Last Updated: May 25, 2017
No. QSD/MC/132 Dated: May 25, 2017
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial applauds efforts of the Indian Army for philanthropic activities
Palampur 25 May. Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, has commended the Indian Army for carrying-out various philanthropic activities, in addition to protecting the country from enemies. He was addressing a group of about two dozen farmers from Kupwara district of Jammu & Kashmir, who were on a two days visit to the university under 'Operation Sadbhawana'.
The Vice-Chancellor said that geographical conditions of Himachal Pradesh were similar to some regions of J&K and the farmers can adopt many of the improved tools and technology developed by this university. He advised them to maintain a link with two farm universities at Srinagar and Jammu , their Krishi Vigyan Kendras and other development departments for eliciting latest farm inputs and know-how. Prof Sarial said that if need be, experts of his university can visit farmers to provide them any specific or specialized information and trainings. He also asked them to adopt farm mechanization to reduce drudgery in agricultural operations. He expressed the hope that farmers of J&K will come forward in a big number to double their income with a large number of programmes initiated by the Govt of India.
Major Sumit Kumar from 20 Dogra , TMG Brigade told that the farmers visit has been conducted under capacity building programme so that farmers may get first hand information from the scientists of the university.
The Vice-Chancellor interacted with farmers who also expressed their gratitude to the Indian Army for conducting useful visit to the university.
Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education; Dr Ashok Kumar, OSD to VC and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Jt Director (Information & Public Relations) were present during the meeting.
Last Updated: May 24, 2017
No. QSD/MC/131 Dated: May 24, 2017
'Himsamridhi' to help the farmers in doubling their income
CSKHPAU develops a new poultry stock to promote rural backyard poultry farming
Palampur. 24 May. The scientists of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University have developed a new poultry stock (variety) and named it 'Himsamridhi'. It has been developed by the scientists of the Department of Animal Genetics & Breeding, Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences.
'Himsamridhi' has been developed by crossing a red-colored dual purpose poultry breed (Dahlem Red) with selected native (Desi) chicken of the State. The research work on development of this new location specific poultry variety was being carried on under the aegis of ongoing All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Poultry Breeding (Rural Poultry Unit) centre at the university and its coordinating unit at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)- Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad. This AICRP on Poultry Breeding centre was sanctioned by the ICAR during 2009-10 and was further extended for XII five-year plan period. A major objective of this project was evaluation of local fowl germplasm and production of poultry crosses suitable for rural poultry farming under local climatic conditions with focus to improve rural backyard poultry farming in hilly regions.
The on-farm and field performance of 'Himsamridhi' has been evaluated. It has proved as a promising egg type poultry stock suitable for rural backyard poultry farming in this area. The important characteristics of this stock are; attractive reddish brown plumage colour, good growth, early feathering, adaptability, good for aging and scavenging, early start of laying, large brown shelled egg and reasonably good egg production. The adult (20 weeks) body weight in a male and female bird is 1.750 kg- 2.200 kg and 1.500 kg - 1.750 kg, respectively. The egg production in hens starts at 18-20 weeks of age. The birds are able to lay 160-180 eggs / bird in a laying year. The eggs are brown shelled and weigh 55-60 gms. This stock is being preferred by farmers in this area for rearing as colored egg type bird under backyard production.
The department has been hatching and supplying chicks of this stock DND [(DR X N) X DR] to the poultry farmers for rearing under backyard poultry with increasing acceptability. During 2016-17, the department had supplied approximately 35000 chicks of this stock to over 450 farmers for rearing. This included poultry units established in the agro climatically harsh tribal areas of the state, where these birds have survived and performed well. This new stock has been released as a new location specific poultry variety named “Himsamridhi” for further propagation in the state after approval from the ICAR.
According to Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Principal Investigator of the project, in the beginning, bench mark surveys were carried on in different areas of the state to elicit people’s preference for the type of poultry bird suitable to rural backyard poultry production and then proceed for developing desired type of stock based on survey response on farmer’s expectation. In these surveys, the farmers had preferred a coloured bird with good growth, early feathering, good egg production, brown shelled egg with large size, low mortality, good foraging and scavenging habits and ability to escape from predators. After knowing people’s choice, different improved poultry stocks available in the country were evaluated for their production performance, adaptability and suitability for backyard poultry production in this region. Based on people’s choice and after comprehensive evaluation, a cross of Dahlem Red (a dual purpose breed) and native chicken population of Himachal Pradesh having desired characteristics and favorable consumer’s preference was identified as promising poultry stock suitable for rural backyard poultry farming in this area. The breeding plan for production of this stock involved mating of improved egg type Dahlem Red parent stock birds procured from available sources in the country to selected native birds and evaluating the performance of the resultant progeny. The native birds used were initially procured from different regions of the state and subsequently selected for improved egg production over several generations. The selected first generation crosses males were than mated to Dahlem Red parent hens to obtain the terminal cross having 75% Dahlem Red and 25% native blood level. This cross DND [(DR X N) X DR)] has been comprehensively evaluated, refined, stabilized and tested under farmer’s level to develop and release as a location specific poultry stock suitable for egg type rural backyard poultry farming in hilly areas.
He told that his department intends to further increase the hatching and availability of chicks of this stock to the farmers throughout the state in the coming years which will boost backyard poultry farming in this region, where commercial scale poultry production has not yet picked up and added to the farm income of the local people. The department is also taking up characterization and genetic improvement of the native chicken germplasm present in the rural areas of the state for its recognition as a distinct chicken breed. The chicks of native birds are also provided to farmers who are interested to raise Desi birds.
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor has appreciated the principal investigator Dr.Y.P.Thakur and his team including Dr Varun Sankhyan, for developing ‘Himsamridhi’ as it would improve the farm economy besides improving nutritional quality of poor farm families as these are mostly deficient in high protein diet. The Vice-Chancellor said that rearing of these poultry birds alongwith other agricultural activities would add to the family income substantially and help the farmers in doubling their income as envisaged by the Govt. of India.
The new crossbred poultry birds at farmer’s backyard poultry units; Male and female birds of Himsamridhi
Tribal farmer with Egg Produced from DND .
Last Updated: May 24, 2017
No. QSD/MC/130 Dated: May 24, 2017
AICRP Meet on Poultry Breeding at CSKHPAU
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial underlines the importance of backyard poultry in nutritional & livelihood security of rural India
Palampur 24 May. A two days annual review meeting of the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Poultry Breeding and Poultry Seed Projects was inaugurated at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. On this occasion, a new poultry stock (variety) 'Himsamridhi' developed by the scientists of host University was released.
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, in his presidential remarks, said that poultry was one of the fastest growing sectors with annual six percent growth rate which could help strengthening rural household economy. Although commercial poultry was an organized sector in India, it was not so for rural poultry which was vastly unorganized. He said that by popularizing backyard poultry breeds like 'Himsamridhi', the nutritional and livelihood security of poor farmers can be secured. He informed that his university has identified twenty farm enterprises which could help farmers in doubling their income in the next five years as envisaged by the Govt. of India. He also complimented the veterinary scientists for developing new poultry stock which has performed well even in harsh climate of tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh.
Chief Guest Dr.Ravinder Singh Gandhi, Assistant Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), while congratulating the scientists for developing Himachal Pradesh specific poultry breed 'Himsamridhi' told that India was third largest egg producer in the world yet egg consumption in rural India was merely twenty eggs per annum in comparison to consumption of hundred eggs in urban areas. He told that some of the poultry breeds developed by India have become popular in African countries due to their usefulness and characteristics.
Dr.R.N. Chatterjee, Director, Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad, told that scientific innovations have enabled to increase egg production thirteen times and the country was producing 83 billion eggs per annum and consumption was 66 billion eggs. He said that efforts have been made to reorient rural poultry.
Dr. Arjava Sharma, Director, National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal, said that animal husbandry was playing an important role in agricultural growth. Poultry, besides strengthening rural economy, was also provides entrepreneurship. He said that after evaluation, newly released ‘Himsamridhi’ can be further improved.
Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research and Dr.R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Dr.GCN College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences also expressed their views. Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Head, Deptt of Animal Genetics & Breeding and Principal Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project on Poultry Breeding, detailed about the characteristics of ‘Himsamridhi’ developed by him and Dr Varun Sankhyan. Chicks of 'Himsamridhi' were distributed to five progressive farmers namely Messers Jagan Singh, Rakesh Kumar, Prem Kapoor, Suresh Kumar and Kuldeep Chand from Bharmour region of district Chamba by the Vice-Chancellor and Assistant Director General.
Statutory officers and scientists from the university and around fifty delegates from all over the country took part in the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: May 23, 2017
No. QSD/MC/129 Dated: May 23, 2017
A Gaddi goat farmer associated with CSKHPAU gets a National Award
Palampur 23 May. A gaddi goat farmer Shri Karam Chand, associated with on-going Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) funded project in CSK H.P. Agriculture University, has been was awarded with "Breed Saviour Award-2016" at ICAR – National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources(NBAGR), Karnal. The award comprising Rs. Ten thousand and a citation was given by Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General, ICAR.
"All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Goat Improvement" is operational in the Department of Animal Genetics & Breeding, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (COVAS) of the university for the last six years. Sh. Karam Chand from Bringati Deol village in Chamba district has been selected for this award for his breed conservation work. He belongs to tribal gaddi community and is maintaining a pure bred flock of 389 gaddi goats. Ever since his association in the AICRP projects since last six years, his flock size has increased from 275 to 389 and birth weight of kids from 2.70 to 3.03 Kg and 9 month body weight 21.65 to 24.02 kg. along with a significant improvement in kid survival rate and decrease in mortality rate. All these could be attributed to the scientific breeding, feeding and management inputs being advised and provided to the farmer from time to time under the project. The farmer is now earning Rs. 4 to 5 lakh per year through various goat farming activities
Prof A.K. Sarial, the Vice-Chancellor, has congratulated the farmer as the commendable work of the university has been appreciated at the national level. He has also complimented Dr. P. K. Dogra, Principal Investigator of the project and his team comprising Drs. Varun, Parveen, Pankaj and Ankur for this achievement. He has urged them to continue the good work for the benefit of tribal gaddi community as this award to the university client would inspire other livestock keepers to come forward for conservation of different livestock breeds of the state.
Shri Karam Chand receiving the award from DDG, ICAR
Last Updated: May 16, 2017
No. QSD/MC/128 Dated: May 16, 2017
Porf A.K.Sarial exhorts scientists to provide innovative solutions with new tools and technology
Palampur 16 May. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor has called upon the scientists to utilize latest tools and technology to provide innovative solutions to the farming community. He was addressing principal investigators (PIs) and co-principal investigators (Co-PIs) while inaugurating a training programme on 'Geo-tagging of assets for Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY)' at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor told that under the digital India Initiative, Govt of India has made it mandatory for all the agencies to geo-tag the assets created through government or public funds. The university has created number of assets so it was timely to train PIs and Co-PIs for Geo-tagging of assets and he appreciated the Centre for Geo-informatics Research and Training (CGRT) for the initiative.
He disclosed that he has been able to create extremely congenial scientific environment in the university resulting in submission of a large number of research projects to various funding agencies. Fifteen projects worth Rs 52 crore have been submitted for funding to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under National Agricultural Sciences Fund and fourteen research projects worth Rs 14 crore have been submitted under RKVY. Another project worth Rs 10 crore has been submitted to Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA) to produce seed on 73 hectare land in the university. Prof Sarial asked the scientists to maintain dignity of the profession by working hard and sincerely and conduct themselves in an exemplary manner to produce such results which enable the farmers and state to raise its economy.
Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, asked the scientists to be well versed in geo-tagging and download software on their smart phones and upload on Bhuvan portal of RKVY so that the university was compliant institution under digital India programme of the Govt of India.
Dr Sharda Singh, Programme Director, CGRT, told that her centre has completed projects worth Rs. Five crore since its inception . Dr.RS.Rana, Mr.Vaibhav Kalia and Mr Kunal Sood also elaborated about the objectives of training.
Besides twenty trainees, Dr Kamlesh Singh, Dean College of Basic Sciences and Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) were present during the inaugural ceremony.
In another programme on Demonstration of Agriculture Mechanization, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor underlined the importance of farm mechanization to save energy and resources besides reducing drudgery in farming. He said that it was important to provide reliable engineering for practical solutions at grassroots. Similarly, rural infrastructure should be created for repair and maintenance of farm machinery. The Vice-Chancellor said that Self Help Groups should come forward to purchase farm implements, tools and machinery and young farmers must be involved in such activities as farm labour was becoming a costly affair for common farmers.
Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research told that the university has developed fourteen small farm tools. Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Head, Deptt. of Agricultural Engineering said that power availability in Himachal Pradesh was merely 0.9 Kilowatt in comparison to Punjab where it was 4 Kilowatt. Mr.Ravinder Kumar, MD, SAS Motors, Faridabad who organized the programme also elaborated about farm machines developed by his company. Around 100 farmers took part in the farm machinery demonstration. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture, Mr Sutanu Behuria, Retd IAS officer and university scientists were present in the programme.
Prof A.K.Sarial discussing a point with Dr.Sharda Singh, Programme Director CGRT
A view of training on Geo tagging
A farm women trying her hands on a farm machine
Last Updated: May 9, 2017
No. QSD/MC/126 Dated: May 9, 2017
Think out of the box to solve the new challenges in farming: Mr S.S.Ahluwalia
Palampur 9 May. Mr S.S.Ahluwalia, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs, has asked the farming community to make use of new programmes and schemes to double their income. He was addressing the farmers, scientists and agriculture officers at Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University at Kangra, around 40 KMs from here today.
The Minister said that farm officers and scientists must work hard to transfer the new scientific technology and research to the fields as there was huge gap between laboratories and farms. He told that traditional knowledge had its utility and integrated farming, animal husbandry, fishery, increasing the production of oilseeds, pulses, etc were important. He also enlightened the farmers about new plans and emphasized the need to involve young generation with the farming for which the Govt. of India has initiated programmes like start up India, skill enhancement training, etc. When informed about the damage to crops by monkeys, wild and stray animal, the Minister asked the scientists to think out of box to solve such problems and also gave some suggestions to deal with these new challenges. He said instead of abandoning the farming or growing less remunerative crops, such issues should be taken up as new challenges and provided workable solutions.
The Minister said that the scientists and farm officers needed to work hard to have live link with the farmers and regularly interact with them to provide them innovative ideas and solutions. He also listened to the problems of farmers and agreed to consider the suggestion to grant licenses to sell farm inputs to the wards of farmers.
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, apprised the minister that his university has developed twenty models of enterprises which can enable the farmers to double their income. He elaborated about such enterprises. He assured the minister that his university would toil hard to help the farming community to double their income. He also detailed about various academic, research and extension education activities.
Dr Atul, Director of Extension Education, told that KVKs were integrating new government schemes in various training programmes. Dr Vishal Dogra, Programme Coordinator, informed about his KVK activities.
Besides, progressive farmers from various areas of the district, officers from the state department of agriculture and the university scientists, Dr R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, Dr Ashok Sharma, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations ), Mrs Binta Sood, Project Director, Agricultural Technology Management Agency, Mr. Chamanjit Kapoor, Joint Director Agriculture were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, Mr.S.S.Ahluwalia held a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor and statutory officers and asked them to serve the farming community with unflagging zest.
Mr.S.S.Ahluwalia , Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare addressing the farmers
A view of dais and farmers.
