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April 05, 2014

Public Relations Unit

Significant University Activities for the month of March 2014

Key Highlights

 

Ø  Mr.Sanaasuren Bayaraa , H.E. the Ambassador of Mongolia, visited the University on 16 March. He held a meeting with  Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor and other senior officers of the University and discussed the modalities of cooperation .The Vice-Chancellor informed the visiting dignitary that high altitude cold arid areas like Spiti vally in Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnour districts of the State have similar agro-climatic conditions to Mongolia. He invited the students of Mongolia to study in any of the four constituent colleges offering around sixty undergraduate and post graduates courses. The Vice-Chancellor also detailed about various other research network facilities of his thirty six years old leading institute in the mountain agriculture. Dr.Katoch also assured to extend all possible help to the farming communities of Mongolia by developing technologies through Mongolian State University of Agriculture .Mr. Sanaasuren Bayaraa told that he was impressed with the achievements of the university and said that he will send a delegation of senior officers and scientists from Mongolian State University of Agriculture in the month of July so that they may visit tribal research stations and explore the areas of mutual cooperation.

Ø  Mr.P.K.Pujari, IAS, Additional Secretary, Planning Commission, Department of Agriculture Research & Extension and Financial Advisor, ICAR visited the  University on 17 March and held discussions with Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor and other senior officers of the University

 

Research

 

Ø  Two research project proposals viz. (i) “Monitoring virulences of Colletotrichum truncatum causing urdbean (Vigna mungo L.) anthracnose and their utilization in characterization of resistance” amounting to Rs.39.50 lakh and (ii) “Evaluation and impact assessment of MNREGS in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh” amounting to Rs. 11.02 lakh have been submitted to Deptt. of Science and Technology, N Delhi  and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), N Delhi,  respectively for consideration and necessary funding.

Extension Education

 

Ø  The Directorate of Extension Education and KVKs organized 26 training programmes on various aspects which were attended by 1005 farmers. 53 Telephone help lines were attended by the ATIC.  850 farmers visited the University and KVKs for technical guidance. Seven on Farm Trials and two Front line Demonstrations were conducted by KVKs.

Ø  An Annual Action Planning Workshop for the KVKs of the H.P. in the Directorate of Extension Education was held on 5-6 March and a follow up Annual Action Planning Meeting of KVK staff of CSKHPKV was held on 20 March.

Ø  Two  Training-cum-Awareness Programmes on Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Right Authority were conducted by KVKs  Kullu and Mandi on 26 & 27 March, respectively.

Ø  Four  exhibitions were installed at Delhi, Chandigarh, Sunder Nagar and Palampur.

Ø  Tilhan Diwas –cum -Kisan Gosthi was organized by the scientist group of Shivalik Agricultural Research and Extension Centre, Kangra in collaboration with ATMA project Palampur on  4 March in which about 600 farmers participated.

Ø  Two days Institutional training on “Popularization of production, protection and marketing techniques for quality vegetables to enhance farm income in Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh” under NABARD funded project was organized by the scientist group of HAREC, Bajaura from 28 February to 1st March. About 30 participants participated in the training programme.

   

Ø  Department of Seed Science and Technology organized two trainings on “Seed Production & Quality Testing” on 28-29 March.

Ø   Department of Tea Husbandry and Agro- Forestry organized one day training programme on Tea Cultivation in which 62 tea- planters participated.

Ø  Three trainings, each of 4 days duration, were imparted to the Veterinary Officers of the State Animal Husbandry under RKVY.

Ø  Training for the sixth batch of 13 pharmacists of the State Animal Husbandry Deptt. was organized by the Department of Physiology & Biochemistry under RKVY.

Ø  480 clinical cases were diagnosed & treated in clinics and 430 samples were analyzed. 

Ø  Four clinical camps were organized and 314 farmers were appraised with the technology of livestock production and 10 farmers with the technology of fish farming.

Miscellaneous

 

Ø  Dr. Arvind Sharma, Department of Surgery & Radiology has been awarded a prestigious bursary by the World Horse Welfare,UK to the 7th International Colloquium on working Equids  to be held at University of London in July.

Ø  Dr. Akhilesh Sharma was awrded the best session paper award  in a symposium organized at World Vegetable Centre, Bangkok for his presentation on ‘Induction of powdery mildew resistance in garden pea using mutagenesis.’

Ø  Scientists of COA attended: Biennial Group Meeting of AICRP on Nematodes at Kerala Agricultural University, Vallayani on 3-5 March; National Group Meeting of AICRP on Forage Crops held at SKRAU, Bikaner on  7-8 March; Biennial workshop of AICRP on Micronutrients at PDKV, Akola on 7-9 March; International Conference on  Crop Production & Sustainability- Shaping in Future  w.e.f. 21-22 March 2014 at Baba Farid College, Bhatinda, Punjab and Programme on Monitoring of experiments under AICRP on Forage Crops at Hisar and Ludhiana centres and experiments under AICRP on MullaRP at N Delhi and Durgapura (Rajasthan) centres.

