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Last Updated: June 22, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/37  Dated: June 21, 2016

 

Kisan Mela-cum Training on protection of  plant varieties & farmers rights act at Chambi(Rait)

The Vice-Chancellor exhorts farmers to conserve seed of traditional crop varieties

 Palampur 21 June. A Kisan Mela was organized by CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University's  Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kangra at Chambi, near Rait, around 55 Kms from here today.

 Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, while presiding over the Mela, asked the farmers to preserve the seed of traditional crop varieties as there was huge market for traditional crops like Red rice.  He also asked them to avoid indiscriminate use of chemical in the crops and also grow chemical free and nutritious food. The Vice-Chancellor also asked them to bring more area under pulses and oilseed crops. He also underlined the importance of soil and water conservation, animal husbandry, farm education, etc and asked the farmers to make use of government programmes to raise crop production. He told that the university was always at the door step of farmers to solve their problems.  

Chief Guest Shri Kewal Singh Pathania, Vice-Chairman, H.P.State Forest Development Corporation and Members, Board of Management of the university, appreciated the collective efforts of Farm University, department of agriculture and progressive farmers for making the state self sufficient on food front. He told that such Kisan Melas help better communication between various stake holders. Shri Pathania said that the state government was committed for agricultural development and a large number of vacant positions in the department of agriculture have been filled up. He also elaborated about various government initiatives for the farmers.

Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, exhorted the farmers to remain in touch with KVKs and  the university for latest farm knowhow. Dr.Satish Paul, Nodal Officer, PPV & FRA and Principal Scientist, detailed about the protection of  plant varieties and farmers rights act.

Dr.Sanjiv Upadhyay, Programme Coordinator, KVK; Dr.D.K.Vats, Head, Agricultural Engineering, Dr.Desh Raj, Deputy Director Agriculture; Dr.Shashi Sharma, Deputy Director Horticulture, Dr.Suresh Kumar, Additional Chief Conservator of forests; Dr.Pawnesh Sharma, Regional Director, Mid-Himalyan Project,  and some other officers also expressed their views. Dr.Pradeep Thakur, Conservator of Forests, Sh Shrwan Manta, SDM; Smt Rekha, BDO., etc were present in the Mela.

An exhibition was also installed and some progressive farmers were honoured on the occasion.

 

 

 

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Last Updated: June 18, 2016

 

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No. QSD/MC/35  Dated: June 16, 2016

 

Dr.K.K.Katoch,VC chairs Scientific Advisory Committee meeting at KVK,  Bara

 

CSKHPAU develops a new strain of poultry for backyard poultry farming

 

Bara(Hamirpur) 18 June. A scientific advisory committee meeting of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) was held under the chairmanship of Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor,CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

While addressing around thirty  district level officers from different departments, scientists and progressive farmers, the Vice-Chancellor informed  that the university has developed a new strain  of poultry which lays  on an average  about 150 eggs in a year under the back yard poultry production system. This strain has  been developed by crossing of a dual purpose  Dahlem Red breed with native birds of Himahcal Pradesh and has  proved suitable under backyard  poultry farming under local agro-climatic condition. He asked the members to  motivate the farmers to adopt backyard poultry farming to raise their economic and nutritional status.

He said that it was imperative to judiciously use all natural resources and laid emphasis on water conservation. Dr Katoch said that Nadaun region was known for vegetable production and the university will solve the newly emerged problems for the farmers of this area. He also spoke on the importance of crop insurance, soil health cards, agricultural marketing, etc.The Vice-Chancellor also appreciated the perfect coordination between KVK and district level officers of various departments.

Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, said that the university was making efforts to train young farmers and the farming community was being made aware about the solutions to face the challenges of climate change.

Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research,said that the university was aware about the new insect pests under poly house farming and detailed about the research on this issue.He also spoke in the importance of animal husbandry.

Dr.Pardeep Kumar, Programme Coordinator, KVK, elaborated about the work done in the past and detailed about the trainings and other extension programmes to be carried out in future. Dr Chaman Chauhan, Dr Anjana Thakur, Dr.Albel Singh, Deputy Director Agriculture; Dr.Subhash, Deputy Director Horticulture; Dr.B.N.Sharma, Deputy Director Animal Husbandry, Sh. R.C.Goma, DFO and progressive farmers Sh Narender Sandhu,Sh Baljeet Sandhu , Sh Suresh Kumar, Smt Usha Katoch and other  took part in the  deliberations and gave suggestions for the smooth functioning of the KVK.

 

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Last Updated: June 17, 2016

 

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No. QSD/MC/35  Dated: June 16, 2016

 

Scientific Advisory Committee meeting at KVK,Kangra

CSKHPAU to establish Hill Cow Breeding Centre: Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor

 

Palampur  16 June. A scientific advisory committee (SAC) meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK)  was held today at Kangra under the chairmanship of Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor,CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University.

While addressing around three dozen members of SAC including officers from different departments, scientists and progressive farmers, the Vice-Chancellor said that new challenges have emerged due to climate change and the farming community should be advised and prepared to accept these with precise information. He told that his university was already working on such issues and have also started work on zero budget natural farming. He also asked the members to create awareness about the need to bring more area under pulses and oilseeds.The Vice-Chancellor also underlined the importance of soil and water conservation, poly house farming, etc. and informed that his university will establish a hill cow breeding centre at the main campus. There was a proposal to establish a model rehabilitation and improvement centre for cattle.

Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, said that Kangra being a large district with varied topography has many challenges for the farmers and scientists but  there were solutions to all major farm problems. He asked farmers to provide effective feedback to the scientists for better results in the farms.He sought cooperation from all members to spread new technology among farmers.

Dr.Sanjiv Upadhyay, Programme Coordinator, KVK, elaborated about the work done in the past and future programmes. Dr Vishal Dogra, Principal Extension Specialist; Dr.Ashok Kumar, Scientist Incharge, Oilseeds Research Station; Dr.Desh Raj, Deputy Director Agriculture; Dr.Shashi Sharma, Deputy Director Horticulture, Dr.Suman, District Manager, Nabard and progressive farmers Mr Raghubir Singh, Mr Zalim Singh, Mrs Baljeet Kaur and Mrs Rekha Chaudhry actively participated in the deliberations.

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Last Updated: June 13, 2016

 

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No. QSD/MC/34  Dated: June 13, 2016

Kisan Mela on Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme at KVK, Kangra

Palampur 13 June. Mrs Viplove Thakur, Member Parliament (Rajya Sabha) has asked the farming community to take advantage of ‘Pardhanmantri Fasal Bima Yojna’ ( PMFBY) to safeguard themselves from crop losses due weather vagaries. She, as Chief Guest, was addressing the farmers during a Kisan Mela organized by the CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Kangra today. Mrs Viplove Thakur said that the farming community of Himachal Pradesh was very hard working and the ladies were playing an active role in various farm operations. She asked the bank and insurance officers to adequately explain about the PMFBY in a simple and easy to understand language so that the farmers may properly understand and adopt this useful scheme. She also told that the state government has reduced the premium to merely 0.8 percent on some crops and the farmers must make use of low premium PMFBY. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, said that weather plays a major role in crop operations and it was imperative to safeguard the interests of farmers. PMFBY can come to the rescue of farmers in case of any loss. He also asked the farmers to save water and adopt avocations like bee-keeping to supplement their income. He said that farmers can always rely upon the information from KVKs for increasing their crop yields. Dr.Sanjiv Upadhyay, Programme Coordinator ,KVK explained about activities of his centre. Messers  Suman, P Rana and V.K.Sharma, all officers from banks and insurance companies, gave detailed information about PMFBY. Dr.Ripon Sood, Project Director, ATMA and officers from the department of agriculture and horticulture also attended the Kisan Mela.

Mrs Viplove Thakur addressing the farmers

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Last Updated: June 10, 2016

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Last Updated: May 20, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/32  Dated: May 20, 2016

 

Media Visit to the Estate Office

Palampur 19 May. The Media Cell of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University conducted a media visit to the Estate Office today. While interacting with reporters of print and electronic media, Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor told that the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has agreed to the university proposal to sanction Rs.2.5 crore as a special fund to commemorate Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the College of Agriculture.

He told that emphasis has been to augment infra-structural facilities for the students, farmers and staff. As the number of girl students in different academic programmes was increasing every year so to accommodate almost 180 girls, foundation stone of two new girls’ hostels has been laid, in addition to a new boys hostel. He said that all construction works were of high quality, environment friendly and having a flair for hill architect. The Vice-Chancellor also answered to several questions concerning the university.

Earlier, Er.A.K.Chadha, Estate Officer, gave detailed information about the working of his office and told that construction works to the tune of Rs. 2877 lac have been completed in the last three years. Some other miscellaneous works worth Rs.five crore have also been completed. He informed that among the major works, Advance Multidisciplinary Veterinary Services &  Farmers’ Capacity Building Centre worth Rs. 6 crore, S.C.Girls Hostel worth Rs. Two crore, Examination Hall worth Rs.2.5 crore, Educational Museum worth Rs.One crore , Chamundeshwari Hostel worth Rs. 1.5 crore, etc. were the major works in addition to construction works at eight Krishi Vigyan Kendra and fourteen Research Stations. The reporters  were also taken to the major spots were new works have been completed or works were in progress.  Er.Ashok Sood, Er. R.S.Premi, both Executive Engineers and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director Information & Public Relations) were also present during the Media Visit attended by around a ten reporters.

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: May 12, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/31  Dated: May 11, 2016

 

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor underlines the need of effective transfer of technology

for the benefit of farming community

Palampur 11 May. A State level annual action plan meeting of all twelve Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Himachal Pradesh was held at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

Dr K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, in his inaugural address,  told that the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) had largest extension network in country through KVKs. He said that technology should be refined before transferring and it needs to be passed on to the farming community through precision for ready adoption. He suggested that each and every aspect should be monitored properly and observations by the specialists were important. The Vice-Chancellor exhorted utilization of mass media approach for effective transfer of useful technology to the farmers. He also advised that only those farm inputs should be popularized which were readily available in the respective areas.

