do in-house review of court cases for mutual settlement to save time and money of the University and its employees. He also announced to shed the practice of having personal security officer for Vice-Chancellor from the State police department.
He said that all out efforts will be made to enhance the domestic income by strengthening revolving fund schemes and creation of new revolving funds. He told that after his joining the University has received an additionality of around Rs. 20 crore from the State government, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and sanctioning of research projects. Eighteen reporters from various newspapers and news channels asked various questions from the Vice-Chancellor about his personal achievements in teaching, research and about the University.
Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Jt.Director (Information & Public Relations) welcomed and introduced local media persons to the Vice-Chancellor and Dr Ashok Kumar, OSD to VC thanked the reporters.
Yesterday, the Vice-Chancellor also addressed the University staff and sought their cooperation in bringing excellence in various programmes of the University. Shri Manoj Kumar, Registrar, welcomed the Vice-Chancellor and Dr.Ashok Kumar, OSD to VC, thanked the Vice-Chancellor after the address of Vice-Chancellor.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, holding his first Press Conference
Local Media persons with Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial,Vice-Chancellor
Last Updated: September 05, 2016
No. QSD/MC/60 Dated: 03 September, 2016
College of Agriculture wins Running Trophy in Inter-college sports competitions at CSKHPAU
Palampur 3 September. College of Agriculture was declared overall champion and Dr GC Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences remained runners-up in Inter-college sports competitions which concluded at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while awarding running trophies to the winners and runners-up colleges congratulated all the players for showing sportsmen spirit during the six days sports programme. He said that sports were an essential part of academic programme which allow students to show their worth in different games. Sports were also important for holistic development of personality and his university has created a massive infrastructure in the sports complex for the benefit of students.
Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer, informed that in six days programme, thirty-three matches were played comprising more than four hundred thirty students from four constituent colleges. Twelve boys and twelve girls teams took part in Basket- ball, Badminton, Volleyball, Table tennis, Power-lifting and chess matches.
Statutory officers, teachers and students were present in a large number during prize distribution function.
Last Updated: August 31, 2016
No. QSD/MC/59 Dated: 31 August 2016
ICAR gives top rating to CSKHPAU Veterinary Microbiology Centre
Palampur 31 August. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) review committee has rated the Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Dr. GC Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, CSK H.P. Agriculture University as "very good" for its consistent brilliant research work and for successfully meeting the objectives of All India Network Programme on Haemorrhagic Septicaemia, a very important infectious and contagious disease of livestock. This department has been given the task to elucidate the molecular mechanisms operative during host-pathogen interaction.
A team of scientists led by Prof. Mandeep Sharma, Principal Investigator of the Network Programme including Drs Subhash Verma, Rajesh Chahota and Prasenjit Dhar has achieved many objectives like a status paper on Pasteurellosis in animals. More than 8500 samples were processed for Pasteurella multocida isolation and close to 208 isolates were recovered. Repository of these isolates is now with the department and also with Indian Veterinary Research Institute and some rare isolates have been shared with the national repository of Veterinary Type Cultural Centre,Hissar.
Antibiotic profiles for all isolates and molecular profiles and virulence profiles were created on selected isolates. Many virulent genes were sequenced and deposited to the NCBI database. Vaccines developed by the partners under the project were validated by studying immune responses. Structural functional analyses of ompA were studied. Indigenous diagnostic kit (iELISA, LAMP, latex agglutination assay) were developed and tested. Several high impact publications including review paper have been published.
Last Updated: August 29, 2016
No. QSD/MC/57 Dated: 29 August 2016
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial inaugurates inter-college sports at CSKHPAU
Palampur 29 August. Inter-college sports competitions began at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the sports competitions, told that it was an important annual activity which provided platform to the students to exhibit their talent and stamina. He said that sports play an important role in the development of students' personality, besides cultivating qualities of leadership, discipline, mutual understanding and brotherhood.
The Vice-Chancellor also remembers legendary hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary and asked the students to follow his footprints to excel in life.
Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer, informed that in six days events , fifty six teams comprising more than four hundred students from four constituent colleges will be taking part in six sports competitions like Basket ball, Badminton, Volleyball, Table tennis, Power-lifting and chess.
Statutory officers, teachers and students were present in a large number during inaugural ceremony of the Inter-college sports competitions.
