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December 08, 2014

Public Relations Unit

No. QSD/PRU/707  Dated 07 Dec, 2014

Press Release

Mr P.Mitra, Chief Secretary, advises  the  CSKHPAU   to enhance  domestic income by quality farm produce

Palampur 7 December. Mr P.Mitra, IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh has advised  the  CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University to enhance  its domestic income by increasing its farm produce and selling it  at competitive price. He was interacting with  Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor and some other senior officers of the university here today.

Mr Mitra visited the experimental farm of Horticulture department, Dairy and Fishery units and also the modern veterinary complex in the University. He said that the University was producing quality planting material and it has a demand among farming community and others. The production of such material and other farm produce needs to be increased manifold and made available.  “For this the University may open an outlet in Shimla also”, he advised.  The Chief Secretary evinced keen interest in the fruit plant nursery and appreciated the good work there. He also visited the dairy unit and asked the scientists to educate the livestock keepers for regular change of buck to reduce inbreeding in goats. He said the possibility of establishing a goat farm in the University may be explored as it was “a poor man’s cow” and represents around 23 per cent of the total livestock population  in the State. Mr Mitra also asked the University scientists to submit projects under Rashtirya Krishi Vikas Yojna, especially in the areas of fishery and goats. He also appreciated the quality and facilities for the students and farmers in modern veterinary complex.

Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, briefed the Chief Secretary about  teaching, research and extension education and told that commercial vegetable  was generating a revenue to the tune of Rs.2500 crore  annually in the State and protected cultivation has bright future in  Himachal Pradesh. The University was imparting basic four days  training to all those farmers who were interested in establishing poly-houses . The course content of the students was being modified by adding more courses on vegetable farming. He also told him that a road map has been prepared to increase the income and reduce expenditure in the university.

Mr.Rattan Gautam, Registrar, Mr Ranjit Singh, Comptroller, Dr.N.K.Pathania, Dean, College of Agriculture and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) were present during the visit of Chief Secretary. Dr.S.K. Upadhyay, Head, Deptt. of Horticulture, Dr.P.K.Dogra, Head, Deptt of Livestock Production Management and  Dairy unit, Dr.M.S.Kanwar, Hospital Superintendent, Veterinary Clinical complex and Dr.R.K.Bali, Farm Manager, Deptt. of Fishery  conducted the visits of Mr P.Mitra, Chief Secretary.

Dr.K.K.Katoch, receiving the Chief Secretary Mr P.Mitra

CS visiting the horticulture plant nursery

Visiting the fishery tanks and having  a look at new veterinary complex


Dr.Hirday Paul Singh
Jt.Director(Info & PR)
CSK H.P.Agri.University
Palampur 176062


December 08, 2014

Significant University Activities for the month of November 2014

Key Highlights

Ø  Smt Urmila Singh, Her Excellency  the Governor, Himachal Pradesh and Shri Virbhadra Singh, Hon'ble Chief Minister graced the 12th  Convocation of the University on 13 November. Six hundred and eighty six doctoral and master's degrees were conferred and 337 students received their degrees in person. The Governor conferred Ph.D degrees and allowed Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor to confer degrees on Master's degree recipients.Hon'ble Chief Minister decorated thirty five brilliant students with Gold Medals. Later, the Chancellor appreciated the University for helping farmers in raising their socio-economic status with useful technologies. Hon'ble Chief Minister called HPAU as most peaceful campus in the State and congratulated the staff for dedicated work and discipline. Dr. K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the dignitaries and told about the various achievements in the areas of academics, research and extension education.Shri Rattan Gautam, Registrar, conducted the proceedings. Shri BBL Butail, Speaker of HP Vidhan Sabha, Shri Sujan Singh Pathania, Agriculture Minister, Shri Sudhir Sharma, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Shri Jagjivan Pal, CPS, Shri Yadvinder Goma, MLA, Members of Senate, BOM, Academic Council, Officers of district and local administration and parents of the degree recipients attended the convocation.