Dr.K.K.Katoch asked KVKs to give proposals for new initiatives like zero budget natural farming, etc. He said that integration of technology with climate was a must. He also discussed issues like trainings for women farmers, judicious use of chemicals in agriculture ,etc.  

Dr Rajbir Singh, Director, Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute(ATARI),Zone-I,  Ludhiana told that KVK,Una has been selected for massive seed production programme on pulses and oil seeds. He told that in addition to given mandate, KVKs became hub of activities with Govt. of India new initiatives like Adarsh Gram Yojna, Skill India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Soil Health Cards, etc. There were 643 KVKs in the country and more than four hundred Member of Parliament visited these KVKs in the recent past. It makes them aware about KVK activities. He asked extension specialists to highlight KVK activities and focus on skill development with trainings of minimum three days. 

Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, said that formulation of action plan was an essential activity as KVKs work for the socio-economic development of farming community. He asked KVKs to lay front line demonstration on pulses, show-case latest technology through on farm trials, etc. He asked KVKs to effectively involve youngsters in skill development programmes.

Dr. S.K.Gupta, Joint Director, Dr Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, asked KVKs to do impact analysis and test technologies under different micro climates. Drs Keshav,.Desh Raj and Pankaj Sood  also expressed their views.

Programme coordinators of twelve KVKs of the State and  Heads of departments participated in the meeting which was jointly organized by Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-I and the Directorate of Extension Education, CSKHPAU.Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information & Public Relations) also attended the inaugural ceremony.

 Director of Extension Education welcoming Vice-Chancellor

 

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Last Updated: April 29, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/29  Dated: April 29, 2016

His Excellency the Governor at CSKHPAU

The Governor pays a visit to Agricultural Technology Information Centre

Palampur 29 April. Acharya Devvrat, His Excellency the Governor and Chancellor, CSKHPAU, paid a visit to Agricultural Technology Information Centre(ATIC) today morning. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor welcomed the Chancellor. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director Extension Education, conducted the visit and detailed about the ATIC mandate, functioning and the services being provided to the farmers and others from this single window unit. Some of the pics of H.E. the Governor's visit:

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: April 27, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/28  Dated: April 27, 2016

His Excellency the Governor at CSKHPAU

Glimpses of the inaugural ceremony of Zero Budget Natural Farming

 Palampur 27 April. Acharya Devvrat, His Excellency the Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Chancellor, CSKH.P. Agriculture University inaugurated the four days national training workshop on Zero Budget Natural Farming at the University, here today.  H.E. appreciated the University for this Initiative and exhorted the students and scientists to religiously attend the workshop for four days. He expressed the hope that the workshop will enable the participants to think afresh and open new vistas in their lives.

The Governor thanked well known exponent of natural farming Padamshree Subhash Palekar for making  50 lakh farmers follow the concept of natural farming in the country.The Governor also asked the scientists to listen and learn the new concept so that it is properly transferred to the farming community.

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, informed that his University had , already, introduced the concept of natural farming as a research component in post graduate research. Even the fifty percent area under organic farm has been put under the natural farming. He said that natural farming was environment friendly, self sustaining and it respects human life.

Padamshree Subhash Palekar, the key speaker, told that it was a myth that the nation was self sufficient on food front as the country was, still, importing pulses and many other inputs for modern farming. He said that industrialization was not answer to employment generation as it was a big source of green house gases detrimental to ozone layer. He said that only ‘zero budget spiritual farming’    could provide solutions to manifold problems the country was facing. He said that Himachal Pradesh was ideal for this type of farming and youngsters need to follow it.

Dr P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, welcomed all and Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, presented a vote of thanks.

More than three hundred farmers from different districts of Himachal Pradesh and  some farmers from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab are also attending the workshop.

University officers, scientists and students attended the inaugural ceremony. Officers from the district and local administration and State Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, the Governor also visited the organic farm of the University and interacted with scientists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: April 21, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/27  Dated: April 21, 2016

Farm Officers’ Workshop on Kharif  Crops

Sh. Sujan Singh Pathania exhorts scientists & farm officers to increase income of farmers

Palampur 21 April. Shri Sujan Singh Pathania, Minister of Agriculture, Himachal Pradesh, has advocated increasing the income of farming community. 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 Kharif crops at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

The Minister said that the cost of production of farm produce has increased substantially but the income of farmers has not increased reasonably. He suggested that fast and accurate transfer of modern technology, crop diversification, quality control, decrease in post harvest losses, etc. were some of the issues which   needed attention of stake holders to help in substantially increasing the income of farmers. He also underlined the need to increase area under pulse crops.  "As pulses were rich source of protein so its production besides providing remunerative prices will also  provide  nutritional security to small and marginal farmers.", the Minister said. Shri Pathania told that most of the farm operations were performed by women so there was need to reduce drudgery by farm mechanization.

While elaborating about various programmes of the government to increase production, the minister said that the State has emerged as a model agricultural hill state and has earned name in vegetable production, protected cultivation, organic farming, mushroom farming, etc. The area under vegetable crops has increased to 75 thousand hectare with production of 15 lakh metric ton. He also congratulated the farmers, officers and scientists as the State was regularly  decorated with many agricultural prizes at the national level.

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, said that bee-keeping should be popularized for pollination and honey. The meeting of state varieties release committee should be held at regular intervals so that the university developed crop varieties may reach farmers in time. The university was developing tomato hybrid seed for the farmers. As the climate change was adversely affecting the crop production so optimum use of irrigation sources was a must. He also informed about a training programme on zero budget farming from 27 April to 30 April at the university and asked the farmers to attend it.Dr.K.K.Katoch said the proper implementation of various farmer welfare schemes was as important as its truthful adoption. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the perfect coordination between the university and state department of agriculture.

Dr.Som Raj Kalia, Director, Deptt of Agriculture, H.P. informed about the arrangements made for farm inputs for ensuing Kharif season. He also elaborated about Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna, 'National Food Security Mission', Organic Farming, etc, and told that Rs. 25 crore 'Mukhyamantri Khet Sarankshan Yojna (Chief Minister Crop Protection Scheme)',  Rs. five crore 'Uttam Chara Utpadan Scheme (Quality Fodder Production Scheme)', etc. have also been implemented. He  asked the officers to achieve targets in time. The Director also elaborated about 'Pradhan Mantri Fasal Vima  Yojna'.

Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, elaborated about significant research accomplishments and priorities of the University. He informed that  15856 Kg breeder seed and  8889 Kg of  foundation seed of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables and fodder crops was produced during last  Kharif  season. 131 research project worth Rs. 4709 lac were in operation in the university. He also informed about the release proposal of Rice variety HPR 2656 (Him Palam Dhan 1) for cultivation in Low & Mid hills of H.P. and Release proposal of Rice variety HPR 2880 (Him Palam Dhan 2) for cultivation in Low & Mid hills of H.P. and   Palam Sankar Makka 2 (EHL 161708), a single cross medium maturity maize hybrid for inclusion in the package of practices for Kharif Crops.

Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, told that 18732 farmers participated in various trainings by the directorate of extension and Krishi Vigyan Kendras. The university was utilizing mobile and social media to transfer the latest farm  information among farmers. To encourage farm mechanization, custom hiring centre facility has been initiated for small and marginal farmers from where they can hire small farm machinery. He told that a four day workshop on zero budget farming will be organized in the last week of this month.

Dr.Desh Raj Chaudhry also expressed his views. University statutory officers, Progressive farmers  Messers Kulwant Singh, Rajender Thakur, Balbir Singh, Vijay Kumar, Ashwani Sharma, Babu Ram, Tej Singh and Padam Singh also took active part in the discussions and gave suggestions.

 

Shri Sujan Singh Pathania, Agriculture Minister flanked by Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch and other officers during

inaugural ceremony of  Kharif Workshop

A view of the progressive farmers, scientists and officers

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor honoring the Agriculture Minister Shri Sujan Singh Pathania

 

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No. QSD/MC/26  Dated: April 12, 2016

Three farm scientists from CSKHPAU get H.P. State Innovation Award 

Palampur  16 April. Three  CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University scientists have been awarded with maiden H.P. State Innovation Award. Drs.P.K.Mehta, Pankaj Sood and CS Parbhakar, who developed a simple fruit fly trap for the benefit of farming community, were conferred this award by the Chief Minister during Statehood day function at Ghumarwin, yesterday. 

According to Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, fruit flies are  one of the most serious pests of agriculture in India and their management using mass trapping techniques by developing a local bottle based fruit fly trap (Palam trap) was  achieved by a team of farm scientists lead by Dr.P.K.Mehta.  The trap was developed considering the wide spectrum of fruit fly species prevalent in the region. The fruit flies cause extensive damage to vegetable crops like cucumber, tomato, bitter gourd and such other cucurbitaceous vegetable crops and fruits like mango, guava, peach, pear  and all citrus fruits. It is suitable for agriculture and horticulture ecosystems. The technology after on- farm testing at various locations within the state has been demonstrated and highly acclaimed by the farmers. The technology has been included in the university package of practices. Technology has been disseminated by organizing a number of training camps for extension personnel, rural youth and farmers, awareness camps and through pamphlets. The department of agriculture has also taken up the technology and is  providing the traps developed by the University at Krishi Vigyan Kendra , Mandi and university headquarters  on subsidized rates to the farmers.

Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education and team leader told that more than  forty thousand traps worth Rs. fifty lakh  have been provided to the farmers during last five years. Palam trap has become a house hold name amongst the vegetable and  fruit growers in the state. The traps have also been demonstrated through KVKs in Haryana & Punjab and widely appreciated. Being an environmental friendly and easy to adopt technology, the farmers were  readily accepting the same. It being a low cost and local technology, this not only increased productivity but also overall profitability of the growers. Being a pesticide free or minimum pesticide usage technology, it is sustainable and consumer friendly as the harmful residual toxicity is minimized.

