||Archive News 2015||
March 27, 2015
No. QSD/MC/10 Dated 27 Mar., 2015
Vice Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch inaugurates INSPIRE internship camp at CSKHPAU
Palampur 27 March. "It is a blessing to be a scientist!"; said Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating a Govt. of India sponsored five days Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) internship camp for 120 meritorious students from ten schools of the districts of Kangra and Kullu at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Dr.K.K.Katoch said that as a scientist one can serve the society effectively and derive the joy of innovations. He exhorted the participating brilliant students not to be the part of the crowd in adopting run- of-the mill routine professions purely for materialistic life-styles. He informed that the the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India was spending huge amount to popularize science in the country. There were three programmes to attract students to science beginning with 'Scheme for Attracting Talent', 'Scholarship for Higher Education' and 'Assured Opportunity in Research Career' and asked the students to utilize the rare opportunity to pursue science as career and help the nation in creating a rich human resource pool in various branches of the science.
The Vice-Chancellor informed that original thinking gives new ideas and there was always a need of India specific useful innovations. He said that Inspire has been able to create a joy of learning and innovation among school students. The studentship is a wonderful period to experiment, learn and choose career and it was the duty of teachers to help the young minds to explore all possibilities of growth. He told that the nation has always held its scientists in high esteem.
The Vice-Chancellor also lauded the efforts of Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Coordinator of the camp for fruitfully organizing such camps and motivating the students to pursue a career in science.
Dr.S.P.Sharma, Director of Research, as a guest of honor, spoke on the importance of science in day to day activities and underlined the usefulness of attending such programmes which enlighten the students about their career options. Dr.O.S.K.S.Sastri, Head of Physics department from the Central University of H.P., delivered a keynote address.
Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Coordinator and Students Welfare Officer, informed that the University has organized 13 such inspire camps in the past with the participation of 1983 students from all over the State. He told that the students who score 84 percent of more marks in the matriculation examination are invited to attend such camps. Top scientists from the region will expose the students to physics, chemistry, mathematics, life sciences and earth sciences. They will be taken around the labs and all students will be provided science kits enabling them to conduct small experiments.
The inaugural session was attended by Dr.N.K.Pathania, Dean, College of Agriculture; Dr.Atul, Director of Research, Dr.P.K.Mehta, Librarian, head of the departments, officers and scientists from the host University.
A view of the dais and participating students
March 21, 2015
No. QSD/MC/09 Dated 23 Mar., 2015
CSK HPAU releases additional installment of seven per cent DA to its employees
Palampur 23 March. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has approved the grant of dearness allowance at the enhanced rate of 107 percent to its employees with effect from July, 2014. It has been enhanced from existing 100 percent to 107 percent. The payment of enhanced DA will be made with the pay for the month of April payable in May and the payment of arrears for the period July, 2014 to March, 2015 will be made subject to the availability of funds.
March 21, 2015
No. QSD/MC/08 Dated 20 Mar., 2015
Technology and Machinery Demonstration Fair
Farm mechanization can reduce farm drudgery and increase proudction: Dr.K.K.Katoch
Palampur 20 March. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized a Kisan Mela at Panchrukhi, around eight KMs from here today.
Dr. K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, as Chief Guest, while addressing the farming community, told that farm mechanization can play an active role to reduce farm drudgery and increase production from ever decreasing farm land. He said that his university has developed improved farm machines and tools suitable for the hilly terrain of the state. “Such tools worth Rs. Two crore were produced in the university and were made available to farming community by the State Department of Agriculture”, he added. Dr.Katoch said that the farmers may purchase power tiller and all such machines in groups and with the improved technology can produce more from the limited land holdings. He informed that the university has developed perfect technology for the poly- house farming and there were more than fifteen thousand poly houses in the State and the farmers were reaping rich harvests from vegetable cultivation with this technology developed by the university. He also asked the farmers to adopt new scientific technology to save water and seek help of his university experts for their farm related problems. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the role of farm women and exhorted the youngsters to adopt modern farming.
As a special guest Dr.M.R.Goma, former MLA, thanked the university for organizing the Mela and told that the government was abreast with their farming related problems of monkeys, stray cattle and wild animals. He requested the farmers not to sell their land.
Dr.S.P.Sharma, Director of Research, told that research work was on going on farm machinery and tools, poly-houses, renewable energy, ergonomics and safety in agriculture, post harvest technology and such technology can certainly boost farm production.
Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Head of Agricultural Engineering department, told that as per the instructions and support from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, such Technology and Machinery Demonstration Fairs have been organized today all over the country. He told that the university was working to develop techniques to ward off monkeys and other wild animals from the farms.
Drs. Neena Vyas,R.S.Rana, V.K.Sharma and Rakesh Gupta also elaborated about farm mechanization. Dr. Atul, Director of Extension Education; Dr.N.K.Pathania, Dean, College of Agriculture; BDO Mr. Sant Ram Officers from the State Department of Agriculture, BDO Mr. Sant Ram and village Pardhans also actively took part in the Mela. More than five hundred farmers evinced interest in the Technology and Machinery demonstration exhibition. They also sought answers to their farm related problems from the scientists.
A view of the dais and exhibition
Dr.Hirday Paul Singh
Jt.Director(Info & PR)
March 13, 2015
No. QSD/MC/07 Dated 13 Mar., 2015
NSS Rally to commemorate International Women Day
Palampur 13 March. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, flagged-off a rally by NSS volunteers to commemorate International Women Day week at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
NSS volunteers of four constituent colleges carried NSS flags of their respective colleges and placards with slogans on women empowerment. The rally started from the main gate and covered the whole campus. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Students' Welfare Officer, other statutory officers, NSS officers and the University employees were present during the flagging off ceremony.
March 12, 2015
Significant University Activities for the month of February 2015
Shri Virbhadra Singh, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, inaugurated Educational Museum in the University on 16 February. The Chief Minister evinced keen interest in the exhibits and also launched a web portal www.consultvetpalampur.org developed by the veterinary scientists to extend their expertise through this interactive web portal to the veterinarians working in field veterinary hospitals.Shri BBL Butail, Speaker, H.P.Vidhan Sabha, Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, Statutory officers and staff of the University and Officers from the District administration were present during the inaugural ceremony.
National Science Day was celebrated in the University from 26 February to 28 February. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, was chief guest during the closing ceremony and distributed prizes to winners..
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated inter-college youth festival on 21 February and also distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions on 22 February. In his address, he told that such events help the students to develop a spirit of competitiveness and cooperation.
The Vice-Chancellor attended 12th Agril. Science Congress held at NDRI Karnal on 3 February and also co-chaired the technical session.
He presided over the Board of Management meeting in Shimla on 5 February.The Vice-Chancellor attended the meeting of Board of Directors of H.P. School Education Board, Dharamshala on 12 February. It was addressed by the Hon'ble Chief Minister, H.P.
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, attended State Planning Board Meeting of H.P. on 27 February at Shimla. It was presided over by Hon'ble Chief Minister. The Vice-Chancellor also attended State Higher Education Council meeting with regard to RUSA at Shimla on on 28 February. It was presided over by Hon'ble Chief Minister.
Hon'ble Forest Minister, H.P. visited CSKHPKV on 20 February and discussed important issues with the Vice-Chancellor.
A project proposal entitled "To evaluate the bioefficacy and phytotoxicity of BCS AR83685 SC 400 against root knot nematode (Meloidogyne sp.) in Cucumber" worth Rs. 4.05 lakh with Dr. Y.S. Chandel, Principal Scientist , Deptt. of Entomology, COA, as P.I. of the project has been sanctioned to this University by the M/s. Bayer Crop Science Limited, Ludhiana. Another research project entitled "Adoption of Progressive Dairy Farmers for Improvement of Health and Production of Dairy Animlas" amounting to Rs. 5.16 lakh has been submitted to the Project Director (ATMA), Nahan (HP) for consideration and necessary funding.
The Directorate of Extension Education and KVKs organized 59 training programmes which were attended by 1878 farmers.
1007 farmers from all over the State visited the University and KVKs for technical guidance.
A Kisan Gosthi was organized and 49 diagnostic visits were conducted. Seventeen Kisan Mobile Services were provided to 5763 farmers.
Department of Agricultural Engineering organized a camp on proper use of new farm implements at Bhedu Mahadev on 25 February.
Eight trainings were organized on Soil Health and Soil Fertility Management for the Officers of State Agriculture Department, H.P.
Awareness camp on Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Right Act, 2001 was organized by the Department of Crop Improvement at BDO office Bijhari (Hamirpur) on 7 February.
Dr.GCN COVAS imparted one training of seven days duration to Veterinary Pharmacists of State Animal Husbandry Department of Himachal Pradesh.
