Last Updated: December 01, 2023
Press Release No.1032, dated December 01, 2023
CSKHPAU gets Best Performance Excellence Award for its Farmer FIRST Program
Palampur 1 December. 'Farmer FIRST Centre' of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has been awarded 'Best Performance Excellence Award' by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Disclosing this here today, Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor told that during the 'National Review Workshop of the Farmer FIRST Programme', which concluded yesterday, the award to the university was presented for its best performance amongst all the centres in Zone I comprising the States of H.P., J&K, Punjab and Uttrakhand.
He told that the award-winning University centre has been instrumental in implementing innovative strategies and sustainable agricultural practices, making a substantial impact on the livelihoods of farmers of Dharer Panchayat in the Baijnath block of Kangra district. The 'Farmer FIRST Programme' is a crucial initiative aimed at empowering farmers through knowledge exchange, innovative practices, and sustainable agricultural interventions.
The Vice Chancellor appreciated Dr.Desh Raj Chaudhary, Principal Investigator and his team of scientists comprising Drs Pawan Kumar Sharma, Luv Bhushan, S.S.Rana,Parvesh Kumar, Krisheneder Dinesh, Ankaj Thakur, Anupama Sandal and Rajesh Thakur and training associate Shri Saniv Parmar who have been able to address the needs of farmers and enabling them to enhance their income by effectively implementing the 'Farmer FIRST Programme'.
Last Updated: November 28, 2023
Press Release No.1031, dated November 28, 2023
Farmer First National Workshop at CSKHPAU: Dr U.S.Gautam, DDG, ICAR exhorts scientists to develop strategy for effective technology transfer
Palampur 28 November. Dr U.S.Gautam, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, inaugurated a three days National Review Workshop on Farmer First Program at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. While addressing around 150 delegates from all over the country, the Chief Guest, exhorted the scientists to develop effective strategy to extend useful farm technology to the farmers fields to raise their socio economic status. Enriching knowledge and adoption technology by the farmers is an important target of farmers first program. He said that action plans should be reoriented as per the need of farmers to improve their farm income. He discussed integrating millets in the cropping systems. Dr Gautam said that small farmers should be paid special attention. He also talked about getting benefits from carbon credits, maximizing utility of drone services and improving custom hiring services. He asked scientists to develop strategy for upscaling and improving technology transfer as highly educated professionals are also entering farming sector.
The Chief Guest also released some technical publications.
In his presidential address, Dr D.K. Vatsa, Vice Chancellor said that this successful project has proved its utility beyond production and productivity as all adopted farmers have been able to enhance their income by adopting new farm technology under the guidance of scientists. He said that farming is of utmost importance as food is a very basic requirement for all. This thought should be inculcated among children to make them aware about pursuing a career in agriculture. He said that all should understand their responsibility towards farmers who feed the nation. He discussed issues like the need of sustainable agriculture in decreasing farm land with new technology, exploiting rich agro biodiversity in the State, etc. He said farm mechanisation is the need of the hour. Dr. Vatsa suggested providing new technology to farmers settled in far flung and remote areas.
Guest of honour Dr R. R.Burman, Assistant Director General,ICAR, told that farmers participatory research in 52 centres have remained useful in the last six years. Locally useful technology has been generated and income of farmer clusters have been enhanced to the tune of double or triple in the adopted villages.
Dr Parvender Sheoran, Director, Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana informed that members of the project management committee comprising former Vice Chancellors, directors and senior scientists, will be giving practical and valuable suggestions to improve the effectiveness of Farmer First project.
Dr Naveen Kumar, Director Extension Education of the host University detailed achievements of this project in the University adopted villages.
Dr Desh Raj Chaudhary, Principal Investigator of the project told that fifteen progressive farmers from seven adopted villages by the host University and some retired extension scientists will also be taking part in the deliberations. Smt Pinki Devi, Pradhan, Dharer Panchayat, Baijnath, shared experience of her Panchayat. An exhibition of farmers' farm products was also installed on the occasion.
Last Updated: November 28, 2023
Press Release No.1030, dated November 27, 2023
Palampur 27 November. To commemorate NCC day, a blood donation camp was organised at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University today. 38 boys and 31 girl NCC cadets from the University and Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra Govt College donated 42 units blood. Dr D.K Vatsa, Vice Chancellor appreciated the NCC cadets for coming forward voluntarily to help the needy patients. Dr.R.S.Chandel, Students Welfare Officer, Dr. Ankur Sharma and Dr. Nishant Verma NCC officers, Dr. Sanjay Bhardwaj, Blood Bank Incharge, Bhagwan Budha Charitable Blood Centre, Kangra and representative of HDFC Bank were also present on the occasion to facilitate the blood donation.
Last Updated: November 24, 2023
Press Release No.1029, dated November 24, 2023
Eight CSKHPAU scholars leave for advanced training at IRRI, Philippines
Palampur 24 November. Eight Ph.D. scholars of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University have been selected for attending an International advanced trainings program on crop modeling and climate change mitigation, molecular breeding, genome editing and seed production techniques.
Disclosing this Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor said that the University scholars will get one month training at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines. This opportunity is part of the Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology under the National Agricultural Higher Education project by Indian Council of Agricultural Research. So far, 36 students have got international exposure and trainings in the recent past.