Vice-Chancellor honouring the Minister
Last Updated: May 5, 2017
No. QSD/MC/124 Dated: May 5, 2017
Farmers, scientists and farm officers celebrate Wheat day at Malan
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, asks farmers to grow red rice on larger scale
Palampur 5 May. The farmers, scientists and agriculture officers celebrated Wheat day at Rice & Wheat Research Station of the University at Malan, 20 KMs from here today. Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice Chancellor, as Chief Guest, while appreciating the efforts of scientists for developing high yielding wheat varieties, asked the farmers to pay attention for increasing their farm income by adopting university approved crop varieties and scientific technology. 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 proven technology. He said that keeping in view the growing awareness about the medicinal and nutritive value of red rice among consumers, the farmers should cultivate it at a larger scale. The Vice-Chancellor also spoke on the importance of organic farming, protected cultivation, soil and water conservation, animal husbandry, etc. He appreciated the role of farm women in hill agriculture. Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, elaborated about the research work on various wheat varieties which were resistant to diseases. He asked the farmers to use quality seed from a known source and also underlined the importance of safe food and chemical-free farming. Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education, suggested the farmers to maintain a live-link with the university and it's all Krishi Vigyan Kendras and research stations for latest know-how. He also detailed about extension programmes.
Dr.Daisy Basandrai, Principal Scientists and In-charge, Rice & Wheat Research Station educated about various activities of her station and gave information about newly developed wheat and rice varieties. Mrs Binta Sood, Project Director, Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) elaborated about various training and other programmes for the benefit of farmers.
Head of Departments from the university and other scientists interacted with farmers to answer their farm-related questions. Dr.Ajai Srivastva and Dr.Sandeep Manuja also expressed their views on wheat crop.The Vice Chancellor, honored progressive farmers Messers Milap Chand Rana, Krishan Singh, Manuj Syal and Mrs Subhadra Devi. He also released a booklet on red rice. He visited the experimental farm and visited the exhibition installed on the occasion. Farmers also purchased seed of paddy and summer vegetables. Dr.Ashwani Basandrai, Dean Post Graduate Studies, Dr. Ashok Kumar, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director Information & Public Relations and Mr Arun Vyas, District Agricultural Officer were present on the occasion
Last Updated: May 2, 2017
No. QSD/MC/123 Dated: May 2, 2017
CSKHPAU prepares a model to double farmers' income: Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor
Palampur 2 May. A state annual action plan meeting of all Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) of Himachal Pradesh was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. In his inaugural address, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, told that his university has prepared a model to double farmers' income in the mountainous and hill state of Himachal Pradesh. He elaborated that twenty enterprises have been identified where a farm family of four-five persons can earn much. He lamented that only around forty percent of scientific technology has reached farms and KVKs need to work hard to convince the farmers to adopt modern technology to double their income as envisaged by the Govt. of India.
The Vice-Chancellor while complimenting the KVKs for their recent accomplishments, suggested that farm related issues and problems needed to be addressed on priority. He told that agriculture contributed over 45 percent to the net state domestic product and it was main source of income and employment in the state. Over 93 percent population of Himachal Pradesh depended directly on agriculture which provided direct employment to 71 percent of its people. Since 80 percent of the area was rainfed so there was need to conserve water and scientifically cultivate cereals, pulses and oilseed crops. He highlighted the importance of high value cash crops, off season vegetables and poly houses cultivation to increase the farmers' income. Prof Sarial said that skill development was important to make the rural youth employable. He asked KVKs to become engines of agricultural development in their respective districts.
Dr.Vijay Singh Thakur, Director of Extension Education, Dr.Y S Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry (UHF told that by simply shifting one percent cultivable area under high value cash crops like fruits, vegetables and flowers, the income of farmers will increase manifold. He said that farmers were very enlightened and require specific and intelligent solutions to their problems.
Dr.Rajbir Singh, Director, Agricultural Technology Assessment & Refinement Institute, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Ludhiana, told that the ICAR has sanctioned another KVK for Himachal Pradesh at Tabo in Spiti valley and UHF was in the process to make it functional by filling up various positions. He said that many new farm related schemes have been introduced like skill development , start up and stand up India and asked KVKs to devote at least twenty minutes daily to keep their surroundings clean. He said that Niti Ayog has lauded the KVKs for rural transformation. He also suggested to popularize vegetable washing machine in vegetable growing areas.
Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education of the host university, told that an App will be developed to monitor the work of all thirteen KVKs in the state. Monthly meeting of all KVKs will be held and Good Agricultural Practices of each district will be documented. Dr. Arvind Kumar, Principal Scientist, ATARI, also expressed his views. A publication was also released by the Vice-Chancellor.
Mr Satish Kumar, Registrar; Dr.R.S Jamwal, Director of Research, Dr.R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Dr. G.C. Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Dr.Ashwani Kumar, Dean Post Graduate Studies; Dr.Promila Kanwar, Dean, College of Home Science and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) also attended the inaugural ceremony. Around 50 farm scientists from KVKs and the University took part in the workshop.
Last Updated: April 26, 2017
No. QSD/MC/122 Dated: April 26, 2017
CSKHPAU notifies three percent enhanced DA to its staff
Palampur 26 April. CSK H.P. Agriculture University has enhanced the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) by three percent from the existing rate of 127 per cent to 130 per cent with effect from 1 July, 2016 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 April payable in May and arrears with effect from July 2016 to March, 2017 shall be credited in the GPF account of the employees depending upon the availability of funds.
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: April 21, 2017
No. QSD/MC/119 Dated: April 21, 2017
"Right person at right place" approach is the mantra to solve many farm problems: Prof Ashok Sarial
Palampur 21 April. "Right person at right place" approach could solve many problems of the Indian agriculture said Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor in his presidential address during a workshop organized by All India Agricultural Students' Association (AIASA) at CSK Agriculture University, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor told that agriculture sector in India provided livelihood to about 52 percent of the population and contributed about 15 percent to the Gross Domestic Product. Agricultural education was one of the most relevant educations in the country for growth and sustainable development. He said that there were many sectors providing placement to the farm graduates and some concrete initiatives have been taken by the ICAR and farm universities to impart necessary skills and confidence among farm graduates to establish and operate their own business units through first-hand experience of managing model farms and pilot plants during the course of study. Experiential learning, rural agricultural work experience, and students' rural entrepreneurship awareness development yojna programmes were some prominent features of agricultural education in the country. There were 62 state agricultural universities, two central farm varsities, four Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) deemed universities, etc and about 15 thousand graduates, 11 thousand masters and 2500 PhDs were admitted every year.
Prof Sarial also elaborated about the steps taken by him to prepare the students in the university to prepare them to confidently write national level competitive examinations and face interviews with added soft skills. He asked the students to add positivity and confidence in their personalities to face the realities of life.
Dr.Sahadeva Singh, Chief Policy Advisor, AIASA, delivered a talk on, "Career opportunities and techno-administrative reforms in agriculture and role of AIASA in carrying forward the agenda". Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer, Dr.V.K.Sharma, Program Director, HRD and Placement centre and Mr Saurabh Soni, President of Himachal Pradesh Chapter, AIASA, also expressed his views.
All the statutory officers, heads, faculty and students of all constituent colleges attended the programme.
Last Updated: April 19, 2017
No. QSD/MC/118 Dated: April 19, 2017
CSK H.P. Agriculture University appoints 21 Assistant Professors in COVAS
Palampur 19 April. CSK H.P. Agriculture University has issued appointment letters to 21 Assistant Professors in different disciplines of veterinary sciences. All the newly appointed teachers have been posted in different departments of Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences(COVAS). The newly appointed teachers include Drs. Aman Dev Moudgil (Veterinary Parasitology), Ajayta Rialch (Veterinary Parasitology), Madhu Suman (Animal Nutriton), Prashant Sudamrao Daundkar (Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology), Anjali Somal( Veterinary Physiology), Surender Kumar (Veterinary Medicine), Sanjay Kumar ( Livestock Products Technology), Anjali Kumari (Livestock Production Management), Ankaj Thakur (Livestock Production Management ), Narender Kumar(Livestock Production Management), Rakesh Kumar( Veterinary Pathology) ,Swati Sharma(Veterinary Pathology), Manoj Kumar Sharma( Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Education, Krishanender Dinesh (Animal Genetics & Breeding), Rajesh Kumar (Animal Genetics & Breeding), Nishant Verma (Animal Genetics & Breeding), RishikaVij( Veterinary Biochemistry), Parul Shukla(Veterinary Anatomy), Raheeqa Razvi (Veterinary Anatomy), Shama Khan( Veterinary Gynaecology & Obstetrics) and Madhu Sharma( Fisheries).