Vice-Chancellor with basket ball team of College of Agriculture and DrGCN COVAS
The Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor unfurling the University flag
The Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor taking salute from the teams
The Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor addressing the teams
Last Updated: August 27, 2016
No. QSD/MC/56 Dated: 27 August 2016
Ten class 'D' employees appointed as Clerks in CSKHPAU
Palampur 26 August. Ten class 'D' employees have been appointed as clerks at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University. Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor allowed their appointment under limited direct recruitment quota in the pay band of Rs.5910-20200 plus grade pay of Rs.1900 with initial pay of Rs.7810 plus allowances. Those appointed include Messers Kamaljeet, Mohinder Singh, Saran Dass,Tilak Raj,Manohar Lal,Karam Chand, Rangi Kumar ,Satish Kumar, Om Parkash and Smt. Anju Bala. Nine of them have been posted in different departments in the university and one clerk has been posted at research station, Kumumseri in Lahaul & Spiti.
Last Updated: August 27, 2016
No. QSD/MC/55 Dated: 26 August 2016
Sensitization program on ragging at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University
Palampur 26 August. A sensitization progrmme on ragging was organized for the students at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor while addressing the newly admitted and other regular students assured that all required steps have been taken by the University to stop the menace of ragging as per the directions of Supreme Court of India and Govt of H.P. Anti Ragging act. The Vice-Chancellor said that his university has the glorious tradition of ragging free campus for the last over eight years and he will ensure that this convention continuous in this academic session and in future as well. While welcoming the new students, he asked them to work hard and excel in life. Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial elaborated about all aspects of Anti-ragging act and asked the students to be fully aware about it and the serious consequences if anybody was found violating the provision of this act. He also administered anti-ragging pledge to the students and officers present on the occasion.
Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer-cum Dean College of Basic Sciences, elaborated about the academic system in the university and asked the students to take help of their advisors. He underlined the importance of self discipline and proper planning for bright future.
Mr.Manoj Kumar, Registrar; DrR.K.Agnihotri Dean Post Graduate Studies-cum-Dean Dr. G C Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences; Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean College of Agriculture; Dr.Rekha Malhotra, Dean College of Home Science and other statutory officers were also present. Dr.Ashok Kumar Sharma, OSD to Vice-Chancellor presented a vote of thanks.
Last Updated: August 24, 2016
No. QSD/MC/54 Dated: 24 August 2016
Five percent Interim Relief to the HPAU employees and pensioners
Palampur 24 August. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has granted Interim Relief at the rate of five percent of the basic pay to its regular employees with effect from 1 August on the analogy of H.P. Government. The new Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial has also granted interim relief at the rate of five percent of basic pension and family pension to all pensioners and family pensioners with effect from 1 August on the analogy of H.P. Government.
Last Updated: August 24, 2016
No. QSD/MC/53 Dated: 24 August 2016
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial ,Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU, asks NSS volunteers to become brand ambassadors of Digital India programmes
Palampur 24 August. Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor,CSK H.P. Agriculture University has asked the students to become brand ambassadors of digital India. He was addressing NSS volunteers, officers and scientists after inaugurating ‘Digital India Workshop’ for NSS volunteers, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor told that National e-Governance Division of the Govt. of India was doing a commendable work by connecting the Indian youth with digital India programmes and preparing them to spread the vision of Digital India initiatives among academia and other communities. He said that e-governance programmes will enable faster transformation of rural India and will also benefit farming community with the spread of a large number of programmes with the help of high speed internet. In addition to linking around 2.5 lac villages there was plan to link 550 farmer markets with e-governance programmes. Prof. Sarial expressed the hope that the NSS volunteers will help the stakeholders to adopt e-governance programmes. He cautioned the students not to be distracted with an ocean of information on internet and utilize it for academic pursuits only. He also lauded the efforts of Students’ Welfare Organization for organizing the workshop to engage, educate and empower the participants about Digital India programmes.
Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students Welfare Officer, informed that around 450 NSS volunteers of the four constituent colleges of the university took part in the workshop. He said that the volunteers also participated in various competitions like skits, poster making, idea generation and quiz competitions. The workshop was sponsored by the Union Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology in association with National Service Scheme.
Mr Rajiv Aggarwal, Director, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology and Mr.Russi Kansara, Member of e-Governance Division also elaborated about the Digital India progammes meant for transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
NSS programme officers of the university Drs. Sapna Gautam, V.K.Sharma, Virender Pathak and Vaibhav Kalia also interacted with participants.
