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Last Updated: August 27, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/56 Dated: 27 August 2016


Ten class ‘D’ employees appointed as Clerks in CSKHPAU


Palampur 26 August. Ten class 'D' employees have been appointed as clerks at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University.  Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor allowed their appointment under limited direct recruitment quota in the pay band of Rs.5910-20200 plus grade pay of Rs.1900 with initial pay of Rs.7810 plus allowances. Those appointed include Messers Kamaljeet, Mohinder Singh, Saran Dass,Tilak Raj,Manohar Lal,Karam Chand, Rangi Kumar ,Satish Kumar, Om Parkash and Smt. Anju Bala. Nine of them have been posted in different departments in the university and one clerk has been posted at research station, Kumumseri in Lahaul & Spiti.




Last Updated: August 27, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/55 Dated: 26 August 2016


Sensitization program on ragging at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University


Palampur 26 August. A sensitization progrmme on ragging was organized  for the students  at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor while addressing the newly admitted and other regular students assured that all required steps have been taken by the University to stop the menace of ragging as per the directions of Supreme Court of India and Govt of H.P. Anti Ragging act.  The Vice-Chancellor said that his university has the glorious tradition of ragging free campus for the last over eight years and he will ensure that this convention continuous in this academic session and in future as well. While welcoming the new students, he asked them to work hard and excel in life.  Professor Ashok Kumar Sarial elaborated about all aspects of Anti-ragging act and asked the students to be fully aware about it and the serious consequences if anybody was found violating the provision of this act. He also administered anti-ragging pledge to the students and officers present on the occasion.

Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer-cum Dean College of Basic Sciences, elaborated about the academic system in the university and asked the students to take help of their advisors. He underlined the importance of self discipline and proper planning for bright future.

Mr.Manoj Kumar, Registrar; DrR.K.Agnihotri Dean Post Graduate Studies-cum-Dean Dr. G C Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences; Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean College of Agriculture; Dr.Rekha Malhotra, Dean College of Home Science and other statutory officers were also present. Dr.Ashok Kumar Sharma, OSD to Vice-Chancellor presented a vote of thanks.




Last Updated: August 24, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/54 Dated: 24 August 2016

Five percent Interim Relief to the HPAU employees and pensioners

Palampur 24 August.  CSK  Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has granted Interim Relief  at the rate of five percent of the basic pay to its regular employees with effect from 1 August on the analogy of H.P. Government. The new Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial has also granted interim relief at the rate of five percent of basic pension and family pension to all pensioners and family pensioners with effect from 1 August on the analogy of H.P. Government.    



Last Updated: August 24, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/53 Dated: 24 August 2016

Prof. Ashok  Kumar Sarial ,Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU,  asks NSS volunteers to become brand ambassadors of Digital India programmes


Palampur 24 August.  Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor,CSK H.P. Agriculture University has asked the students to become brand ambassadors of digital India. He was addressing NSS volunteers, officers and scientists after inaugurating ‘Digital India Workshop’ for NSS volunteers, here today.

The Vice-Chancellor told that National e-Governance Division of the Govt. of India was doing  a commendable work by connecting the Indian youth with digital India programmes and preparing them to spread the vision of Digital India initiatives among academia and other communities. He said that e-governance programmes will enable faster transformation of rural India and will also benefit farming community with the spread of a large number of programmes with  the help of high speed internet. In addition to linking around 2.5 lac villages there was plan to link 550 farmer markets with e-governance programmes. Prof. Sarial expressed the hope that the NSS volunteers will help the stakeholders to adopt e-governance programmes. He cautioned the students not to be distracted with an ocean of information on internet and utilize it for academic pursuits only. He also lauded the efforts of Students’ Welfare Organization for organizing the workshop to engage, educate and empower the participants about Digital India programmes.

Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students Welfare Officer, informed that around 450 NSS volunteers of the four constituent colleges of the university took part in the workshop. He said that  the  volunteers also participated in various competitions like skits, poster making, idea generation and quiz competitions. The workshop was sponsored by the Union Ministry of  Electronics & Information Technology in association with National Service Scheme.

Mr Rajiv Aggarwal, Director, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology and Mr.Russi Kansara, Member of e-Governance Division also elaborated about the Digital India progammes meant for transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

NSS programme officers of the university Drs. Sapna Gautam, V.K.Sharma, Virender Pathak and Vaibhav Kalia also interacted with participants.

