Last Updated: December 03, 2018
No. QSD/MC/268 Dated: 03.12.2018
Training Course on Micro Irrigation at HPAU
Crucial to save and provide chemical free water: Prof A.K.Sarial Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 3 December. Ten days Indian Council of Agricultural Research sponsored short training course on "Advances in micro-irrigation for enhancing crop and water productivity in water scarce areas" started at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing the trainees said that more than fifty percent water can be saved and about twenty percent enhancement of crop production was possible by micro irrigation and. He underlined the importance of water saving as that sixty percent area in the country was rainfed. The Vice-Chancellor expressed his concern for excessive withdrawal of water in the neighbouring states for irrigation. He said that chemical free water should be provided to the farmers' field which was a challenge to the scientists.
The Vice-Chancellor also discussed excessive use of chemicals in the crop production chain making a large number of consumers ill. He said that these were all challenges for the scientists and they need to tackle all such and emerging issues for making agriculture safe. He appreciated the department of soil science for organizing the course as skill enhancement of scientists and demonstration of new technology was important.
Dr P.K.Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture and Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Director of Research told that topics like concept of micro irrigation, soil and plant based irrigation, use of geospatial tools, water modelling, micro-irrigation based fertigation, economic viability of irrigation, etc. were important and will be useful to the trainees.
Drs V.K.Sharma, Sanjeev Sandal and N.K.Sankhyan also elaborated about the training course and told that fifteen trainees from different states were taking part in the training course. Statutory officers, heads and scientists also took part in the inaugural session.
Floral welcome of Chief Guest Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice Chancellor by Dr P.K.Mehta, Dean, COA
A view of the dais and audience
Last Updated: December 03, 2018
No. QSD/MC/267 Dated: 03.12.2018
CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Convocation on 5 December
Palampur 3 December. Fifteenth convocation of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University will be held on 5 December. Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Chancellor of the University will preside over the convocation and confer 346 degrees. Dr Ram Lal Markanda, Agriculture Minister will be the Chief Guest and Shri Shanta Kumar, Member Parliament will be guest of honour. A total of 346 degrees, including 99 masters’ and 18 Ph.D degrees will be awarded besides 8 Gold Medals. A cultural evening will also be held where three distinguished alumni will share their experiences with neo-graduates, post graduates and students of the university.
Last Updated: December 01, 2018
No. QSD/MC/263 Dated: 01.12.2018
Model Training Course on Animal Husbandry
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial exhorts scientists to ensure the adoption of improved scientific technology by farmers to double their income
Palampur 1 December. An eight days training course on "Innovative approaches in animal husbandry for doubling farmer's income" concluded at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing the trainees said the scientists and extension officers will have to play a crucial role in helping the farmers to double their income by the year 2022.He told that that animal husbandry has a significant role to play to achieve this goal as this sector supports livelihood to millions of small and marginal farmers of the country. "Since Indian livestock sector is one of the largest in world so focus on this sector will ensure achieving rapid growth rate for enhancing the farmer's income", told Prof Sarial. However, poor productivity and resultant lower income are matter of concern. Latest technical know-how in the areas of animal feeding, management and diagnostics are required to boost the growth of this sector. Use of modern information and communication technology tools and social media can also reduce institutional barriers in dissemination of technical know-how to the farmers. He also detailed about the twenty farm based models developed by the university which can help farmers to double their income.
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor suggested effective transfer and dissemination of innovative research to extension officials and officers in the line departments who directly work with the farmers. This will ensure the adoption of innovative approaches at the farmer's level and subsequent enhancement of farmer's income. He expressed the hope that trainees with newly acquired knowledge and skills will be able to address the challenges like low livestock productivity, deficient fodder, food safety concern, climate change, disease diagnosis and unorganized market.
Dr Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education, informed that the training course was sponsored by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Govt of India and all the aspects of animal sciences from the basic management practices to disease diagnosis and value addition etc. were covered during the training.
Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, Dr. G.C. Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences said that it was imperative to attract youth towards farming and animal husbandry. Dr.R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Post Graduate Studies and Dr. Devesh Thakur also detailed about the importance of training course.
Dr.P.K.Dogra, Course Director told that sixteen delegates from Himachal Pradesh State departments of Animal Husbandry and Agriculture and scientists from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Science University, Ludhiana and S.K. University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Jammu participated in the training course. The Vice Chancellor awarded certificates to the trainees and also released a manual. Heads and scientists participated in the valedictory function.
Dr Y.P.Thakur welcoming Chief Guest Prof A.K.Sarial
A view of the dais
Vice-Chancellor releasing a manual
Last Updated: November 21, 2018
No. QSD/MC/262 Dated: 21.11.2018
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K. Sarial advocates technical and financial support to self help group of farmers
Palampur 21 November. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has advised forming self help groups of the farmers and providing them expert guidance to help double their income. The Vice-Chancellor was addressing the district development managers of National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) after inaugurating their two days business structured meet, here today.
Prof Sarial said that Govt. of India and Govt. of Himachal Pradesh have launched many programmes to double the income of farmers by the year 2022 and his University has evolved twenty farm based enterprises for the farmers of all four agro-climatic zones of the State. If a farmer takes up any three-four avocations as per his need, his income was bound to increase manifold. "If such group of farmers gets expert guidance from the university and financial help from NABARD, socio-economic status will definitely improve", opined the Vice-Chancellor. He appreciated the bank for their role in developing infrastructure and facilities for agriculture.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial also informed about the need of developing irrigation facilities for increasing production and productivity and told that newly launched various irrigation schemes worth Rs. sixty thousand crore will augment facilities in the State helping to increases crop production. He also discussed advantages of natural farming especially for the production of vegetables, oilseeds and pulses.
Mr. Ranbir Singh, Chief General Manager, NABARD, said that he was looking forward to develop synergy between his bank and the farm university to help farming community. He elaborated about various activities of his bank. Mr Ravinder Kumar, General Manger and Dr Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education also addressed the manager. Besides around twenty district mangers and other officers of the bank; Prof Ashok Kumar, Head of Agricultural Economics-cum-OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Drs Desh Raj Chaudhry, Hirday Paul Singh and Lav Bhushan were also present in the inaugural ceremony.
A view of dais and participants
DGM welcoming the Vice-Chancellor
Last Updated: November 12, 2018
No. QSD/MC/262 Dated: 12.11.2018
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K. Sarial asks farmers to become successful entrepreneurs by trainings to enhance their income
Palampur 13 November. A twenty five days training program on dairy farming sponsored by Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) began at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the program said that special efforts were being made by the Govt. of India and Govt. of Himachal Pradesh to enhance the skills of farmers enabling them to enhance their farm income. He said that it was not possible to provide government jobs to all but employment was necessary for all.The Vice-Chancellor said that farming was mainstay of all Himachalees so if the farmers were provided skills, it is bound to enhance their income by adopting farm based avocations as an entrepreneur. "Such successful entrepreneurs can become job providers to many others", told Prof A.K. Sarial.The Vice-Chancellor advised the trainee farmers to learn the skills devotedly enabling them to become successful entrepreneurs. He also provided information about Start Up India programme where the University can provide year long training with adequate financial support from the government. He told that at least one trainee each from all such trainings will be selected for Start Up India program. He informed that the University has developed twenty farm based avocations which can help farmers to double their income. He asked them to adopt any such enterprise as per their needs and enhance income for marching ahead in life. Prof Sarial also discussed advantages of natural farming and rearing Desi cow.Dr Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education, told Agriculture Skill Council of India has sponsored eleven entrepreneurial trainings to the University and some of the trainings will be held at Krishi Vigyan Kendras. After the training of 200 hours to 240 hours, the trainees will be evaluated for their skill by third party and only successful candidates will be awarded certificates by ASCI. He told that fourteen trainings on mushroom, poultry, dairy, nursery growing, bee keeping, post harvest technology, etc. will be completed within next five months.
Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (COVAS) said that the scientists will be able to answer all questions of the dairy farmers. He asked them to rear 'Desi' cow as demand of its milk will be high in future. Dr A.K.Panda, Course Director, told that twenty farmers from different districts of the State were taking part in the training. Drs Devesh and Manoj Sharma also gave information about the program.Statutory Officers, Heads, scientists and some post graduate students took part in the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: November 12, 2018
No. QSD/MC/261 Dated: 12.11.2018
Vice-Chancellor inaugurates ICAR meeting on veterinary Para-clinical subjects
'Chalk and talk' continues to be best method of teaching: Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K. Sarial
Palampur 12 November. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor inaugurated a two days "Broad subject matter area (BSMA) meeting of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on veterinary Para-clinical subjects" at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that revision of syllabus for courses and development of academic regulations was an important activity which needs attention of policy makers for the development of various academic programmes. Similarly, for the uniformity in masters' and doctoral programmes, defining names and curricula was essential. He suggested that wholesome approach was necessary without neglecting traditional approach while incorporating modern technology. Prof Sarial said that students should be involved in clinics to gain more practical knowledge and become better observers.
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, said that teaching innovations have been used by the experienced teachers for the benefit of students but duplication needed to be avoided. He said that maximum theoretical portions were covered in the syllabus of under graduate veterinary programs so post graduate programmes should be more practical oriented with adequate time for research work. He also elaborated about the farm education scenario at the national level and sought financial support for post graduate students to attract best talent. He said that 'chalk and talk' continues to be best method of teaching. The Vice-Chancellor asked the teachers to develop reading habits among students and make them globally competent.
Dr Placid D'Souza, Chairman, BSMA committee, said that as per the Veterinary Council of India and ICAR regulations, after every ten years there was revision of academic regulations and syllabus for post graduate education in the areas of veterinary and animal science for uniformity and needs of the times. Dr K.P.Singh, convener, BSMA committee, outlined the activities and told that five committees have been constituted at national level for veterinary education by the ICAR.
Dr R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Post Graduate Studies, said that course curriculum was uniform throughout the country but there was some deviation in academic regulations so such committees were essential for the uniform approach. Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (COVAS) told that two days meeting has been organized by his college. He emphasized that practical knowledge was a must for veterinary students. Dr R.K.Asrani, BSMA committee member, told that that besides nine BSMA members, ten invited discipline members from different veterinary institutes of the country, all heads of the departments from COVAS were also taking part in the meeting.
Heads, scientists and post graduate students from COVAS took part in the inaugural ceremony.
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial and other experts on the dais and audience
Last Updated: November 03, 2018
No. QSD/MC/258 Dated: 03.11.2018
CSKHPAU Veterinary Scientists organize animal infertility treatment camps in Spiti
Palampur 3 November. A team of veterinary scientists from CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized six infertility treatment camps in high altitude cold desert Spiti valley of district Lahaul & Spiti from 30 October to 3 November.
The camps were organized in collaboration with Department of Animal Husbandry, H.P at Kaza, Kibber, Chicham, Kyato, Hansa and Losar villages under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna project to investigate status of infertility in bovines of Himachal Pradesh.
Prof. Madhumeet Singh, team leader, told that around 170 animals were examined in these camps and main emphasis was to record reproductive status and abnormalities of Yak crosses (Dzomo or Churi) reared by the farmers in this tribal district. The scientists collected blood samples fromYak crosses to study their minerals, biochemical and hormonal profile and also genital discharge samples for detailed diagnosis of uterine infections. Faecal samples were also collected to study the parasitic load in animals in this high altitude area and their relationship with infertility. Information was collected from the staff working in various veterinary institutions of the valley and also from the farmers to analysis the reproductive pattern and abnormalities in this species. Free medicines were distributed to the farmers.
Besides Prof. Madhumeet Singh, the team members included Drs. Pravesh Kumar, Abhay Verma, Pankaj Rana and Mr. Vijay Rana from the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, has appreciated the team for making special efforts to serve the farmers settled in remote and less accessible high altitude tribal areas of the State.
Camps in progress in Spiti valley
Last Updated: October 30, 2018
No. QSD/MC/257 Dated: 30.10.2018
Farm Officers' Workshop on Rabi Crops at CSKHPAU
Success of new technology depends upon its extent of adoption by the farmers: Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 30 October. A State level agricultural officers workshop on Rabi crops was organised at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
While inaugurating the workshop, Chief Guest Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, said that success of any new crop variety or technology depends upon its extent of adoption by the farmers. So many efforts were needed that approved improved technology percolates down to the farmers' fields. The Vice-Chancellor said that production and disbursal of quality seed was very important for increasing the crop production. He told that breeder seed of major crop varieties was available at university in plenty and farm officers need to get production of foundation and certified seed on a large scale involving progressive farmers. This will help in increasing the seed replacement rate with the recommended high yielding crop varieties.
The Chief Guest said that to double the farmers' income, the university has developed twenty farm based enterprises yet irrigation facilities were crucial for it. He said that the present State government has initiated effective schemes in this direction. He expressed the hope that with increasing irrigation facilities, the crop diversification will take place increasing the income of farmers. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial said that despite surplus food production in the country, concern for the food and nutritional security was a must for all concerned. He suggested regular meetings of the State Varieties Release committee for timely release of varieties developed by the scientists. The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the University was making efforts to initiate certificate course for skill enhancement of rural youth. He also discussed issues like natural farming, farm mechanization, organic agriculture, selection of genuine trainees in farm trainings, etc.
Dr.Desh Raj, Director, Deptt. of Agriculture, H.P. informed about the arrangements made for farm inputs for ensuing Rabi season. He told that 76500 quintal seed of major rabi crops has been arranged and 60000 farm implements will also be distributed among farmers. He also elaborated about new plans including natural farming. Farm mechanization budget has been increased to R. 37 crore and 30 custom hiring centres will be opened with incentives to the farmers. He said that farm officers workshop was an appropriate forum to discuss and resolve many issues concerning farming community. He emphasised quality seed production.