Before their departure for Philippines, the students met the Vice-Chancellor, who exhorted all to learn new techniques in different domains and apply these technologies to augment the quality research in agriculture and bring out high impact research publications. He expressed the hope that the training will open new vistas to manage agricultural inputs and resources under climatic uncertainties and the availability of resources.
The Ph.D. scholars Bharat Bhushan Rana,Mridula, Shabnam Kumari, Sachin from the Department of Agronomy and Manoj Kumar Saini, Shivani Bhatia and Prikshit from the Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding and Ankit Kumar from the Department of Vegetable Science and Floriculture thanked the University for providing them an opportunity for the International training.
Dr. Naveen Kumar, Director of Extension Education was also present during the occasion.
Last Updated: November 24, 2023
Press Release No.1028, dated November 24, 2023
Training on Small Animal cardiology concludes at CSKHPAU
Palampur 23 November.A two days training on 'Small Animal Echocardiography and Electrocardiography' concluded at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
While addressing 23 trainees, other scientists and PG scholars, Chief Guest Dr. D. K. Vatsa, Vice Chancellor said that it was good that the training focused on improving the clinical diagnostic skills of veterinary professionals and gave them hands-on exposure to ultrasonographic examination techniques to evaluate structure and function of heart. He said that such technical trainings are important to sharpen the professional skills of experts and provide them an opportunity for a wider professional interaction.He said that animals are an integral part of human life playing an important role in our day to day life. It is important to provide quality treatment and take good care of animals with new technology by experts.The Vice Chancellor also advised trainees to share newly acquired skills and knowledge with co professionals.He also awarded certificates to the participants. He appreciated the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology for organising the training.The Vice Chancellor also appreciated University alumnus Dr Manish Kumar from Faridabad for providing infusion pumps to Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.
Dr Adarsh Kumar, Course Director, told that reputed professionals and the rising veterinary private practitioners of the country participated in the training. He thanked 'Small Animal Veterinary Association ' New Delhi for collaborating with the University for this training. Prof. S.P. Tyagi,organising chairman informed that trainees from different states participated in the training.He told that every participant was given ample opportunity to practice the techniques on clinical patients under the supervision of scientists and experts.
Drs Deepti Bodh and Amit Singla also expressed their views.
The delegates thanked the University for the quality of the training.
Last Updated: November 21, 2023
Press Release No.1027, dated November 21, 2023
Soft Skills important to move ahead in Life: Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor,CSKHPAU
Palampur 21 November.Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor inaugurated three days Training on Soft Skills Development at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.The Vice Chancellor said that in today's dynamic and competitive world, soft skills prove great help to all.He said that it is important to develop leadership qualities among students .Soft skills also develop confidence among students to face interviews. He said that positive attitude determines ones resolve to move ahead in life. Dr.Vatsa said introspection and exactly knowing one's personality also helps to develop various skills. Conscious and regular efforts are needed to develop a good and beautiful personality.He also discussed the importance of deciding the goal of life, hard work, failure and success in life, self talk, self care, making healthy choices, critical thinking, etc. He told that the University is providing excellent technical skills to all students .He advised leaving comfort zones to achieve greater heights in career and life. He also detailed importance of studying agriculture and serving the humanity. Dr S.P.Dixit, Students' Welfare Officer underlined the importance of discipline, time management, clarity in choosing career, taking healthy food, etc.He said that students must develop etiquettes and have respect towards their parents, teachers and elders. Dr Y.S.Dhaliwal, Dean, College of Community Science, said that interpersonal skills help in critical thinking and solving problems.He emphasised importance of team work for students.Dr Raj Pathania, Training Coordinator told that under graduate students will take part in Indian Council of Agricultural Research sponsored training.She told that various experts will deliver lectures and interact with trainees. Dr Major Avaninder Kumar, Additional Director, Dr RPG Medical College, Tanda and Dr Madhur Katoch also expressed their views. Scientists from the College of Community Science were present during the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: November 20, 2023
Press Release No.1026, dated November 20, 2023
Top agrometeorologists meet at CSKHPAU
Dr S.K.Chaudhari, DDG, ICAR inaugurates three days Meeting
Palampur 20 November.Dr.S.K.Chaudhari, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research inaugurated three days Working Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Agrometeorology and Annual Review Meeting of National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
While addressing around 100 farm scientists from 20 agricultural universities, Chief Guest Dr.S.K.Chaudhari said that authenticity of agro advisories has increased with new tools and techniques.The agrometeorologists have done good work.The crop productions have increased due to proper planning and investment by the government.Dr Chaudhari said that applications of agrometeorology have multiplied with proper convergence.He also discussed flash flood conditions, fragile Himalayan ecology and advised reaching maximum farmers with proper weather predictions and agro met advisories at block level with proper framework.
He said that agro met products by private players should also be welcomed by inviting and interacting with them.The Deputy Director General hoped that interaction of young scientists with top agrometeorologists will be fruitful and advised having robust forecast with long-term vision.