Finance

 

Ø  Dr GCN COVAS generated an income of Rs. 57, 94,716 only; College of Agriculture generated an income of Rs. 4,82,287 only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an income of Rs. 75,385 only.

Ø   The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for payment of salary, wages and retirement benefits etc.  

 

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April 05, 2014

National seminar on organic agriculture- challenges & prospects being organised by dept of organic agriculture

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May 28-29, 2014 
 

Seminar Brochure  (download in .pdf format)

Registration Form (download in .jpg format)

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March 18, 2014

Public Relations Unit

No. QSD/PRU/647 Dated:18 March, 2014

 

Press Release

 

Financial Advisor, Indian Council of Agricultural Research at CSKHPAU

 

Palampur 18 March. Mr.P.K.Pujari, IAS, Additional Secretary, Planning Commission, Department of Agriculture Research &  Extension and Financial Advisor, Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) visited CSK H.P. Agriculture University and held discussions with  Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor and other senior officers of the university.

 

The Vice-Chancellor gave him a detailed presentation about teaching, research and extension education activities. He informed that his university was ICAR accredited till the year 2017 and was ISO certified. Dr.Katoch said that despite financial constraints, all-out efforts were made to utilize resources for the benefit of students and farmers. The university was making concerted efforts to generate domestic income to the tune of Rs. eight crore every year. He also sought ICAR assistance for the construction of Students’ and Staff Transit Hostel at Shimla.

Mr.P.K.Pujari, while interacting with post-graduate students, asked them to understand the real issues and problems of the farming community and learn to resolve them with the active guidance of their teachers. He also advised the university to share its excellent work in molecular cyto-genetics with other institutions. He was happy to see the composite facilities under advanced veterinary farmers’ capacity building centre and called it as one of the best facility in the region. He also appreciated the fruit plants nursery in Department of Horticulture and visited Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kangra also.

Mr.Ranjit Singh, Comptroller and some other statutory officers also attended the meeting with Financial Advisor, ICAR.

The Vice-Chancellor receiving  the Financial Advisor, ICAR

 

A view of the meeting

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March 18, 2014

Public Relations Unit

No. QSD/PRU/646 Dated:16 March, 2014

Press Release  
 

CSKHPAU and   Mongolian State University of  Agriculture  to cooperate

Palampur 16 March. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University and Mongolian State University of Agriculture will cooperate in the areas of farm education, research and technology transfer. This was decided in a high level meeting held at the university, here today.

 Mr.Sanaasuren Bayaraa , His Excellency the Ambassador of Mongolia  and Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor  discussed the modalities of cooperation .The Vice-Chancellor informed the visiting dignitary that  high altitude cold arid areas of the state like Spiti vally in Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnour districts of the State  have similar agro-climatic conditions to Mongolia. The university, already , has research and extension education centres catering to the farm needs of tribal farmers and livestock -keepers. Besides, the university has excellent farm education facilities at main campus which include an International students’hostel and an excellent  indoor stadium. He invited the students of Mongolia to study in any of the four constituent colleges offering around  sixty undergraduate and post graduates courses. The Vice-Chancellor also detailed about various other research network   facilities of his thirty six years old leading institute in the mountain agriculture. Dr.Katoch also assured to extend all possible help to the farming communities  of Mongolia by developing technologies  through  Mongolian State University of Agriculture .

Mr. Sanaasuren Bayaraa told that he was impressed with the achievements of the university and said that he will send a delegation of senior officers and scientists from Mongolian State University of Agriculture in the month of July so that they may visit  tribal research stations and explore the areas of mutual cooperation. He told that his country was having around 44 million livestock population  and was predominantly a dry climate country. The farming community can imbibe many of the useful technologies developed by the Palampur farm varsity. Mr Bayaraa said that he would like the students of his country to study in the beautiful environs of  Palampur farm varsity.  He expressed his gratitude to Dr.Katoch and his team for making detailed presentations to him. The University statutory officers attended the meeting.

Vice-Chancellor  Dr.K.K.Katoch welcoming   Ambassador Mr Sanaasuren Bayaraa

The ambassador with Vice-Chancellor and university officers

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March 13, 2014

Public Relations Unit

Significant University Activities for the month of February 2014

Key Highlights

 

Ø  The foundation stone of  National Science Centre was laid in the University campus  on 16 February.