Dr.D.K.Vats, Director of Research, elaborated about significant research accomplishments and priorities of the University. He informed that 66850 Kg breeder seed and 10000 Kg of foundation seed of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables and fodder crops was produced during the last Rabi season. He also informed about the release proposal of Indian mustard variety Trombay Him Palam Mustard -172 for cultivation in low and mid hills of the State under timely sown irrigated conditions. He told that 145 research projects worth Rs.41 crore were in operation in the university.
Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education, told that special efforts were being made to enhance the skill of farmers by organizing specialised trainings of 250 Hours each on dairying, quality seed production, nursery raising, mushroom cultivation, bee keeping, etc sponsored by Agriculture Skill Council of India. The Directorate has also initiated process for the establishment of District Agromet Units with automatic weather stations at Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) at Dhaulakuan, Berthin and Mandi. He also elaborated about various achievements in the area of extension education. He told that around 42000 farmers were benefitted with various trainings and other programmes by the directorate of extension andKVKs. The university was also utilizing mobile and social media to transfer the latest farm information among farmers.
Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture and Dr R.S.Rana also expressed their views. Around 200 agriculture officers and scientists took part in the workshop. The University statutory officers, progressive farmers namely Dhogri Ram, Parkash Chand Thakur, Kamal Sharma, Ramesh Chand, Bantu Ram, Parveen Kumar and Anup Kumar also took active part in the discussions and gave suggestions.
A view of the dais and participants
Last Updated: October 29, 2018
No. QSD/MC/256 Dated: 29.10.2018
Extension Council Meeting at CSKHPAU
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, asks scientists to get effective feedback and honour farmers adopting University farm technology
Palampur 29 October. To devise the future extension strategy and to ascertain the progress of work done in the last one year, Extension Council Meeting was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
While chairing the meeting Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice Chancellor, has asked the extension specialists to regularly get feedback from all farmers who undergo trainings and honour the ones who adopt and spread approved technology. The Vice-Chancellor also informed about the work of the University in organic and natural farming and expressed the hope that scientists will come out soon with package of practices for such farming techniques. He said that modern electronic technology could be employed to transmit technology and WhatsApp groups should be formed for transferring need based technology. "Information about adoption of the University crop varieties and technology should be documented", advised Prof Sarial. He also asked progressive farmers to enlighten other farmers with their practical and useful experiences. He complimented the scientists, farm officers and farmers for making country surplus on food front including self sufficiency in pulses.
He said that all out efforts should be made to effectively transfer the new technology to the farmers to double their income by the year 2022. He said that the University has developed twenty farm based models which should be popularised so that as per their need and resources, farmers may adopt such models to improve their economy.
The Vice-Chancellor also spoke on the importance of 'desi' cow and animal husbandry, protected cultivation, soil and water conservation, etc. He told that efforts were being made to involve some corporate houses to enhance competence and skill of farmers under corporate social responsibility.
Dr.Yash Pal Thakur, Director of Extension Education, presented a detailed report on the extension education achievements. He also presented a plan for the coming year and informed that model training courses have been planned to help the farmers in doubling their income. Fourteen trainings of around 250 hours will be organized under Agriculture Skill Council of India. Thirty two trainings have been sponsored by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd.
Besides all Statutory Officers and other official members, progressive farmer members Messers Amin Chand, R.C.Mishra Rajesh Kapoor and Urmil Bhuria also actively participated in the meeting. They suggested that more efforts were required at farm officers and farmers level so that new scientifically technology percolates down to the fields on a larger scale. Dr Pawan Kumar Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture presented a vote of thanks.
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor chairing the meeting of Extension Council and a view of the meeting
Last Updated: October 16, 2018
No. QSD/MC/254 Dated: 16.10.2018
"Batch (1966-70) and Batch (1976-80) fellowships" instituted for the students of College of Agriculture
Palampur 16 October. On the clarion call of Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, old students have started contributing and depositing "Batch Endowment Money" to award fellowships to the regular students. The very first batch of B.Sc. (Agriculture) has instituted a "Batch (1966-70) fellowship" by depositing Rs.4.57 lakh today. Another batch of B.Sc.(Agri 1976-80) has also deposited Rs. 6.00 lakh for the fellowship. The first batch convener Dr. R.K. Sharma along with thirteen other 'batch mates' and Shri Mehar Singh Rana representing batch 1976-80 handed over the cheques to Prof A.K.Sarial today.
While thanking the alumni of "Batch (1966-70) B.Sc. Agriculture" and (1976-80) B.Sc. Agriculture, Prof A.K.Sarial said that this initiative will go a long way in developing a sense of belonging to the alumni and strengthening professional bonds among regular and old students in the constituent colleges of the University. He told that aim of this new plan was for the professional growth of the University by actively involving alumni on the lines of prestigious foreign and many Indian institutes like IITs.
It will be worthwhile to recall that Prof Sarial, himself an alumni of the College of Agriculture (COA), had invited his B.Sc.(Agri) batch (1976-80) last month and interacted with his batch mates to institute "Batch (1976-80) fellowship" to the students of B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture in COA. The Vice-Chancellor and his batch mates contributed Rs. forty thousand each for instituting the fellowship. He had also requested other alumni to come forward for the noble cause and institute batch wise fellowships in all the four colleges of the University. The Vice-Chancellor told that one fellowship per batch for each class of four years B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture will be instituted.All batch mates will contribute equal amount termed as "Batch Endowment Money" as fixed deposit to be jointly operated by a Convener of the batch and the Comptroller of the University. The interest earned thereof will be disbursed towards fellowships.
The Vice-Chancellor has expressed the hope that new initiative will inspire and motivate other batches of B.Sc.(Agri) for supporting liberally for the alma mater and agriculture profession. Prof Sarial has expressed the hope that besides all B.Sc.(Agri) batches numbering more than fifty, the alumni of other three colleges viz. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, College of Home Science and College of Basic Science will also follow suit for strengthening academics and other professional activities in their respective colleges. He told that all alumni coming to hold their batch wise get together will be provided incentives in the University like venue to hold meetings and accommodation on official rates, etc. They may nominate conveners of their batches and intimate to Deans of their respective colleges.
Besides the first batch convener Dr.Sharma, Dr Hari Chand Sharma, Dr.S.C.Sharma, Dr O.C. Kapur (all 1966-70 batch mates) were also present in the brief ceremony which was also attended by Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, COA, Dr Ashok Kumar, OSD to Vice-Chancellor and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations).
B.Sc. Agri batch (1966-70) and B.Sc. Agri batch (1976-80) alumni handing over the endowment amount to Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor
Last Updated: October 16, 2018
No. QSD/MC/253 Dated: 15.10.2018
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor appreciates students for keeping university ragging free
Palampur 15 October. A University level anti-ragging committee meeting was held at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University,here today.Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor while chairing the meeting, told that the university has a glorious tradition of being a ragging free campus for the last several years. He asked all concerned to maintain this glorious tradition with vigil and diligence. He informed the members that all required measures have been taken to prevent ragging in the University.The Vice-Chancellor told that as per the legal and statutory requirements, the Students' Welfare Officer has been designated as Nodal Officer of Anti-ragging Cell and requisite information about anti-ragging activities have been wieldy publicised including regular updating on the university website. There are University level and College level anti-ragging committees entrusted with the responsibility to ensure prevention of any ragging related incidents in the campus.In addition to this, monitoring cell on ragging has been made functional and a committee for promotion and monitoring of inter-action has been constituted in addition to anti-ragging squad and anti-ragging women squad at the University level. Such committees have also been formed at college and hostel level. While expressing his satisfaction of not getting any adverse feedback about the incidents of ragging, he advised the students to avail all helpline numbers in case of any need.Prof Sarial also advised the senior students to guide the new students in academic matters. He got independent feedback from the new students, their parents and other members.Deans of the constituent colleges, Students Welfare Officer, Librarian, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations), President, Non-teaching employees union and some parents of newly admitted students attended the meeting.
Last Updated: October 09, 2018
Significant University Activities for the month of September 2018
A. Prof A.K.Sarial,Vice-Chancellor nominated to ICAR Governing Body & BoM,SKUAST
Minister of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare. Nomination of Prof Sarial is for a term of three years.
The Vice-Chancellor has been also nominated to the Board of Management, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Jammu under eminent agricultural scientist category by the Governor, J & K.
B. Major engagements of the Vice-Chancellor
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial,Vice-Chancellor, chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kukumseri (L & S) on 18 September.
The Vice-Chancellor was Chief Guest in the Crop Day organised by Rice & Wheat Research Centre, Malan in collaboration with State Department of Agriculture on 22 September. He asked the farmers to adopt Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) on a large scale. He also honoured progressive farmers viz. Sh. Gorakh Ram and Sh. Kartar Chand.
September. The Vice-Chancellor also inaugurated a review meeting of a network project entitled "Development of Village Information System" on 24 September.Both programmes were held at the main campus.
their questions related to the University.
C. Teachers' Day Celebrations in the University
Administration, Finances, Students' Welfare, Estate Development, Library services, etc in the last two years on the occasion of Teachers' Day on 5 September. He also released a document entitled, "Marching firmly towards excellence..." detailing all major Reforms and Accomplishments during his tenure of last two years.
D. ICAR Peer Review Team visit the University
A four member ICAR-Peer Review Team headed by Dr. V.S.Tomar visited the University from 10-13 September for accredition of the Univeristy.
A. Research Projects submitted for consideration and funding
Three research project proposals worth Rs 225.00 lakh have been submitted to the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi for consideration and necessary funding.
Twelve research project proposals worth Rs. 132.33 lakh have been submitted to the Department of Environment, Science & Technology, Shimla for consideration and necessary funding.
One research project proposal worth Rs. 4.10 lakh has been submitted to M/s. Godrej Agrovet Limited, Mumbai, for consideration and necessary funding.
A.Trainings and Demonstrations to the farmers
The Directorate of Extension Education and KVKs organized 63 training programmes on various aspects of farming with the participation of 2048 farmers.
All KVKs celebrated 'National Nutrition week' and 'Swachhta Hi Seva' programme .
KVKs organized five field day and organized one Kisan Goshthie.
Eight front-line demonstrations were laid and five on-farm trials were conducted by KVKs.
Around 50 litre Jeevamrit was produced and used at ZBNF farm KVK, Kangra.
A training on 'Ergonomically improved tools and equipment' was organized at village Biara on 6 September.
COHS organized two refresher courses for 80 Anganwadi workers.
Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics organized three days training to Veterinary Officers of the State on "Latest techniques in reproduction and frozen semen technology" from 5-7 September.
Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding conducted three days training programme on "Para veterinary training of mountain women partners involved in goat and poultry rearing" from 13-15 September.
584 clinical cases were diagnosed and treated in veterinary clinics and 518 samples were also analyzed.
3521 chicks were supplied to the poultry units and NGOs.
Around 220 farmers visited the University and KVKs for technical guidance.
A. CSKHPKV & SJVN sign MoU to train 800 farmers
CSKHPKV and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 7 September to train eight hundred farmers of Himachal Pradesh. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor appreciated SJVN for sponsoring 32 trainings for eight hundred farmers. Dr Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education and Sh Gopesh Thakur, Officer(HR)SJVN signed the MoU.
B. Students qualify SRF/JRF/ICAR-NET
Students from the different Departments of the College of Agriculture qualified SRF (20), JRF (4) and ICAR-NET (6).
'Prakram Parv' was celebrated in the University on 29 September with the motivational address to NCC cadets by
A. Domestic Income
The income as shown in the following table was generated by various wings of the University:
Dr GCN COVAS
Rs 20,75 , 788
College of Agriculture
Directorate of Extension Education
The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for the payment of salary, wages and retirement benefits, etc.
Last Updated: September 28, 2018
No. QSD/MC/251 Dated: 28.09.2018
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU nominated to ICAR Governing Body
Palampur 28 September. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has been nominated as a member of the Governing Body and General Body of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) society by Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare. The minister is President of ICAR society and nomination of Prof Sarial is for a term of three years.
It is for the first time in the history of hill agricultural University since its inception in the year 1978 that any Vice-Chancellor has got this rare distinction to be in the highest decision making body of prestigious ICAR which steers Indian agriculture and makes all important decisions in the field of teaching, research and extension education for the benefit of farming and farmers. The ICAR is an autonomous apex body responsible for the organisation and management of research and education in the field of Agriculture, Animal Science, Fisheries, home science and allied sciences in India. The Governing Body is the chief executive and decision making authority of the ICAR. Usually governing body meetings takes place once in a quarter and general body meets once in a year.
Prof Sarial, who was recently nominated to the Board of Management, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST), Jammu under eminent agricultural scientist category by the Governor, J & K is a decorated scientist with various awards, honours and recognition like ICAR Jawahar Lal Nehru Award for excellent academic achievements and ICAR recognition award for his outstanding research contribution in Basmati rice. He is member of several professional societies like Fellow of Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, etc.
The University community has hailed the nomination of Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial in ICAR Governing Body and General Body and called it a prestigious moment for the University and State of Himachal Pradesh.
Last Updated: September 27, 2018
No. QSD/MC/250 Dated: 27.09.2018
Important to conserve rich biological wealth in H.P. : Prof A.K.Sarial,Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 27 September. Prof A. K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has called for the greater involvement of rural population in conservation of bio resources found in Himachal Pradesh.
The Vice-Chancellor was addressing the scientists, officers and students after inaugurating a "Focus group interactive dialogue on the Biological Diversity Act 2002 and its access and benefit sharing provisions", here today.