Statutory Officers, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Joint Director (Information & PR) and some officers from the State e-governance team  were also present in the inaugural ceremony of the workshop.



Pic captions: SWO receiving Vice-Chancellor, The Vice-Chancellor addressing the participants, a view of the dais and participants




Last Updated: August 23, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/52 Dated: 23 August 2016

Prof. Ashok  Kumar Sarial ,Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU asks students to create awareness to eradicate Parthenium weed

Palampur 23 August.  Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor,CSK H.P. Agriculture University has called for concerted efforts to control parthenium, an obnoxious weed which was wide spread in cropped and non-cropped areas of the State. The Vice-Chancellor was addressing students at Govt.  Senior Secondary School at village Tatehal(Panchrukhi), 10 KMs from here. He said that weeds like parthenium reduce crop yields but if controlled properly then such weeds can be put to use by making its organic manure. Such manure can be used in Kitchen garden to grow vegetables and also in the gardens of school premises. He asked the students to make their parents and villagers aware about the harmful effects of weeds and help them by uprooting it.The Vice-Chancellor also suggested to the teachers that weeds eradication campaigns can be initiated in the schools to make the surroundings beautiful and eradicate harmful weeds. He appreciated the efforts of scientists for creating awareness about such obnoxious weeds and asked the farmers to collectively eradicate weeds from their fields and surroundings. Prof Sarial also distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions organized to mark the occasion.

Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, College of Agriculture who is also Principal Investigator of All India Coordinated Research Project on Weed Management, elaborated about the harmful effects and control measures of parthenium. He told that this weed causes various human and animal skin and respiratory diseases like dermatitis, bronchitis, etc. Drs.Neelam Sharma,S.S.Rana and Rajender Kumar also addressed the farmers and students.

A documentary on parthenium eradication was also screened on the occasion. During a week long awareness programme on this weed, some awareness programmes were organized at Parour,Punnar,Rajpur  and university campus  where NSS and NCC volunteers took out a rally to make people aware about this dreadful weed.



Last Updated: August 16, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/50 Dated: 16 August 2016


Independence Day celebrations at CSKHPAU

Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety at CSK H.P. Agriculture University. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor unfurled the National flag and took salute from the N.C.C. cadets who presented an impressive parade. Sunny weather added glitter to the ceremony and large number students, staff with family members, including little children attended the ceremony. The Vice-Chancellor paid his glowing tributes to the freedom fighters and asked the staff to serve the farming community with dedication.He appreciated the NCC cadets for their performance in 'C' and 'B' certificate examination and also for their impressive parade. Statutory officers, heads, scientists and non teaching staff also joined the celebrations.









Last Updated: August 12, 2016


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No. QSD/MC/49 Dated: 12 August 2016


Prof. Ashok  Kumar Sarial  joins as Twelfth Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University

Palampur 12 August. Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, a renowned farm academician has joined as twelfth regular Vice-Chancellor of CSK H.P. Agriculture University (CSKHPKV).

Having more than three decades rich and varied experience in teaching and research, Prof. Sarial has been working as Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at CCS Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), Hisar. He is an alumnus of CSKHPKV and did his B.Sc. (Agriculture) in 1980 and M.Sc. (Plant Breeding) in Jan, 1983. Prof. Sarial obtained Ph.D. degree in Genetics from the premier Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi in 1995. Being topper of the institute, he was awarded IARI Gold Medal.

He started his career as Assistant Seed Officer in 1983 and served at HAU as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor from 1986 to 1997, Fellow of Rock- feller Foundation at Texas University, USA from 1997 to 1999, Officer-in-charge, Regional Research Station, National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack in the year 2001. Prof. Sarial also worked as Expatriate Fellow in World Bank/ UNDP sponsored programme of Ministry of Education, FDR Ethiopia from 2004-2006. He became Professor in 2008 at HAU Hisar at its College of Agriculture, Kaul in Kaithal district.

Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial is known for his teaching excellence and research innovations. He has seven first time research reports to his credit like World’s longest grain Basmati variety Pusa 1121 developed and released in 2003, World’s first aromatic hybrid Basmati Pusa RH 10  parental lines. His research work earned to his alma mater  IARI, two IPRs including one for Pusa Basmati 1121 which occupies more than 70 per cent area of total Basmati acreage in the country and contributes annually approximate Rs. 29300 crore forex earning leading India to attain number one position in the world leaving behind USA, Vietnam, Thailand and Pakistan.