According to Prof. Ashok K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, the recruitment has been done as per the policy of State Government after a long gap of almost eight years. He told that it was essential to fill-up the positions to maintain high academic standards in COVAS as the staff was over burdened due to faculty positions fallen vacant on retirement. The Veterinary Council of India, a regulatory body at all India level of veterinary education, during inspection of the college last year had also raised concern about shortage of faculty. Prof Sarial said that majority of the freshly recruited candidates have their B. V. Sc degree from this university but acquired their M.V. Sc and Ph. D degrees outside the state from reputed national institutes like Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Izatnagar and National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, hence possess wide exposure to academic standards that will help in the long run to accelerate the pace of teaching, research and extension education activities of the university. Acquiring degrees from different institutes outside the state is considered an essential ingredient to prevent inbreeding in faculty which according to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is a cause of deteriorating academic norms in many of the state agricultural universities in India. Prof Sarial said that all the newly selected teachers not only possess wide academic excellence but have qualified the all India National Eligibility Test (NET) of Assistant Professor conducted by Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board of the ICAR.
The Vice-Chancellor informed that the process to fill- up more posts of teachers in other three colleges and non-teaching staff in the university was underway after receiving permission from the state government. He thanked the Chief Minister in particular and Govt. of Himachal Pradesh in general for granting permission to recruit staff in the university.
Last Updated: April 19, 2017
No. QSD/MC/117 Dated: April 18, 2017
National Group meet of AICRP on Forage Crops begins at CSK HPAU
Palampur 18 April. A two days National Group meet of the scientists working in All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage crops and utilization (AICRP FCU) began at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
In his presidential remarks, Prof Kuldip Chand Agnihotri, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, asked the young scientists to conduct path breaking research for the common good of country. He said that there should be joy of discovery among the scientific community and all institutions must justify their existence with dedicated work and useful results. Prof Agnihotri said that there should be integrated development and the holistic approach could give solutions to many complex issues. He lamented that rural population has almost abandoned cattle rearing. He asked the scientists to find solutions to such issues. He said that all out efforts should be made to enhance production and productivity of fodder crops.
Dr.I.S.Solanki, Assistant Director General, India Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), who was Chief Guest, said that there was need to develop and popularize good quality fodder crops. He said that production and productivity of livestock was not satisfactory so nutrient rich fodder varieties with quality traits were required. He asked the scientists that despite challenges of climate change, deteriorating soil and water quality and decreasing cultivable land, they should reorient their strategies for enhancing production.
Dr.A,K. Roy, Project Coordinator, AICRP FCU, Jhansi, detailed progress report on the fodder crops. He told that there were 22 coordinating centres in the country and 190 fodder varieties have been developed.
Dr.Sujoy Rakshit, Director, Indian Institute of Maize Research; Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research and Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture, also expressed their views. Some publication was also released on the occasion. Dr.Naveen Kumar, Organizing Secretary, told that around 75 scientists from the country would be deliberating on forage crop resources, pasture and grassland management. Some progressive farmers are also taking part in the meet.
A view of dais and participants
Last Updated: April 06, 2017
No. QSD/MC/115 Dated: April 06, 2017
CSKHPAU to fill up faculty and non-teaching positions: Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial
Palampur 6 April. A branch office of Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority (PPV&FRA) will start functioning at CSK Agriculture University soon. This was disclosed by Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, during his media interaction, here today. The Vice-Chancellor informed that the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has notified one branch office of PPV&FRA and his University will enter into an MoU next month to provide 20 acre land to establish the office. The jurisdiction of this office will be the States of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttrakhand and Chandigarh Union Territory. PPV&FRA was established under PPV&FR Act 2001 with the aim to sensitize the farmers about the importance of natural agro-biodiversity existing in the country and to help the farmers and scientists by registering such biodiversity with the Authority. Such farmers are the real custodians of these landraces and germplasm which they have improved and conserved since ages. Earlier, for registering their valuable agro-diversity with unique qualities, the process of registration and testing was initiated and completed from New Delhi but now the submission of applications, testing and registration will be done from CSKHPAU. All the adjoining States will also be benefiting by the establishing of this office. Prof Sarial told that for the micro level documentation of all the biodiversity components such as plants, animals, microbes, insects and their possible use by the local communities, university will shortly sign another MoU with the HP State Biodiversity Board to prepare People's Biodiversity Registers (PBR's). Initially, this assignment will be started with 20 Biological Management committees of Kullu district to prepare 20 PBR's. The University will receive Rs 20 lakh for preparing these PBR's. The Vice-Chancellor said that his University has some untapped land resource. To make it available for serving the farming community of the State, a project for the creation of infrastructure for the production of vegetables, forage, oilseeds and pulses seed, with an outlay of Rs 10 crore is likely to be provided by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through HP Crop Diversification Promotion Project. After developing the area, quality seeds all the crops will be produced and supplied to the farmers. He told that in the Board of Management has approved filling up 25 more positions of Junior Office Assistants in addition to some other positions of non-teaching staff. The process to appoint 22 faculty positions was in the final stages and some more posts of teachers will be filled up in future. He also elaborated about his initiatives to improve the quality of education, coaching and guidance classes for preparing the students for various competitive examinations. Adjunct faculty and honorary professors will be invited to teach and guide the students in research. Zero budget farming component has been introduced in post graduate research and the university has already purchased four desi cows for conducting work on zero budget farming. The university is likely to be gifted ten cows by Gurukul, Kurukshetra. He said that the scientists have been motivated to write quality research projects which will benefit the farming community of the State. He said that admission process will be completed in time. The Vice-Chancellor also answered to various questions by the reporters. Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Jt.Director (Information & Public Relations) welcomed and introduced local media persons to the Vice-Chancellor and Dr Ashok Kumar, OSD to VC thanked the reporters.
Last Updated: April 05, 2017
No. QSD/MC/114 Dated: April 05, 2017
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial lays foundation stone of Rs. 24.60 lakh Coaching Centre at CSKHPAU
Palampur 5 April. Prof.A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, laid the foundation stone of 'Coaching-cum-Guidance Centre' for scheduled tribe students, here today. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has provided funds to the tune of Rs.24.60 lakh under Tribal sub plan for the centre which will facilitate preparing post-graduate students for various competitive examinations. The centre will be constructed adjoining Dean, Post Graduate office. Dr Ashwani Kumar Basandrai, Dean, PGS; Mr Satish Kumar Sharma, Registrar; Dr Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer; Dr. R.S. Jamwal, Director of Research; Dr.Pawan Kumar Mehta, Director of Extension Education; Dr. Rajeev Kumar Agnihotri, Dean, Dr. G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences; Dr. Promila Kanwar, Dean, College of Home Science; Er. Ashok Kumar, Executive Engineer; Dr Ashok Kumar, OSD to Vice-Chancellor; Dr.J.S.Guleria, and Dr. Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations)were present during the foundation laying ceremony.
Last Updated: March 30, 2017
No. QSD/MC/113 Dated: 30 March, 2017
CSKHPAU veterinary scientists organize Infertility treatment camps in remote villages of Shimla
Palampur 30 March. A team of veterinary scientists of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized four infertility treatment camps in remote villages of district Shimla, recently. These camps were organized by the scientists from the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Dr G.C.N College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences(COVAS), under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) project in collaboration with H.P. State Animal Husbandry Department at Dewat (Chopal), Kedi (Nerwa), Sainj (Theog) and Ratnari (Kotkhai) villages of District Shimla.
Around 160 cows suffering from infertility problems were examined and treated in these camps. Scientists collected uterine discharge samples from infertile cows to study the bacterial and fungal infections causing reproductive diseases. Blood samples were also collected from these animals to study minerals, biochemical and hormonal profile for detailed investigations and also to study causes of abortions in cows of these areas. Free medicines were distributed to the farmers. Data were also collected from the staff working in these institutions regarding certain obstetrical interventions in cows reared in this part of the state. The team was led by Prof. Madhumeet Singh, Head-cum- Principal Investigator and included Dr. Pravesh Kumar , Mr. Vijay Rana and Mr. Rakesh Kumar.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor has appreciated the efforts of scientists in serving the livestock keepers in remote areas of the State.