Dr.GCN COVAS appraised 185 farmers with the technology of Livestock Production and supplied 1720
Desi cross chicks to the farmers for backyard poultry farming
387 clinical cases were diagnosed & treated in clinics and 751 samples were analyzed.
CSK H.P. Agriculture University promoted 33 scientists after getting approval from the Board of Management. Twenty seven associate professors or equivalent were promoted to the rank of Professors or equivalent and six assistant professors or equivalent were promoted to the rank of associate professors or equivalent. The University also promoted one personal assistant to the post of private secretary and two senior scale stenographers to the post of personal assistants. Similarly, two stenographers were promoted to the posts of senior scale stenographers and one superintendent grade two was promoted to the post of superintendent.
A meeting of International Coordination Cell was held on 20 February.While addressing the members, Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, said that the University has opened a gateway for international collaborations in the areas of teaching, research and extension education activities. He asked the members of executive committee to prepare a roadmap at the earliest so that some students from some foreign countries were enrolled in the university in the coming academic session. All members of Monitoring and Guidance and Executive committee attended the meeting.
To enhance the visibility and better communication of the achievements, the University created a media cell on 16 February. According to Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, the existing Public Relations Unit has been merged in the newly created cell which will provide a dedicated single window service to the print, electronic and social media.
Dr GCN COVAS generated an income of Rs.12,17,155 only, College of Agriculture generated an income of Rs. 428487 only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an amount of Rs.33,438 only.
The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for payment of salary, wages and retirement benefits etc.
March 11, 2015
No. QSD/MC/06 Dated 11 Mar., 2015
Media visit conducted to the CSK H.P. Agriculture University Library
Palampur 11 March.The University Media Cell conducted a media visit for the friends from Media to the CSK H.P. Agriculture University Library, here today.
It was informed that the Library provides online and
offline services like web based, Online Public Access Catalogue (web OPAC), C-D
ROM, LAN, access to full text on line journals through CeRA, access to full-text
e-books and other library related information etc. through the University
website. The Library also created a digital library after installation of one of
the most advanced storage server. Besides the other data bases, the library has
its own databases; Theses holdings, back volumes of journals, books available in
the library etc.
The library is regularly receiving FAO publications directly from Rome. The library is a member of Agricat. Agricat developed under e-GRANTH in collaboration with Online Computer Center, Ohio, USA. It is a union catalogue of 12 agricultural libraries, useful to all library users, helps in locating and sharing materials among group of libraries. The library provides special services to off campus users through EZproxy. Library management allows online access to researchers, teachers, students and other stakeholder. The University Library has also digitized Ph.D. Theses through Shodhganga.
Dr.P.K.Mehta, Librarian told the University Library is fully equipped with modern facilities. At present 90 thousand books and periodicals are available in the library. The library has its own book bank. The students are entitled to draw books from book bank for full semester. This library was conferred Best Library of the year Award - 2010 by World Management Congress Committee. Mr.Dev Walia, professional assistant and coordinator, Shodhganga and Shodhgangotri project also took the media persons to different sections of Library like Special section on H.P, Book bindery section, circulation section, electronic resource center, rare book section, etc.
DrHirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) was present during the Media Visit.
March 09, 2015
No. QSD/MC/05 Dated 09 Mar., 2015
CSKHPAU and Eternal University to sign MOU
Palampur 9 March. CSK H.P. Agriculture University and Eternal University, Baru Sahib (Sirmour) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), next month. This was decided in a high level meeting held between Vice-Chancellors of both the universities, here today.
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor and all the statutory officers from CSKHPAU and Dr.H.S.Dhaliwal, Vice-Chancellor and his team from Eternal University held a meeting and decided to join hands in the areas of academics, research and extension education.
“A six member committee comprising three members each from both universities will finalize the areas of mutual interest and fine tune the memorandum within this month so that MOU is signed by mid April,” disclosed Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor. He said that basic purpose to enter into MOUs was to extend more facilities to the students of both universities and serve the farming community of the State. His university will draw strength from Eternal University to extend farm technology to the farming community of Sirmour district, in addition to betterment of both the universities.
Dr.H.S.Dhaliwal told that his university was offering several programmes and undergraduate residential programmes were only for the girl students. The university has also introduced B.Sc. (Agriculture) from the last academic session. The university has strength in biotechnology, molecular biology, etc. and was willing to share its research material with CSKHPAU for the development of new crop varieties.