 

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, has appreciated the efforts of scientists and asked other scientists to emulate them for the socio-economic betterment of farmers.

 

             

                           

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No. QSD/MC/24  Dated: April 12, 2016

 

Farmers, scientists and farm  officers celebrate Wheat day at Malan

 

Palampur 12  April. Wheat day was celebrated by farmers, scientists and agriculture officers at Rice & Wheat Research Station of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at Malan, 20 KMs from here today.

 

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice Chancellor, as Chief Guest, while appreciating the efforts of scientists for developing high yielding wheat varieties, asked the farmers to pay attention for growing pulse crops also. He said that it was important to conserve seeds of traditional crop varieties and emphasised the importance of safe food. He also spoke on the importance of organic farming, protected cultivation, soil and water conservation, animal husbandry, etc and asked the farmers to make use of available technology for their socio-economic development.

 

Dr.Katoch asked the young farmers to make use of social media to elicit farm related information from scientists and others. He said that potato growing farmers of the area may form a group of WhatsApp to share issue related to potato production.

Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research elaborated about the research work on various wheat varieties which were resistant to yellow rust and such other diseases. He asked the farmers to use quality seed from a known source and replace seed at regular intervals. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, suggested the farmers to maintain a live-link with university and its all Krishi Vigyan Kendras and research stations for latest know-how. He also spoke on the importance of bee keeping.

 

Dr.Rippon Sood, Project Director, Agricultural Technology Management Agency(ATMA) elaborated about various training and other programmes for the benefit of farmers. He underlined the importance of technology in wheat production.

 

Dr.Ashwani  Basandrai, Principal Scientists and In-charge, Rice & Wheat Research Station educated about various activities of his station.

 

Head of Departments from the university and other scientists interacted with farmers to answer their farm related questions.Dr.Ajai Srivastva and Dr.D.R.Thakur also expressed their views on wheat crop.

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice Chancellor, honoured progressive farmers Shri Desh Raj and Smt. Anita Devi. He inaugurated a green house and seed store at the station. He also visited the experimental farm and visited the exhibition installed on the occasion. Farmers also purchased seed of paddy and summer vegetables.

 

 

A view of the dais and audience

 

The Vice-Chancellor honouring the progressive farmers and inaugurating the green house.

 

 

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Last Updated: April 11, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/23  Dated: April 11, 2016

CSKHPAU scientists organize infertility treatment camps at high altitude tribal villages of Kinnaur

 Palampur 11 April. A team of veterinary scientists from CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University   organized eight infertility treatment camps for cows at high altitude tribal villages Katgaon, Kafnu, Kanam, Labrang, Giabong, Pooh, Namgia and Kalpa of Distt. Kinnaur. Around 150 cows suffering from infertility problems were examined and treated. Scientists collected uterine discharge samples from repeat breeder cows to study the infection pattern of reproductive diseases. Blood samples were also collected from infertile cows to study minerals, biochemical and hormonal profile for detailed diagnosis of the diseases. Free treatment was provided to ailing animals of farmers. The team leader and Principal Investigator Prof. Madhumeet Singh told that infertility camps were organized under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) project to investigate various causes responsible for infertility and their treatment in bovines in Himachal Pradesh.Other team members included Dr. Pravesh Kumar, Mr. Manoj Negi, Mr. Kamaljeet and Mr. Vijay Rana from the Department of Veterinary Gynecology and obstetrics, Dr. G. C. Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.In the  recent past,  scientists from Department of Veterinary Gynecology and obstetrics have organized 134 infertility treatment camps in all parts of Himachal Pradesh under RKVY project, including 41 camps in tribal areas of Pangi, Bharmour, Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur and also in some very remote locations like villages of Dodra-Kwar (Shimla) and trans-giri belt of Sirmour. More than 2700 animals with reproductive ailments have been examined and treated so far in these camps. Dr K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, has appreciated the efforts of scientists for serving them in difficult and remote areas of Himachal Pradesh.

 


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No. QSD/MC/22 Dated: April 09, 2016

 

CSK H.P. Agriculture University to fill up 31  positions of teachers and non-teachers

Palampur 9  April. The Board of Management (BOM) of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on the recommendation of Finance Committee has accorded permission to fill up thirty one positions of  teachers and non -teaching employees  in the university. This was disclosed by Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice Chancellor, who chaired the twin meetings of Finance Committee and  BOM.

Dr.K.K.Katoch told that ten posts of assistant professors in Dr G C Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, twenty posts of junior office assistants and one post of assistant registrar will be filled up. The university budget to the tune of Rs.151 crore was also approved. He said that six percent DA of university employees and pensioners has already been released and confirmed in the meeting. The board allowed extending family pension benefits to mentally retarded and differently abled children even after their marriage. The stipend of farm students undergoing rural agricultural work experience has been increased to Rs. Three thousand at par with Indian Council of Agricultural Research. To attract international students, the fee structure has been rationalised for them. Under career advanced scheme, three teachers were promoted to the rank of associate professor and one teacher was promoted to the rank of professor.

The Vice-Chancellor informed the members about major activities undertaken in the university since last meeting and the members appreciated the new initiatives like conduct of online viva voce examination through video conferencing, streamlining of entrance examination, extending the entrance based merit list of applicants to private institutions, addition of new hostels, etc.

 Fifteen members  including Mrs Upma Chaudhary,IAS, Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture; Mr S.K.Baldi, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary Finance; Dr.Som Raj Kalia, Director of Agriculture ; Dr.Shekhar Masey, Director of Animal Husbandry; Dr.D.P.Bhangalia, Director Horticulture; Mr Kewal Singh Pathania, Dr.H.S.Baweja, Mr Rakesh Kumar, Er.S.P.Negi, Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Mr.Jatinder Singh, Mrs. Shashi Kiran, Dr.N.K.Pandey, Mr.Manoj Kumar,HAS, Registrar-cum- Member Secretary  attended the meeting.

 

 

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Last Updated: April 06, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/21 Dated: April 06, 2016

 

Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch lays the foundation stone of a new girls hostel worth Rs.2.5 crore

 Palampur 6 April.  Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, laid the foundation stone of a new girls hostel 'Kalindi'.  It will have 36 rooms to house 72 girls. It will be constructed at the cost of Rs. 2.5 crore and has been fully funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR). Only yesterday, the foundation stone of boys hostel worth Rs. 2.5 crore was laid.

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor told that with the addition to new hostel, all the university hostels will be able to accommodate 1050 students from the total 1380 students on roll. He told that two more hostels, one for boys and another for girls, are likely to be sanctioned soon by Govt. of India where proposal has, already, been submitted.

Estate Officer Er.A.K.Chadha, Executive Engineer Ashok Sood, Architect Ashwani Sharma, statutory officers, scientists and students were present on the occasion.

 

Vice-Chancellor laying the foundation stone of Kalindi girls hostel and Architect Ashwani Sharma explain the building plan to him

 

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Last Updated: April 06, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/20 Dated: April 05, 2016

 

Articulate Tradition, Technology, Talent and Trade to make agriculture as alternative field for livelihood & sustainable development: Dr.N.S.Rathore, DDG, ICAR

 

Palampur 5 April. Dr. Narendra Singh Rathore, Deputy Director General (Education), Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) has asked the farm scientists to extend whole hearted support in  sustainable development of the rural India. He was delivering Golden Jubilee lecture to commemorate fifty years of the College of Agriculture at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

Dr.Rathore  said that it was imperative to make agricultural system more  vibrant for sustainability and livelihood. "Today we need skills, not just degrees, with the ability to assimilate, adapt, apply and develop new technologies. We need high quality agricultural graduates equipped with problem solving and creative skills and ability to think and improve productivity of agricultural sector", said Deputy Director General.

He told that ICAR has decided to introduce Student READY programme which was Rural Entrepreneurship Awareness Development Yojana in Under Graduate courses. It will include provision of Experiential learning, Hands-on training and Skill development, Rural Agricultural Work Experience, In plant training and Student project for one year period. He also underlined the need to articulate four T's namely Tradition, Technology, Talent and Trade to make agriculture as alternative field for livelihood and sustainable development.

Dr Rathore said that the agricultural sector was  getting more complex due to globalization, impact of climate change, entry of corporate sector in agriculture value chain, expanding demand for processed food, and need for postharvest technology. Declining land productivity and global climate changes were major challenges of today's agriculture. He suggested PQRST formula for accelerating agriculture by enhancing Productivity, Quality, Remuneration, Sustainability and Trading in agriculture field.

While presiding over the function, Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, appreciated   the successful fifty years journey of the College of Agriculture(COA). He  informed that the university has decided to introduce 10 percent inputs in its examination system from e-Krishi Shiksha Portal of the ICAR to broaden the understanding of subjects by the students. Sustained efforts were being made to improve the quality of education. The University has taken lead by starting online viva voce examination through video conferencing, online admission process, regularizing convocations, establishing International coordination cell, world class infrastructure and facilities to the students, especially foreign students. He also elaborated about other achievements in the area of academics, research and extension education.

Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, COA  informed about major achievements of his college whereas Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education made a power point presentation on the genesis and growth of this college.

The Chief Guest also honored some former deans, teachers and alumni of the COA. Dr.P.K.Mehta and his team was honored for development of 'Palam trap' to control fruit fly damage in vegetables and fruits. A golden jubilee souvenir and college magazine Him Jyoti were also released on the occasion.

Dr.N.S.Rathore also laid the foundation stone of a new boy's hostel. It will house around ninety students in 29 rooms and will be constructed at the cost of Rs. 2.5 crore. It has been fully funded by ICAR. Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor and statutory officers were present on the occasion. The DDG also visited some departments in the university and interacted with scientists and students.

 

Dignitaries on the dais

 

Dignitaries releasing souvenir

 

 

 

 

DDG laying the foundation stone of new boys hostel worth Rs.2.5 crore.