In his presidential remarks, Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor said that agrometeorology has become a buzz word in recent times due to climate change and natural disasters.The scientists associated with projects have a crucial role to play helping the farming community to face the challenges and impacts of climate change and natural disasters.He also discussed importance of weather forecast with new technology, impacts of development on farming, using renewable energy resources,etc and urged the scientists to focus on the recent issues arising due to climate change.
Dr Rajbir Singh, Assistant Director General,ICAR, spoke on the impacts of climate change on agriculture, weather extremes, positive and negative impacts of climate change, critical weather impacting the crop production and productivity.
Dr V.K. Singh, Director, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad detailed research activities of his institute.
Project Coordinator Dr. Santanu Kumar Bal informed about major project achievements.Dr S. K.Upadhyay, Director of Research and Principal Investigator Dr. M. Prabhakar also expressed their views.
The Chief Guest also released some technical publications.Organising secretary Dr. Sandeep Manuja told that the twin meetings have been jointly organised by the host University and Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad.
The University statutory officers, head of departments and scientists were present during the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: November 03, 2023
Press Release No.1022, dated November 03, 2023
Make people aware about BIS Standards: Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor
Palampur 3 November. A national seminar on Role of Standardization in Agriculture Ecosystem was organised at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
In his inaugural address, Chief Guest Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor said that nobody can survive without agriculture as food is required for all. Farming should be done with high quality and for it, standards are required right from producing food to processing it. He said that all concerned should have proper knowledge about standards in agriculture. One has to work hard to maintain and improve standards .
He told that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has developed Indian Standards of different products and consumables for the clients and general masses. It is important to make clients aware about the ISI marked farm machinery, implements, drip irrigation systems, fertilizers, pesticides, processed food, packing and storage, green houses, etc.
The Vice Chancellor said that ISI marked products are trustworthy, durable and useful for agri-entrepreneurs. He discussed standards for several day to day use items, products etc and expressed concern that consumers and general masses are not much aware about such standards. There is a need to create mass awareness about it.
Dr D.K.Vatsa also discussed natural disasters and underlined the need of developing and strictly following standards for roads, infrastructure , vehicles, etc to make safety our priority. He said all should endeavour to control environment pollution, save nature, follow rules and regulations for the welfare of coming generations. The Vice Chancellor said that time has come to use renewal energy and electric vehicles. He appreciated the Bureau of Indian Standards for joining hands with the Department of Agricultural Engineering of host University for organising the seminar.
Mr.Debasish Mahalik, Scientist, Bureau of Indian Standards spoke about Standardization in the food and agriculture sector. He also detailed Indian Standards on agricultural systems and management.
Prof Manjeet Singh from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; Dr Surendra Singh, Technical Advisor, Agriculture Machinery Manufacturers Association, Mr Chandreshekhar Deshmukh,Manager, John Deere, Mr Pradeep Kumar and Er Arshdeep Singh also expressed their views on various aspects of quality and standards
Dr Sushant Bhardwaj and Dr Kanika Baghla informed that around 100 engineers, scientists and officers from various Engineering colleges, ITIs, institutes and some progressive farmers and students participated in the seminar.
Last Updated: November 03, 2023
Press Release No.1021, dated November 01, 2023
Foundation Day celebrations at CSKHPAU
"Come out with new innovations to engage the young generation with farming", exhorts Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor
Palampur 1 November. "Think out of the box and come out with new innovations to engage the young generation with farming", advised Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor during foundation day celebrations of CSK H.P.Agriculture University, here today.
While addressing the University community, the Vice-Chancellor exhorted scientists to face newage challenges like decreasing farm land, pressure to produce more to feed ever increasing population, climate change, etc with modern farm technology. He said that new technology can help revolutionize hill farming by making it more efficient, sustainable and productive. "Through the integration of precision farming techniques, such as GPS-guided tractors and drones, farmers can optimize their resources, reduce waste, and increase crop yields. Use of artificial intelligence, sensors and data analytics enable real-time monitoring of soil conditions, weather patterns, and crop health allowing farmers to make informed decisions", opined Dr Vatsa.
The Vice Chancellor also discussed the need for apt use of early warning systems to minimise the loss of human and animal wealth, farmlands, etc. during natural disasters.
The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the alumni and students for bringing laurels to the institution with their excellent achievements at regular intervals. He asked them to help keeping campus clean and green and always maintain a glorious tradition of ragging and smoke free campus. He emphatically cautioned them against falling in the trap of drug abuse.
He thanked all retired officers and scientists for their contributions by producing quality human resources, good crop varieties and excellent technologies which has enabled the University to make Himachal Pradesh self-sufficient on the food front. He expressed happiness that the State has earned its name for hill agricultural diversification and the farming community has imposed its faith in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor also tanked the State Government, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and other funding agencies for their support.
He asked all employees to serve the farming community with renewed enthusiasm, joy and zest.
The Vice Chancellor also honoured some students, scientists and non-teaching employees with certificates for their services.
Dr S.K.Upadhyay, Director of research presented major achievements in academics, research and extension education.
Mr. Aryan Gupta and Ms. Eva Sharma, who took part in 'The Floral Tribute Function' in the Central Hall of Parliament, also expressed their views. Dr R.S.Chandel, Students' Welfare Officer welcomed all. Drs Pawan Sharma and Rakesh Kumar also expressed their views.
