CSK H. P. Agricultural University, Palampur 176062
March 05, 2014
Public Relations Unit
No. QSD/PRU/645 Dated: 5 March, 2014
Annual Action Plan Meeting of KVKs
Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.K.Katoch asks ICAR to sanction two more KVKs to H.P.
Palampur 5 March. Dr.K.K.KAtoch, Vice-Chancellor inaugurated a State level annual Action Plan Meeting of twelve Krishi Vigyan Kendras(Farm Science Centers) of Himachal Pradesh at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
While addressing programme co-coordinators, scientists, heads of department from the farm universities and officers from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), he said there were 637 KVKs in the country and thirteen districts were having more than one KVK. “Keeping in view the peculiar agro-climatic conditions and larger size, ICAR should consider sanctioning one more KVK each for the larger districts of Lahaul & Spiti and Kangra”, he suggested. All the KVKs were playing a pivotal role in transfer of technology but regular updating of trainings with new inputs was a must. He told that district specific agriculture modules should be developed for the benefit of farming community. Similarly, the farm literature in easy to understand language should be made available to the trainees. He assured full university support to KVKs of the State.
Dr.S.Prabhu Kumar, Zonal Project Director(ICAR) underlined the importance of framing annual action plan for each KVK and asked the KVKs to come out with specific and need based document for the common good of the farmers. He also asked KVKs to make farmers an active partner in their all activities. Dr.Prabu Kumar said that it was the first time that such meeting has been planned for KVKs of H.P.He told that there will be detailed discussions and interaction before giving a final shape to the annual action plan of each KVK.
Dr.N.K.Pathania, Director of Extension Education, told that eight KVKs of host university and four KVKs of Dr.YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry were taking part in the meeting. He also spoke on the importance of poly-house cultivation of crops and said that there was urgent need to bring more area under this system.”For the food and nutritional security of the people, all stakeholders should work in close cohesion”, he asked.
Dr.Keshav, Dr.V.K.Sharma and Dr.Ashok Panda also took part in the deliberations. All the statutory officers, heads, scientists and officers from the university took part in the inaugural session.
A view of the dais
Welcoming Chief Guest
Address by VC
A view of the audience
March 04, 2014
Public Relations Unit
No. QSD/PRU/644 Dated: 4 March, 2014
Our New Registrar Shri Rattan Gautam
Shri Rattan Gautam, HAS, has joined as new Registrar of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 24 February. He is well known to the university community as he had been SDM (Civil) at Palampur. During that stint, he briefly held the additional charge of the post of Registrar. An officer of HAS 2003 batch, Shri Gautam is M.Phil (English) from HP University Shimla. He has served as SDM in various Sub-Divisions and Additional Director, Tanda Medical College and also as RTO.
March 01, 2014
Public Relations Unit
No. QSD/PRU/643 Dated: 1 March, 2014
National Science Day
Add scientific knowledge to improve life: Dr. A.K.Srivastava, Director, NDRI
Palampur 1 March. “It is imperative to add a little bit of scientific knowledge in our day to day working to improve life”, this was suggested by Dr. A.K.Srivastava, Director, National Dairy Research Institute(NDRI) while delivering a special lecture on ‘Fostering Scientific Temper’ during National Science Day celebrations at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Dr. A.K.Srivastava said that knowledge of little facts like not to wash leafy vegetables after cutting can add more iron in the diet of consumers. As there were many misgivings in the society so there was an urgent need to spread the scientific knowledge among general masses so that they are benefitted. Small inputs of science and its awareness can add value to the food and life of individuals. He said that it was science behind making the country surplus in food grains.
“From ship to mouth economy in the mid sixties, the country has traversed a glorious path of green, white and blue revolution”, he told. There was wastage to the tune of 30 percent of fruits and vegetables and the Govt. has invited 100 per cent FDI in post harvest sector to reduce the losses. India is highest milk producing country in the world and loses are not more than one percent yet this sector was lacking in milk processing area. He informed that NDRI had developed technology to fortify milk with fiber and iron so that it becomes the complete diet. Dr. Srivastava advised the audience to spread the message of importance of giving healthy and nutritious diet to children in first one thousand days of their life.
He also asked the scientists to gear up for producing more from the limited cultivated land for ever increasing population as the country will be most populous in the world by 2050. “Here also science will come to the rescue of farm scientists as we cannot stretch ever decreasing farm land” , he said. As most of the farming was rainfed in the country so dairy sector can help in such areas.
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, in his remarks underlined the importance of making science communication simple, effective and interesting. He said that school students should be encouraged to ask questions and their inquisitiveness must be satiated with proper answers. He told that the synergy between science, traditional values and religion should be developed so that general masses accept scientific facts more easily.
Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Dean, College of Basic Sciences , introduced the key speaker Dr. Srivastava to the audience. Dr.Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Coordinator, National Science Day told that the celebrations lasted for four days and many competitions were held to involve students from the schools and colleges.
Later, Dr. A.K.Srivastava, Director, NDRI, distributed prizes to the winners. A cultural programme was also organized to mark the occasion. The statutory officers, scientists and students attended the special lecture and prize distribution function.
Dr.Hirday Paul Singh
Jt.Director(Info & PR)