 

 

The Vice-Chancellor honoring DDG

 

 

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Last Updated: April 04, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/19 Dated: April 04, 2016

Vice Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch inaugurates INSPIRE internship camp at CSKHPAU

Palampur 4 April. A five days Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) internship camp for 150 meritorious students from 15 schools of the districts of Bilspur, Mandi, Kangra and Una began at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.

 

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the camp informed that the Govt. of India was making many efforts to popularize science in the country by different schemes at different levels. He asked the students to utilize the golden opportunity to pursue science as a career and help the country in creating a rich human resource pool in various branches of the science. He expressed his happiness that various Inspire camps held in the university in the past have been able to create a joy of learning and many of the participants joined this university to pursue a degree in agriculture or allied sciences. The Vice-Chancellor also narrated some of the innovations of last decade, especially in the areas of communication and social networking. He expressed the hope that the participants will interact freely with top scientists to satiate their science related queries during the five days.

 

Dr. Pawan Kumar Mehta, Director of Extension Education, while presiding over the inaugural function spoke on the importance of attending such programmes which enlighten the students about their career options, including a bright career in agricultural sciences. The students return enriched after attending such camps.  Dr.O.S.K.S.Sastri, Head of Physics department from the Central University, H.P., delivered a keynote address. He said that understating of science offered the innovators many useful inputs for valuable inventions.

 

Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research and Coordinator of Inspire camp, told that the University had organized 14 such inspire camps in past with the participation of 2100 students from all over the State. He told that the students who score 84 percent of more marks in the matriculation examination were invited to attend such camps. This time scientists from the top research institutes of the country will be interacting with the students and they will be taken around the labs and each student will be provided a science kit so that they may conduct small experiments.

 

The inaugural session was attended by Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Dean College of Basic Sciences; Dr.R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Dr.G C Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Science; Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director (Information & Public Relations) and others from the host University.

 

 

A view of the dais & participating students

 

 

Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch delivering the inaugural speech

 

 

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Last Updated: March 29, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/18 Dated:   March 29, 2016

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor inaugurates online viva voce examination facility at CSKHPAU

Palampur 29 March. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University took a lead among State Agricultural Universities of the country by starting online viva voce examination through video conferencing, here today.

 Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor inaugurated the facility in the video-conferencing hall in the university and hailed it as a smooth, seamless, economic and hassle free system for the benefit of students. He said that the examiners will also save their time, effort and energy to travel to Palampur from their institutions. He said that the university will be in position to appoint examiners from all over the world as distances and remoteness of the Palampur will not be a constraint now. "This will help in further improving the educational standards in the University", he added.

As the students will be thoroughly preparing for their online viva voce examination so they will be ready to face other competitive examinations like Senior Research Fellow, Junior Research Fellow, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board and such other competitive examinations without much effort. This examination will be without any distractions which usually creep in the normal viva voce system. The Vice-Chancellor said that the new online viva voce system will have huge financial savings to the university in the form of saving  on travelling and other allowances given to the examiners coming from all over the country.

The very first online viva voce examination of Ms. Anita Rana, Ph.D student from the College of Basic Sciences was conducted by Dr.Rajiv Aggarwal, an examiner from National Bureau of Animal Genetics Resources, Karnal. Dr.Neelam Sharma, Head, Deptt of Chemistry & Biochemistry and other members of student advisory committee were present during the online viva voce examination. Mr.Kapil Sharma extended technical support for the maiden successful effort. Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) was also present during inauguration of the new facility.

 

 

 

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No. QSD/MC/17 Dated:   March 23, 2016

Training  on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act at Bahri in Dharampur

Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch asked farmers to preserve traditional crop varieties

Palampur 23 March. Krishi Vigyan Kendra,Mandi of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized an awareness and training programme on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act (PPV & FRA) at village Bahri in Dharampur block of Mandi District today.

Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, as chief guest, told that 87 percent seed  requirement of the country was being met  by the farmers.Yet, seeds of several crop varieties was getting extinct with the adoption of modern farming. It was imperative to save the traditional crop varieties as these were rich in many nutrients and micro nutrients. He said that the government had in-acted PPV & FRA to safeguard the interest of farmers. It was necessary to conserve the traditional crop varieties for the food security of the nation. He also told that district Mandi was rich in agro-biodiveristy and there was immense possibility of growing cereals, vegetables and fruit crops. The Vice-Chancellor also advised the farmers to adopt protected cultivation as Govt was providing many incentives to popularize it. He also elaborated about the importance of water conservation, organic farming,animal husbandry,etc.  He told that an expert team has been constituted in the university to train two persons from each block of the state for poly house repair and asked the young farmers to get training for it.

Shri Chandershekhar,Vice-Chairman, H.P. State Handicrafts and Handloom  Corporation Ltd, while presiding over the function, expressed his gratitude to the university for organizing programme in remote area and asked the farmers to seek guidance from the scientist to raise good crops to raise their economic status.He said that people have a desire to adopt modern farming but there was need to preserve the traditional knowledge also. He requested the university to adopt some villages in Dharampur area for research and other activities. He also asked farmers to avoid excessive use of chemicals  and produce safe food.

Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, asked the farmers to maintain a live link with the university and its KVKs for latest farm technology and information. He told that the university would be organizing a training course on natural farming from 27-30 April  for the benefit of farming community. He also asked them to make use of Palam trap to control fruit fly in vegetable crops in the ensuing Kharif season. It was readily available in all KVKs.

Dr.Satish Paul, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer, PPVFRA in the university enlightened farmers about various issues related to the act. He advocated them to save the seeds of traditional crop varieties.He told that several types of millets had been an integral part of traditional farming in the state.He specially mentioned about finger millet(Bhandal),Fox tail( kangani) and horse gram(Kulthi),Black gram(Mash), Red rice(Aanani), Wild soybean(Bharath),etc and asked the farmers to preserve such crop varieties.

Dr.Pankaj Sood, Programme Coordinator, KVK highlighted major activities of his centre.

Drs.Kavita Sharma, Shakuntala Rahi, Dinesh Yadav, Laxmikant Sharma, Subhash and Rakesh Thakur also spoke about their respective specialization.Shri Kuldeep Chambial,Chariman,BDC  and Smt Kanta Devi,local Pardhan also expressed their  views.

An agriculture exhibition was also installed where the visiting farmers evinced keen interest. Some farmers also displayed seeds of traditional crop varieties. A large number of farmers and farm ladies from the local village and surrounding villages participated in the training programme.

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Last Updated: March 22, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/15 Dated:   March 22, 2016

Educate masses about scientific ways to conserve water: Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor

 Palampur 22 March.  Dr. K.K. Katoch, Vice Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, has asked the scientists to educate the masses about scientific ways to conserve water. He, as Chief Guest, was addressing scientists and students during World Water Day celebrations, here today.

The Vice-Chancellor said that it was imperative to popularize the concept of watershed management so as to conserve and efficiently use the water for irrigation and other uses. He emphasized that all stakeholders should be educated about the judicious use of water because only around two and a half percent fresh water was available on earth for irrigation and other uses and rest of the water occurred in oceans which was saline in nature. Dr.Katoch also spoke on the role of water in food security, nutritional security and poverty alleviation. He said that water should be stored for future use and rapidly depleting ground water should be regularly recharged. He said that everybody should adopt such habits which save water in our daily domestic activities.

Dr.G.S.Hira, former additional director of research at Punjab Agricultural University and a known water expert, delivered a special lecture highlighting the consequences of fast depleting ground water in food bowl states of the nation. He said that the planners should seriously think about the food security of the country as water table has alarmingly gone down in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh which produce major cereals especially wheat and rice crops for the country. India was about to import 65 lakh tones of pulses whereas incentives should be given to farmers to produce pulses which require far less water than cereals. He also asked scientists to produce short duration high yielding crop varieties requiring less water.He also interacted with scientists.

Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, College of Agriculture said that the special lecture was organized as a part of golden jubilee year celebrations of his college. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education said that farmers need to be educated about the importance of scientific use of irrigation water in different crops. Dr.S.P.Dixit, Head, Deptt of Soil Science , Dr.R.K.Gupta, Principal Scientist and Dr.Sanjay Kumar Sharma also expressed their views on the importance of water conservation.

The Chief Guest also gave certificates to the students who took part in soil science quiz to mark the occasion.

 

 

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No. QSD/MC/14 Dated:   March 17, 2016

Audio CD on organic agriculture released at CSKHPAU

Palampur 17 March.  Dr. K.K. Katoch, Vice Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, released an audio CD on organic agriculture, here today.

The CD of one hour recording consists of complete package on various aspects of organic farming by scientists of the Deptt. of Organic Agriculture. While appreciating the scientists for this maiden effort, the Vice-Chancellor expressed the hope that the CD would be of much use to the farming community of the State and beyond. Even the other stakeholders like officers form the State Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, etc and general masses will be benefitted with the contents of the audio CD on organic agriculture. Dr.J.P.Saini, Head, Deptt of Organic Agriculture and his team  including Drs. Sant Parkash, Rameshwar, Punam, Neelam Bhardwaj, Alok Shamra were present during the CD releasing ceremony.

The CD has special lectures on organic nutrient and pest management, organic crop production, organic animal husbandry, certification procedure,etc. and will be available in the Agriculture Technology Management Centre of the University in near future.

Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director(Information & Public Relations) were also present on the occasion

 

 

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Last Updated: March 10, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/12 Dated:   March 10, 2016

The Vice-Chancellor distributes   bucks to farmers from remote areas of H.P.

Palampur 10 March. With an aim to improve Gaddi goat productivity in Himachal Pradesh, Dr. K.K. Katoch,Vice Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, distributed twenty four  bucks to twenty four  selected migratory Gaddi goat breeders  from Bharmaour, Bara Bhangal, Shahpur, Bandla, Rakh, Bir, Holi, Kandi, etc. at Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences(COVAS), here today.