Ø  Dr. K.K. Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, was the Chief Guest in “Pre-Rice Group Meeting for Hill Region” organized in the University in collaboration with Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad on 25-26 February.

 

Ø  Shri Rattan Gautam, HAS, joined as new Registrar of the  University on 24 February.

 

Research

 

Ø  Five research project proposals viz. (i) “Vulnerability Assessment of Agriculture-Horticulture Sector in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh” under Indian Himalayas Climate Change Adaptation Programme amounting to Rs. 11.85 lakh (ii) “Evaluation of crop damage and mitigation measures in monkey menace areas in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh” amounting to Rs. 3.55 lakh (iii) “Role of Sericulture and Silk Industry in the Economic Development of Himachal Pradesh” amounting to Rs. 14.40 lakh (iv) “Propagation of sustainable nutritional gardens and off-season vegetable cultivation for nutritional augmentation and socio-economic empowerment of farm women in low and mid hills of Himachal Pradesh” under the scheme “Technology Development and Transfer for Promotion of Horticulture” amounting to Rs. 16.28 lakh (v) “On-Farm Evaluation of the Effect of Sartaj Gypsum (Natural) Application on Productivity of Crops and Soil Properties in Himachal Pradesh” amounting to Rs. 9.88 lakh have been submitted to Embassy of Switzerland, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, State Council for Science Technology and Environment, Shimla, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, National Horticulture Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Gurgaon, Haryana and M/s Bedi Exports, Pvt. Ltd, Amritsar, respectively for consideration and necessary funding.

Extension Education

 

Ø  The Directorate of Extension Education and KVKs organized 60 training programmes on various aspects which were attended by 2452 farmers. 66 Telephone help lines were attended by the ATIC.  710 farmers visited the University and KVKs for technical guidance. 43 diagnostic visits to the farmers’ field and 13 clinical services were attended by the scientists of the KVKs. 

Ø  Seven on Farm Trials and 2 Front line Demonstrations were conducted by KVKs.

Ø  Department of Entomology organized two days training on Beekeeping at Jhandutta village of Distt. Bilaspur on 10-11 February.

Ø   Department of Crop Improvement organised one awareness camp on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act at KVK, Berthin on 17 February in which 106 farmers participated.

Ø  Department of Tea Husbandry and Agro-forestry organised  one day on campus training programme on Tea Cultivation  on  5 February in which 24 tea planters participated

Ø  Three trainings, each of 7 days duration, were imparted to the Veterinary Pharmacists of the State under RKVY.

Ø  Two training programmes on Animal Production and Management & Micro-Enterprises in Agriculture were organized on 3-4 February and 6-7 February.

Ø  371 clinical cases were diagnosed & treated in clinics and 243 samples were analyzed. 

Ø  3 clinical camps was organized and 25 farmers were appraised with the technology of livestock production.

Miscellaneous

 

Ø  Department of Veterinary Medicine bagged four awards during 32nd  Annual Convention of Indian Society for Veterinary Medicine & International Symposium held at Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, SKAUST-Jammu, R S Pura, Jammu on 14-16 February as given below:

ü  P K Das Gold Medal-2013 to Dr Des Raj, Professor, in recognition to his outstanding contribution to the profession of Veterinary Medicine.

ü  Best paper presentation award to Dr Des Raj, Professor, Veterinary Medicine.

ü  Best poster presentation award to Dr Ankur Sharma, Asstt. Professor, Veterinary Medicine.

ü  Paper presentation award (2nd Prize) to Dr Ajay Katoch, Asstt. Professor, Veterinary Medicine.

Ø  Dr. Akhilesh Sharma bagged Best Session Paper  Award in regional Symposium SEAVEG 2014 held at Bangkok on 25-27 February.

Finance

 

Ø  Dr GCN COVAS generated an income of Rs. 46,22, 604 only; College of Agriculture generated an income of Rs. 10,78,025 only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an income of Rs. 28,371.

 

Ø   The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for payment of salary, wages and retirement benefits etc. 

 

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March 05, 2014

Public Relations Unit

 No. QSD/PRU/645 Dated:  5 March, 2014

 

Press Release

Annual Action Plan Meeting of KVKs

 

Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch asks ICAR to sanction two more KVKs to H.P.

 

Palampur 5 March. Dr.K.K.KAtoch, Vice-Chancellor inaugurated a State level annual Action Plan Meeting of twelve Krishi Vigyan Kendras(Farm Science  Centers) of Himachal Pradesh at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.