Meanwhile, the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, COVAS, conducted continuing education workshop on "Veterinary Emergency and critical care". Around fifty post-graduate and internship students along with faculty participated in the workshop. Dr. Matthias Frank, Chief Surgeon, Klienetierklinik, Germany; Dr. Antonio Borelli, University of Turin, Italy and Dr. Matteo Olimpo, University of Turin, Italy were the key speakers and trainers. The workshop primarily focused on the diagnostic and therapeutic management of emergent and critically ill patients. Dr Adarsh Kumar, Head of the department, Dr Mandeep Sharma,Dr SP Tyagi and Dr Amit Kumar also addressed the trainees.
Last Updated: March 29, 2017
No. QSD/MC/112 Dated: 29 March, 2017
World Renowned Scientist at CSKHPAU
Possible to increase crop yields to feed ever increasing population: Dr.Gurdev Singh Khush
Palampur 28 March. Dr.Gurdev Singh Khush, an internationally acclaimed farm scientist delivered a talk on "Biotechnology for food security" at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
"The father of Green Revolution in Rice" as he is called, said that it was a challenge to increase present food production to feed the ever increasing population. He told that by 2050, food production requirement would increase by fifty percent than the present levels and biotechnological tools like tissue culture, molecular marker technology, application of genetic engineering and allied disciplines can help to increase the production. He told that development of crop varieties with higher yields, closing production gaps, etc were the mantras to increase production in decreasing farm lands. Dr. Khush, who is member of US National Academy of Science and Adjunct Professor, University of California, told that there will be less water, less land and less labor and the farm scientists would have to redraw their plans with new scientific interventions like re-engineering photosynthesis to develop physiologically efficient rice, making plant inset-pest resistant with plant genetic engineering, controlling weeds through development of herbicide tolerant crops, transgenetic control of insects and rice transformation to make it grow in submerged and drought prone areas, etc.
Dr Khush, who is credited for helping in development of more than 300 rice varieties which occupy more than sixty per cent area under rice cultivation in the world, said that most of the rice eating poor population was facing acute deficiency of iron and Vitamin A but biotechnology has been able to enrich certain rice varieties with mineral and vitamins with introduction of useful genes from different organisms in the rice plant.
Dr Gurdev Singh Khush, recipient of twelve honorary doctorates from top universities including Cambridge university , also advocated cultivation of genetically modified crops to reduce hunger and malnutrition . He said that certain lobbies were working against GM crops despite the fact that leading scientific academies of the world including FAO has certified that these crops have no danger to human health or environment. He also answered to many questions by students and scientists.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor felicitated Dr Khush on behalf of the university and expressed his gratitude to him for visiting the university and interacting with scientists and students. He said that indiscriminate use of chemicals has sent warning signals to the policy makers and soil health related issues should be solved by the farm scientists.
Dr.S.K.Sharma, a former Vice-Chancellor, said that the country has not more than 2.5 percent resources of the world but around fifty percent of the world population to feed. He also advocated GM crops to increase the crop production. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, and Dr.Ashok Kumar, OSD to Vice-Chancellor also expressed their views.
Earlier, Dr Khush visited Deptt of Crop Improvement, Agricultural Biotechnology, Advanced Multidisciplinary Veterinary Services and Farmers' Capacity Building Centre and will also visit Research Station of the University at Bajaura in Kullu.
University statutory officers, scientists and students from all the constituent colleges attended the programme.
Dr Khush interacting with students and scientists
Dignitaries on the dais
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial honoring Dr Gurdev Singh Khush
A view of the audience
Last Updated: March 28, 2017
No. QSD/MC/111 Dated: 25 March, 2017
SAC meetings at KVK,Dhulakuan and KVK,Una
Frequent interaction between farmers & scientists essential for transfer of technology: Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial
Palampur 25 March.Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has asked the Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) extension specialists to lay more frontline demonstrations on such crops which were predominant in their respective districts. He was chairing Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)meeting of KVK), Dhaulakuan, near Paonta Sahib(Sirmour) today.While appreciated the farming community of district Sirmour, the Vice-Chancellor underlined the importance of regular interaction between farm scientists and farmers for effective transfer of technology. While underlining the importance of zero budget and organic farming, he asked them to gradually increase the area under organic farming. He also discussed the importance of Desi cow to propel this type of farming which was very suitable for Himachal Pradesh. He said that animal husbandry was an integral part of hill farming and the farming community should come forward to produce more milk to increase their income. He advised the farmers to grow high value cash crops like European vegetables as these have high demand in metros. The Vice-Chancellor said that the farmers should supplement their farm income by mushroom cultivation, bee-keeping and such other avocations. Prof Sarial informed that KVK, Dhaulakuan has been directed to lay more on-farm trials on cereals, pulses and oilseeds to motivate the farmers to take up farming of such crops on larger scale. He asked the farmers to be in touch with Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Research Stations of the university to get latest information and guidance about scientific farming. "Time to time discussions with scientists helps in resolving farm related problems", he added. He also asked the staff to help Self Help Groups as such groups need to be supported keeping in view their importance in rural economy. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, underlined the need for crop diversification and judicious use of pesticides in order to prevent damage to the natural eco system. He appreciated the team of KVK for extending best services to farming community of the district in close association with the various line departments and development agencies. He also elaborated about various extension education activities of the university. Dr R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, asked the farming community to make use of new technology to increase crop yields. He said that ginger should be included in researchable issues on zero budget farming. Dr Akhilesh Singh, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Dhaulakuan presented achievements of KVK and proposed action plan for the next year.
District level officers of agriculture and allied departments and progressive farmer-members namely Shri Kundan Singh Shastri, Sh Ravi Swaroop, Smt Jaswinder Kaur and Smt Shakuntla Chauhan also actively participated in the deliberations. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor visited experimental farm of KVK and Regional Research Station and interacted with staff. SAC of KVK, Una was also held yesterday where Prof.Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, asked farmers to grow aromatic paddy variety Pusa-1121 which was excellent for export purpose. It will increase their income. Dr.P.K.Mehta , Director of Extension Education; Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research and Dr.A.R.Khan, Programme Coordinator also expressed their views. Progressive farmers of the district and officers from development departments were present in the SAC meeting.
Last Updated: March 16, 2017
No. QSD/MC/107 Dated: 16 March, 2017
Farm varsity to help farmers in protecting their intellectual property rights: Prof A.K.Sarial
Palampur 16 March . An awareness workshop on "Intellectual Property Rights: Issues and Challenges" for the faculty and post graduate students was organized at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial , Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the workshop, said that his university would extend all help to the farming community to protect their intellectual property rights (IPRs) as they were the ones who have since ages conserved the traditional crop varieties helping the scientific community to develop modern crop varieties.
The Vice-Chancellor while speaking on the genesis and importance of "Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Act 2001 (PPV&FRA)" said that it was a unique act world over which has acknowledged the tremendous contribution of the farmers and protected their rights. He asked the scientific community and students to create awareness about this act among the stakeholders. He also highlighted the importance of IPR regime in agriculture, veterinary and allied sciences and informed that recently IPR cell has been reconstituted in the university by involving an expert from all constituent colleges. He underlined the need for protection of precious genetic resources through PPV & FRA and intellectual property assets of the university by filling patents and registering trademarks.
Prof Sarial detailed about various provisions of the PPV&FRA, Indian Seed Act 1966, National Gene Fund, Plant Breeder's Rights and Privileges of Farmers and asked participants to fully understand these from the experts.
Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, elaborated about traditional crop varieties and land races of Himachal Pradesh and need to get theses registered. He informed that the university has framed its IPR policy also.
Dr.H.K.Chaudhary, Chairman, IPR Cell of the university, told that university has already taken initiative to get three patents registered by Indian Patent Office and has filed nine patent applications. He said that trade mark 'Him Palam' has been got registered. Dr.J.K.Sharma, Nodal Officer, PPV&FRA; Dr.K.D.Sharma, Member Secretary, IPR Cell; Dr Sudhir Kochar an expert on IPR and Dr.Ritika Kanwar, Scientist, H.P.State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (SCSTE) spoke on IPR issues and challenges.