The farmers were provided bucks under the 'All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Goat Improvement' by the  Gaddi Field Unit. Dr.Katoch  interacted with the Gaddi goat farmers to know their problems and suggested them to spot out the male gaddi goats having higher growth rate so that they could be incorporated in the project for increasing the overall productivity of gaddi goats.  He also appreciated the efforts of Dr.P.K.Dogra, Principal Investigator and his team of scientist including Drs. Pankaj Sood, Shivani Katoch, Varun Sankhyan, Ankur Sharma, Sidharth Thakur and Parveen Sharma for their continued work in the far- flung areas of Himachal Pradesh.

Dr. P.K. Dogra told that this project was operational in 18 centres throughout the country with basic objective of improving goat productivity. Under the project, approximately 1000 migratory goats have been registered and were being monitored throughout the year by providing breeding, health care and nutritional inputs. The male kids being produced were subjected to primary selection and on the basis of higher growth rate were purchased from the farmers and further reared at Palampur centre up to the age of sexual maturity. Thereafter second stage of selection was  done and the finally selected breeding bucks were distributed to the migratory Gaddi goat farmers for breed improvement at the field level.  The farmers were quite satisfied with the working of the project and thanked the University for addressing their problems. Dr. SS Kanwar, Director of Research; Dr. R.K. Agnihori, Dean COVAS; Dr. SK Sharma ,Associate Director Research and Dr. Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information & Public Relations) were present on this occasion.

 

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No. QSD/MC/12 Dated: 8 March, 2016

International Women Day celebrated at CSKHPAU

Palampur 8 March. International Women Day was enthusiastically celebrated at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.  Ms.Shalini Agnihotri, ASP, Kangra, as Chief Guest, underlined that women should be respected each and every day. She asked the youngsters to take baby-steps for bigger positive changes in the society so that the country marches ahead in all spheres. She said that mistakes should be treated as learning experience and should never be repeated. Ms. Agnihotri, a former student of the university, recalled her studentship and offered to help all those aspirants who want to join police or other administrative services. She expressed the hope that the youngsters will come forward to shoulder the bigger responsibilities and make serous efforts to bring positivity in their surroundings.

Dr.Sumati Rekha Malhotra, Dean, College of Home Science, said that serious efforts should be made to bring gender equality in the society. Children should not be discriminated at home and should be made aware about the responsibilities. Drs Promila Kanwar and Sangita Sood also expressed their views. Some competitions were organized to mark the occasion.

Besides students and staff of the college, Dr R.K.Agnihotir, Dean, Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Dr.Jahnvi Shekhar, Students Welfare Officer, Dr.Yadvinder Singh Dhaliwal and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director((Information & Public Relations) also attended the function.

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No. QSD/MC/10 Dated: 28 Feb. , 2016

Joint Technology Review & Dissemination Committee Meeting at CSKHPAU

Palampur 2 March. Joint Technology Review and Dissemination Committee Meeting of five major farm universities of the region was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.  Besides, the host university, the representatives of Panjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar; Dr.Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan and Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi attended the meeting and shared the information about latest technologies developed in their respective institutes for  the welfare of farming community and to avoid duplication in research work.

According to Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, who chaired the meeting, performance and adaptability in their respective places of already shared material in the form of seeds of cereals, pulses, vegetables, oilseed and planting material of fruit crops and forestry trees was discussed.

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No. QSD/MC/10 Dated: 28 Feb., 2016

National Science Day at CSKHPAU

Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch asks youngsters to pursue science for the benefit of mankind

Palampur 28 February. National Science Day was enthusiastically celebrated at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.  Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, as Chief Guest, recalled the contributions of Indian Physicist Sir C. V. Raman and lauded the efforts of all those great Indian scientists whose innovations and discoveries made country proud.  He said that due to various scientific discoveries the   life of common man has improved.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the country was surplus in food grains production due to large number of discoveries and developments in farm science and the country has  achieved several milestone in different spheres like medicine, communication, etc which has revolutionized theses sectors. He said that the period between the years 1895 to 1900 was considered a golden period for various scientific discoveries which ultimately proved a strong base for many future innovations and discoveries. He said that machines like JCB or traffic light management system, etc were used for the benefit of common man.

He told that his university was giving a boost to scientific temper by organizing inspire camps for the school children who were motivated to adopt science as a career. Around 2200 students from various schools of Himachal Pradesh have attended such camps. He also elaborated about the various innovations in the areas of agriculture and allied sciences and asked the students to pursue science for the benefit of mankind.

Dr.SPS Kushwaha, a well known scientist and retired dean from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) delivered a key note address on remote sensing technology. He elaborated about the discoveries and innovations by ISRO in the areas of satellite imagery which have simplified the work of many departments. Mr.Krishan Gopal Butail, a leading tea planter told about the simple innovations which transformed his simple farming to a buzzing entrepreneurship. He emphasized the importance of ‘Make in India’  initiatives by the government.

Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, underlined the theme of ‘Raise Public Appreciation for Scientific Issues for the Development of Nation.” Dr.Pawan Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture also spoke on the importance of farm science.

 Some competitions were organized to mark the occasion.  Ms. Garima Pant from College of Home Science(COHS) was awarded first prize in poster making and second and third  prizes were bagged by  Messers  Gobind Garg  and Gulshan from Dr.GCN College of Veterinary & Animal Science(COVAS) . In skit competition,  Mr.Gaurav Bhalla and his team from  Dr.GCN COVA bagged first position , second position went to Mr.Sahil and team from COHS and third position was captured by  Mr.Sahil Guleria and team from College of Basic Sciences.

All the statutory officers, teaching and non teaching staff and students attend the National Science Day celebrations.

Director of Research welcoming Vice-Chancellor

A view of dais and audience

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Last Updated: February 26, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/09 Dated: 26 Feb. , 2016

 

CSK H.P. Agriculture University starts selling organic vegetables through ATIC

 

Palampur 26 February. CSK H.P. Agriculture University today took an initiative to make available organic produce to the consumers. On the directions of  Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, the Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) situated near the entrance of main gate of the university on Palampur-Baijnath road, have created a separate section for the organic produce of the university which is being made available at very reasonable rates. Initially,  the seasonal vegetables will be available which were being produced in the Deptt. of Organic Agriculture. Gradually more products will be added.

 

The Vice-Chancellor today visited the ATIC and inspected the functioning of the ATIC and advised that more products from various departments be added for the benefit of consumers. He also asked to popularize organic products, especially among the local residents who could easily purchase these from the ATIC. Mr.Manoj Kumar, Rgistrar; Dr.Aul, Director of Extension Education; Dr.J.P.Saini, Head, Deptt of Organic Agriculture and some other scientists were present during the visit of Vice-Chancellor to ATIC.


It will be worthwhile to mention that ATIC acts as a single window service to the farmers and consumers where all university farm produce and improved seeds and technology was available. High quality turmeric, organic tea, soy biscuits, soy nuts, vinegar, animal feed, mineral mixture, seeds of vegetables and other crops, farm literature, stationary  for trainings etc. was available in the ATIC, besides useful information about farming was provided to the farmers in person and on phone.

 

The university was very first in the country to establish the department of organic agriculture in the year 2009 and is considered a pioneer in research on different aspects of organic farming. The university organizes trainings to farm officers, scientists and farmers to acquaint them with various aspects of farming like preparation of different inputs like organic compost, bio pesticides, etc. The university will also organize a seminar on zero budget farming in the last week of April.

 

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No. QSD/MC/08 Dated: 13 Feb. , 2016

Camp Regional Research Sub-station, Salooni(Chamba)

Shrimati Asha Kumari inaugurates a training programme at Salooni

Salooni (Chamba) 13 February. A  two days training programme for the farmers of the area was jointly organised by Regional Research Sub-station of CSK H.P. Agriculture University and Agricultural Technology Management Agency(ATMA), Chamba , here today,

Smt. Asha Kumari, former minister and local MLA, as Chief Guest asked the farming community to use modern scientific technology to increase their farm production and increase income. She said that the government initiated a large number of schemes and programmes for the benefit of farmers and they need to take advantage of such programmes. She also appreciated the efforts of Farm University and department of agriculture for doing commendable work to enhance farm production in the Salooni area where the farmers were generating a revenue to the tune of Rs. Twenty five crore annually by quality vegetable production. However, she asked the University to post vegetable specialists and other experts to help the farmers. She also underlined the importance of educating farmers in marketing, seed conservation of traditional varieties, etc.

While presiding over the function, Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, said that Chamba district has got lot of potential due to presence of  varied agro-climatic zones. As the farming community was using very low dose of fertilizers and chemicals so they were contributing to the society by producing safe food. He advocated protected cultivation, water conservation and protection of plant varieties. He said that as per the demand of the farming community through State Government and chief guest, the university will shortly post three scientists in its local research station  to cater to the farm needs of the district. He also announced to adopt Dhand village and informed that the scientists will educate farmers for marketing, etc.

Dr.Atul, Director Extension Education informed that the university was conducting a large number of trainings for the benefit of farming community.

Dr.Hans Raj, Subject Matter Specialist, informed about various activities of  the Deptt of  Agriculture.Dr.Anil Kumar, Incharge of Regional Research Sub-station,Sh Dharam Singh Pathania, Chairman, Zila Parishad also expressed their views.

Mohinder Singh, Chairman, Block Development Samiti and Kamal Thakur, Vice-Chairman, BDC,Salooni,  Smt. Rekha Thakur, Pardhan, local Panchayat, and a large number of  farmers from Salooni and surrounding villages were present in the inaugural ceremony of the training programme.Chief Guest Smt Asha Kumari also honoured a dozen progressive farmers.

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Last Updated: February 02, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/07 Dated: 1 Feb 2016

 

COA organizes a lecture on Biotechnology

 

Palampur 1 February. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has appreciated the role of biotechnology in agriculture. He, as Chief Guest, was addressing a galaxy of farm scientists and students at the College of Agriculture (COA), here today.

The Vice-Chancellor said that biotechnology has been able to give a push in crop production through various innovative techniques. He cited the examples of two crop varieties Pusa Jai Kisan in case of Sarson and Phule Savitri in case of sugarcane for increased production. He said that tissue culture technology has helped in germplasm conservation of endangered plant species. 