Prof. Sarial has been a dedicated teacher and feels proud that he served in a farm college located in the remote rural area of Haryana. He trained a large number of students and motivated them to excel in studies and their professional career. He guided over a dozen students in M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the areas of molecular genetics analysis of heat tolerance in wheat and genetics, breeding of aromatic Basmati rices besides, sugarcane, pulses, forages and vegetable crops. A number of his student advisees bagged national and international fellowships for higher study within India and abroad.

He 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 and had wide exposure. He visited foreign countries like USA, Africa and Thailand in professional concern  spread over four years.

Coming from a humble background Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial was born on 8 April, 1959 and obtained his school education from the schools near his native place village Bharwana in Palampur tehsil in District Kangra. He is very well conversant with the challenges of agriculture in Himachal Pradesh. He is soft spoken personality and is known for his commitment, discipline, hard work, simplicity, compassion for the poor and downtrodden. The teaching and non-teaching staff has whole heartedly welcomed the appointment of Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial as Vice-Chancellor and has promised to extend all cooperation for taking forward the mandate of the University to realise the mission with renewed enthusiasm. Some staff unions have also thanked the Chancellor and State Government for this appointment.



Last Updated: August 11, 2016

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No. QSD/MC/47 Dated: 11 August 2016

Guramritpal & Ashish win Medals in H.P.Power-lifting championship

Palampur 10 August. Mr.Guramritpal Singh Bhandal, a final year student of B.V.Sc.& A.H, Dr. G C N College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences,   has won two gold medals in H.P.Power lifting & Bench Press Championship in the 120 Kg category in the recently concluded competition by H.P.Power lifting association. Dr.Ashish Gupta, M.V.Sc. student has won Silver Medal in the same competition under 93 Kg category. Mr.Gurampritpal Singh will participate in the National championship to be held from 7-11 September at Jamshedpur. He is a silver medalist of the last championship held in January, 2015.

Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students' Welfare Officer, has congratulated both champions.


Mr.Guramritpal Singh Bhandal & Dr.Ashish Gupta with SWO Dr.Kamlesh Singh




Last Updated: August 6, 2016

Significant University Activities for the month of  July  2016


Key Highlights

·         Admisison and registration process for various under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in the constituent colleges was completed for the academic year 2016-17.

·         Oath taking ceremony of passing out 26th batch veterinary graduate was organised on 9 July.Dr H. Rehman, Depty Director  General (Animal Sc.), ICAR  was chief guest on the occasion.

·         Eleven students of final year B.V.Sc & A.H Progmmae were selected for Junior Research Fellowship conducted by ICAR to persue their PG programme in different institutes of India.  Ms Preeti Bhatia, Ms Sakshi Chouhan and Ms Sonali Mishra got 2nd , 3rd and 4th all India rank, respectively.



·         Two research project proposals  worth Rs. 99.70 lac have been submitted to funding agencies for consideration and funding.

Extension Education


·         The Directorate of Extension Education organized 46 training programmes on various aspects of  farming  with the participation of  1027  farmers.

·         KVKs at Kukumseri, Sundernagar and Bara organized Kisan Gosthies and Field Days.

·         KVKs conducted six on-farm trials and equal number Front-line demonstrations.

·         Department of Agricultural Engineering organized two training programmes and Department of Organic Agriculture organized one training programme for the farmers.

·         786 clinical cases were diagnosed and  treated in veterinary clinics and  350  samples were also analyzed.

·         522  farmers from various parts of the State visited University HQ and KVKs for technical guidance.



·         A building of organic agriculture production block worth Rs. 77 lac and  farm office building in the Department of Vegetable Science & Floriculture worth Rs. 28 lac was inaugurated by Dr.K.K.Katoch, the then Vice-Chancellor  on 28 July. He also inaugurated and dedicated the digital library worth Rs.8 lac.

·         Van Mahotsav was celebrated on 30 July.The staff and students planted a large number of saplings  of Lucaena to mark the occasion.



·         Dr GCN COVAS generated a revenue of  Rs.63,82,361  only, the College of Agriculture generated   income of  Rs. 5,56,374 only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an amount of  Rs.5,00,815 only.

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