Prof Sarial informed that India was among 35 diversity hot spots in the world. Around 70 percent of biological diversity has been documented in the country which includes 95 thousand animal species and 49 thousands plant species. He said that conservation, sustainable use and fair and equitable distribution of resources were three cardinal principles of BiologicalDiversity Act 2002
Prof A.K.Sarial told that the State was very rich in bio-diversity and many of the plant species found in the State were near endemics, making this floristic richness all the more important. In addition to the self-use based dependence of local communities on tradable commodities to meet their day-to-day requirements, many people were engaged in collection and trade of the products and derive a substantial part of their annual income from this activity. He told that rural people of interior areas rely heavily on medicinal plants with around 500 medicinal plants used by local for curing the ailments, a number medicinal plants were also in heavy demand in industries hence accounting for a very high annual trade of medicinal plants. The Vice-Chancellor cautioned that many medicinal plant species of Himachal Pradesh were facing various categories of threat so awareness among stakeholders was an important issue and such dialogues were important. He emphasised the importance and need to take effective steps towards the conservation of rich biological wealth in the State.
Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, said that biodiversity was very basis of agriculture and its maintenance was essential for food production. He also elaborated the programmes in the university to promote and sustain biodiversity.
Dr.M.L.Thakur, State Project coordinator, H.P.State Biodiversity board (HPSBB) detailed about the access and benefit sharing provisions under biological diversity act 2002 and its scope in Himachal Pradesh. Dr.Pankaj Sharma, Senior Scientific Professional, HPSBB, spoke on the roles and responsibilities of local stakeholders in conservation and sustainable use of biological resources under Biological diversity act 2002
Dr.Rakesh Kapila, Nodal Officer, Protection of plant varieties and farmers’ right act and biodiversity, told about the process and experiences in plant biodiversity register in Kullu district. Dr.Madhumeet Singh and Dr J.D.Sharma also interacted on guidelines, frame work and scope of biological diversity act 2002.
Deans and Directors of the University also attended the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: September 24, 2018
No. QSD/MC/249 Dated: 24.09.2018
A Network Project Review Meeting at CGIRT
Information and communication technologies crucial in development: Prof A.K.Sarial
Palampur 24 September. Prof A. K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has said that access to information is critical for development. As a chief guest, the Vice-Chancellor was addressing the trainees in a review meeting of a network project entitled "Development of Village Information system" in the university today. Prof A.K.Sarial said that information and communication technologies (ICTs) were a crucial link in the chain of the development process. He expressed the hope that Village Information system will prove useful to people working at grassroots level for policy making, planning and development.
In his presidential remarks, Dr. Bhoop Singh, Head, Natural Resources Data Management System, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi told that the programme had been initiated under digital India Initiatives of Govt of India. He emphasised the need for the generation of digital maps at village level with reasonable accuracy.
Dr. P. Rajinder Prasad, National Coordinator of VIS Programme discussed the broader objectives of this programme and its benefits to the society. Dr. R. S. Jamwal, Director of Research and Dr Promila Kanwar, Dean, College of Basic Sciences, also expressed their views. Dr Sharda Singh, Coordinator of the review meeting and Programme Director, Centre for Geo-informatics, Research & Training told that the project has been funded by Natural Resources Data Management System division of Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi and has been implemented in ten States including Himachal Pradesh.
Dr. Ranbir Singh Rana, Principal Scientist and Dr Sanjay Sharma, Assistant Scientist also spoke on the occasion. University Statutory Officers, Heads of Departments and scientists attended the inaugural ceremony.
Trainees with the Chief Guest Prof A.K.Sarila and others
Last Updated: September 22, 2018
Farmers, scientists and farm officers celebrate Crop Day at Malan
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial asks farmers to adopt Zero Budget Natural Farming
Palampur 22 September. The farmers, scientists and agriculture officers celebrated crop day at Rice & Wheat Research Station (RWRS) of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at Malan, 20 KMs from here today. Chief Guest Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice Chancellor, while appreciating the efforts of scientists for developing high yielding rice and wheat varieties, asked the farmers to pay attention for increasing their farm income by adopting university approved crop varieties and scientific technology. He said that his university was conducting research on Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) and asked the farming community to adopt it on a larger scale. He elaborated that to double the farmers' income, his university has identified and developed twenty enterprises and the farmers should come forward to try such verified technology. Prof A.K.Sarial said that climate change was throwing new challenges for the researchers and continuous work was in progress to solve problems of newly emerging diseases, insect pests etc so that crop yields may continue to increase. The Vice-Chancellor said that there was perfect coordination between his university and the State Deptt. of Agriculture for serving the hill farmers effectively. The farmers need to have all possible information from scientists, officers, farm literature, social media, etc. He also spoke on the importance of cultivating Basmati under ZBNF, animal husbandry, water conservation, etc.
Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, told that RWRS has developed 27 rice and 12 wheat varieties. He asked the farmers to use quality seed from a known source and also seek all possible information about the crops. He said that crop diversification was important and the farmers were adopting protected cultivation for higher benefits.
Dr.Yash Pal Thakur, Director of Extension Education, said that farm literature like 'Package of Practices' of all major crops published by the university were good source of information which farmers should regularly consult for scientific farming. He suggested the farmers to maintain a live-link with the university and its all Krishi Vigyan Kendras and research stations for latest information.
Dr.Ajai Srivastava, Principal Scientists and Incharge, RWRS educated about various activities of his station and gave information about important rice and wheat varieties. Dr Naresh Kumar Badhan, Joint Director, Deptt. of Agriculture, H.P. elaborated about various training and other programmes for the benefit of farmers. He said that the government was providing subsidy on all major schemes.
The Vice Chancellor honoured progressive farmers Gorakh Ram from Mainjha and Kartar Chand from Shahpur. He also released a booklet on "Scientific farming of paddy" and some other farm publications. He visited the experimental farm and visited the exhibition installed on the occasion. Drs. J.P.Saini, K.S.Chandel, Bhupinder Singh Mankotia, Vijay Rana, Sachin Upmanyu, Pawan Pathania, Bhag Ram Thakur, Sonia Sood, Vishal Dogra, Neetu Sharma, Parvesh Sharma, D.P.Pandey etc. interacted with the farmers and answered to their farm related queries. Officers from the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) and the State Department of Agriculture were also present on the occasion. Despite heavy rain, a large number of farmers from the surrounding areas attended the programme.
A view of the dignitaries on the dais and audience
A view of the dignitaries on the dais and audience
Last Updated: September 12, 2018
No. QSD/MC/247 Dated: 12.09.2018
Alumni to actively work for the professional
growth of CSKHPAU: Prof Ashok K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 12 September. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has taken another new initiative for his University. Aimed at professional growth of the University and alumni the part of it, he has started inviting and involving alumni of the constituent colleges beginning with his own batch and college.
Prof Sarial did his B.Sc.(Agriculture) and M.Sc. from the College of Agriculture (COA),Palampur and passed out in the year 1983. He invited his B.Sc.(Agri) batch (1976-80) recently and interacted with his class-fellows of yesteryears. While reliving and recalling the old sweet memories, the batch mates, who now occupy pivotal positions in different Govt. and private organizations, decided to institute "Batch (1976-80) fellowship" to the students of B.Sc.(Agri) Hons in COA. Eventually, one fellowship for each class of four years' degree will be instituted. All batch mates will contribute equal amount termed as "Batch Endowment Money" a fixed deposit to be jointly operated by a Convener of the batch and the Comptroller of the University. The interest earned thereof will be disbursed towards fellowships.
Prof Sarial said that right after his joining at Palampur in August 2016, he was keen to involve alumni in professional growth of the University and support their alma mater on the lines of prestigious foreign and many Indian institutes like Panjab Agricultural University, Haryana Agriculture University, IITs, etc. According to him, such initiatives will also motivate other batches of B.Sc.(Agri) programmes for supporting liberally for the alma mater and agriculture profession. Already, very first batch of B.Sc. (Agri) has readily agreed to the call of Vice-Chancellor and decided to institute a "Batch (1966-70) fellowship" as conveyed by batch convener Dr. RK Sharma. Prof Sarial has expressed the hope that besides all B.Sc.(Agri) batches numbering more fifty, the alumni of other three colleges viz. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, College of Home Science and College of Basic Science will also follow suit for strengthening academics and other professional activities in their respective colleges. He told that all alumni coming to hold their batch wise get together will be provided incentives in the University like venue to hold meetings and accommodation on official rates, etc. They may nominate conveners of their batches and intimate to Presidents Alumni associations of their respective colleges.
BSc. Agriculture Batch (1976-80) students gather to celebrate elevation of their batch mate Dr. Ajay Kumar, IFS as PCCF (HOFF) Head of Forest Force, Himachal Pradesh
The batch mates reliving their past in the COA classroom, where it was decided to institute a fellowship.
The batch mates including VC Prof Ashok Sarial; IFS Drs.Ajay Kumar, IFS Rakesh Sood, Prof. Jagtar Guleria, Prof Ashok Sharma, Drs. Jatinder Sharma, Dinesh Badiyala, , Harsh Mehta, Hardev Singh, Narender Chambial, Mehar Singh.Rana, Biri Singh, Keshav Ram Sharma, Shiv Kumar Sharma. Mohinder Singh Rana, Naresh Sharma, Narender Paul, etc.
Last Updated: September 08, 2018
No. QSD/MC/246 Dated: 08.09.2018
CSK H.P. Agriculture University and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Foundation sign MOU to train eight hundred farmers of Himachal Pradesh
Palampur 7 September. CSK H.P. Agriculture University and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam(SJVN) Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to train eight hundred farmers of Himachal Pradesh. During MoU signing ceremony, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor said that skill development programmes through trainings and demonstrations were the need of the hour to make farmers self reliant and confident to engage in scientific farming. Such trainings by the University experts can enable the farmers to double their income as per the initiatives of the Govt. of India and Govt. of H.P. He told that trained farmers can understand integrated agriculture and can adopt various income generating professional activities. He said that zero budget natural farming component will also be added in all trainings. He appreciated SJVN for regularly making endeavors for the upliftment of farmers and livestock keepers under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) involving his University. The Vice-Chancellor told that SJVN will spend Rs 58 lakh for training eight hundred farmers from all over the State. Sixteen trainings will be held at all eight Krishi Vigyan Kendras of the University and equal number of trainings will be conducted at the University HQ.
Dr Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education, said that in all 32 trainings will be conducted by the university experts where farmers will be trained and skill development would be under the areas of agriculture, vegetable cultivation, mushroom production, bee-keeping, plants nursery production, dairy farming, poly-house cultivation, plant protection, organic agriculture, etc. He told that already SJVN and the University had conducted sixty trainings benefiting 1300 farmers of Himachal Pradesh in the last two years.
Mr.Gopesh Thakur, Officer (HR) from SJVN Foundation, told that MoU has been signed under CSR initiative of SJVN Ltd. Each trainee will be given a stipend of Rs 1400 and the programme will be completed in this very financial year. He also thanked the University.
In addition to representatives of SJVN; Drs Desh Raj Chaudhry, V.K.Sharma, and Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director (Information & Public Relations), etc. were present during signing of MOU.
Signing of MOU between the University & SJVN in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial
Last Updated: August 20, 2018
No. QSD/MC/243 Dated: 20.08.2018
Chancellor appreciates Dr. Pardeep Kumar for getting 'State Innovation Award'
Palampur 20 August. Prof A.K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has appreciated Dr.Pardeep Kumar, Scientist, Department of Vegetable Science and Floriculture who has been awarded with 'State Innovation Award-2016-17' by Sh.Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister during the State Level Independence Programme on 15 August.
Dr. Pardeep Kumar has been awarded for his idea on "An innovative vegetative propagation technique for capsicum, tomato and cucumber production". The award consisting Rs.31,000 cash for the scientist and Rs.2.0 lakh for the University has been given to promote this idea. The Vice-Chancellor has expressed the hope that the new technique will reduce the cost of purchasing expensive hybrid seed by the farmers and it will popularize stem cutting propagation technique in H.P. He said that the Department of Vegetable Science and Floriculture in the University was pioneer in developing a stem cutting propagation technology in capsicum, tomato and cucumber which can be easily adopted by the farmers for multiplication of promising planting material.
Dr.Pardeep Kumar has developed innovative vegetative propagation technique for commercial vegetable crops like Tomato, Capsicum and Cucumber. Traditionally these vegetables are propagated through seeds but in this technology they can be propagated through cuttings. The major issue related to these crops is the non-availability of the seed of the desired hybrids or varieties to be grown. Public sector hybrids for protected cultivation are scanty and not available to the polyhouse growers, whereas, private sector hybrids are costly and sometimes not available. In H.P., approximately 30,000 polyhouses have been constructed in the recent years and the area under protected cultivation is increasing. The farmers are facing problem of quality planting material. There are a few identified hybrids or varieties which perform well under protected environments, limiting the choice of the growers to grow the varieties or hybrids available in the market.
Last Updated: August 16, 2018
No. QSD/MC/240 Dated: 15.08.2018
Independence Day celebrated enthusiastically at CSKHPAU
Palampur 15 August. The Independence Day was celebrated enthusiastically at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, unfurled the National Flag and took salute from the NCC contingent comprising cadets from the constituent colleges. He inspected parade and addressed the staff, students and others. The Vice-Chancellor recalled the sacrifices of freedom fighters and asked the younger generation to read their biographies. He also narrated the tremendous progress of the country in the last over seven decades and asked all to work devotedly for the progress of nation and the State. Prof Sarial also elaborated about the achievements of the University in the areas of academics, research and extension education and congratulated the staff and students for their dedicated and hard work. He also distributed certificates to some NCC and NSS cadets for their achievements.