T.R.Sharma, Director, National Research Center on Plant Biotechnology, an alumnus of the COA, in his special lecture on Agricultural Biotechnology: From Genome to Gene and Genotype" highlighted importance of genomics in discovering genes of agronomic importance and their utilization in developing high yielding crop varieties citing a specific example of rice blast resistance gene. He also informed achievements of his centre.
Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, highlighted the achievements of the university in the area of biotechnology. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, COA said that his college was celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year and this lecture was part of the series of lectures to mark the occasion.

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Last Updated: January 27, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/07 Dated: 27Jan , 2016

            Glimpses of Republic Day Celebrations in the University

Republic Day was celebrated enthusiastically in the University. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor unfurled the National Flag and took salute form the NCC contingent. He also addressed the staff and appreciated the Students’ Welfare Organization for organizing the function and NCC cadets for the impressive parade. Some glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations in the University:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: January 23, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/06Dated: 23 Jan , 2016

 

Media Visit  to the Deptt of Veterinary Gynecology & Obstetrics

CSKHPAU scientists take lead in India in laparoscopic diagnosis of reproductive problems in cows

 

Palampur 23 January. The Media Cell organized a visit to the Department of Veterinary Gynecology & Obstetrics, Dr. G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences,CSK H.P. Agriculture University , here  today. Dr. Navneet Vasishta, Professor and Head; Dr. Madhumeet Singh, Professor; Drs. Amit Sharma and r. Pravesh Kumar, both Assistant Professor interacted with reporters and answered to their various questions.

The scientists told the visiting reporters about their major activities. It was informed that laparoscopic diagnosis of reproductive problems in cows has been started for the first time in India by this department. This latest work started in the department is providing advanced information of abnormalities of reproductive system of cows. Work has been done successfully for the first time in country to diagnose patency of fallopian tubes of cows with laparoscope, which was otherwise difficult to be diagnosed.

It was informed that being a clinical department, this department provides clinical facilities to the farmers of Himachal Pradesh in the areas of Female Infertility, Obstetrics and Andrology.

This department has bagged 10 research projects in the  last five  years worth 330.5 lac (3.305 crore) rupees. The main emphasis of research has been to study the reproductive problems of cows and buffaloes reared by farmers of Himachal Pradesh and also of abandoned cows. The area of these studies has been entire State with an aim to conduct research on epidemiology, etiology, management and suggesting curative measures for various reproductive disorders prevalent in different agro climatic zones of the State.

During a study by this department under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) project on reproductive status of abandoned cows maintained in various Gosadans and possibilities of treating those, 55% had reproductive problems. Further it was found that out of allreproductive problems in abandoned cows, 50.00% were caused by technical errors committed by personals handling genitalia, of which only 13% were treatable. Whereas, 40% reproductive problems in these abandoned cows were suspected to be due to managerial  problems like poor feeding by owner. However, a much higher post treatment recovery rate of 44% was recorded in these cows with managerial problems. Irrespective of the reasons, overall treatable percentage of various reproductive ailments was 23%.  

As this study indicated that a very high incidence of genital tract ailments in abandoned cows was associated with injuries/technical errorsattributed to the faulty Artificial Insemination (AI) technique, there was felt a need to improve the skill of personnel involved in AI programme of the state. As majority of AI is performed by Veterinary Pharmacists due to the shortage of doctors in state Animal Husbandry Department, it was decided to impart refresher training to working Veterinary Pharmacists. Overall 729 pharmacists were refreshed in 31 refresher training between years 2012 and 2014.

It was also informed that the department was rendering specialized services to the farmers of the State for treatment of various reproductive disorders. Since year 2013, scientists from department have organized 125 infertility treatment camps under RKVY project in all parts of Himachal Pradesh, including 32 camps in tribal areas of Pangi, Bharmour, Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur and also some very remote locations like trans-giri villages of Sirmour, Dodra-Kwar (Shimla), Janjehli (Mandi), Barsheni (Kullu) and Kihar (Chamba) etc. More than 2500 animals with reproductive ailments have been examined and treated in these camps. Blood samples and uterine discharge samples have been collected from around 800 animals for detailed investigations of various diseases. All diagnostic facilities including hormonal, mineral and biochemical estimations in blood and also microbiological investigations of uterine discharge exist in the department.These camps will be continued in future also.

A very positive result of pharmacist trainings imparted has emerged from the data generated from infertility camps. In majority of cows, repeat breeding in general and endometritis in particular are responsible for animals not conceiving and mainly caused by inefficient inseminators. While comparing data of camps organized in years 2013 and 2014, with the camps organized in 2015, it was found that incidence of repeat breeding has decreased by 10% and endometritis alone has decreased by 7%. This decrease can be attributed to improved technical skills of pharmacists imparted refresher training. There is a hope that if the same trend of improvement continues then the number of cows abandoned by owners due to reproductive problems may also decrease.

Being a very important Sheep breed of Himachal Pradesh, reproductive behavior and genital disease pattern in Gaddi sheep has been studied and documented by the department under RKVY. Presently department is also working on another research project to analysis obstetrical interventions in animals suffering from difficult birth in different parts of Himachal Pradesh under same project. 

Dr.S.K.Sharma, officiating Dean of the College; Dr. Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information & Public Relations) and post graduate students of the department were present during the Media Visit.

 

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Last Updated: January 20, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/05 Dated:19 Jan , 2016

 

CSKHPAU to help students and young farmers in taking advantage of Start-up India, Stand-up India initiatives

 

Palampur 19 January. "Each professor must motivate a student to take advantage of Start-up India and Stand- up India initiatives of the Govt. of India", said Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor while addressing the statutory officers, here today.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the purpose of this initiative was to ignite the entrepreneurship among the youth of our country with a large number of incentives like registration through an App, self certification, tax relief, patent protection, etc. and there were nineteen plans to choose. There was a budget of Rs.Ten thousand crore and seven research parks will be developed with an outlay of  Rs. hundred crore for each park.  He asked the Director of Research to screen university research work for innovations and asked the Deans to interact with senior students and encourage them to identify the innovations for Start- ups. Similarly the Director of Extension Education can identify the young farmers and livestock keepers for Start- ups in areas like marketing of organic produce as there were thirty thousand farmers engaged in organic farming but were finding it difficult to market their produce. There were many enterprises like production of quality planting material, value addition and processing, use of underutilized fibres, organic dyes, Mushroom processing unit , raising of rainbow trout in lower belt,  high quality animal production and product development,  bee products other than honey like bee-venom; bee wax, royal jelly, etc. which can be taken up by the youngsters.

He said that the Human Resource Development and Placement Cell of the university can train its students in certain areas to take advantage of these initiatives. The university may consider gifting some of its technologies to its students to take advantage of Start-up India and Stand-up India programmes. 

All Deans, Directors and other statutory officers took part in the meeting.

 

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Last Updated: January 19, 2016

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  QSD/MC/04 Dated:13 Jan , 2016

 

Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch inaugurates training on Personality Development

 

Palampur 13 January. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, inaugurated a two days training programme on personality development for the students at College of Agriculture, here today.

Stressing the importance of 'healthy body, healthy mind'; the Vice-Chancellor advised the students to effectively manage their time to improve their personality and imbibe good qualities like hard work, consistency, never give up attitude, focus and determination. He said that one must not lose self confidence and should always have a positive attitude to manage day to day stress in life. He also wanted that more  students should excel in national level competitions to bring name and fame to the university. He informed that he would like to get feedback from all the participating  students after the training programme.

Dr.Jahnvi Shekhar, Students' Welfare Officer, told that to sharpen the communication and other skills, two days training for personality development has been organised by inviting experts from Bangalore and final year students from all the constituent colleges will be trained in three batches. He expressed the hope that the training will hone efficiency of students to manage their personal and professional life.

Dr.P.K.Mehta,Dean, College of Agriculture, said that such trainings were helpful to the students to face interviews with added confidence. He complimented the Human Resource Development and Placement Cell of the Students' Welfare Organisation for conducting the training.

Dr.Ravinder Singh Chandel, Programme Director, Human Resource Development and Placement Cell, informed that 86 students from the College of Agriculture and College of Home Science were taking part in the programme. A session for the teachers has also been planned.

Ms.Radha, Chief Executive Officer and trainer from Smart Series Bangalore and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) attended the inaugural ceremony.

 

 

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CSKHPAU scientists issue advisory for the control of yellow rust in wheat crop

 

Palampur 8 January. The scientists of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University have advised the farmers to visit their wheat fields regularly and observe the crop critically for the appearance of   yellow rust in the form of yellow coloured pustules and powdery mass in stripes on leaves, especially under trees and in moist pockets. They have stressed that those farmers who have sown wheat varieties HD 2967 and HD 3086 should be more vigilant for the appearance of this disease. Further, the scientists have advised that the farmers must spray their crop with propiconazole 25 EC (Tilt 25 EC or Shine 25 EC) by making a solution of 30 ml fungicide in 30 litre  water or tabuconazole @ 0.05% by making a solution of 15 ml fungicide in 30 litre of water adding one spoon of sticker or NIRMA powder or  Lassi (traditional butter milk) and spraying per Kanal immediately after seeing the symptoms and repeat it after 15 days.

 

 

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No. QSD/MC/02 Dated: 6 Jan , 2016

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Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch inaugurates inter-college Youth Festival

 

Palampur 6 January. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, inaugurated an inter-college youth festival here today.

He said that such events provided a platform for the students to express their creativity, which was a must to excel in life. He suggested that a competition of 'Akshar Shalokam' be added to the events where the students may find and recite 'shaloka' related to agriculture,, livestock, rural life, etc. This will generate interest of students in our old age rich literature and help in reviving glory of our enriched past. The Vice-Chancellor said that the youth was full of energy which needed channelization for the development of country. He advised the students and participants to work hard and reap the dividends later.