A colourful cultural programme was also presented by the students to mark the occasion.
All statutory officers, heads, scientists, non-teaching employees and students were present during the celebrations.
Last Updated: October 17, 2023
Press Release No.1020, dated October 17, 2023
Online resources rich repository of knowledge for researchers: Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU
Palampur 17 October. A day-long regional training programme was organised for librarians of farm universities and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
Chief Guest Dr D.K.Vatsa,Vice Chancellor, in his inaugural address said that online use of resources from the libraries should be popularised among students, scientists and other readers. He said that there is huge repository of online books, quality research journals, thesis and other resources which can be accessed by the readers anywhere in the world.He also emphasized the need to engage new generation with books as youngsters are keen to read intersting, precise and concise information.Dr Vatsa said that all efforts should be made to increase footfall in the libraries by new ideas and innovations.The Vice Chancellor said that researcher should have global perspective to serve the farming community effectively.He also asked scientists to empower the farmers with useful new skills and knowledge by acquiring maximum knowledge by modern means like e-resouces.
Dr.H.K.Tripathi, Librarian from ICAR,detailed significance of online resource CeRa for research. He told that it is the largest consortium in the field of agricultural sciences.
Dr R.K.Kapila, Librarian from host University, told that around fifty librarians, scientists and staffers from twenty five institutes took part in the training.He detailed about the rare books and other rich resources available in the University library.
Dr Sandeep Sharma, Regional Sales Manager from Informatics Publishing Ltd, made trainees aware about J-Gate.
University statutory officers, scientists and students attended the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: October 12, 2023
Press Release No.1019, dated October 12, 2023
New technology will enhance farm income: Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor, CSKHPAU
Palampur 12 October. Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor inaugurated a day-long business meet and training on 'Recent aspects of Agriculture for the NABARD officers' at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
The Vice Chancellor underlined the importance of modern farm technology in enhancing income of the farmers. He said that ever increasing population is to be provided quality food so it cannot be neglected. He said it is necessary that new technology reaches farmers' field quickly.
The new generation of farmers should be attracted towards newly developed farm knowledge and technology so that they are engaged to agriculture. The young farmers should be trained to become successful farm entrepreneurs. He discussed agricultural implements like power tillar, tractors, drones, etc which can be operated through mobiles or with remote control. The University has successfully introduced power tillars in Himachal Pradesh. He said that University needs funding through different research projects on farm problems.
Dr Vivek Pathania, General Manager NABARD told that since technology is to be replicated in the field so it is important to reskill and update knowledge of field officers of his bank. He also expressed the need to collaborate with the University for propagating new technology like drones, processing machinery for millets, agri startups, etc which are applicable in farmers' field.
The experts spoke on the 'Potential of backyard poultry for enhancement of livelihood of farming community', 'importance and health benefits of millets and their value added products' and 'scope and importance of drone technology in agriculture and its benefits to hill farmers through custom hiring centres.'
The trainees visited hydroponic cultivation, milk processing unit, natural farming experimental farm, etc. in the University and interacted with scientists.
Dr Rajesh Uppal, Associate Director Extension Education, Manohar Lal, Deputy General Manager and Dr Lav Bhushan also addressed the trainee officers from all over the State.
Dr Ashok Panda, Dr Ranjna Verma, Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Dr Varun Sankhyan and Er Ashish Dhiman were present during inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: October 10, 2023
Press Release No.1018, dated October 10, 2023
KVK SAC at Kukumseri
Dr. D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor appreciated hard working farmers of Lahaul & Spiti
Palampur 10 October. Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor, Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University chaired a scientific advisory committee (SAC) meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kukumseri (Lahaul & Spiti).
While appreciating the hardworking farmers of Lahaul & Spiti, he asked them to conserve traditional crops of the tribal areas as these are known for distinct characteristics. The University will help them to get Geographical Indicators (GI) for such crops. He also advised them to adopt farm mechanization and get information and knowledge about the new farm technology from KVK scientists. The Vice-Chancellor also asked the staff to keep their premises neat, clean and in a presentable manner. He also visited the exhibition installed by the KVK, experimental farm of KVK and University research station and interacted with farmers.
Dr. Naveen Kumar, Director Extension Education elaborated on various extension education programmes and spoke on the importance of fodder crops suitable for L & S. He asked farmers to grow university approved crop varieties only.
Dr.Ravindra Kumar, Dean, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences discussed problems faced by the livestock keepers in tribal areas and suggested farmers to get in touch with KVK to resolve their problems.
Dr.Pankaj Chopra, Programme Coordinator, presented major achievements and future action plan of his KVK.
Besides district level officers and progressive farmer members, Drs PC Sharma, Chanderkanta, Ramesh Rana, Uttam Chandel, Radhikha Negi, Ashita Bisht and Shabnam Katoch were also present in the SAC meeting.