Around 125 scientists and students attended the workshop jointly organized by the university and SCSTE.
Last Updated: March 10, 2017
No. QSD/MC/106 Dated: 10 March, 2017
Empower farming community with digital literacy: Prof.A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU
Palampur 10 March. To catch up with digital India campaign of the Govt. of India, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has submitted a project worth Rs. Eight crore to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for the automation of the institution . This was disclosed by Prof.A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, during a closing ceremony of two days training program on 'digital exchange of data and information' under networking of multi- institutional cold desert (CODER) program projects of the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that useful and quality information should reach farmers in the quickest possible manner to enable them to increase their production in the farms. The farming community must be digitally empowered in technology by digital literacy. He said that the initiative of the government to provide broadband connectivity in all Panchayats in the next three years would have major impact in the farm sector as delivery of services will be transparent and rapid for farmers and rural India residing in 2.5 lakh villages.
Prof A.K.Sarial also launched 'CODER network mobile App' to provide information to all stakeholders of the CODER project. He expressed the hope that it will help in quick delivery of technologies for the socio-economic upliftment of poor and disadvantaged sections of the society. It has been developed by Dr Atul, Project Director (Coordination) and Dr.Pranshuta, Research Associate of CODER network project. Dr Atul told that the University was monitoring and evaluating the work of 14 CODER projects in five states including Himachal Pradesh for which this App has been developed. Dr Suresh Gautam, Principal Investigator told that five principal investigators and their staff took part in the training.
Mr.Satish Kumar, Registrar; Dr Kamlesh Singh, Dr. R.K.Agnihotri and Dinesh Badiyala, all Deans and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director(Information & Public Relations) were present during the programme.
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial with trainees and others
Last Updated: March 09, 2017
No. QSD/MC/105 Dated: 9 March, 2017
Prof A.K.Sarial exhorts scientists to empower farmers with new technology to increase production & double their income
Palampur 8 March. Research and Extension Council meetings were held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. Prof.A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, chaired both the meeting and asked scientists to accept the emerging challenges and help farmers to increase production with high value crops from decreasing farm land. "For this, the farmers should also come forward to empower themselves by working in cohesion with government and private agencies to utilize available technology," said Prof Sarial.
The Vice-Chancellor informed that the university had played a significant role in improving economy of small and marginal farmers. Impetus has been given to develop useful technology and all out efforts would be made to double the farmers' income as envisaged by the Prime Minister. "Around a dozen enterprises have been identified in this regard and proposal has been submitted to the government", told Prof A.K.Sarial. The university has developed and transferred technology in agriculture, animal husbandry, etc to the concerned departments and farmers. All eight Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) were working with full vibrancy and work has been initiated on zero budget farming at KVK, Una and KVK, Kullu. He told that Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has sanctioned Rs. Six lakh each to all KVKs for demonstration of integrated farming system. Mini Soil Testing Lab facility has been provided to six KVKs. Prof Sarial also underlined the importance of judicious use of water, post harvest technology and marketing , beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, poultry, animal husbandry, etc. and said that feedback mechanism should be improved to incorporate useful inputs in research and extension education programmes of the university.
Dr. Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Director of Research, informed that eleven improved varieties of different crops like wheat, rice, barley, linseed, tomato, etc have been released and nine new technologies have been recommended for their use by the farmers of Himachal Pradesh. Research projects worth Rs.43 crore were in operation and projects worth Rs.185 crore have been submitted to various funding agencies. He also elaborated about research achievements in the areas of agricultural sciences, veterinary and animal sciences, home sciences and basic sciences.
Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, told that all trainings were being reoriented in consonance with Agricultural Skill Council of India to enhance the quality and impart specific measurable skills in various farm sectors. He said that all KVKs of the university organized awareness programmes on "Pradhan Mantri Fasal Vima Yojna" and around 700 farmers were trained in poly house technology in the recent past. "Twelve villages have been adopted under "Mera Gaon, Mera Gaurav" programme", added Dr Mehta.
Members of Research Council and Extension Councils namely Mrs Usha Kiran Chopra, Dr.R.K.Malik, Dr.Yudhvir Bhardwaj, Dr.N.K.Kaundal, Dr.Chamanjit Kapoor, Deans Dr Kamlesh Singh, Dr.Dinesh Badyala, Dr R.K.Agnihotri, Dr Ashwani Basandrai and Dr Promila Kanwar and progressive farmers Mr.Partap Negi, Mr.Karam Singh and Mrs Veena Chaudhary, etc also actively participated in the meetings. Registrar Mr Satish Sharma, Comptroller Mr. J.M.Awasthy, Programme coordinators of KVKs and Associate Directors of Research Stations of the University also participated in the meetings.
Last Updated: March 08, 2017
No. QSD/MC/104 Dated: 7 March, 2017
CSKHPAU distributes Gaddi Goat Breeding Bucks to the Progressive Gaddi Goat Farmers
Palampur 7 March. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University provided 14 Gaddi breeding bucks to different progressive goat farmers of Himachal Pradesh, here today. The bucks were provided under the ongoing All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Goat Improvement (Gaddi Field Unit) for breed improvement of the existing Gaddi goats of the state running in the Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (COVAS).
Dr. R.S. Jamwal, Director of Research, who distributed the bucks on behalf of the university, appreciated the project team for their hard work under migratory field conditions for the benefit of tribal farmers and advised them to fully utilize the potential of the breeding bucks being provided to them. Dr. R.K. Agnihotri, Dean, COVAS, underlined the utility of the project to the farmers. Dr. P.K. Dogra, Principal Investigator of the project, told that this project was being implemented under the umbrella of Central Institute for Research on Goats located at Makhdoom, Mathura. He informed that about 1000 pure Gaddi goats have been registered under the project which was being implemented under migratory field conditions by providing strategic breeding, feeding and health control inputs. These bucks have been raised by the Palampur centre after two stages of selection and scientific management and were intended to bring about overall breed improvement of the Gaddi goats. Dr.Munshi Kapoor, Assistant Director , Deptt. of Animal Husbandry , Dr YP Thakur, Head of the Department and Drs. Varun Sankhyan, Parveen Sharma and Rajesh Thakur, Project team members, also interacted with farmers.
Last Updated: February 27, 2017
No. QSD/MC/102 Dated: 27 February, 2017
Workshop on Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Rights Act for KVK Staff
Help farmers in registration of traditional crop varieties under PPV&FRA: Prof A.K.Sarial
Palampur 27 February . An orientation programme on Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Act (PPV&FRA) was organized for all twelve Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) of Himachal Pradesh at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial , Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the orientation programme, said that a lot of research has been done and KVKs need to play an active role to take new research findings to the farmers' field. He said that since ages, the farming community has conserved the traditional crop varieties helping the scientific community to develop modern crop varieties. "PPV&FRA 2001 was a unique act world over which has acknowledged the tremendous contribution of the farmers and protected their rights", said Prof Sarial and asked KVKs to create awareness about this act among the stakeholders. He also asked them to help farmers in registration of traditional crop varieties and applying for awards.The Vice-Chancellor also detailed about various provisions of the PPV&FRA, Indian Seed Act 1966, National Gene Fund, Plant Breeder's Rights and Privileges of Farmers and asked KVK staff to fully understand these so that farmers were educated properly. He said that intellectual property must be recognized and protected from commercial exploitation by others than those who invented or conserved it. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education, informed that regional biodiversity fair will be organized in near future. He said that KVKs were plying an active role to make farmers aware about PPV&FRA. He elaborated about traditional crop varieties and land races of Himachal Pradesh and need to get theses registered. Dr.Preeti Mamgain, Senior Scientist from Agricultural Technology Application Centre (ATARI), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Ludhiana said that 30 awards have been instituted for the farmers under PPV & FRA. Dr.S.K.Gupta, Joint Director, UHF, Solan and Dr.V.K.Shamra, Principal Extension Specialist also expressed their views. Dr.J.K.Sharma, Nodal Officer, PPV&FRA; Dr.H.K.Chaudhary, Head, Deptt of Crop Improvement and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director (Information & Public Relations) were present during the inaugural ceremony. Around fifty programme coordinators and scientists from eight KVKs of the host university and four KVKs of UHF, Solan took part in the orientation programmes which was jointly organized by ATARI, ICAR, Ludhiana and Directorate of Extension Education, CSKHPAU.