Dr.Jahnvi Shekhar, Students' Welfare Officer, told that   around 150 students from four constituent colleges will be taking part in seventeen items like  Music, Dances, Theatre and Literary competitions.

Earlier the Vice-Chancellor lit the lamp and declared the youth festival open. The ceremony started by playing the University Anthem followed by Sarswati Vandna by the girl students.

All the statutory officers, heads, teaching and non-teaching staff and students attended the inaugural ceremony.

 

 

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Last Updated: January 1, 2016

 


New Year address by the Vice-Chancellor

 

Dr.K.K.Katoch exhorts staff to help the farmers to Double the Income

 

Palampur 1 January. Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has  exhorted the staff to work on the  concept  of  'Double the Income(DTI)'  in addition to discharging their mandatory duties of teaching, research and extension education. He was addressing the university staff on the occasion of New Year.

The Vice-Chancellor told that despite tremendous financial support from the State Govt, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other funding agencies, the university need to increase its domestic income and also help in doubling the income of farming community. He asked the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs)and other units to submit projects like seed production programme, value addition in farm produce, beekeeping, etc.

He told that a mega State level Kisan Mela will be organized in mid-March where progressive farmers will share their success stories and interact with scientists. Another workshop on zero budget farming also known as natural farming will be held in end April. He expressed his satisfaction over successful organization of convocation and informed that online admission process has been successful and will be improved further this year. He told that construction work on Rs. Five crore girls' hostel has started as the number of girl students was increasing every year. It will house 108 girls including 24 foreign students. He appreciated the students for their magnificent performance in various national level competitions and attributed it to the quality teaching in the university. Video-conferencing facility has been created for conducting viva-voce examination where experts from all over the world will be available to conduct the examination.

He also appreciated the good research work and asked the scientists to work on cutting edge technologies and include risk factor in their research proposals. Effort has been made to address the needs of farmers and farming in research topics of post graduate students also . He also appreciated the extension education activities and told that a special task force on protected cultivation has been formed to repair poly houses and train two farmers from each block of the State on these aspects. He said that veterinary scientists were organizing clinical camps in remote and less accessible areas and the Veterinary Emergency Response Unit was attending to emergencies. Last year, over fifteen thousand farmers participated in 515 trainings and around 6000 farmers visited the University and KVKs

The Vice-Chancellor asked the staff to work with dedication for the welfare of farming community of the state. All the statutory officers, heads of departments, teaching and non-teaching employees and post graduate students attended the programme in the university auditorium.

 

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No. QSD/MC/89 Dated: 24 Dec , 2015

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SAC at KVK, Dhaulakuan

Poly house technology a boon for the farmers: Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor

Dhaulakuan(Nahan) 24 December. A scientific advisory committee (SAC) meeting of local KrishiVigyan Kendra(KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University was held here today. While chairing the meeting, Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, said that KVK has done good work in popularising vegetables production in the district and the university would guide the farmers for registration of   ginger(Sonth) under geographic indicators.The Vice-Chancellor told that the state was comfortable in the area of food crops  production but there was need to concentrate in the production of pulses and oilseed crops. He said that Poly house technology was a boon for the farmers and the university was actively working to solve the problems associated with this type of farming. Recently, a task force has been formed in the university to repair damaged poly houses and the department of agriculture has been asked to send two interested persons from each block  to get training from the university for the benefit of farmers.The Vice-Chancellor said that his university would organise a seminar on natural farming from 26-30 April to popularise it and asked the progressive farmers to attend it. He also spoke on the importance of growing such crops which were not damaged by the wild animals, including monkeys. He said that it was necessary to keep animals healthy by animal management, proper feeding etc. He also discussed news programmes like soil health cards, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav,etc. and asked the farmers to give exact feedback to scientists so that they may work on new problem.Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education while elaborating about various extension activities welcomed the useful suggestions by the member progressive farmers. He informed that the University would organise Farmers'-Scientist Congress in mid- March where they would share their success stories. He also spoke on the importance of judicious use of chemicals in crops. He also spoke on the emerging challenges for the farming. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, appreciated the good work of KVK and highlighted the issues like water management by drip irrigation with fertigation, cropping system to manage the problems of monkey menace, marketing of farm produce, application of culture in pulses, protected cultivation, etc. He also detailed research activities for the benefit of farmers.Dr.Anirudh Manchanda, Programme coordinator, KVK briefed about major activities undertaken in the past and work to be done in the near future.Drs.Pankaj Mittal and Sangita Attri also expressed their views. The Vice-Chancellor also released four farm publications by the KVK scientists. He also launched farmers' page on the KVK's website.District level officers of the agricultural and rural development departments, progressive farmer members of SAC like Ravi Swarup, Ved Parkash, Kundan Shastri and Shakuntla Devi  actively participated in the meeting.Earlier, Dr K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor visited  experimental farms of University's Regional Research  Station and KVK  and sought details about the on-going research work from Dr.Dhanbir Singh, Associate Director and Dr.Anirudh Manchanda, Programme Coordinator KVK and gave instructions to them. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research; Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education, Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information &Public Relations) and scientists of station and KVK were  present on the occasion.

Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor visiting experimental farms 

A views of dais & participating SAC members

Chief Guest releasing publications

 

 

Last Updated: December 23, 2015

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No. QSD/MC/88 Dated: 22 Dec , 2015

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SAC at KVK,Una Onus to produce more on farmers and scientists: Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor Una 22 December. A scientific advisory committee (SAC) meeting of local Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University was held here today. While chairing the meeting, Dr.K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor, said that steps were being taken for better convergence of all concerned departments and agencies working for the socio-economic development of farmers at district level. The Vice-Chancellor said that onus to produce more from ever decreasing farm land was on the scientists and farming community as population was increasing. The Vice-Chancellor said that his university would organise a seminar on natural farming in end April. He said the justification and utility of poly house farming in Una district needs to be debated and told that climate change was bound to adversely affect crop production so judicious use of water was a must. He informed that a task force has been formed to repair damaged poly houses and the department of agriculture has been asked to send interested persons to get training from the university for the benefit of farmers. He also cautioned farmers against excessive use of chemicals in the crops. The Vice-Chancellor also spoke on the importance of increasing production of oilseeds and pulses. He also discussed issues like value addition, marketing, good agricultural practices, soil health cards, etc. He said that technology generated by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Ludhiana was to be adopted in toto in the adjoining plain areas of Himachal Pradesh. He appreciated the participation of Scientists from KVKs of PAU at Ropar and Hoshiarpur. Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education said that all members ought to spread the messages of new scientific technology among other farmers of the district. He asked the farmers to remain in touch with the university and it’s all KVKs and research stations to solve their farm related problmes. He said that it was imperative to associate younger generation with the farming He also elaborated about various extension education activities and asked the farmers to adopt exact techniques. He told that the University would organise Farmers-Scientist Congress in mid March. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, said that Una was predominantly irrigated area based on ground water comparing it to other districts of the State. He cautioned farmers about the depleting water table. He also touched issues like imbalanced use of fertilizers and asked the farmers to use fertilizers based on the soil health cards. He also detailed research activities for the benefit of farmers. Dr.A.R.Khan, Programme coordinator, KVK briefed about major activities undertaken in the past and work to be done in the near future. Drs.Arvind Kumar and Sanjay Sharma also expressed their views. District level officers of the agricultural and rural development departments, progressive farmer members of SAC and for the first time, Scientist Incharges of KVK, Ropar and KVK,Hoshiarpur of Panjab Agricultural University Ludhiana also actively participated in the meeting. Earlier, Dr K.K.Katoch,Vice-Chancellor visited University’s Regional Research Sub Station, Akrot(Una) and sought details about the on-going research work from Dr.Bipan Sharma, Scientist Incharge. Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research; Dr. Atul, Director of Extension Education and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information & Public Relations) were present on the occasion.

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Media Cell No QSD/MC/88 Dated:18 Dec.,2015

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Workshop on Sanrakshit Kheti avam Prashikshan (.pdf format)

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No QSD/MC/86 Dated:15 Dec.,2015

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Workshop on Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa  at Shimla

Shimla/Palampur The Centre for Geo-Informatics Research and Training, CSKHPKV, Palampur organized one day workshop on Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa  at Shimla in collaboration with Indian Meeorological Deptt. Delhi and HP.  The meeting was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Dr. K.K. Katoch . Speaking on the occasion Dr. KK Katoch said that the primary objective of the workshop is to apprise about the outputs of operational projects being executed by various agencies including CSKHPKV, Palampur for the benefit of farmers. He  said that  the  operational venture of IMD on the crop yield forecasting at district scale is crucial for proper planning for crop production prospects and policy making in the agricultural sector at regional and country level. The project on "Forecasting Agricultural output using Space, Agrometeorology and Land based observations (FASAL)" is providing district level yield forecasts for maize and wheat at present for Himachal Pradesh and further it would be extended to nine other crops including horticultural crops in future. Dr B.P.Singh, Director, Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, and Dr. A.K.Baxla IMD, New Delhi was the guest of honour in the programme spoke on the weather forecasting in details.  Dr. S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research highlighted  the contributions of Agriculture University, Palampur  in weather forecasting.. Mr Manmohan Singh, Director, Meteorological centre, Shimla was the special invitee in this function. In addition regional met centre, IMD of North zone and various representatives of the departments of Himachal Pradesh wewre present to grace the occasion.Speaking on the occasion convener of the workshop DR. R.S. Rana said that the primary objective of the workshop was to apprise about the outputs of operational projects being executed by various agencies including CSKHPKV, Palampur for the benefit of farmers and further scale up for other sectors. However to enhance the accuracy, dissemination and customisation of forecasts products, feed back from line departments is essential to maximize the benefits for end users.  Dr. R.S. Rana said that a project entitled "Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) funded by India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES) is providing five days weather forecasts which is used for providing weather based agro-advisories and forewarning to farmers at district level through various electronic and print media. However to enhance the accuracy, dissemination and customisation of forecasts products feed back from line departments is essential to maximize the benefits for end users.