Ø  A high level two member delegation of Mongolian University of Life Sciences (MULS) visited CSK H.P. Agriculture University (CSKHPAU) from 17-22 November. Dr. T. Kheruuga, President of the university and Dr. Sukhtulg, Chief Administrator for International Affairs, visited some of the research stations, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and also visited various departments and took stock of other factilities at the Univeristy. They also held meetings with Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor and other statutory officers. Dr.K.K.Katoch accepted the request of Dr.Kherugga to send 10 students each in the Bachelor degree programmes in veterinary and agricultural sciences and  two students each in master and doctoral degree programme at CSKHPAU after completing all government level formalities. Both the universities will also jointly host a conference on organic agriculture next year and CSKHPAU will also train the extension staff of MULS. Dr. Kherugga said that he was greatly impressed with the academic, research and extension programmes at CSKHPAU and would like to replicate some of the institutional set-ups like extension programs in his University.

Ø  The university community enthusiastically celebrated its foundation day on 1 November. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, said that the university has contributed substantially  in making Himachal Pradesh almost self sufficient on food front.He asked the staff to work with renewed vigoour for the welfare of farming community.

Ø  CSKHPAU and Rajiv Gandhi PG Ayurvedic College,Paprola signed a MOU for mutual cooperation and collaboration.


Ø  A project proposal entitled “Consortium Research Platform on Borers in Network Mode” worth Rs. 22.00 lac with Dr. D.C. Sharma, Principal Scientist & Head, Deptt. of Entomology as P.I. of the project has been sanctioned to this University by the ICAR, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hasaraghatta Lake Post, Bengaluru during the XIIth Five Year Plan (2014-15 to 2016-17). Another project entitled “Deciphering diversity at er loci for diversification of powdery mildew resistance in pea” at a total  cost of Rs. 31.70 lac for a period of three years with Dr. D.K. Banyal, Principal Scientist, Deptt. of Plant Pathology as P.I. of the project has been sanctioned by the Deptt. of Science & Engineering Research Board, New Delhi.

Ø  Two research project proposals viz. (i) “Evaluation of nutraceutical status and anti oxidative properties of buckwheat” amounting to Rs. 10.49 lac and (ii) “ Development of low cost local resource based poultry feed model of backyard poultry” amounting to Rs. 42.84 lac  have been submitted to  the Member Secretary, State Council of Science, Technology & Environment, Shimla and Director, Animal Husbandry, Shimla, respectively for consideration and necessary funding.

Extension Education

Ø  The Directorate of Extension Education and KVKs organized 56 training programmes which were attended by 1550  farmers.

Ø  A  live crop seminar was organized by KVK, Bajaura in collaboration with the State Deptt of Agriculture and Door Darshan, Shimla at Bajaura with the participation of 200 farmers.

Ø  The Department of Organic Agriculture organized two off-campus trainings at Sangla under TSP programme on 7-8 November.

Ø  The scientists of Department of Agril. Engg. organized two training camps at Panchrukhi and Andreta on 14 November and 21 November, respectively. The Department of Seed Science and Technology organized one on- campus training on 21 November.

Ø  The Department of Crop Improvement conducted visit of 35 farmers of Pangi Tehsil of Distt. Chamba and laid out 10 FLDs  of AICRP on linseed and 25  demonstrations under Tribal Sub Plan.

Ø  404  clinical cases were diagnosed & treated in clinics and 45  samples were analyzed.

Ø  Three clinical camps camps were organized by the team of Dr.GCN COVAS.



Ø  Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor inaugurated a three days annual conference of the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists (IABMS) at CSK H.P. Agriculture University on 14 November.He said that environment plays a crucial role in the human health and strenuous efforts were   required to keep    environment safe and healthy for the existence of human life.Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Organizing Secretary of the conference and Head of Microbiology department, told that the participants discussed issues pertaining to environmental toxicity and health, food safety concerns and health, cancer causes and health and technological innovations.

Ø  Dr Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Gynaecology was awarded Young Scientist Award during ISSAR conference held at Mathura w.e.f. Nov 20-22, 2014. Dr (Ms) Supriya, M.V.Sc student of the same department was also awarded 2nd prize in Best Poster Presentation award.



Ø  Dr GCN COVAS generated an income of  Rs.24,96,816 only, College of Agriculture generated an income of Rs. 4,98,749  only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an amount of Rs.25,045 only.

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