Statutory Officers, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Joint Director (Information & PR) and some officers from the State e-governance team were also present in the inaugural ceremony of the workshop.
Pic captions: SWO receiving Vice-Chancellor, The Vice-Chancellor addressing the participants, a view of the dais and participants
Last Updated: August 23, 2016
No. QSD/MC/52 Dated: 23 August 2016
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial ,Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU asks students to create awareness to eradicate Parthenium weed
Palampur 23 August. Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor,CSK H.P. Agriculture University has called for concerted efforts to control parthenium, an obnoxious weed which was wide spread in cropped and non-cropped areas of the State. The Vice-Chancellor was addressing students at Govt. Senior Secondary School at village Tatehal(Panchrukhi), 10 KMs from here. He said that weeds like parthenium reduce crop yields but if controlled properly then such weeds can be put to use by making its organic manure. Such manure can be used in Kitchen garden to grow vegetables and also in the gardens of school premises. He asked the students to make their parents and villagers aware about the harmful effects of weeds and help them by uprooting it.The Vice-Chancellor also suggested to the teachers that weeds eradication campaigns can be initiated in the schools to make the surroundings beautiful and eradicate harmful weeds. He appreciated the efforts of scientists for creating awareness about such obnoxious weeds and asked the farmers to collectively eradicate weeds from their fields and surroundings. Prof Sarial also distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions organized to mark the occasion.
Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, College of Agriculture who is also Principal Investigator of All India Coordinated Research Project on Weed Management, elaborated about the harmful effects and control measures of parthenium. He told that this weed causes various human and animal skin and respiratory diseases like dermatitis, bronchitis, etc. Drs.Neelam Sharma,S.S.Rana and Rajender Kumar also addressed the farmers and students.
A documentary on parthenium eradication was also screened on the occasion. During a week long awareness programme on this weed, some awareness programmes were organized at Parour,Punnar,Rajpur and university campus where NSS and NCC volunteers took out a rally to make people aware about this dreadful weed.
Last Updated: August 16, 2016
No. QSD/MC/50 Dated: 16 August 2016
Independence Day celebrations at CSKHPAU
Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety at CSK H.P. Agriculture University. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor unfurled the National flag and took salute from the N.C.C. cadets who presented an impressive parade. Sunny weather added glitter to the ceremony and large number students, staff with family members, including little children attended the ceremony. The Vice-Chancellor paid his glowing tributes to the freedom fighters and asked the staff to serve the farming community with dedication.He appreciated the NCC cadets for their performance in 'C' and 'B' certificate examination and also for their impressive parade. Statutory officers, heads, scientists and non teaching staff also joined the celebrations.
Last Updated: August 12, 2016
No. QSD/MC/49 Dated: 12 August 2016
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial joins as Twelfth Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University
Palampur 12 August. Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, a renowned farm academician has joined as twelfth regular Vice-Chancellor of CSK H.P. Agriculture University (CSKHPKV).
Having more than three decades rich and varied experience in teaching and research, Prof. Sarial has been working as Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at CCS Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), Hisar. He is an alumnus of CSKHPKV and did his B.Sc. (Agriculture) in 1980 and M.Sc. (Plant Breeding) in Jan, 1983. Prof. Sarial obtained Ph.D. degree in Genetics from the premier Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi in 1995. Being topper of the institute, he was awarded IARI Gold Medal.
He started his career as Assistant Seed Officer in 1983 and served at HAU as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor from 1986 to 1997, Fellow of Rock- feller Foundation at Texas University, USA from 1997 to 1999, Officer-in-charge, Regional Research Station, National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack in the year 2001. Prof. Sarial also worked as Expatriate Fellow in World Bank/ UNDP sponsored programme of Ministry of Education, FDR Ethiopia from 2004-2006. He became Professor in 2008 at HAU Hisar at its College of Agriculture, Kaul in Kaithal district.
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial is known for his teaching excellence and research innovations. He has seven first time research reports to his credit like World’s longest grain Basmati variety Pusa 1121 developed and released in 2003, World’s first aromatic hybrid Basmati Pusa RH 10 parental lines. His research work earned to his alma mater IARI, two IPRs including one for Pusa Basmati 1121 which occupies more than 70 per cent area of total Basmati acreage in the country and contributes annually approximate Rs. 29300 crore forex earning leading India to attain number one position in the world leaving behind USA, Vietnam, Thailand and Pakistan.