Last Updated: February 20, 2017
No. QSD/MC/101 Dated: 19 February, 2017
International conference on canine and feline cardiology
Seek help of veterinarians for early diagnose and treatment of pet diseases: Dean, COVAS
Palampur 19 February. A three days international conference on canine and feline cardiology concluded at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. Delivering his valedictory address, Chief Guest Dr. R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Dr G.C Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (COVAS), asked pet owners to regularly get their pet animals checked-up from veterinarians for early diagnosis and treatment of diseases. He said that heart diseases in companion pet animals were common, complex and devastating to the owners and were silent killers yet regular visits to veterinarians ensured early detection and treatment.The Dean said that heart diseases were being diagnosed with increasing modality and were an important health problem in dogs. Since cardiac diseases could be detected and treated so owners should take their pets to veterinarians for giving long and healthy life to their pets.
Dr. R.K.Agnihotri told that the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology offered high quality of clinical care to the patients and has emerged as a centre for specialized trainings and tertiary referral facility.Dr. Adarsh Kumar, Professor and Head-cum-organizing chairman, informed that around fifty delegates from India and abroad took part in the conference. A variety of issues of clinical importance pertaining to veterinary cardiology were discussed. The renowned international experts on Veterinary cardiology, Dr.Clarke E Atkins from North Carolina State University and Dr. Marissa Ames from Colorado State University, USA gave hands-on training to delegates on echocardiography and other diagnostic techniques. Dr.Milind Hatekar, International Coordinator from VOF expressed that they were looking forward to organize more such continuing education programs at Palampur. The valedictory function was attended by University officers, heads and scientists.
Last Updated: February 14, 2017
No. QSD/MC/100 Dated: 10 February, 2017
Technology and Machinery Demonstration Fair
Adopt Farm mechanization to reduce drudgery and increase production: Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial
Palampur 10 February. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized a Kisan Mela at Jalag, around 25 KMs from here today.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, as Chief Guest, while addressing the farming community from the local and surrounding villages, told that farm mechanization can play an active role to reduce farm drudgery and increase production from ever decreasing farm land. He said that his university has developed improved farm machines and tools suitable for the hilly terrain of the state. He said that it was a challenge for the farm officers and scientists to double the income of farmers which they need to accept and come out with technologies to strengthen socio-economic status of farmers. He also spoke on the importance of organic farming, quality of school education, women empowerment, animal husbandry etc and asked farmers to get advice of scientists for scientific farming. As a former student of local Government school, he also shared his reminiscences. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the role of farm women and exhorted the youngsters to adopt modern farming.
Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education said that youngsters need to adopt farming for the prosperity of their families. He said that a large number of trainings were organized on farm based avocations at the university and its Krishi Vigyan Kendras and farmers should come forward to learn new skills of modern farming.
Dr.Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Director of Research, told that research work was on going on farm machinery and tools, poly-houses, renewable energy, ergonomics and safety in agriculture, post harvest technology and such technology can certainly boost farm production.
Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Head of Agricultural Engineering department, told that as per the instructions and support from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, such Technology and Machinery Demonstration Fairs have been organized today all over the country. He elaborated about small farm tools to reduce drudgery.
Drs.J.K.Sharma,R.S.Rana,Rakesh Gupta and Radhna Gupta also elaborated about farm mechanization.
Mrs Ritu Dhiman, local village Pardhan, Sudarshan Singh, Kamlesh Rana, O.P.Dhiman,Sirmour Katoch and Gurbachan Singh also spoke and honoured the Vice-Chancellor. Dr.Hirday Paul Singh,Joint Director Information & Public Relations, Agriculture; Officers from the State Department of Agriculture and villager also actively took part in the Mela. More than five hundred farmers evinced interest in the Technology and Machinery demonstration exhibition. They also sought answers to their farm related problems from the scientists.
Vice-Chancellor visiting exhibition
Local villages honouring Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial
A view of the dais and participants
Last Updated: February 09, 2017
No. QSD/MC/99 Dated: 09 February, 2017
CSKHPAU helping farmers to supplement their farm income: Prof A.K.Sarial
Palampur 9 February. "CSK H.P. Agriculture University was making every effort to help farmers to supplement their farm income", said Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor while inaugurating a six days training programme on mushroom cultivation for fifty farmers, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that to realize the vision of Prime Minister to double the income of farmers, concerted efforts were required. The University was helping the farmers to adopt farm based avocations like mushroom cultivation, bee-keeping, poultry, fishery, floriculture, vegetable cultivation, medicinal and aromatic plants, nursery production, dairy farming, poly-house cultivation, plant protection, organic agriculture etc. so that their income was increased. He asked the farmers to supplement their income by getting trained in such avocations. Prof Sarial said that skill development programmes through trainings and demonstrations to the young aspiring farmers and entrepreneurs help them in various income generating professional activities. He also assured them to solve their farm related problems. Prof Sarial said that he himself would like to pay a surprise visit to some of the farmers who get training to see if they had taken up the work or not.
Dr.P.K.Mehta, Director of Extension Education said that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the University and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Foundation to train five hundred farmers of Himachal Pradesh in September, last year. Ever since, around 400 farmers had been trained in seventeen trainings in addition to other regular trainings at Directorate of Extension Education. He said efforts were made to enable farmers to understand integrated agriculture so that some of them may even adopt start up programmes in agri- entrepnurship. Extension specialists Drs Suresh Gautam, Desh Raj Chaudhry, Vinod Sharma, Luv Bhushan and Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director (Information & Public Relations) were present during the inaugural ceremony. Some of the farmers also gave feedback about the status of agriculture their villages. Fifty farmers from the villages of Panchrukhi and Lambagaon blocks are taking part in the training.
Last Updated: February 02, 2017
No. QSD/MC/98 Dated: 02 February, 2017
CSKHPAU to implement Rs. 50.35 lakh project for three villages of Baijnath
Palampur 2 February. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR has sanctioned a project worth Rs. 50.35 lakh on "Transfer of improved farm production technologies for enhancement of rural livelihood security amongst the farm households of Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh" to CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvaviadylaya.
The project has been approved under "Farmer's First Programme" and funded under Krishi Vigyan Kendra scheme of ICAR to the Directorate of Extension Education of the University. According to Dr. P.K. Mehta, Director Extension Education, the project will be implemented in Deol, Dharer and Sail villages of Tehsil Baijnath of the district Kangra. The farmers will be educated about improved farm production technologies and they will be provided improved agro inputs. Dr. Suresh Kumar Gautam will be Principal Investigator and Drs. D.R. Chaudhary and Pawan Kumar Sharma will be the Co-Principal Investigators of this project.
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor while appreciating the efforts of the Directorate of Extension Education for getting this project sanctioned, said that the innovative project will enhance the livelihood security of the farmers.
Last Updated: January 31, 2017
No. QSD/MC/97 Dated: 31 January, 2017
CSKHPAU notifies two percent enhanced DA to its staff & pensioners
Palampur 31 Jan. CSK H.P. Agriculture University has enhanced the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) from the existing rate of 125 per cent to 127 per cent with effect from 1 July, 2016 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 of two percent shall be paid in cash with the salary of January payable in February and arrears with effect from July to December, 2016 shall be credited in the GPF account of the employees depending upon the availability of funds.
The University has also issued notification for enhanced rate of Dearness Relief from 125 per cent to 127 per cent to the pensioners and family pensioners w.e.f July 2016.
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 28, 2017
No. QSD/MC/96 Dated: 28 January, 2017
Vice-Chancellor inaugurates four smart class rooms in COA
Palampur 28 January. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University inaugurated four smart class rooms in the College of Agriculture, here today.