A cultural programme was held where students of all constituent colleges presented patriotic songs and dances. Sweets were distributed to all. Dr Ashwani Kumar Goel, Students’ Welfare Officer thanked the Vice-Chancellor and all for attending the ceremony.
Besides, Statutory Officers, staff and students, family members of some staff members and retired employees also attended the celebrations.
Last Updated: July 05, 2018
No. QSD/MC/238 Dated: 20.07.2018
Annual Review Meeting of Research Project on Goat Improvement at CSKHPAU
Small and marginal farmers need much help : Dr.J.K.Jena,DDG,ICAR
Palampur 20 July. A two days annual review meeting of all India Coordinated Research Project on Goat Improvement was inaugurated at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. While addressing delegates from all over the country, Chief Guest Dr. J K Jena, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) said that small and marginal farmers need much help with commercial and controlled farming systems. He said that many new challengers were emerging with much impact on small farmers so they need a definite strategy to face and come out with viable solutions to increase their income. Dr Jena said that newly developed technology should be wide spread for the common good of farmers. He said that people were aware about the importance of goat milk in cities but were not able to procure it freely. The scientists need to think on such issues. The Deputy Director General said that since goat has wide adaptability so involvement of scientists from all farm universities can help the central institute for research on goat to achieve its research and extension goals.
In his presidential remarks, Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor of the host university, told that the migratory goat rearing has a great scope in bridging the gap in demand and supply of meat to rural masses and also in enhancing the family income. He told that goat rearing was the backbone of small and landless farmers in India providing them source of livelihood and nutritional security. Low investment, wide adaptability, high fertility, low feed and management needs, high feed conversion efficiency, quick pay-off and low risk in goat farming makes it a best choice for the rural people. Traditional migratory pastoralism is common in Himalayas.The Vice-Chancellor informed that goat population contributed 23 percent of total livestock population of H.P. and approximately 65 percent goat population of the state was of Gaddi breed.
He appreciated the Gaddi field unit in the University for providing breeding, feeding and management inputs to the migratory farmer's flock which have helped to increase the production performance and genetic improvement in the Gaddi flocks. It has been able to improve the economic status of the farmers.
Dr. R. S. Gandhi, Assistant Director General (ICAR), said that goats have second largest population in the country after cattle. He said that goat was rightly called poor man's cow and underlined the importance of popularizing improved breeds and involving corporate sector to help goat farmers,
Dr. M S Chauhan, Director, Central Institute for Research on Goats (CIRG) presented a detailed report on the activities of all 18 centres conducting research on goats. Efforts have been made to make goat farming a viable entrepreneur with eighteen technologies. Dr P.K.Rout, Project Coordinator, CIRG; Dr R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research; Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, Dr G C Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and Dr P.K.Dogra, Principal Investigator of Palampur Centre also expressed their views. Some publications were also released on the occasion.
The University statutory officers and scientists were also present during the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: July 05, 2018
No. QSD/MC/237 Dated: 05.07.2018
Oath Taking ceremony of Veterinary Graduates at COVAS
Livestock products have immense potential: Prof A.K.Srivastava ,Chairman,ASRB
Palampur 5 July. An oath taking ceremony was organized for neo- veterinary graduates at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
While addressing 45 passing-out graduates, scientists and others, Prof A.K.Srivastava, Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, said that despite a mammoth growth in agriculture and animal husbandry sectors due to green and white revolutions, the country faced tremendous challenges due to ever increasing population.
He told that the animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries sectors play important role in the national economy and in the socio-economic development of the country and also contribute significantly in supplementing family incomes and generating gainful employment in the rural sectors.He said that livestock will continue to be backbone of economy. Total carrying capacity of the country for livestock has certain limitations and low productivity, diseases, huge gap between demand and supply of germ plasm, etc. were some of the challenges which require immediate attention of veterinarians. "Nutrition of first one thousand days of a child was extremely important and this message should be passed all over the country", he asked the graduates while emphasizing the importance and bright future of livestock products. He suggested boiling milk before consumption even after pasteurization. The Chief Guest suggested that some of the new graduates should become successful entrepreneurs providing employment to many others.
In his presidential remarks, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, advised the graduates to serve the livestock as well as the human beings dedicatedly by utilizing acquired professional skills to control various diseases of public health significance. "You will have to address the State goals by way of improving the productivity, profitability, stability and sustainability of the major livestock farming systems in the present-day scenario of competitiveness", he added.
The Vice-Chancellor told that total livestock population of H.P. was 48 lakh which included 21 lakh cattle,7 lakh buffaloes, 8 lakh sheep,11 lakh goats and 0.15 lakh horses and ponies. He appreciated that the livestock sector had been consistently contributing to the tune of almost 40 percent to the net agriculture income of the State. He lauded the college for equipping the students with specialized professional skills. Prof A.K.Sarial asked the scientists to get more number of research projects sanctioned and provide innovative solutions to the problems of stray cattle, monkey menace ,etc.
Dr.Mandeep Sharma, Dean, COVAS, detailed about the activities of his college. He told that 795 graduates have passed-out since inception of the college in the year 1986.He told that the new facilities like animal disease investigation and research laboratory, dental surgery unit, e-learning initiatives, etc. have been added recently. Drs.Y.P.Thakur and Pankaj Sood also expressed their views. Chief Guest Prof A.K.Srivastava distributed internship certificates to the neo-graduates and also released some publications. Besides parents of passing-out graduates, University statutory officers, scientists, retired scientists and officers from the State department of animal husbandry participated in the oath taking ceremony.
Last Updated: June 29, 2018
No. QSD/MC/237 Dated: 28.06.2018
The Vice-Chancellor inaugurates a national workshop at CSKHPAU
Prof A.K.Sarial emphasizes balanced application of nutrients for sustainability of cropping systems
Palampur 28 June. Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial inaugurated a national workshop on 'Evaluation and efficacy of Zink, Boron and Sulphur supplements for maximizing yields' at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
While addressing delegates and scientists from all over the country, the Vice-Chancellor underlined the importance of micronutrients in increasing crop yields of major crops. He said that balanced application of nutrients through fertilizers along with organic manures leads to higher response of added fertilizers and sustainability of cropping systems.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the Indian agriculture was facing second generation problems after the green revolution and important soil based production systems were showing the signs of fatigue. Since the issue of secondary and micronutrient deficiency was mainly related to food and nutritional security so it was imperative that all essential nutrients must be present in soils at optimum levels for getting maximum crop yield. He suggested developing cost effective technologies for preparation of fortified composts for augmenting supplies of organic manures.
Prof A.K.Sarial told that development of precision agriculture tools involving precise fertilizer application,developing customized fertilizer through fortification and nano fertilizer materials and assessment of diverse organic materials need attention of soil scientists. He also discussed soils of Himachal Pradesh and told that there was not excessive use of chemicals in the state.
In his presidential remarks, well known soil scientist Dr P.N.Takkar also spoke on maximizing crop yields through balanced nutrition of different crops.
Dr C.L.Acharya, guest of honour and former director of the Indian Instituted of Soil Science also spoke on the occasion.
Dr A.K.Shuka, National Project Coordinator (Micronutrients), told that it was a concluding workshop of two research projects entitled, "Evaluation and efficacy of Zinc metalosate and boron metalosate foliar supplements for maximizing yield through balanced nutrition of important crops grown in India" and "Evaluation and efficacy of sulphur and zinc containing complex fertilizers for maximizing yield through balanced nutrition if different crops in India".
Dr Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Director of Research, detailed university research activities. Dr Pardeep Kumar, Organizing secretary and Dr V.K.Sharma, Head, Deptt of Soil Science also expressed their views. A souvenir was also released on the occasion. University statutory officers, heads and students were present during the inaugural ceremony.
Release of publications by the Vice-Chancellor and others and delegates
Last Updated: June 06, 2018
No. QSD/MC/234 Dated: 06.06.2018
CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University pensioners get financial benefits worth Rs 17 crore
Palampur 6 June. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has released almost all pensionary benefits to its retired employees which were pending for last several years. This is in addition to regular pension. This was disclosed by a University spokesman here today
Financial benefits to the tune of Rs 17 crore have been released to its pensioners by the University ever since the joining of Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor in August 2016. Prior to that even monthly pension disbursement was not regular. Prof Sarial took initiative to resolve the long pending issues of the pensioners as there were cases as old as of the year 2004. Many of the pensioners have expressed their gratitude to him as their cases were not taken by any association or any individual. The Vice-Chancellor has ensured that all pensioners, especially low paid employees, regularly get pension as they are needier than others.
In the last almost two years, retirement gratuity amounting to Rs 12 crore 90 lakh has been paid and arrears to the tune of Rs. 03 crores 47 lakh have been released. Similarly, there was long pending liability of medical reimbursement of Rs 77 lakh which has been cleared.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, has thanked the Chief Minister and the State Government for providing additionality of Rs 80 crore during last one and half year to the University enabling regular salary with all due benefits like interim relief and dearness allowance to regular employees and pensioners with all due benefits including medical reimbursement to its pensioners. He said that university has taken up all pending issues of pensioners on priority with an open mind and tried to provide them relief. A large number of pensioners like Messers Kanwarjit Singh, K.C.Rana, R.S.Gupta and family members of deceased professor Dr.G.S.Sethi have sent letters of gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor as their more than a decade old pension or medical bill cases were resolved with a positive outlook as such cases were not taken up by any representative of the pensioners despite their repeated requests to them.
The Vice-Chancellor said that some pending liabilities of employees and pensioners like commuted value pension will be released as soon as additional grant is received from the government as the case has, already, been taken up. He said that he was concerned and committed for the growth of University and welfare of all including students and its serving and retired staff. A healthy academic environment has been created in the University since the adoption of new resolution of "Respect work, work hard and create work culture".
Last Updated: May 28, 2018
No. QSD/MC/232 Dated: 29.05.2018
Research Council Meeting at CSKHPAU
Efforts made to make research more farmer centric: Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice Chancellor
Palampur 29 May. "Research programs at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture university have been made more farmer centric", informedProf. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while chairing a research council meeting, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor told that research emphasis has been on the issues like stray cattle, ill effects of agrochemicals and escalating costs of farm inputs, zero budget natural farming (ZBNF), etc. He informed that efforts have been made that post graduate research was also location specific, need based and focussing on the needs of farmers and the state. He said that to make the research farmer oriented, project formulation and screening committees have been constituted at various levels to screen the research proposals and make them more farmer oriented. "Climate change has brought some new crop and animal diseases into Himachal Pradesh, so it is essential to conduct more research on such inspect-pests and diseases", he added. Prof Sarial said it was necessary for the scientists to provide viable and easy to adopt solutions to the existing and new emerging problems of farmers and livestock keepers. The Vice-Chancellor told that an amount of Rs. 3.00 crore has been allocated for establishment of Gurukul (Kurukshetra) model of ZBNF in the University to carry out research activities on this aspect.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial said that doubling the farmers income was possible with collaborative efforts of all concerned. He said that it was important to increase area under irrigation, popularization of farm based twenty models developed by the university and sincere adoption of such models by the farmers. He told that the university will hold animal husbandry officers workshop in near future.
Dr Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Director of Research, told that since last meeting of the council in March, last year the university has developed a wheat and soybean variety each and one variety of paddy has also been released by central varietal release committee. The University has also developed and established two new protocols and has developed a new poultry variety "Himsamridhi" suitable to backyard poultry farming in hills. He also elaborated about all major research activities in the university and its research stations.
Dr.P.K.Aggarwal, Assistant Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, said that useful improvements to existing science and technology were needed.
Eminent Scientist Dr Anupam Verma suggested that university must be a forerunner in its dominant new research areas like ZBNF, plant protection etc. supported by status papers. He advised that technology like use of acoustics to manage monkey menace be tested. He suggested that wheat should not be grown but local varieties of rice like red rice be grown in H.P.
Other members like university registrar, comptroller, all deans, some heads and associate directors, Mr Satpal Mehta, Director-cum-Warden Fisheries; Messers Narinder Kumar from Pangi and Mukesh Kumar from Chachiot, both progressive farmers and Mr Ashok Kumar, social worker from Chintpurni also actively participated in the meeting and discussed several issues related to the farmers of the state. Dr Pawan Kumar Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture thanked all. Among the 28 member of the council, twenty-seven members attended the meeting.
Last Updated: May 28, 2018
No. QSD/MC/231 Dated: 28.05.2018
The Vice-Chancellor dedicates new facility for the poultry farmers
Palampur 25 May. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University inaugurated a new housing facility of "Brooder- cum- Grower House" at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, here today.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor said that the new facility will strengthen the existing infrastructure for poultry at the university and enhance the capacity to distribute more number of chicks to the farmer in coming times. This facility will also enable supply of grown up birds to the farmers particularly in extreme weather conditions in high altitude areas where higher maturity is seen in winters due to cold stress.
The new building worth Rs. 20 lakh has been constructed under the All India Coordinated Research Project on Poultry Breeding through the grants received from Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Besides, Dr Y.P.Thakur, Principal Investigator of the Project, Er.A.K.Chadha, Estate Officer and other statutory officers, heads and scientists were present during the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: May 26, 2018
No. QSD/MC/230 Dated: 25.05.2018
Interaction programme with out -going B.Sc.(Hons) Agriculture
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, asks the students to excel in life
Palampur 26 May.Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor,CSK H.P. Agriculture University has asked the students to excel in life as their performance after obtaining graduation from any college of CSKHPAU, reflects quality of education and training. He was addressing the students of out-going B.Sc.(Hons) Agriculture at the College of Agriculture during an interaction programme today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that in the recent past, massive efforts have been made to improve the quality of education and "culture has been introduced in agriculture" to make it face the new challenges. He said that rigorous training in the budding years helps in making students self-reliant and strong to face the future. He said that the aim of education was to make students think beyond self and family. He asked them to serve the society with dedication and always try to pay back to the alma mater and society. He also elaborated about the efforts made to prepare them for competitive examinations which have made the university number two among all SAUs and farm institutions in the country as reflected in ASRB annual report. He also assured them to make Experiential Learning(ELP) and Rural Agricultural Work Experience(RAWE) programmes more fruitful and useful by removing some bottlenecks like providing students' farm produce marketing place, timely disbursal of stipend, etc. Prof Sarial wished them bright future.