Last Updated: October 07, 2023
Press Release No.1017, dated October 07, 2023
Farm Officers' Workshop on Rabi Crops at CSKHPAU
Using modern technology necessary to attract youngsters towards farming: Vice-Chancellor Dr.D.K.Vatsa
Palampur 7 October. A state level Agriculture Officers' Workshop on Rabi crops was organised at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
While inaugurating the workshop, Chief Guest Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor, said that it is imperative to timely utilize modern technology for increasing farm production. This will attract youngsters towards farming. He told that the University is working on use of artificial intelligence, drone technology, crop diversification, etc. He underlined the importance of farm mechanisation for saving time, resources and reducing drudgery. He said that there is need of agricultural engineering college in the State. The Vice Chancellor said that it was encouraging that demand for quality seed is increasing but asked farmers to use only University approved seeds of different crops for maximising their yields.
He said that despite decreasing farm land and deficient rains, country has produced record 330 million tons of food grains. He informed that the crop varieties developed by the University have enabled increase in production and productivity of all major crops but it was not at par with national average. He underlined the need to increase farm production to feed the ever increasing population. He said that marketing network should be strengthened so that all crops, especially millets and crops grown under natural farming system get remunerative prices .He also discussed the need to popularise millets among general masses, challenges of climate change, pollution control, attracting youth towards farming, etc.
Dr.Pawan Kumar, Additional Director of Agriculture, Himachal Pradesh elaborated about arrangements of farm inputs for the Rabi crops. He also detailed various government schemes to increase farm production. He told that a target of 687.37 thousand tonnes for Rabi season has been planned.With a view to cover more area under High Yielding Varieties, 7468 Metric Tonnes certified seed of wheat, pulses and oilseeds will be distributed. Around 54,450 improved farm implements will also be distributed.He asked the University to prepare package of practices for district wise cultivation of millets.
Dr.S.P. Dixit, Director of Research, told that since last workshop, the University has developed four crop varieties. Out of these; Him Palam Gehun 3(HPW 373) and Him Palam Jau 2(HBL 804) have been notified by Central Variety Release Committee. Him Palam Sarson 2 has been approvd and forage oat variety PLP 24 has been identified for cultivation. He said that a high yielding wheat variety HPW 484(Trombay Him Palam Gehun 4) has been recommended by research evaluation committee.He also elaborated on other research achievements.
Dr. Naveen Kumar, Director of Extension Education, detailed major achievements in extension education. He told that 521 training programmes were held with the participation of more than 18 thousand farmers. Around 7400 farmers visited main campus and Krishi Vigyan Kenrdas for technical guidance. He told that M Kisan Portal and WhatsApp groups are used to provide advisory to farmers and more than four lakh farmers were provided advisory. He told that Geo Tagging is done for front line demonstrations on farmers' fields.
Special lectures on 'Importance and health benefits of millets and their value added products' by Dr Ranjana Verma; 'Scope and importance of drone technology in agriculture and its benfits to hill farmers through custom hiring centres' by Er Ashish Dhiman and 'Protection of plant varieities and farmers' rights and its importance' by Dr Nimit Kumar were arranged for the participants. Feedback and interaction session was also held.
Drs.Rajesh Upppal and Luv Bhushan also expressed their views. University statutory officers, scientists, Deputy Directors and other officers from the State Department of Agriculture and around a dozen progressive farmers like Bir Chand from Kullu,Braham Dass from Bilaspur and Purshotam Singh from Hamirpur actively took part in the workshop.
Last Updated: October 04, 2023
Press Release No.1013, dated October 04, 2023
Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor inaugurates national workshop on CDCs and BLP at CSKHPAU:
Palampur 4 October. A national workshop on Sustainability of Career Development Centres (CDCs), National Agricultural Research Education System and Blended Learning Platform (BLP) was held at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor as Chief Guest, in his inaugural address called for making Career development centres as dynamic hubs for carving meaningful career paths and fast pace development of farm sector. These help in nurturing talent and creating leaders for the future agriculture. He also advised embracing blended learning approach for innovation in farm education. It is flexible, inclusive and adaptive approach to prepare students for complexities of rapidly changing agricultural landscape. The Vice Chancellor called CDCs and BLP as strong pillars of higher education. Dr Vatsa said that a congenial and excellent environment should be provided to the students by regularly interacting with them. As alumni can play a significant role in providing funds for their alma mater development and practical counseling to the students in career development so they should be involved actively.
Dr Sudeep Marwaha, Head, Indian Agriculture Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi said that Blended Learning Platform has been fully digitalized. Academic management system is necessary for all higher education institutes and they must adopt it for BLP and other academic purposes.
Dr S.K.Soan, Co Principal Investigator, National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad, while speaking about CDCs said that there is need to strengthen alumni data, motivate teachers and adopt global best practices. He said that CDCs have trained twenty five thousand students so far.
Dr Y.S.Dhaliwal, Dean, College of Community Science said that CDCs act as a bridge between academic excellence and practical application. BLP integrates traditional teaching methods and power of technology.
Dr Ravindra Kumar, Dean, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Dr R .S.Chandel, Students Welfare Officer and Dr P.C.Sharma also spoke on the importance of workshop. Around three dozen Deans, Directors and senior faculty members from Universities and other higher education institutes from all over the country took part in the workshop jointly organised by the host University, National Academy of Agricultural Research Management and Indian Agriculture Statistics Research Institute. The University statutory officers and scientists were also present on the occasion.