These class rooms are part of Lecture Theatre-cum-Examination Hall and are funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to the tune of Rs.2.25 crore. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated that the new classrooms were equipped with modern teaching aids like LCD projectors, computers, microphones, etc. Four class rooms have seating capacity of approximate 500 students. There is potable water facility, attached toilets and one independent academic room also.
Dean Dr Dinesh Badiyala, Estate Officer Er A.K.Chadha, Executive Engineer Er.Ashok Sood, Architect Ashwani Sharma, officers, teachers and students were present during the inaugural ceremony.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial inaugurating smart classrooms in the College of Agriculture
Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial taking a round of the new facilities and students and other present on the occasion
Last Updated: January 27, 2017
No. QSD/MC/95 Dated: 27 January, 2017
Republic Day celebrated with enthusiasm at CSKHPAU
Palampur 26 January. The 68th Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at CSK H.P. Agriculture University here today. Despite heavy rain and cold weather, a large number of staff and students attended the ceremony. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor took salute from the impressive parade by the NCC cadets. Later, in his address, he underlined the importance of this historical day and asked the students and staff to serve the nation selflessly. He said that the University will continue to work for the socio-economic development of farming community of Himachal Pradesh. He also appreciated the NCC cadets and Students' Welfare Organization for the ceremony. For the first time, NCC girls wing of the University took part in the parade and a school band from a private school, Chachiyan Nagri also performed alongside NCC contingent of the University.
University staff and students took part in the Republic Day celebrations.
Some pics of the Republic Day celebrations in the University
Last Updated: January 12, 2017
No. QSD/MC/94 Dated: 12 January, 2017
National Youth Day at CSKHPAU
Palampur 12 January. National Youth Day was celebrated at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing the students and teachers, underlined the importance of the day and told that this day was being celebrated throughout the country to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand since 1985. He elaborated about the immense role of Swamijee in spreading the philosophy of India world over. He asked the younger generation to imbibe the teachings of Swami Vivekanand.
The Vice-Chancellor said that it was imperative to double the income of farmers in next five years as envisaged by the Prime Minister and directed Heads of all departments in the constituent colleges to submit a concrete proposal on it within a week's time. He emphasized the commitment of the University to help farmers in their socio-economic development.
On this occasion, the Department of Agricultural Economics organized a talk by Prof. H.R.Sharma, Dean, Central University of Himachal Pradesh on "Doubling Farmers' Income". Dr Sharma highlighted the need to increase the gross income of farmers through increased productivity, reduced input cost, farm diversification, reduction in post harvest losses and remunerative prices.
Some students of the constituent colleges also spoke on the life, philosophy and teachings of Swami Vivekanand.
Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, College of Agriculture; Dr Ashwani Basandrai, Dean, Post Graduate Studies and Dr Ashok Kumar, OSD to Vice-Chancellor were present in the function. University teachers and students also attended the programme.
NCC cadets of the university celebrated the day by educating the shopkeepers and general masses of three villages namely Bharmat, Tanda and Banuri about various methods of cashless transactions. Village Pardhans were also present on the occasion.
A view of the dais and audience
Vice-Chancellor expressing his views,
Last Updated: January 11, 2017
No. QSD/MC/93 Dated: 11 January, 2017
Inter-college Youth Festival concludes with cultural extravaganza at CSKHPAU
Palampur 11 January. A two days inter-college youth festival concluded with cultural extravaganza at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while appreciating the winners of various cultural events, appreciated the students for maintaining and sustaining rich cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh and presenting it beautifully in their various performances. He said that despite a busy academic schedule in professional college of his University, the students were full of creativity and talent. The Vice-Chancellor extended his best wishes to the team who will represent the university in inter-university youth festival to be held next month. He also lauded the efforts of Students' Welfare Organization for organizing the festival.
Earlier, Dr Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer, informed that around 250 students from four constituent colleges took part in nineteen cultural, literary, theatre and fine arts competitions.
Overall, the College of Agriculture teams were adjudged first in nine cultural and other events like Quiz, Extempore, One Act Play, Skit, Mime, Mimicry, Light Vocal Indian, Patriotic Song, Group Song and the College of Home Science teams bagged first position in Debate, Clay Modeling, Cartooning, Rangoli and the teams of College of Basic Science were adjudged first in on- the- spot painting, collage and poster making whereas teams of Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Science were declared first in folk dance, mono-acting and elocution competitions.
All the statutory officers, teachers, non-teachers and students attended the concluding ceremony.
Students giving performance in folk dnce completions
Prof. A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor addressing the students and others
No. QSD/MC/93 Dated: 10January, 2017
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial inaugurates inter-college Youth Festival
Palampur 10 January. "Those who perform on stage also have good chances to excel in life", said Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating inter-college youth festival at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that extra-curricular activities were an essential component of academic activities which enable students to exhibit their talent and creativity. He advised that all students must take part in any of the cultural or sports activity to have a feeling of comradeship, brotherhood, oneness and develop a sense of belonging. He told that some initiatives have been taken for the overall development of students' personality and sharpen their competitive skills. Already, a mechanism has been put in place where some of the teachers have volunteered and taking extra classes to prepare the students for various national level competitions. He expressed the hope that such efforts and hard work were bound to bear fruits.
Earlier, Dr Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer, said that around 150 students from four constituent colleges will be taking part in nineteen cultural, literary, theatre and fine arts competitions like dances, songs, one act plays, skits, debates, poster making, clay modeling, etc. A team to represent the University for National Level Youth Festival will be selected based on the performance of students.
All the statutory officers, teachers, non-teachers and students attended the inaugural ceremony held in the University auditorium.
Prof. A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor lightening the lamp and addressing the participants
A view of the audience
Last Updated: January 02, 2017
No. QSD/MC/91 Dated: 02 January, 2017
CSKHPAU Vice-Chancellor's New Year Address to Staff & Students
Prof A.K.Sarial asks staff to make 'excellence' a buzz word in their assigned duties
Palampur 2 January. In his new year address to teachers, non-teachers and students Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has asked its staff members to make 'excellence' a buzz word in their assigned duties.
During his address here today, the Vice-Chancellor said that much has been done last year yet a lot of accomplishments were to be made this year to serve the farming community effectively. He told that work culture must be improved so that the assigned mandate of teaching, research and extension education is carried out outstandingly. Prof Sarial informed that the university need to follow National Ranking Framework criteria of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for state farm universities and teachers should work hard and put extra hours so that students win maximum fellowships and attain top positions in competitive examinations conducted by the ICAR and other national and international institutions. Recently, the university has made efforts to guide and prepare students for such competitions by designating a programme director and four coordinators for providing students coaching, counseling and placements services. Students' advisory system has been strengthened and they will be provided wide academic exposure. He declared that forty posts of teachers will be filled-up soon besides appointing 24 new head of departments.
Prof Sarial told that each faculty member should write a wining research project to seek funding and a committee has been constituted on project formulation to guide faculty members to improve the quality and presentation of projects before funding agencies. He told that 25 research projects worth Rs. Seven crore were sanctioned after his joining in August last year and 69 projects worth Rs. 177 crore have been submitted for funding to various funding. He said that on-going research projects will be effectively monitored. He asked each faculty members to have at last one adhoc research project.
Prof Sarial appreciated the extension education activities and told that 514 training programmes were organized with the participation of around 18000 farmers and technologies on the aspects of protected cultivation, mushroom cultivation, apiculture, floriculture, etc have been disseminated besides formations of Self Help Groups throughout the state. He also appreciated media for highlighting and making public aware about his major initiatives for the students, staff and new ventures like automation of offices and cashless working in the university.
He said that three new student hostels will be constructed and court cases will be reviewed for mutual settlements to save time and money for the employees and the university. He asked the comptroller to make all out efforts to get additional grant of Rs. 47 crore to meet out the requisite financial needs of the university.
Later, Vice-Chancellor hosted tea to those students and staff members who have qualified for national competitions, won national awards or submitted research projects worth Rs.one crore or more and who were rated outstanding in their work.
Statutory officers, teachers, non- teachers and post- graduate students attended the address by the Vice-Chancellor.