Dr Pawan Kumar Mehta, Dean, COA told that the out-going batch of 70 students was very first under Rural Entrepreneurship Awareness Development Yojna (READY) under the ICAR and appreciated the students for their hard work, discipline and enthusiasm. He said that ELP and RAWE programmes were conducted at five KVKs under a strict monitoring system and attention was for the all-round development of students’ personality. Drs Suresh Upadhyay and G.D.Sharma also elaborated about the four year stay of students in COA. All students were provided opportunity to share their experiences and give feedback with future. Heads and scientists of COA were present during the programme.
Last Updated: May 25, 2018
No. QSD/MC/230 Dated: 25.05.2018
Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial underlines the importance of scientific training to the farmers
Palampur 25 May. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has underlined the importance of scientific training of farmers to improve their knowledge.He was addressing participants and scientists during the concluding ceremony of a three days training programme on "Para veterinary training of mountain women partners involved in goat and poultry rearing" for 24 farm ladies.
The Vice-Chancellor said that backyard poultry farming and small-scale goat farming require low investment and provide better returns in a short duration. Such farm-based avocations were good source of income and a source of quality protein to the farm families. He elaborated about the efforts of the university to double the farmers income by developing twenty agriculture based models and asked them to adopt such models to increase their income.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial while appreciating the role of farm women in agriculture and livestock rearing, said that they need specialised trainings as they perform many farm operations. He said that despite heavy workload of scientists, they were regularly conducting trainings and workshops to enlighten the stakeholders, so it was imperative that genuine farmers were sent for such highly specialised trainings. He also asked the farmers to be in touch with farm officers at Block level and university specialists at Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs). He asked the farmers to take advantage of some new schemes of the government like "Mukhymantri Bakri Palan Yojna" for increasing their income.
Dr Atul, Director of Extension Education, told that the university and its KVKs were conducting a large number of trainings in collaboration with line departments, NGOs, etc to benefit the farming community.
Dr Y.P.Thakur, Head, Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding told that the 24 women from different villages from Mandi and Kangra districts were provided training on different aspects of scientific livestock rearing especially goat and poultry keeping so that they can improve the production and income from the livestock.
Dr. Devesh Thakur and Dr. Varun Sankhyan told that during the training, exposure visits were also conducted to dairy farm, poultry farm, feed plant, poultry hatchery and milk plant. Shri Sukhdev Premi from Rural Technology and Development Centre, a Palampur based NGO, thanked the university for collaborating to conduct the training.
The Vice Chancellor also distributed certificates to the trainees.
Dr Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Director of Research, heads and scientists were present during the concluding ceremony.
A view of the dais
A view of the trainees
Vice-Chancellor distributing certificates to trainees
Last Updated: May 21, 2018
No. QSD/MC/228 Dated: 20.05.2018
World Honey Bee Day celebrations at CSKHPAU
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial emphasises conservation and commercialization of Honeybees
Palampur 20 May. World honey bee day was celebrated by CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at its Bee Research Station(BRS), Nagrota Bagwan, around 25 Kms from here, today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, in his address to the bee keepers, students and scientists, said that there was great economic viability of commercial bee keeping in Himachal Pradesh. He underlined the importance of conservation and commercialization of honeybees for honey production and pollination.
The Vice-Chancellor thanked National Bee Board, Govt of India for sanctioning a project worth Rs.1.25 crore for setting up facilities for integrated bee development centre.He said that it will enable the BRS to establish diagnostic laboratories for testing honey, hive products and bee diseases.He told that with another research project worth Rs.46 lakh by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, skill development facilities on bee keeping for educated youth, especially B. Sc Agriculture students, will be set up.Both facilities will be of immense help to the bee keepers as their major problems related to scientific bee management will be solved. He said that honey of hills was known for its high quality because of the diverse bee flora but there was need to popularise our trade mark in the market.
Prof Sarial told that BRS was the oldest research station in the country established in 1936 and has done tremendous work in bee keeping, especially introducing high yielding Italian honey bee Apis mellifera in the India in 1964.There were more than fifty thousand bee keepers in the country producing around sixty million ton honey. He informed that his university has developed twenty agro-based models, including bee keeping which can enable farmers to double their income. He said that the honey bees were indispensable to mankind and the importance of bees cannot be undermined. He assured the farmers to extend all help in scientifically solving their major problems like bee diseases and predators to increase their income.
Guest of honour Prof R.C.Mishra, a known Apiculturist, underlined the role of honey bees and pollinators in the country. He sought subsidy on honey containers. Dr.Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Director of Research said that honey bees have immense potential as pollinators and special efforts were required to use them effectively in different crops.Dr R.S.Chandel, Head, Department of Entomology highlighted the importance of this day for farmers and scientists and said that this day was being celebrated world over from this year onwards.Mr Mange Ram,Deputy Director,Khadi Village Industry Commission was also present and Dr Surinder Kumar also expressed his views
An interaction session was organised for the progressive bee keepers, students and scientists. The chief guest also honoured twentry progressive and innovative bee keepers.
Pic caption: A view of dais and farmers and the Chief Guest honouring progressive bee keepers
Last Updated: May 09, 2018
No. QSD/MC/227 Dated: 09.05.2018
Agricultural Officers' Workshop on Kharif Crops
Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial exhorts farm officers and scientists to educate famers about improved technology
Palampur 9 May. Agricultural Officers' Workshop on Kharif crops was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the workshop, asked farm officers and scientists to educate farmers about the new scientific technology while providing improved seeds.
The Vice-Chancellor said that merely forty percent technology has percolated to the farmers' fields and they need to be made aware about new innovations and all those techniques which can enable them to increase their crop production. He said that practical solutions to the existing and new emerging farm problems were required and for that regular field visits and interaction was needed. He said that average yield of some pulse and oilseed crops was higher in Himachal Pradesh than the national average hence such crops need more emphasis in the crop production plans. He informed that research has proved that crop yields for some crops produced under organic agriculture system were giving almost similar yields to inorganic system and were fetching better price. Similarly, Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) should be popularised and the university was conducting research on it.
Prof Sarial also discussed issues like climate change, water conservation, crop diversification and expected more financial support from the Govt. to conduct research on localised problems faced by the farmers, livestock keepers, etc. He also congratulated the farmers, officers and scientists for getting Krishi Karman award for the State at national level for the fourth consecutive term.
Dr Desh Raj, Director of Agriculture, H.P. told that farm inputs like seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, implements, etc. have been arranged adequately for the ensuing Kharif season. He told that the many schemes and programmes have been strengthened and modified to benefit the farming community. A provision of Rs 25 crore has been made for encouraging ZBNF. He sought review of recommendations made from time to time.
Dr Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Director of Research, elaborated about major research achievements. He told that 125 research projects worth Rs. 3782 lakh were in operation in the university.
Dr Atul, Director of Extension Education, told that three books known as package of practices of Rabi, Kharif and Vegetable crops have been updated and published after six years. He also told that electronic media was being used to reach the farmers.
The Chief Guest Prof A.K.Sarial also released three publications namely Package of Practices for Kharif Crops, Package of Practices for Rabi Crops and Package of Practices for Vegetable Crops.
Around 150 farm officers from all over the state and university scientists took part in the workshop. Drs. Ravinder Singh Rana and Pawan Kumar Sharma also spoke on the occasion. Some progressive farmers also took part in the discussions. University officers were also present in the inaugural ceremony.
Pic caption: , Vice-Chancellor releasing the publications
A view of the dais
A view of the participants
Vice-Chancellor releasing the publications
Last Updated: May 07, 2018
No. QSD/MC/226 Dated: 06.05.2018
CSKHPAU athletic meet closing ceremony
Additional Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi asks staff and students to help in raising the income of farming community
Palampur 6 May. Dr Shrikant Baldi, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance, Planning and Agriculture), Govt. of Himachal Pradesh has asked the staff and the students to help in raising the socio-economic status of the farming community. Dr Baldi, as Chief Guest, was addressing the students and staff after awarding the winners of annual athletic meet at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Dr Baldi, while appreciated the university for its various achievements complimented the university for organizing athletic meet. He told that sports were an integral part of quality education as the fit body keeps minds healthy which helps in delivering to the public including farmers. The Chief Guest said that the scientists of the university need to work on the concept of zero budget natural farming to mitigate the ill effects of excessive use of chemicals. He said the farmers need support from the university to increase their income and expressed the hope that the meritorious scientists and talented students will always come forward to solve the problems of farmers.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while thanking the Additional Chief Secretary for gracing the prize distribution ceremony informed about major achievements of the university in the areas of academics, research and extension education in the recent past. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the students of the University for their hard work, discipline and their spectacular achievements in national level competitive examinations.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh and Dr Shrikant Baldi for being considerate to the financial and other requirements to enable the university to discharge its mandate and duties towards the farming community and students.
Dr Ashwani Kumar Goel, Students' Welfare Officer, told that more than 150 students, including around sixty girls took part in two dozen track & field and throw & jump competitions like races, shot put, long jump, discuss throw, etc.
The College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (COVAS) bagged the running trophy and the College of Agriculture (COA) remained runners-up. Among the boys Ankit (COVAS) and Kshitij (COA) were bracketed as best athletes among boys and Anjali (COA) was adjudged the best athlete among girls. The spectators also enjoyed musical race for the women staff and students and tug of war for the teachers and students. COA won 25 medals, COVAS won 22 medals, COHS won 14 and COBS won 12 medals. Kehar Singh won 100 Mtrs race among non-teachers and Dr Neelam Sharma was winner of musical chairs competition. Teachers won tug of war and were also awarded by the Chief Guest. The Chief Guest also honored the staff who conducted various events in the athletic meet.
Statutory officers, staff and students attended the closing ceremony.
Last Updated: May 05, 2018
No. QSD/MC/225 Dated: 05.05.2018
Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial inaugurates University athletic meet
Palampur 5 May. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, was Chief Guest in the inaugural ceremony of the annual athletic meet at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. While declaring the meet open, the Vice-Chancellor said that the students of the university have excelled in academic activities and brought laurels at the national level but they also need to perform well in sports, athletics and cultural activities with the same spirit.
Prof Sarial said that various athletic competitions test the stamina and endurance of participants and also help in strengthening the bonds of comradeship, understanding and mutual respect. He asked the Students' Welfare Organisation to draw a plan so that maximum number of students were involved in such activities. He suggested that some interesting sports activities should be organized for the staff also.
Dr Ashwani Kumar Goel, Students' Welfare Officer, told that more than 150 students, including around sixty girls were taking part in two dozen track & field and throw & jump competitions.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kuamr Sarial awarded some of the winners.
Statutory officers, heads, scientists, non-teaching employees and students were present in the inaugural ceremony. Dr Shrikant Baldi, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt of Himachal Pradesh will be the Chief Guest in the closing ceremony tomorrow.
Some of the results of forenoon events : 1500 Mts(Men) Suvek Jaswal(COBS), Aditya(COBS) Akash Verma(COHS) were declared first, second and third respectively.
200 Mts(men): Ankit Gupta( COVAS), Rushikesh Mane(COA), Tarun Sharma(COA) were declared first, second and third respectively.
200 Mts(women): Anjali(COA), Diwanshi Thakur(COHS), Akanksha Awasthy(COBS) were declared first, second and third respectively.
Short Put(Men): Abhishek Bansal(COVAS), Vishal Bhardwaj(COBS), Vishal Sharma (COHS) were declared first, second and third respectively
Short Put(women): Shruti Saklani(COBS), Arushi Kanwar(COVAS), Astha(COHS) were declared first, second and third respectively.
Last Updated: April 28, 2018
No. QSD/MC/224 Dated: 28.04.2018
World Veterinary Day celebrated enthusiastically at CSKHPAU
Shri Virender Kanwar, Minister of Animal Husbandry, asks scientists to provide solutions for monkey menace and abandoned animals
Palampur 28 April. World Veterinary Day was celebrated enthusiastically at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. Shri Virender Kanwar, Minister of Animal Husbandry Fisheries, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj was Chief Guest. In his address, the Minister said that animals have been useful to society since ages. He said that indigenous cattle breeds were known for their high quality milk with unique medicinal properties like A2 protein. He called animals as ATMs for the farming community but regretted that people were abandoning animal husbandry and agriculture. He told that all BPL families in the State will be linked to livelihood mission.
Shri Virender Kanwar asked the University scientists to work on providing solutions for monkey menace and abandoned animals which had become a threat to the farming .He also asked the university to test the quality of feed available in the market as there were reports that it was also one of the reasons to make animals un-productive. He said that cow sanctuaries will be made and farmers will be provided with high quality milch animals. The Minister said that animal husbandry facilities will be strengthened in the State including animal ambulance at door step of the farmers. He also announced regular recruitments of veterinarians and consideration of increasing grant to the COVAS.