Last Updated: October 02, 2023
Press Release No.1012, dated October 03, 2023
Palampur 2 October. International Day of Non-violence was celebrated at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. Chief Guest Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor underlined the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and exhorted all to follow his principles of non-violence to bring peace and brotherhood in the society. He also remembered Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri for his simplicity and firmness. He said that iconic slogan 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' by Shastriji will continue to inspire our valiant soldiers and hardworking farming community. The Vice Chancellor exhorted students to be self confident and help in stopping wastage of food, eradicating drug menace and other evils in the society. NSS volunteers and NCC cadets participated displaying slogans of non-violence on placards. Some students also spoke on the relevance of this important day. Dr R.S.Chandel, Students' Welfare Officer and other Statutory Officers, NSS programme officers and NCC Officers were present on the occasion
Last Updated: October 01, 2023
'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign
As part of the 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign, a mega cleanliness drive ' Ek Tareekh Ek Ghanta' was undertaken in the entire campus and out stations of the University today. Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor highlighted the importance of keeping our surroundings around home and office clean. He said that all should make it a habit to devote atleast one hour every week to clean garbage and dispose it off in an environment friendly manner. The Vice Chancellor himself took part in the drive and visited all the colleges and other offices at main campus.
The cleanliness drive was undertaken at all the constituent colleges, directorates, other offices and units at the main campus. All the eights Krishi Vigyan Kendras and all research station staff also took active part in the campaign at their respective centres. All Statutory Officers and staff also joined in the cleanliness drive.
Last Updated: October 01, 2023
Press Release No.1011, dated October 01, 2023
National training on sonography concludes at CSKHPAU.
Palampur 30 September. A national training on comprehensive small animal abdominal sonography concluded at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
While distributing participation certificates to 23 practising veterinarians from all over the country, Chief Guest Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor said that it is important for practitioners of different professions to upgrade their scientific skills and knowledge. It is far more important and useful to veterinarians as they treat the ones-animals- who cannot communicate their ailments. He said that animals provide much to us including milk, meat, wool, support in agriculture, transportation, company and security, etc. It is our duty to keep animals healthy and disease free. He appreciated the Department of Surgery and Radiology for meticulously organising the training. He underlined the importance of agriculture and allied sciences for humanity.
Dr.Ravindra Kumar, Dean, Dr GC Negi College of veterinary and animal sciences and Dr Adarsh Kumar, Course Director also spoke on the importance of small animal abdominal sonography in diagnosing and treating the animals.
Dr S.P.Tyagi, Course Chairman told that training was part of contributing education to upgrade the knowledge and skills of veterinarians. Dr Amit Kumar and Dr Rohit Kumar Sharma also expressed their views. Some trainees gave feedback about the training and thanked the University for useful training.
Last Updated: September 28, 2023
Press Release No.1010, dated September 28, 2023
World Rabies day celebrated at CSKHPAU
Palampur 28 September. World Rabies day, with the theme 'All for one, one health for all' was celebrated at CSK H.P.Agriculture University here today.
The Department of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. G C Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences initiated a free anti rabies vaccination drive for pets. Dr.Ravindra Kumar, Dean, told that this will drive will continue on every Friday in the coming months. This will be further followed up by anti-rabies vaccination of the veterinary students against this very fatal viral disease. The celebration highlighted the importance of achieving the goal of one health and the day marked the need to fight the rabies for the benefit of the society.
Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor appreciated the efforts of Drs Ravindra Kumar, Adarsh Kumar, S.P.Tyagi, Ajay Katoch, Ankur Sharma and other faculty members and students who took this initiative for the benefit of society.
Last Updated: September 28, 2023
Press Release No.1009, dated September 28, 2023
Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor expresses shock at the demise of Dr.M.S.Swaminathan
Palampur 28 September. Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P.Agriculture University has expressed shock at the demise of Dr.M.S. Swaminathan, the father of India's Green Revolution and world renowned farm scientist. The Vice-Chancellor said that Dr. Swaminathan was instrumental in developing high-yielding varieties of paddy that helped the nation to produce high yields to feed the millions and ensured food security to the country. He said that his departure is an irreparable loss to the county but life and achievements of Dr Swaminathan will continue to inspire the scientific community and others engaged in agricultural and allied professions. Dr. Vatsa recollected that during his tenure in office, Dr Swaminathan served in various capacities across departments. He was appointed Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (1961-72), Director General of ICAR and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (1972-79), Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture (1979-80), Acting Deputy Chairman and later Member (Science and Agriculture), Planning Commission (1980-82) and Director General, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines (1982-88). Dr.Swaminathan was awarded the first World Food Prize in 1987 following which he set up the M.S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in Taramani, Chennai.
Last Updated: September 27, 2023
Press Release No.1008, dated September 27, 2023
National Training on Natural Farming concludes at CSKHPAU
Palampur 27 September. Fourteen days 'National training on the present status and future prospects of natural farming' concluded at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.