 

While addressing programme co-coordinators, scientists, heads of department from the farm universities and officers from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), he said there were 637 KVKs in the country and thirteen districts were having more than one KVK.  “Keeping in view the peculiar agro-climatic conditions and larger size, ICAR should consider sanctioning one more KVK each for the larger districts of Lahaul & Spiti and Kangra”, he suggested.  All the KVKs were playing a pivotal role in transfer of technology but regular updating of trainings with new inputs was a must. He told that district specific agriculture modules should be developed for the benefit of farming community. Similarly, the farm literature in easy to understand language should be made available to the trainees. He assured full university support to KVKs of the State.

 

Dr.S.Prabhu Kumar, Zonal Project Director(ICAR) underlined the importance of framing annual action plan for each KVK and asked the KVKs to come out with specific and need based document for the common good of the farmers. He also asked KVKs to make farmers an active partner in their all activities. Dr.Prabu Kumar said that it was the first time that such meeting has been planned for KVKs of H.P.He told that there will be detailed discussions and interaction before giving a final shape to the annual action plan of each KVK.

 

Dr.N.K.Pathania, Director of Extension Education, told that eight KVKs of host university and four KVKs of Dr.YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry were taking part in the meeting. He also spoke on the importance of poly-house cultivation of crops and said that there was urgent need to bring more area under this system.”For the food and nutritional security of the people, all stakeholders should work in close cohesion”, he asked.

 

Dr.Keshav, Dr.V.K.Sharma and Dr.Ashok Panda also took part in the deliberations. All the statutory officers, heads, scientists and officers from the university took part in the inaugural session.

A view of the dais

Welcoming Chief Guest

Address by VC

A view of the audience 

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March 04, 2014

Public Relations Unit

No. QSD/PRU/644 Dated: 4  March, 2014

Press Release

 

Our New Registrar Shri Rattan Gautam

 

Shri Rattan Gautam, HAS, has joined as new Registrar of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 24 February. He is well known to the university community as he had been SDM (Civil) at Palampur. During that stint, he briefly held the additional charge of the post of Registrar. An officer of HAS 2003 batch, Shri Gautam is M.Phil (English) from HP University Shimla. He has served as SDM in various Sub-Divisions and Additional Director, Tanda Medical College and also as RTO.

 

 

 

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March 01, 2014

Public Relations Unit

No. QSD/PRU/643 Dated: 1 March, 2014

 

Press Release

 

National Science Day

 

Add scientific knowledge to improve life:  Dr. A.K.Srivastava, Director, NDRI

 

Palampur 1 March.  “It is imperative to add a little bit of scientific knowledge in our day to day working  to improve life”, this was suggested by  Dr. A.K.Srivastava,  Director, National Dairy Research Institute(NDRI)  while delivering a special lecture on ‘Fostering Scientific Temper’ during  National Science Day celebrations  at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.

 

Dr. A.K.Srivastava said that knowledge of little facts like not to wash leafy vegetables after cutting can add more iron in the diet of consumers. As there were many misgivings in the society so  there was an urgent need to spread the scientific knowledge among general masses so that they are benefitted. Small inputs of  science and its awareness can add value to the food and life of individuals. He said that it was science behind making the country surplus in food grains.

 

“From ship to mouth economy in the mid sixties, the country has traversed a glorious path of green, white and blue revolution”, he told. There was wastage to the tune of 30 percent of fruits and vegetables and the Govt. has invited 100 per cent FDI in post harvest sector to reduce the losses. India is highest milk producing country in the world and loses are not more than one percent yet this sector was lacking in milk processing area. He informed that NDRI had developed technology to fortify milk with fiber and iron so that it becomes the complete diet. Dr. Srivastava advised the audience to spread the message of importance of giving healthy and nutritious diet to children in first one thousand days of their life.

 

He also asked the scientists to gear up for producing more from the limited cultivated land for ever increasing population as the country will be most populous in the world by 2050. “Here also science will come to the rescue of farm scientists as we cannot stretch ever decreasing farm land” , he said. As most of the farming was rainfed in the country so dairy sector can help in such areas.

 

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, in his remarks underlined the importance of making science communication simple, effective and interesting. He said that school students should be encouraged to ask questions and their inquisitiveness must be satiated with proper answers. He told that the synergy between science, traditional values and religion  should be developed so that general masses accept scientific facts more easily.

 

Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Dean, College of Basic Sciences , introduced the key speaker  Dr. Srivastava to the audience. Dr.Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Coordinator, National Science Day told that the celebrations lasted for four days and many competitions were held to involve students from the schools and colleges.

Later, Dr. A.K.Srivastava, Director, NDRI, distributed prizes to the winners. A cultural programme was also organized to mark the occasion. The statutory officers, scientists and students attended the special lecture and prize distribution function.  

 

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Dr.Hirday Paul Singh
Jt.Director(Info & PR)
CSK H.P.Agri.University
Palampur 176062

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