Dr A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while lauding the efforts of veterinarians in the treatment and welfare of animals, said that animal husbandry sector can play a pivotal role in doubling the income of farmers. He told that this day helps to promote the veterinary profession and reiterates the importance of professional towards the clients. He discussed the issue of abandoned animals and asked the students and professionals to think over the problem and provide practical and viable solutions. He asked the Minister to provide liberal grant to COVAS to work on various problems being faced by the livestock keepers. Prof A.K.Sarial also discussed issues like importance of native cow in zero budget natural farming, extinction of local cattle breeds, making abandoned cattle productive by rehabilitation in 'Gaushalas', etc. and appreciated the academic, research and extension education achievements of COVAS.
Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, COVAS, elaborated about the achievements of his college and informed that 795 students have passed out at graduate level, 392 students have done masters degrees and 36 students have done Ph.D degree since inception of the college in 1986.
Dr Y.P.Thakur delivered a special lecture on "The role of the veterinary profession in sustainable development to improve livelihoods, food security and safety". Dr Shivani Katoch, President, Veterinary and Animal Sciences Teachers Association (VASTA) informed about activities of his association.
The Chief Guest released six publications and also awarded 17 students who won prizes in various competitions organized to mark the occasion. Earlier, the Minister visited the veterinary clinical complex and sought information about the on-going activities. The Vice Chancellor accompanied him during the visit.
The programme was jointly organized by COVAS and VASTA. Dr Dinesh Krofa conducted the proceedings. In the early morning, Prof A.K.Sarial flagged off the mini marathon, 'Run for animals'.
Besides Dr R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Post Graduate Studies, other statutory officers, heads, scientists and students of the university, officers from the State Department of Animal Husbandry also participated in the celebrations. Miss Indu Goswami, President, State BJP Mahila Morcha was also present on the occasion.
Last Updated: April 27, 2018
No. QSD/MC/223 Dated: 27.04.2018
Group Meet of All India Coordinated Research Network on Potential Crops
Shri Shanta Kumar asks scientists to revive the glory of traditional crops with useful research
Palampur 27 April. Shri Shanta Kumar, Member Parliament, as Chief Guest, inaugurated "Group Meet of All India Coordinated Research Network on Potential Crops" at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. While addressing a galaxy of scientists from all over the country, Shri Shanta Kumar asked them to revive the glory of traditional crops with useful research and transfer of its technology among farmers and other stake holders.
He told that that it was essential to conduct research and make general masses aware about the importance of all such traditional crops which had been an essential part of daily diet, decades back. He said that it was difficult to find pure indigenous cattle breed in the country and same was fate of highly nutritious traditional crops which have become extinct or were on the verge of extinction. He said that instead of taking lot of decisions and making announcements, useful technology should be transferred to the farmers' fields. He lamented the neglect of agriculture which has resulted in extremely stressful conditions among the farmers forcing many of them to commit suicide. He appreciated the organisers for discussing underutilized but otherwise very important crops for the common farmers and general masses.
Dr.S.K.Sharma, a former Vice-Chancellor who was guest of honour, told that it was possible to transfer useful genes of traditional crops to other crops through biotechnological tools. Similarly, value addition can also enhance their popularity. He said that such crops were full of micro-nutrients, mineral, carbohydrates and fibres and less prone to insect pest attacks so need to be popularised by enhancing research work.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, called underutilized crops like Buckwheat, amaranths, chenopodium, adzuki bean, faba bean, etc. as "crops of the future" and informed that such crops were easy to grow in neglected and marginal lands. He told that his university has developed three high yielding varieties of Buckwheat, one variety of ricebean and research work on one variety each of chenopodium and adzukibean was in progress. He also informed about academic, research and extension education activities.
Dr.D.K.Yadva, Assistant Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) said that issues like seed production, quality, economic viability to increase production, awareness among consumers, etc need attention of all those scientists who were working on potential crops in sixteen network and other centres on these crops.
Dr Kuldeep Singh, Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) told that nutritional deficiency, especially protein malnutrition and iron deficiency among the masses have resulted in many new age diseases. Potential crops can help to supplement our diet with such essential elements and were easy to grow due to climate resilient characteristics.
Dr B.S.Phogat, Network Coordinator, presented a detailed report of All India Coordinated Research Network on Potential Crops. He said that such crops contribute to sustainable agricultural production.
Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research also expressed his views. Dr.Neelam Bhardwaj, Organizing Secretary, told that in two days meeting technical sessions will be held on varietal improvement, crop production and protection, quality aspects, nutritional quality, value addition, etc.
Some publications were also released by the Chief Guest Shri Shanta Kumar.The University statutory officers, scientists and students attended the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: April 25, 2018
No. QSD/MC/222 Dated: 24.04.2018
Conference concludes on "Doubling the farmers' income: Challenges and strategies"
Adopt "Farmer centric approach" advises Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial ,Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 24 April. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has advised the scientists to adopt "farmer centric approach". As Chief Guest of the valedictory function of two days conference on "Doubling the farmers' income: challenges and strategies", he was addressing the delegates and university scientists, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that implications of research need to be kept in mind along with its practicability. As around sixty percent technology has not reached the farmers' fields so the scientists need to introspect and reframe their strategies. He said that technological interventions can certainly help farmers to increase their income yet involvement of all stake holders was required. He discussed the issue of indiscriminate use of chemicals in the crops and expressed the hope that zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) will enable farmers to produce healthy food and drastically reduce cost of production.
The Vice-Chancellor also advised the young scientists and students to help in stopping the 'Brain Drain' and serve the nation with dedication and commitment. He also advised them to be more interactive with farmers.
In his presidential remarks, Dr.K.R.Dhiman, former Vice-Chancellor, Dr YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan suggested increasing utilization of rain water and increasing irrigation facilities to double the income of farmers. He said that political will, bureaucratic support, technological back up and involvements of farmers can do wonders for Doubling the income of farmers (DFI).
Dr Tilak Raj Sharma, Director, Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Ranchi told that Niti Ayog has come up with many useful suggestions like marketing reforms, market demand based minimum support price etc. which can help the farmers.
Shri Suraj Bhardwaj, National Convener, Agri Vision informed about the activities of his organization.
Dr Sanjay Sharma, Organizing Secretary, Dr N K Sankhyan, President, Agricultural Scientists Forum,Dr Janardan Singh and Dr Pardeep Kumar informed that the experts have deliberated on various issues concerning DFI including High Tech Agriculture, Crop Diversification, Natural Farming and Sustainable Animal Husbandry in the conference.
The Chief Guest awarded winners of declamation contest and poster competitions. Aditya Sharma, Akshita Awasthy and Jasmeet Kaur got first, second and third prize respectively in declamation contest and twelve participants including Ankita Sharma, Shailash Sood, Asma Jasmeen and Varun Sankhyan were adjudged first in four categories of poster making competitions.
The University statutory officers, scientists and students attended the concluding ceremony.
A view of the dais
A view of the delegates
Chief Guest awarding the winners
Last Updated: April 23, 2018
No. QSD/MC/221 Dated: 23.04.2018
Conference on "Doubling the farmers' income: Challenges and strategies"
Agriculture Minister Dr Ram Lal Markanda exhorts scientists to accelerate research and extension work on doubling the farmers' income
Palampur 23 April. A two days conference on "Doubling the farmers' income: challenges and strategies" was inaugurated by Dr Ram Lal Markanda, Minister of Agriculture, Tribal Development and Information Technology at CSK H.P. Agriculture University(CSKHPAU) , here today.
While addressing around 300 delegates, the Minister asked them to accept the challenge to double the farmers' income(DFI) by conducting research on this aspect and transferring the relevant technologies to the farmers. He said that the government of Himachal Pradesh will extend all possible help to the scientists and farm officers to raise the income of farm community. He told that the agricultural budget has been raised to Rs.687 crore and a number of new schemes have been launched in the state to accelerate the growth of agriculture. "Since the agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sectors can help farmers to double their income so the government has strengthened these departments by increasing the budget and launching many new programmes for it", the Minister informed. He said that zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) will also help farmers to drastically reduce input cost and asked both farm universities to accelerate research work on it.
Dr Ram Lal Markanda said that government has simplified the procedures to enable the farmers to purchase power tillers and tractors, adopt organic and zero budget natural farming, solar fencing, solarised drip irrigation system and many other such programmes which will help them to reduce their drudgery and increase their income. Projects worth Rs 178 crore have been sent to Govt of India for approval which will further boost agriculture sector in the State. He appreciated the University for using WhattsApp and social media for farm extension work.
In his presidential remarks, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, informed that his university has identified twenty agriculture based models which can enable the farmers to double their income in the next five years. He told that Rs three crore have been provided for ZBNF to the university and recently the department of organic agriculture has been renamed as Deptt of Organic Agriculture and Natural Farming. Work has been initiated to establish a ZBNF Centre, whose foundation stone was laid by the Governor of Himachal Pradesh in the presence of Chief Minister on 29 January, this year. He said that time has come to think beyond food security and plan and work for income security of the farmers. He told that increasing productivity, lowering the cost of production and increasing the price of farm produce can help in doubling the income yet it was a challenging job for all concerned.
He expressed his gratitude to the Minister and Govt of Himachal Pradesh for additional grant of Rs Thirty crore and permission to fill up faculty positions. Dr.Hari Chand Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, Dr YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan delivered a key note address. He suggested increasing area under irrigation, mix cropping system, improved pulse varieties, increasing production of vegetable and temperate fruits, farm mechanization, farm based avocations like bee keeping, mushroom cultivation, quality fodder, medical plants, etc and also suggested measures like land consolidation, contract farming, cooperative farming , etc for DFI.
Dr Brahma Singh, a former director with DRDO said that DFI was a complex but achievable by involving the farming community .He discussed issues like marketing, subsidies, etc. and asked for development of infrastructure, technological intervention, policy matters and institutional mechanism for DFI.
Dr Nagesh Thakur, former president of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, suggested that the scientists must pay back to the society by their devotion to their profession and useful research.
Dr Sanjay Sharma, Organising Secretary, Dr N K Sankhyan, President, Agricultural Scientists Forum and Dr G.D.Sharma also expressed their views on the conference. A young agricultural professional Shri Sunil Dutt from Anuhi (Nagrota Surian) area was honoured on the occasion and a souvenir was also released.
Former MLA Shri Dullo Ram, University statutory officers, scientists, students and officers from the State Deptt. of Agriculture attended the inaugural ceremony. The conference has been jointly organised by the university, Agrivison Himachal Pradesh and Agricultural Scientists Forum.
A view of the dais and delegates
Last Updated: April 09, 2018
No. QSD/MC/219 Dated: 09.04.2018
Possible to increase productivity and production of Maize :Prof A.K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 9 April. "There is huge potential to increase productivity and production of maize crop", said Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor CSK H.P. Agriculture University (CSKHPAU) during the concluding session of Annual Maize Workshop.
The Vice-Chancellor informed that the India ranked as fifth largest consumers of maize in the world. It was an important cereal crop in India.While giving an insight of different aspects of maize research in India and challenges in maize productivity, he pointed out that despite increase in the productivity it is far below the world maize productivity. He asked the scientists to increase the production and productivity through mitigating climate change, increasing area and judicious use of agro-chemical for doubling the production of this 'queen of cereals'. He also asked the scientists to conduct experiments on organic and natural farming on this important crop.
It was mainly grown in kharif season under rained conditions in Himachal Pradesh. It provides food security to sizeable population of this hill state besides which it is also used as poultry and animal feed. It was cultivated in an area of 296 thousand hectares with production of 784 thousand tonnes and productivity of 27 quintal per hectare. Although area under maize has not increased but there has been substantial increase in the production from 445.3 thousand tonnes to 784 thousand tonnes. This has been possible due to better input delivery system, adoption of improved production technologies, high yielding hybrids and spread of maize cultivation in new high productivity areas.
He appreciated the university scientists for developing and recommending number of maize composites and hybrids for various uses and production technologies for maize, baby corn and maize-based cropping systems. The university research station, Bajaura has done pioneer work on baby corn production technology in public sector.
Dr.I.S.Solanki, Assistant Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
Dr Sujay Rakshit, Director, Indian Institute of Maize Research (IIMR), Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, Dr.Dr.D.R.Thakur, Associate Director and Dr.S.K.Guleria, Principal Scientist also addressed around 200 delegates from all over the country.
Dr Atul, Director of Extension Education, Dr.K.C.Sharma, Program Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra and scientists from the university also participated in the three days workshop jointly organized by the IIMR, ICAR, and the CSKHPAU at its research station, Bajaura. On this occasion, five publications were also released.
Last Updated: April 06, 2018
No. QSD/MC/218 Dated: 06.04.2018
Ample scope for increasing tea production: Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial
Palampur 6 April. "There is ample scope for increasing production and improving quality of Kangra tea", opined Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor CSK H.P. Agriculture University after formally initiating the plucking of fresh tea leaves of the season in the university tea garden, here today. The Vice-Chancellor said that with new improved technology and mechanisation tea production and processing can be improved. He told that the tea leaves plucked during 'first flush' from April to June were regarded best tea due to its flavour and aroma.
The Vice-Chancellor told that out of around 2300 hectare area under tea cultivation in the State, the quality tea was produced from approximately 1100 hectare area only and if intensive efforts were made to rejuvenate the remaining area the present production of 10 lakh Kilograms can be doubled. He asked the scientist to educate the tea planters about value addition to fetch more income. The Vice-Chancellor told that out of 25 hectare area under tea cultivation, the university was selling organic certified green and black tea worth Rs. Two lakh every month. Remaining twenty hectare area will also be rejuvenated in near future. He asked the farmers to concentrate more on organic tea production which has more demand in the market. Prof Sarial suggested to the nine students of BSc. Agriculture (Hons) undergoing experiential learning in the Deptt of Tea Husbandry and technology to adopt abandoned and neglected tea gardens in the area and rejuvenate such gardens as entrepreneurs.
Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, said that the university has developed Kangra Asha and Kangra Jawala tea crop varieties. Kangra tea was known for its flavour and quality but most of the tea planters need to be educated about marketing strategies. Dr.M.S.Pathania, Head, Department of Tea Husbandry and Technology and Dr.Gopal Katna also expressed their views. Dr.Ashok Kumar, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Dr.Hirday Paul Singh , Jt.Dirtector (Information & Public Relations) staff, employees and students were present on the occasion.
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor initiating the tea plucking in the tea gardens,
A view of the staff and students
Vice-Chancellor addressing the staff and others
Last Updated: April 05, 2018
No. QSD/MC/218 Dated: 05.04.2018
Security check post at Gate Number five of the university inaugurated
Palampur 5 April. Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated a security check post at Gate Number five of the University today. He said that he agreed to inaugurate the small check post intentionally so that even the class four security personnel manning the post may feel at par with other employees as normally only big buildings are inaugurated. Registrar Shri Satish Kumar Sharma, Estate Officer Er A.K.Chadha, Asstt Engineer B.S.Jassal, Dean COBS Dr Manoj Bhargava, Other University Officers and staff of Estate Organisation was present during the inaugural ceremony.The check post has all the facilities like CCTV cameras, telephone and an attached toilet.It is situated on the main road near VVIP Guest House.Shri Devender Kumar Vyas, Security Incharge said that all security staff felt elated at the kind gesture of the Vice-Chancellor.
Last Updated: April 04, 2018
No. QSD/MC/217 Dated: 04.04.2018
Programme on Disaster Management at CSK HPAU
Awareness and preparedness can minimize the losses in disasters: Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial
Palampur 4 April. To sensitize the university community on disaster management, an awareness programme was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, in his address, said that awareness and preparedness can minimise the losses in disasters. He told that an earthquake in the region in the year 1905 for a couple of minutes caused huge men and material losses. Since this region is prone to earthquake, so all inhabitants of this area should be made aware to prepare themselves to face such eventualities. He also appreciated the District Disaster Management Authority for organising awareness programmes.
Mr Bhanu Sharma, Training and Capacity Building coordinator, District Disaster Management Authority, Kangra detailed about the earthquake and other disasters. Officials from the State Fire Service Department also gave a practical demonstration to all. A session of improvised techniques of rescue was also held in which postgraduate students studying e-course on disaster management participated.
Mr Satish Kumar Sharma, Registrar and other University officers, employees and the students participated in the programme.
Picturess of awareness programme on disaster management
Last Updated: March 22, 2018
No. QSD/MC/215 Dated: 22.03.2018
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial conferred with Best Teacher Award at Haryana Agricultural University
Palampur 22 March. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, has been honoured with the Best Teacher Award at CCS Haryana Agricultural University (HAU). The award, consisting of Rs Ten Thousand, trophy and a citation was awarded to Prof Sarial by Prof K.P.Singh, Vice-Chancellor, HAU in an impressive ceremony. He appreciated the dedication and commitment of Prof Sarial towards the teaching profession and students. It was informed that Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, who was serving as Professor (Genetics & Plant Breeding) at HAU before his selection as Vice-Chancellor in August 2016, made significant contributions in teaching and research and motivated his students to opt for plant breeding as a result nine of seventeen gold medals of Agriculture College, Kaul, where he served were bagged by his students. Fifty percent of his advisees were selected for the International fellowships to pursue higher studies in high rank foreign institutions.
Even after assuming the administrative post of Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU, Prof Sarial has kept alive his passion for the teaching and guides two post graduate students in the College of Agriculture. He motivated the teachers to take extra classes to prepare the students for various national level competitive examinations. After his joining as Vice-Chancellor, the university attained the very first position among all 73 agricultural universities of the country as the highest number of 193 students qualified various national level competitive examination and 36 students got admission in prestigious national institutes for higher studies, last year. This year, eight students of the university were selected in prestigious Agriculture Research Service. Last year, for his outstanding contributions in the area of agricultural research, especially developing PUSA Basmati 1121 variety of rice, Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, was honoured with an award of Rs. One lakh, a citation and a memento by the farming community, department of agriculture, Punjab and global institutes, Amritsar. Prof. Sarial has also been awarded earlier a number of times at national level for his achievements.
Prof A.K.Sarial receiving Best Teacher Award from the Vice-Chancellor, HAU
Last Updated: March 12, 2018
No. QSD/MC/213 Dated: 12.03.2018
CSKHPAU veterinary scientists organize twelve infertility treatment camps in Kinnaur
Palampur 12 March. A team of veterinary scientists from the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, organized infertility treatment camps in district Kinnaur from 4-11 Match. The twelve camps were organised at Nako, Leo, Gyaboung, Ropa, Sunnam, Labrang, Kanam, Lipa, Asrang, Rarang, Rakcham and Chitkul villages in collaboration with H.P. State Animal Husbandry department under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna(RKVY) project to investigate various reasons of infertility in bovines of Himachal Pradesh.
Prof. Madhumeet Singh, team leader, told that around 150 cows, yaks and their crosses suffering from infertility problems were examined and treated. The scientists collected blood samples from the animals to study minerals, biochemical and hormonal profile and also to study causes of abortion in cows of this area. Uterine discharge samples were also collected for detailed diagnosis of bacterial and fungal uterine infections in repeat breeding cows. Data were also collected from the staff working in these institutions to analysis the status and causes of abortions and also regarding certain obstetrical interventions in bovines in these areas. Free medicines were distributed to the farmers.
During these camps, a special emphasis was given on recording reproductive abnormalities of Yak crosses (Churi/Dzomo) reared by farmers in this district. Samples were also collected from this species for further study. The other team members included Dr. Pravesh Kumar and Mr. Vijay Rana from the Department of Veterinary Gynecology and obstetrics.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor has appreciated the veterinary scientists for serving the livestock keepers at their doorsteps in remote and less accessible areas of the State.
Camps in progress in snowbound areas of Kinnaur
Last Updated: March 08, 2018
No. QSD/MC/212 Dated: 08.03.2018
International Women's Day celebrated fervently in CSKHPAU
Palampur 8 March. International Women's Day was celebrated fervently in the College of Home Science (COHS), CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
The students of constituent colleges participated in the debate on the topic, "Gender Parity Mindset" and a Poster Making Competition on the topic, "We can do it". Chief Guest Dr. (Mrs) Promila Kanwar, Dean, COHS, said that it was important to provide quality education to the girl child so that she becomes self-reliant and gains the confidence to face the world.She said that it was encouraging that a large number of girls were coming forward to study science and excelling in it. Dr.(Mrs) Ashu Gulati, Senior Principal Scientist, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology delivered a keynote address. She told that in addition to turning 'houses' to 'homes' , the women were making enormous contributions in other areas including science and technology. Two former students of the university Ms.Nidhi Rialch, who recently qualified Agricultural Research Service and Dr. Anita, Assistant Professor, Central University of Haryana also interacted with the students of the college.
During debate competition, three judges Dr.O.P.Sharma, former Head, Indian Veterinary Research Institute Regional Station, Dr.Pragya Gupta, Professor of English and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) also expressed their views on this special day. Professor Dr.Y.S.Dhaliwal also spoke on the occasion.
The team of Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Science(COVAS) comprising Kanika Singh and Pankaj Rana was adjudged firstand the team of the College of Agriculture(COA) comprising Aditya and Shourya bagged the second position in debate competition. In poster making competition, Sheetal from COA was declared first, Shaheena and Shilpa, both from COHS bagged second and third position, respectively.
A view of the audience
A view of the dais
A view of the students receiving prizes
Last Updated: March 05, 2018
No. QSD/MC/211 Dated: 05.03.2018
Palampur 5 March. Three students of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University have qualified prestigious Agricultural Research Service (ARS) examination conducted by the Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) and appointed scientists.
Anima Mahato qualified ARS in the discipline of Genetics and Plant Breeding and was a student of Dr. H.K. Chaudhary during her M.Sc.
Devender Sharma also qualified ARS in the discipline of Genetics and Plant Breeding and was a student of Dr. Satish Paul during his M.Sc.
Nidhi Kumari qualified ARS in the discipline of Plant Pathology and was a student of Dr. P.N. Sharma during her M.Sc.
These students are currently pursuing their Ph.D. in different universities including CSKHPAU. Besides these three students who brought laurels to the university, Tamna, Rahul Sharma and Anuj Sharma, B Sc Agriculture Honours passed out students, have qualified examination for Agricultural Officers in banks.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, has congratulated the students and their advisors for this accomplishment.
Last Updated: March 03, 2018
No. QSD/MC/210 Dated: 03.03.2018
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial asks farmers to adopt Zero Budget Natural Farming to optimally utilize local resources
Palampur 3 March. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized a programme at villager Karnarthu, around 30 Kms from here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated a fodder park and bank in the village and addressed the farmers. He asked them to make it a model for others to emulate and grow quality fodder under zero budget natural farming (ZBNF). The Vice-Chancellor told that ZBNF concept does not put any financial burden on them and the crops grown under this concept were more nourishing and beneficial to health. The Vice-Chancellor said that it was easy to grow crops under ZBNF as resources were locally available abundantly. He appreciated the university scientists for adopting around five hundred farmers in a cluster of villages in Baijnath block under Farmer First programme. It has benefitted them with farm inputs and improved technology to improve their economic status. He informed that the university has developed twenty farm models which can enable the farmers to double their income. He asked the progressive farmers and local representatives to motivate the farmers to adopt such models which can improve their crop and animal production. He also spoke on the need to increase milk production.
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor lauded the efforts of 'Society for animal, human welfare and environment protection' which collaborated with the university and regional station of Indian Veterinary Research (IVRI) station to organize the programme. He expressed his happiness that for the last three years, the society was sensitizing the farmers of the area to grow green fodder for meeting requirement of their animals. For this purpose a demonstration plot of green grasses and fodder trees has been developed. He asked the society to continue farmer uplifting efforts in other areas too.
Dr Atul, Director of Extension Education, elaborated about various extension activities of the University and elaborated about ZBNF. Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, Dr G C Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, underlined the importance of Desi cow in the economy and health of farm families.
Dr.A.K.Panda, President of the society, told that the society was also giving coaching classes and computer education to the children of farming community. Drs Y.P.Thakur, J.P.Saini, P.K.Dogra, Jagtar Singh Guleria, Suresh Gautam, Desh Raj Chaudhary and Pawan Sharma from the university and Drs R.Bhar,Gorakh Mal and Birbal Sharma from IVRI regional station also addressed the farmers. Mrs Geeta Devi, Pardhan of local panchayat, Mrs Shyama Devi, President of 'Mera Gaon, Mera Gaurav' society and a progressive farmer Naval Kishore also expressed their views.
Dr Ashok Kumar, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) and some other prominent persons of the area were present on the occasion.
Prof A.K.Sarial,VC, inaugurating the fodder park at Karnarthu village
A view of the dais
A view of the dais farmers
Local children presenting a welcome song
Last Updated: February 13, 2018
No. QSD/MC/208 Dated: 13.02.2018
Farmers should make use of professional skills to increase their income: Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial
Palampur 13 February. "Through skill development trainings, the farm university helps the farming community in increasing their income and they must make use of professional gains in their farms to increase crop production", advised Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor while inaugurating a mushroom training programme in CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that his university was consistently working for the welfare of farmers and a large number of trainings were given anticipating that most of the trainees will improve their farm skills and adopt agri-based other avocations like mushroom production, bee-keeping, nursery production, dairy farming, poly-house cultivation, plant protection, organic agriculture etc. to supplement their income. He asked the trainees to double their income as envisaged by the Government and told that the university has developed twenty farm models which can help them in this direction.
Dr Atul, Director of Extension Education, informed that the training was sponsored by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam(SJVN) Foundation. Thirty two such trainings were imparted benefiting 800 farmers. Dr.Suresh Gautam, Head, Deptt of Agronomy said that fifty farmers from various villages of Panchrukhi development block were taking part in the six days training.
Dr.B.M.Sharma,Dr.Ashok Chaubey,Dr.Ashok Kumar and Dr. Hirday Paul Singh were also present during the inaugural ceremony.
Pic caption: A view of the dais and trainees; Vice-Chancellor with trainees and scientists
Last Updated: February 12, 2018
No. QSD/MC/207 Dated: 12.02.2018
Press Conference of CSKHPAU Vice-Chancellor
CSKHPAU to fill up 77 posts of teachers: Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 12 February. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University will fill up seventy seven posts of teachers, besides regularizing thirty five scientists working on co-terminus basis. This was disclosed by Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, during a press conference, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that in its recent meeting, the Board of Management (BOM) has approved filling up positions of forty teachers and twenty three posts of teachers and fourteen posts of Subject Matter Specialists (SMS) for Krishi Vigyan Kendras have, already, been approved in previous meetings. Prof Sarial told that the BOM has approved regularization of 35 scientists and eleven non-teaching employees who have completed ten years of service and were working on co-terminus basis in KVKs. Nineteen Daily Paid workers who have been working in the university for more than a decade will also be regularised. The Vice-Chancellor said that twelve new head of departments have also been appointed. He thanked the Chief Minister and Govt of Himachal Pradesh for strengthening teaching, research and extension activities, besides financial support from time to time. "This will give impetus to the mandated activities in the University for the benefit of students and the farming community" opined Prof Sarial. He said that BOM has also approved filling up 18 posts of Laboratory Assistants and five posts under compassionate grounds.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial told that the effort has been made to provide all benefits to staff and houses have been year marked for the staff falling under essential services category. This will improve health services and functioning of hostels. Similarly the university staffs under new pension scheme have been allowed benefits as available to the staff in Govt of H.P. Wages of contractual staff have been equated with such staff in the Govt. He told that pension cases as old as to the year 2004 have been solved.