As Chief Guest, Dr. P.K.Sharma, former Vice Chancellor distributed participation certificates to 30 scientists from various institutes from all over the country . In his presidential remarks, Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor asked the trainees to share their newly acquired knowledge and skills among other scientists of their institutes and progressive farmers. He said that natural farming can solve several issues of deteriorating human, animal and soil health. He informed that his University will come out with a standard 'Package of practices in natural farming' by next year. Guest of honour Dr Pardeep Kumar, Dean from Central University of H.P., Dr S.P.Dixit, Director of Research and Dr.Suresh Upadhyay, Dean PG Studies, appreciated that besides expert lectures, practical training has been imparted to the trainees involving leading natural farming experts. Dr Janardan Singh, Course Director and Head of the Department, Dr G.D.Sharma, Principal Investigator, Dr Rakesh Chauhan and some trainees also expressed their views on natural farming. Statutory Officers, heads and scientists were present on the occasion.
Last Updated: September 22, 2023
Press Release No.1004, dated September 22, 2023
Palampur 22 September. A peer review team of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research completed its three days visit to CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University.
Dr. D K Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor, told that the six member team headed by well known farm scientist Dr.S.S.Chahal thoroughly reviewed and assessed the infrastrutre and other facilities in all the four constituent colleges, two directorates, farms, laboratories, units and other offices. The team members also interacted independently with all the stakeholders including farmers, students, alumni, parents of students, teachers and non teachers. The team will submit its report to ICAR for accreditation of various UG, PG and doctoral programmes, colleges and the University for further five years. During the exit meeting with the Vice-Chancellor and other statutory officers, the Chairman stated that the University has made tremendous growth during the last five years and many new initiatives have also been taken. He suggested that strenuous efforts should be continued for improvements in academic, research and extension programmes.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the University was working on a status paper on recent natural disasters in Himachal Pradesh and intends to submit a mega project to the Govt of India to thoroughly study it. He also said that a proposal for establishing an agricultural engineering college has been submitted to the State government. He told that admission process in the College of Agriculture will be completed after declaration of merit list by the ICAR.
Last Updated: September 16, 2023
Press Release No.1003, dated September 16, 2023
Engineers' Day celebrated at CSKHPAU: 'Think
out of Box', exhorts Vice Chancellor Dr D.K.Vatsa:Engineers' Day was
celebrated enthusiastically at CSK H.P. Agriculture University today. Chief
Guest Dr D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor, while remembering the rich
contributions of legendry engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya on whose
birth anniversary this day is celebrated, he asked engineers to imbibe
vision and virtues of great engineer of the country. He said that Sir
Visvesvaraya is known for construction of dams, developing irrigation
systems, flood protection systems, establishing an agriculture University,
State Bank of Mysore, Iron and steel works, Govt Engineering college etc and
was awarded Bharat Ratna.
He asked students to think out of the box and use new technologies like Artificial intelligence, autonomous tractors for modern farming. He said that engineers can solve many problems. He discussed issues like disaster management, quality infrastructure and roads in hills, etc. He also discussed importance of agriculture.
He lauded engineers of Himachal Pradesh who have done remarkable engineering marvels like electrifying all villages. They also electrified highest village in the world Komic, established highest altitude power house in the world Rong Tong and first underground powerhouse Bhabha. Dr D.K.Vatsa said that engineers will be playing major role in making H.P. the first Green Energy State by March 2026.
Engineers from the Department of Agricultural Engineer and Estate Organisation took part in the celebrations.Estate Officer Er Vijay Premi also expressed his views. Er B.S.Jassal, Er Sanjay Sood, Er Arun Vyas, Er Aditya Awasthy, Er Ritu Raj Mehta, Er Ashish Dhiman, Er Sushant Bhardwaj, Dr Rakesh Gupta, Er Ankit,Dr Aradhana and Dr Kanika and some students of B.Tech food technology were present on the occasion.
Last Updated: September 15, 2023
Press Release No.1002, dated September 15, 2023
Two day training programme on Livestock Farming concluded at CSKHPAU
Palampur 15 September. A Two days training programme on various aspects of livestock farming concluded at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences,, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University. Dr. D K Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor, after distributing participation certificates to trainees, expressed happiness that majority of the trainees were farm ladies and they gained knowledge about various aspects of livestock farming like housing systems, feeding management, prevention and control of diseases, preparation of milk products, and marketing of the milk production. He lauded the efforts of the scientists for the upliftment of the unprivileged sections of the society. Dr.Ravindra Kumar, Dean, asked trainees to adopt the learning of the training in their farming system to realize maximum gains from the venture. Drs Devesh Thakur and Sanjay Khurana told that the training was meant exclusively for farmers from schedule caste category and 54 female and 2 male trainees from different blocks of Kangra district took part in the training. Various inputs like medicine kit, supplements, cattle feed etc. were also provided free of cost to the trainees. Drs Manoj Sharma and Rakesh Ahuja told that training programmes was sponsored by Indian Agricultural Research institute, New Delhi.
Last Updated: September 14, 2023
Press Release No.1001, dated September 14, 2023
National Training on Natural Farming at CSKHPAU: Dr Tej Partap asks scientists to learn nuances of natural farming diligently
Palampur 14 September. A national training on the present status and future prospects of natural farming was inaugurated at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. As Chief Guest, Dr Tej Partap, former Vice Chancellor said that trainees should be clear about the importance and use of natural farming. He asked trainees to learn the nuances of natural farming diligently. He said that terms like natural farming, organic farming and zero budget natural farming has been confusing in the initial stages. Now, situation is different as people are concerned about consuming and growing safe food.He said that natural farming need deep research and advanced technology and asked trainees to adopt four principles of natural farming. It is good for human and animal health and environment.