Prof. Sarial has been a dedicated teacher and feels proud that he served in a farm college located in the remote rural area of Haryana. He trained a large number of students and motivated them to excel in studies and their professional career. He guided over a dozen students in M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the areas of molecular genetics analysis of heat tolerance in wheat and genetics, breeding of aromatic Basmati rices besides, sugarcane, pulses, forages and vegetable crops. A number of his student advisees bagged national and international fellowships for higher study within India and abroad.
He is a decorated scientist with various awards, honours and recognition like ICAR Jawahar Lal Nehru Award for excellent academic achievements and ICAR recognition award for his outstanding research contribution in Basmati rice. He is member of several professional societies like Fellow of Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding and had wide exposure. He visited foreign countries like USA, Africa and Thailand in professional concern spread over four years.
Coming from a humble background Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial was born on 8 April, 1959 and obtained his school education from the schools near his native place village Bharwana in Palampur tehsil in District Kangra. He is very well conversant with the challenges of agriculture in Himachal Pradesh. He is soft spoken personality and is known for his commitment, discipline, hard work, simplicity, compassion for the poor and downtrodden. The teaching and non-teaching staff has whole heartedly welcomed the appointment of Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial as Vice-Chancellor and has promised to extend all cooperation for taking forward the mandate of the University to realise the mission with renewed enthusiasm. Some staff unions have also thanked the Chancellor and State Government for this appointment.
Last Updated: August 11, 2016
No. QSD/MC/47 Dated: 11 August 2016
Guramritpal & Ashish win Medals in H.P.Power-lifting championship
Palampur 10 August. Mr.Guramritpal Singh Bhandal, a final year student of B.V.Sc.& A.H, Dr. G C N College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, has won two gold medals in H.P.Power lifting & Bench Press Championship in the 120 Kg category in the recently concluded competition by H.P.Power lifting association. Dr.Ashish Gupta, M.V.Sc. student has won Silver Medal in the same competition under 93 Kg category. Mr.Gurampritpal Singh will participate in the National championship to be held from 7-11 September at Jamshedpur. He is a silver medalist of the last championship held in January, 2015.
Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer, has congratulated both champions.
Mr.Guramritpal Singh Bhandal & Dr.Ashish Gupta with SWO Dr.Kamlesh Singh
Last Updated: August 6, 2016
Significant University Activities for the month of July 2016
· Admisison and registration process for various under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in the constituent colleges was completed for the academic year 2016-17.
· Oath taking ceremony of passing out 26th batch veterinary graduate was organised on 9 July.Dr H. Rehman, Depty Director General (Animal Sc.), ICAR was chief guest on the occasion.
· Eleven students of final year B.V.Sc & A.H Progmmae were selected for Junior Research Fellowship conducted by ICAR to persue their PG programme in different institutes of India. Ms Preeti Bhatia, Ms Sakshi Chouhan and Ms Sonali Mishra got 2nd , 3rd and 4th all India rank, respectively.
· Two research project proposals worth Rs. 99.70 lac have been submitted to funding agencies for consideration and funding.
· The Directorate of Extension Education organized 46 training programmes on various aspects of farming with the participation of 1027 farmers.
· KVKs at Kukumseri, Sundernagar and Bara organized Kisan Gosthies and Field Days.
· KVKs conducted six on-farm trials and equal number Front-line demonstrations.
· Department of Agricultural Engineering organized two training programmes and Department of Organic Agriculture organized one training programme for the farmers.
· 786 clinical cases were diagnosed and treated in veterinary clinics and 350 samples were also analyzed.
· 522 farmers from various parts of the State visited University HQ and KVKs for technical guidance.
· A building of organic agriculture production block worth Rs. 77 lac and farm office building in the Department of Vegetable Science & Floriculture worth Rs. 28 lac was inaugurated by Dr.K.K.Katoch, the then Vice-Chancellor on 28 July. He also inaugurated and dedicated the digital library worth Rs.8 lac.
· Van Mahotsav was celebrated on 30 July.The staff and students planted a large number of saplings of Lucaena to mark the occasion.
· Dr GCN COVAS generated a revenue of Rs.63,82,361 only, the College of Agriculture generated income of Rs. 5,56,374 only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an amount of Rs.5,00,815 only.
· The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for payment of salary, wages and retirement benefits etc.