The Vice-Chancellor said that eight certificate courses for six months duration will be started for the matriculates and drop-outs from plus one or two classes. The Govt will be requested to provide sponsorship or subsidy in their fee. The courses will be in the disciplines of organic farming, bee-keeping, poly houses farming, vegetable production, dairy, animal husbandry etc.
Around a dozen reporters representing various news-papers and news-channels participated in the Press Conference and interacted with the Vice-Chancellor. Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director (Information & Public Relations) welcomed the reporters and Dr Ashok Kumar, OSD to VC thanked them.
Last Updated: February 06, 2018
No. QSD/MC/206 Dated: 06.02.2018
Media Visit to the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology & Obstetrics
Rendering specialized services to reduce incidence of infertility in Himachal Pradesh
Palampur 6 February. The Media Cell of CSK H.P. Agriculture University conducted a media visit to the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Science today. The media men visited different sections of the department and interacted with the scientists and also got an opportunity to see some of the on-going treatment in the operation theatres.
Dr Madhumeet Singh, Professor and Head, assisted by Drs. Amit Sharma and Dr. Pravesh Kumar, both assistant professors, told that besides mandated teaching, research and extension activities the department provides clinical facilities to the farmers of Himachal Pradesh in the areas of Infertility, Obstetrics and Andrology. It was informed that in last nine years, the department has bagged 10 research projects worth Rs. 385.5 lakh. The main emphasis of research has been to study the reproductive problems of cows and buffaloes reared by farmers 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 Himachal Pradesh.
It was told that a need based and applied research was being conducted in the department for the welfare of cows. As a planned research programme, one of the very first projects in the department was to study reproductive health status of abandoned cows and efforts were made to treat these cows maintained in different ‘goshalas’ in different parts of H.P. It was concluded that the treatable percentage of abandoned cows was about twenty three.
In an effort to improve the skill of personnel involved in Artificial Insemination (AI) programme of the state, refresher trainings were organized for working Veterinary Pharmacists. In recent past two different Rashtirya Krishi Vikas Yojna(RKVY) projects were bagged for human recourse development and more than 700 pharmacists were refreshed in 31 refresher trainings. Since very positive results of pharmacist trainings imparted have emerged so more such refresher courses and trainings on AI will be conducted.
Dr Madhumeet Singh informed that the department was rendering specialized services to the farmers for the treatment of various reproductive disorders with an aim to reduce incidence of infertility. Since last over four years, scientists have organized 214 infertility treatment camps under RKVY projects in diverse parts of H.P. including more than 50 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 & Seraj (Mandi), Barsheni & outer Seraj (Kullu) and Kihar (Chamba) etc. Around 5000 animals (4000 cows and 1000 buffaloes) have been examined and treated in these camps.
It was informed that emphasis is given in recording reproductive abnormalities of Yaks and their crosses (Churi) reared in tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh. During post-treatment follow-up of treated animals it was recorded that around 70 percent cows have been treated successfully. Around 1000 blood, uterine discharge and fecal samples have been collected from cows and buffaloes for detailed investigations of various diseases. Area wise mapping of reproductive ailments through clinic-gynaecological examination, nutritional deficiencies through blood investigations, parasitic infestation responsible for reproduction problems and microflora (bacteria and fungi) responsible for uterine infections is being done. These camps will continue in future also.
In last few years this department has emerged as one of the first choice to the veterinary students for their post-graduate studies. Presently, 13 students are perusing their post-graduation (M.V.Sc.) and two students are continuing with their doctorate also.
Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) thanked the correspondents representing various newspapers for taking part in the media visit.
Last Updated: February 03, 2018
No. QSD/MC/205 Dated: 03.02.2018
Awareness Programme on Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Right Act
Need to recognise and award farmers for conserving landraces: Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 3 February. "It is praiseworthy that farm ladies are playing a very significant role in agriculture and an encouraging trend that a large number of girls are coming forward in agricultural education", said Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing the farmers and scientists after inaugurating a training-cum-awareness workshop on Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Act 2001(PPV&FRA) at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that India was among eight bio diversity centres in the world and there were three bio-diversity spots in our country among the thirty four bio-diversity spots in the world. Since the farmers were the real custodian of landraces and germplasm which they have improved and conserved since ages so they need to be recognised and rewarded for this gesture. Hence, the Govt of India has enacted PPV&FRA and also established Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority at New Delhi under PPV & FR Act 2001. Northern Himalayan Region branch office of Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority (PPVFRA) was opened at the university, last year. While lauding the farmers for conserving traditional varieties and landraces, he asked them to avail services of branch office so that all traditional crop varieties were registered and they get long term benefits. He told that his university has recently helped Chamba farmers to register three traditional maize varieties.
Prof Sarial said that his University was, already, organizing awareness camps about this unique act to the farmers and five such awareness camps will be organised in the next two months. The farmers were given awards to the tune of Rs Ten lakh for saving and preserving such crop varieties. He said that many companies were using such varieties with a trade name and earning money whereas real custodians were not getting due benefit. He asked farm officers to make farming community aware about the importance of PPVFRA act so that rich Himalayan bio resources were protected.
Mr Bihari Lal, Member of the board of PPVFRA, said that the authority was sensitizing the farmers about the importance of natural agro-biodiversity and helping them and scientists by registering such biodiversity with the authority. Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, honoured him on behalf of the university.
Dr.Atul, Director Extension Education told that the programme has been organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kangra with the help of Agricultural Technology Management Agency(ATMA).He asked farmers to have a live link with the university scientists.
Dr J.K.Sharma, Nodal Officer, PPVFRA in the University also expressed his views on the importance of PPV&FRA .
Dr.S.C.Sharma, Deputy Registrar, PPV&FRA branch officer Palampur, Dr.Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Director of Research, Dr Ashok Kumar, Officer on Special Duty to Vice-Chancellor, Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations), Dr.Vishal Dogra, Programme Coordinator , KVK, Kangra, Dr Sanjay Sharma and other scientists and officers from ATMA were also present in the inaugural ceremony.
A view of the dais
A view of farmers
Vice-Chancellor honouring Shri Bihari Lal
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial addressing the farmer
Last Updated: January 27, 2018
No. QSD/MC/204 Dated: 26.01.2018
Republic Day celebrated enthusiastically at CSKHPAU
Palampur 26 January. The Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, unfurled the National Flag and took salute from the NCC contingent of the university. He also inspected an impressive parade by the NCC cadets.
In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, recalled the supreme sacrifices of freedom fighters and importance of this historical day. He also elaborated about the tremendous progress of the nation due to the strenuous efforts of countrymen. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, also enumerated some recent achievements of the University in the areas of academics, research and extension education and also spoke on the e recent initiatives like research and extension work on zero budget natural farming. He exhorted the staff to work diligently for the socio-economic development of farming community.
Later, in the piping ceremony, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor affixed the rank of Lieutenant on the shoulders of Dr Ankur Sharma, NCC Officer. The family members of Dr Ankur Sharma also joined the ceremony. The students of the constituent colleges presented cultural programme to commemorate the occasion. The band of Holy Mission School, Nagri also participated in the celebrations and the Vice-Chancellor awarded them with Rs Five Thousand for their impressive performance. Sweets were also distributed to all participants after the ceremony.
Dr Ashwani Kumar Goel, Students' Welfare Officer, Mr Satish Sharma, HAS, Registrar and other statutory officers, scientists, non-teaching staff and their family members also enthusiastically took part in the Republic Day celebrations which were held in the University playground for the first time.
Prof A.K.Sarial, VC, taking salute from the NCC contingent
Prof A.K.Sarial, VC inspecting parade and addressing the staff and students
The Vice-Chancellor performing the piping ceremony by affixing rank of Lt on NCC Officer Dr Ankur Sharma
Last Updated: January 23, 2018
No. QSD/MC/203 Dated: 23.01.2018
CSKHPAU notifies three percent enhanced DA to its staff and pensioners
Palampur 23 January. CSK H.P. Agriculture University has enhanced the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) by three percent from the existing rate of 134 per cent to 137 per cent with effect from 1 July, 2017 in respect of the employees of the University on the analogy of H.P. Government. As per the notification issued today, this additional installment of DA shall be paid in cash with the salary of January payable in February 2018. The University has also enhanced Dearness Relief (DR) to its pensioners and family pensioners from existing rate of 134 percent to 137 percent with effect from July 2017 and it will be paid with pension and family pension for the month of January payable in February 2018. Prof. A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, has thanked the Government of Himachal Pradesh for providing funds to the University from time to time
Last Updated: January 15, 2018
No. QSD/MC/202 Dated: 14.01.2018
Additional Chief Secretary (Finance & Agriculture) at CSKHPAU
Accelerate the growth of agriculture : Dr. Shrikant Baldi, IAS
Palampur 14 January. Dr. Shrikant Baldi, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance & Agriculture) spent two days at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University and visited some of the departments in the constituent colleges to have first hand information about on farm experiments and other ongoing activities. Later, he held a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, statutory officers, head of the departments of the university and officers from the state department of agriculture.
Dr. Shrikant Baldi said that agriculture was an important sector and all concerned should make concrete efforts to accelerate its pace for the overall development of farmers and farming in the State of Himachal Pradesh. He asked scientists to think out of the box and come out with fresh proposals for the agricultural development. He said that the technical know-how available with the farm university should reach the farmers. "Even progressive farmers should be involved in some of the plans like foundation seed production programme," suggested Additional Chief Secretary. He also discussed problem of stray cattle and sought inputs from the scientists. He said that many problems can be solved with innovative ideas and concerted efforts by all the stake holders.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, said that eighty one percent of the state cultivable area was rain fed it was imperative to augment irrigation facilities to boost farm production. Similarly, adequate farm technology was available and there were a large number of government schemes yet hardly forty percent farm information percolates down to the farming community. He suggested that Krishi Vigyan Kendras of the university and field officers of State Agriculture Department could work together to transfer farm technologies to the farmers fields. Moreover, hilly and mountainous regions of the state have region specific problems. He detailed about the major academic, research and extension education activities in the university. He also informed about some of the recent initiatives like research and extension work on zero budget natural farming for which a project proposal to develop the Gurukul Kurukshetra model on 21 acres land is ready.
The Vice-chancellor assured the Additional Chief Secretary that his university will do everything possible for socio-economic development of farming community. He also expressed his gratitude to Dr Baldi for spending time with scientists to understand the working of the university,providing valuable suggestions and inviting proposals for the benefit of farmers.
Statutory officers and heads made detailed presentations and answered to various questions by Additional Chief Secretary. Officers from the state department of agriculture also took part in the discussions. Earlier, Dr Baldi spent time visiting various departments in the college of agriculture and college of veterinary and animal sciences. He sought in depth information from the scientists. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, was with him throughout the visit.
Dr Shrikant Baldi also attended the Lohri celebrations with the university students and appreciated them for organizing the event away from their homes and preserving the cultural heritage of the region.
Dr. Shrikant Baldi, ACS(Agri) and Prof A.K.Sarial
VC during a late evening meeting with the scientists
Dr. Shrikant Baldi during his visit to some of the departments, Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial is also with him.
No.QSD/MC/201/01 Jan 2018
CSKHPAU Vice-Chancellor's New Year Address to Staff
Prof. A.K.Sarial asks staff to work relentlessly for the welfare of farming community
Palampur 1 January. "Respect work, work hard and create work culture" exhorted Prof Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, during his New Year address to the staff of CSK H.P. Agriculture University , here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the farming community of Himachal Pradesh would continue to be in the focus in all university plans in the current year and all staff members, as a well knit team, need to perform better in the mandated areas of academics, research and extension education. While appreciating the teaching and non-teaching employees for their remarkable work and achievements in the preceding year, he said that all-out efforts should be made to better the socio-economic status of the farming community of Himachal Pradesh. Similarly, the students would be provided all opportunities to excel in their studies and research work.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed his satisfaction that the University continued its glorious tradition of ragging and smoke free serene campus He told that due to collective efforts of the hard working staff , the university attained the very first position among all agricultural universities of the country as the highest number of 193 students qualified various national level competitive examination and 36 students got admission in prestigious national institutes for higher studies. One hundred fifty students got employment including 96 Agriculture Development Officers and Veterinary Officers. Prof A.K.Sarial told that 343 students were conferred degrees during 14th Convocation held last year and the Chancellor of the University had publically applauded the congenial academic environment and work culture of the university. He said that ever highest number of around 13600 candidates applied for B.V.Sc. & AH and B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture programme for about 150 seats in both the degree programmes signifying the importance and popularity of these programmes. The university developed eleven crop varieties were released besides a poultry breed. Around 1150 quintal seed was also produced. Sincere research and extension efforts were initiated to encourage Zero Budget Natural Farming which will be further strengthened this year. He said that twenty farm based models were formulated which can enable the farmers to double their income by 2022.All such models will be popularised this year. Last year, a large number of Skill Development Trainings for the farmers with the support of public and private sector were started.
The Vice-Chancellor also expressed his gratitude to the State Government, ICAR and other funding agencies enabling the university to fulfill its given mandate. He also disclosed about the efforts made for the welfare of staff and told that process to recruit around three dozen teachers will be initiated soon.
Later, Vice-Chancellor hosted tea to those staff members and the students whose work has been outstanding, won national awards or who have brought research projects more than Rs. fifty lakh each.