 

Last Updated: December 14, 2015

 

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No QSD/MC/86 Dated:11 Dec.,2015

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SAC at KVK,Berthin

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor appreciated convergence between KVKs and ATMA

Berthin(Bilaspur) 11 December . A scientific advisory committee meeting of local Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University was held, here today. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, while chairing the meeting appreciated the excellent coordination between KVKs and Agricultural Technological Management Agency (ATMA) at district level .

He said that district Bilaspur was known for pulse production and has also earned name for poly house cultivation, animal husbandry, etc but keeping in view the ill effects of global warming, the scientist and farmers should explore the options of alternative crops also. He told that his university will organize a specialized training for poly house repair and maintenance .Similarly , training for tractor driving can be arranged for the farmers.

The Vice-Chancellor also advocated for mega demonstration unit for the benefit of all farmers in each block and asked the scientists and farm officers to involve press for dissemination of useful technologies to the farming community. He also cautioned the farmers for indiscriminate use of chemicals in crops. He also spoke on the importance of water conservation, farm mechanization, etc and informed about organization of a farmer-science congress in March at his university.

Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education, elaborated about various extensions education activities and asked the farming community to maintain a live link with the university and its KVKs and research stations for guidance. He told that the university will prepare a directory of useful numbers and contacts for farmers.

Dr. Kuldeep Singh Verma, Programme coordinator, KVK, presented a report of activities undertaken in the past and future plans. Dr. Ravinder Kumar  also expressed  his  views .Five farm publications were released by Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor. District level Officers from various development departments from Bilaspur and progressive farmers actively participated in the meeting.

 

 

 

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No. QSD/MC/85 Dated: 10 Dec , 2015

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Challenge to produce more  for increasing population on decreasing farm land: Dr.K.K.Katoch

Sunadarnagar 10 December.  A scientific advisory committee meeting of the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University, was held here today.

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, while chairing the meeting said that the importance of farming was ever increasing as the population was increasing and there was challenge to produce more from ever decreasing farm land. He  said that the joint efforts of progressive farmers, the farm university and State Deptt of Agriculture has made  Himachal Pradesh self sufficient on food front. The Vice-Chancellor told that the university would organize a four day s seminar on zero budget farming from 27-30 April at Palampur and invited the farmers to share their experiences and learn from the experts. He also advocated growing of pulses and also spoke on the importance of trained manpower for poly house repair and upkeep, food processing, animal husbandry ,etc.

Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education, asked the KVK scientists to test innovations of progressive farmers on scientific basis and said that  major and micro nutrients have depleted from the soil due to high intensity farming and there was need for soil testing. The soil health card can help farmers to rejuvenate the fatigued soils by addition of required fertilizers and nutrients.

Dr.Pankaj Sood, Programme Coordinator, KVK, informed about major achievements and future programmes. Dr. Kavita Sharma and Shakuntla Rahi also expressed their views.

District level officers from the departments of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, etc and   members actively participated in the meeting.

The Vice-Chancellor chairing the SAC meeting and a view of participants

 

 

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Last Updated: December 09, 2015

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No. QSD/MC/84 Dated: 9 Dec , 2015

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SAC meeting at KVK, Bajaura

 

The farm varsity to help in making Kullu cannabis free: Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, HPAU

 

Bajaura(Kullu) 9 December. A scientific advisory committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University  was held  here today. Chairing the meeting,  Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, declared that the university will play an active role to provide alternative  remunerative crops to the  farmers of all those areas in the Kullu district which were growing cannabis. He said that the university has constituted a committee which will visit Malana and all such remote areas where cannabis was being grown and after a detailed study will provide not only high value medicinal crops to the farmers but will also give a policy document to the government for appropriate decisions.

He told that the university and its all Krishi Vigyan Kendras and research stations  were effectively working for the socio economic development of the farming community and were getting full support from the State Department of Agriculture , State Deptt. of Animal Husbandry and all those agencies which were working for rural development. Dr Katoch advised that demonstrations should be organised on various aspects and problems so that the progressive farmers may learn various farm related skills  by doing and may also further train other farmers in their villages. He also discussed issues of global warming, soil and water conservation, resilience farming, protected cultivations, importance of pulses and animal husbandry. He directed the KVK staff to make at least one village animal disease free in Kullu district.

Dr.Atul, Director Extension Education, told that the University will organise a three days Kisan Mela at Plampur in March where progressive farmers will be invited to share their success stories. He said that university has recently distributed more than 550 soil health cards in the State. He also elaborated about various extension activities.

Dr.R.S.Jamwal , Associate Director, Regional Research Station,  said that it was imperative to follow crop rotations to save nutrients in the soil. He said that the station and KVK has been able to motive farmers for crop diversification in Kullu but the indiscriminate use of chemical was a cause of concern.

Dr.S.K.Thakur, Programme Coordinator, KVK while detailing activities told that his KVK was adjudged best KVK in North Zone by the Indian Council Agricultural Research recently. He also elaborated about future programmes.

Representatives of various departments and  of the State Govt and agricultural institutions of the Govt of India in district Kullu and some progressive farmers actively participated  in the meeting.

 

 Dr. K.K.Katoch, VC chairing the SAC meeting and a view of participants

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Last Updated: December 07, 2015

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Last Updated: December 05, 2015

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No. QSD/MC/83 Dated: 5 Dec , 2015

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CSKHPAU distributes five hundred soil health cards to mark  'World Soil Day'

Palampur  5 December. CSK H.P. Agriculture University celebrated 'World Soil Day' by distributing over five hundred soil health cards to the farmers. Around fifty cards were distributed in a programme at University here  and rest of the cards were distributed through its eight Krishi Vigyan Kendras in different districts in the State, today.

Prof. Atul, Director of Extension Education, as Chief Guest asked the soil health card recipient farmers to remain in touch with soil scientists of the University for guidance during crop seasons. He told that Soil Health Cards contained all the information of the farmer including the fertilizer recommendations for predominant crops grown in the area with straight as well as the complex fertilizers in Hindi. He told that the country has 1244 soil testing laboratories and the University soil testing laboratory was one of the best in the region.

Dr. S.S. Kanwar, Director of Research, said that soil was a living system but over exploitation of soil has fatigued it and it needed replenishment with requisite nutrients. He expressed the hope that soil health cards would enable the farmers to manage it scientifically. He told that health of soil affects human health so it required adequate attention and care. He said that information in soil health cards will be very helpful to the farmers in applying the balanced fertilizers including secondary and micronutrients.

Dr. PK Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture, remarked that soil provided plenty of sources for the ecosystem and was reservoir of biodiversity. He informed that the students of his college had launched soil testing campaign with the message to conserve and preserve soils. He said that application of balanced fertilizers will not only help in maintaining and improving the soil health but will save the costly inputs and protect the environment.

Dr.(Mrs) Usha Kiran Chopra, a retired  Principal Scientist, Division of Agricultural Physics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute , New Delhi as  a key speaker, enlightened about the importance of soil health cards, soil quality and soil sustainability. She told that for good soil health, integration of physical, chemical and biological properties was a must. She said that healthy soils were required for healthy and quality food.

Dr. SP Dixit, Head of the Department of Soil Science elaborated about the genesis and importance of ‘International Year of Soil’ and ‘World Soil Day’.

 Drs. Raj Pal Sharma and Sanjay Sharma also expressed their views. Chief Gust Dr.Atul and key speaker Dr Usha Kiran Chopra distributed soil health cards to around fifty farmers of nearby villages of Bandvihar, Padhiarkhar,Bandla,Banuri, Sungal and Draman.

Dr.S.P.Sharma, Dean, Post Graduate Studies; Dr.R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Dr. GC Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Dr.K.S.Thakur, Librarian, Dr. Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information & Public Relations), Heads, Scientists and students also attended the World Soil Day.

 

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Dr.Atul distributing Soil Health Card to a farmer

 

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Last Updated: December 04, 2015

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No. QSD/MC/82 Dated: 4 Dec , 2015

Press Release

Women in Agriculture Day celebrated at CSKHPAU

Palampur  4 December. 'Women in Agriculture Day' was celebrated enthusiastically at CSK H.P. Agriculture University here today. The College of Agriculture, as a part of its Golden Jubilee Year lecture series, organized a special lecture to commemorate the day.

Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Director of Research, as Chief Guest, underlined the importance of providing access to resources to farm women to increase opportunities for them. He said that there were not many women friendly tools, especially in hill states like Himachal Pradesh although  57 percent women play an active role in Agriculture here. He also wanted that number of women extension workers should be more to interact freely with farm  women for effective transfer of technology. Dr.Kanwar said that farm women were backbone of rural economy without any recognition but to  move towards nutritional sensitive  agriculture, the role of women should not go unsung.

Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture, as Guest of Honour, informed that his college teachers were motivating the school students to adopt agriculture as a career resulting girl students outnumbering boys in his college. He lamented  that gender issues have not received adequate attention.

Dr.Usha Kiran Chopra, a retired Principal Scientists from Indian Agricultural  Research Institute , New Delhi, as a keynote  speaker , told that farm women need ownership of land, education, training ,legal rights and  access to credit which can accelerate farm growth in the country. She informed that the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has established National Centre for Women in Agriculture in the year 1996 which has been upgraded to Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, this year. She advocated the need to popularize new farm technology among rural and farm women. Dr.Chopra wanted that women should be an essential part of policy making and   efforts should be made to retain professional women when due to family obligations they were made to quit. Drs. Vedna Kumari and Sonia Sood also expressed their views.

Staff and students attended the programme.

 

 

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Last Updated: December 01, 2015

Media Cell 

No. QSD/MC/81  Dated  30 Nov, 2015

Press Release

Photo News

Glimpses of Radiance

Palampur 30 November.The students and staff of the College of Home Science organized a cultural evening Radiance: Home Science Nite 2K15 on 29 November. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor was Chief Guest. He appreciated the efforts of students and also distributed  prizes to the students. Dr.Rekha Malhotra, Dean, College of Home Science also expressed her views. Some of the glimpses of Radiance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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