In his presidential remarks, Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Vice Chancellor said that natural farming has become very important issue of present times. He discussed the status of deteriorating soil health due to excessive use of fertilizers. He said that use of farm yard manure has decreased and such issues need the attention of scientists for sustainable agriculture with good package of practices in natural farming. The Vice Chancellor also discussed disease and insect pest management decreasing use of chemicals. It is important for the health of people. He also spoke on the need of modernising agriculture so that the younger generation is attracted towards it by using artificial intelligence, use of drones, etc.
Dr S.P.Dixit, Director of Research said that pesticide use in crops, especially in vegetables has increased alarmingly.It is high time that all concerned should work together for popularising natural farming.
Dr Janardan Singh, Course Director and Head of the Department told that 26 scientists from Maharashtra, Punjab, J & K and H.P. are taking part and experts from top institutions of the country will be interacting with trainees during fourteen days training. They will be covering all the aspects of natural farming. Dr Ranbir Singh Rana, Principal Investigator informed that training has been jointly organised by Centre of advanced agricultural science and technology on protected agriculture and natural farming and Department of Organic Agriculture and Natural Farming in the host University. Dr Rakesh Chauhan also expressed his views. University Statutory officers and heads were present during the inaugural ceremony.
Last Updated: August 24, 2023
Press Release No.1000, dated August 24, 2023
Dr. D.K.Vatsa, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has conveyed greetings on behalf of the whole University fraternity to the scientific community of Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) for bringing glory to the whole nation by successfully completing the Chandrayaan -3 mission. He said that the flawless landing of Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft on the lunar south pole is phenomenal and a great scientific feat which will continue to inspire the scientific community and students.
Last Updated: August 22, 2023
Press Release No.999, dated August 22, 2023
In pursuance to orders of the Hon'ble Governor, H.P. and the Chancellor of our University, Dr. Dinesh Kumar Vatsa, Principal Agriculture Engineer (officiating Dean COA) has taken over the additional charge of the post of Vice-Chancellor today.
Dr. D.K. Vatsa joins as Vice-Chancellor (Additional Charge)
Last Updated: August 17, 2023
Press Release No.998, dated August 17, 2023
Kala Zeera Utpadan Sangh to get Rs.10 lakh Plant Genome Saviour Community Award, courtesy CSKHPAU
Palampur 17 August. Kala Zeera Utpadan Sangh from Shong village in district Kinnaur will receive prestigious Plant Genome Saviour Community Award worth Rs.10 lakh. While sharing this information, Prof H. K. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University told that it was the initiative of his University which enabled farmers to form the Kala Zeera Utpadan Sangh (KZUS), scientifically documented traits of the crop and applied for this community award in June, last year. Now, the University has been informed by the Registrar of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority (PPVFRA) about the selection of KZUS for prestigious Plant Genome Saviour Community Award worth Rs. 10 lakh alongwith a citation. It will be presented to KZUS on 12 September by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Prof Chaudhary said that this is India's prestigious award for acknowledging the farmers' significant contribution in conserving and development of plant varieties.
The Vice-Chancellor told that University's research centre at Sangla (Kinnaur) has been designated as 'Model Farm on Kala Zeera and Saffron.' It is working for scientific cultivation, improvement and popularization of Kala Zeera( black cumin seeds) as a medicinal crop. Kala Zeera though widely grown in forests has been domesticated and currently is under cultivation in an area of about 47 hectare in Shong village of Kinnaur district. This crop has culinary, perfumery, carminative as well as medicinal values as stimulant, expectorant, antispasmodic and diuretic properties. Essential oils namely terpenoids, phenylpropanoids, polyenes etc. in seed possess antioxidative, antifungal and antibacterial attributes. Kala Zeera has premium price in the market and stands as an example of the 'vocal for local' movement. Collection of immature seeds from the forest area and unsustainable and unscientific exploitation of this spice has resulted in reduction of its natural populations and has made it a plant of special conservation concerned in north-western Himalayas.
Prompted by the Vice-Chancellor's guidance, university scientists have compiled all the scientific data and assisted the Kala Zeera growing community to conserve, develop, popularize and formally registering its valuable land races with PPVFRA, Govt. of India.
The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the team of scientists comprising of Drs V.K. Sood, Nimit Kumar and Shailja Sharma who did all the ground work by visiting Shong village in June, 2022 and filed nomination for 'Plant Genome Saviour Community Award' to PPV & FRA. He told that Himachali Kala Zeera has been awarded with Geographical Indication (GI) tag during March 2019 by Govt. of India, thus bringing laurels to the State.
The Vice-Chancellor also expressed his gratitude to Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Chairperson, PPV&FRA for recognizing the KZUS as a conserving community and selection for Plant Genome Saviour Community Award, 2021-22 for this precious herb. It was only last week that with the scientific facilitation of the University, a progressive vegetable grower Garib Das from village Burli Kothi near Paprola was selected for Rs. One lakh 'Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Recognition' award by the Govt. of India.