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Last Updated: November 16, 2015
No. QSD/MC/75 Dated 16 Nov, 2015
The Vice-Chancellor resolves issues of foreign students during a meeting of International Coordination Cell
Palampur 16 Nov. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University , said that all requisite facilities will be provided to the foreign students to facilitate their studies and stay at his University. He was chairing a joint meeting of the Monitoring and Guidance and Executive Committee of International Coordination Cell (ICC), here today.
While addressing the members and some foreign students, Dr.K.K.Katoch said that the University will enable the foreign students to return with added confidence and enriched technical knowledge to serve their respective counties efficiently. He asked the students to put extra labour and time to improve their academic and language related deficiencies and come at par with their classmates. He told that the University had opened a gateway for international collaborations in the areas of teaching, research and extension education activities with the intention to invite students from all over the world and send some of the students for higher studies to international institutes. The University has, already, developed a protocol and created quality facilities for providing top class education to the students. Besides, memorandum of understandings (MOU) with foreign and top institutes in the country will help the University in sharing research and extension education and would also enhance the visibility of the University activities in the foreign lands.
The Vice-Chancellor also asked the convenor and members of ICC to speedily resolve technical issues at Governments and institutions level so that the provision of fellowships may help the students to take admission without any hassle. Allocation of funds will develop linkages for fellowships. He asked the University statutory officers to solve the problems of foreign students on priority. After interacting with students from Afghanistan, the Vice-Chancellor resolved many of their problems during the meeting itself. He also asked the Deans to provide a soft copy of lectures to the foreign students as they required more time to study due to language problem. The Vice-Chancellor also directed Students' Welfare Officer and Warden of the International Hostel to provide an English teacher to them so that they may improve their communication skills. Dr.K.K.Katoch, on learning that the foreign students were not receiving their fellowship amount in time, said that the University will be extending them loan facility. He also agreed to provide attached kitchen facility to each hostel resident in International Students' Hostel and also Wi-Fi facility in the hostel. He told that a separate block for twenty four foreign girl students will be constructed in upcoming Rukmani girls' hostel.
The Registrar, Students' Welfare Officer, Deans of the constituent colleges,
directors of research and extension education, convenor and members of ICC
executive committee, warden international students' hostel and foreign
students attended the meeting.
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Jt.Director(Info & PR)
Last Updated: November 09, 2015
Significant University Activities for the month of October 2015
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, attended Himalayan University Consortium summit at ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal from 27-30 October.
'Rice Day and farmers-scientists interaction' was organized at Rice and Wheat Research Centre (RWRC) of the University at Malan on 3 October. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, was Chief Guest.
The Vice-Chancellor inaugurated six days training on management of animals in emergencies to NDRF personnel on 26 October at Dr.GCN COVAS.
A project proposal entitled "Molecular Characterization of Pepper Mild Mottle Virus (PMMoV) and its Management through host resistance" worth Rs. 13.71 lakh with Dr. P.N. Sharma, Professor (Plant Pathology), as Principal Investigator of the project has been sanctioned to this University by UGC, New Delhi. Another research project entitled "Biotic stress wheat made changing climatic scenario" worth Rs. 1.66 lakh with Dr. Dhanbir Singh, Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology) as P.I. of the project has been sanctioned to this University by the ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat & Barley Research, Karnal.
A project proposal entitled "Documentation of Women Empowerment Through Successful Self Help Groups Existing in Himachal Pradesh" worth Rs. 10.57 lakh has been submitted to the Advisor (Planning), Govt. of H.P.for consideration and necessary funding.
Two adhoc project proposals viz.(i) "Evaluation of Bioefficacy of Imidacloprid 17.8 SL (Markdor) against sucking pests infesting wheat" worth Rs.5.40 lakh and (ii) "Impact of Geodatabase Model for Assessment and Implementation of Disaster Management Action Plan" worth Rs.2.00 lakh have been submitted to the Deputy General Manager, Markfed Agro Chemicals (Punjab) and D.C. , Hamirpur, respectively for consideration and necessary funding.
Three concept notes of project proposals viz. (i) "Testing and promoting climate resilient practices by identifying drought tolerant varieties of important crops in mid hills of Himachal Pradesh" (under thematic area-Adaptation Strategies in mid-hill agriculture) with a total budget out of Rs.218.77 lakh, (ii) "Impact of climate change on emergence of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases and Their Affects on Livestock Production Systems in Mid Hills and the Cold Arid Regions of Himachal Pradesh" with a total budget outlay of Rs.76.67 lakh and (iii) "Effect of Climate Change on the occurrence of Fish diseases under cold water aquaculture" with a total budget outlay of Rs.47.00 lakh have been submitted to the Director, CRIDA, Hyderabad for funding.
Two concept note of project proposals viz. (i) "Chromosome elimination technique-mediated introgression of targeted alien genes for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in bread wheat and their high resolution mapping through genomic & fluorescence in situ hybridization for Himalayan Rainfed Agriculture" with a total budget outlay of Rs.330.00 lakh and (ii) "Development of Biotic Stress Tolerant Plants through Innovative Grafting Techniques for Protected Cultivation" with a total budget outlay of Rs.48.00 lakh have been submitted to the ICAR for consideration under National Agricultural Science Fund (NASF).
A concept note of project proposal entitled "Modelling Agricultural Interventions Including Weather Forecast Based Agro-Advisory Services for Adaptation and Mitigation Potentials in different Agro-Climatic Conditions of Himachal Pradesh" worth Rs.1542.00 lakh has been submitted to AGM, NABARD, Shimla for consideration and necessary funding.
Eight days model training course on eco friendly management practices in organic agriculture was organized in the Directorate of Extension Education with the participation of twenty two farm officers from eight States.
The Directorate of Extension Education and KVKs organized 38 training programmes with the participation of 878 farmers.
KVK, Bara; KVK, Bajaura and KVK, Kangra celebrated World Food Day on 16 October.
KVKs at Bara and Bajaura organized five Kisan Goshthies.
Thirty nine diagnostic visits were conducted.
Faculty members of Department of Soil Science organized a training camp on "Balanced Fertilization" at Lammu (Holi), Distt Chamba on 28 October.
Department of Soil Science organized a Short course for 10 days on Micro-irrigation and Fertigation technologies funded by ICAR from 1-10 October.
A team of veterinary scientists from the University organized four infertility camps at Killar (Pangi), Darcha (Lahaul), Sagnam (Spiti) and Kaza (Spiti) in high altitude tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh from 11-18 October. The camps were organized under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) project.
Dr.GCN COVAS organized three clinical camps . 453 clinical cases were diagnosed and treated in clinics. 173 samples were also analyzed.
269 farmers from all over the State visited the University and KVKs for technical guidance.
A Govt. of India sponsored five days Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) internship camp for 150 meritorious students from eleven schools of the districts of Una, Hamirpur and Kangra was organsied.
Department of Agricultural Economics conducted special coaching classes and mock tests for the students of B. Sc. (Hons) Agriculture 4th year for competitive examinations.
Scientist collaborators from Japan Dr K. Shirasawa and S. Nagano visited the department of Agricultural Biotechnology on 14 - 15 October.
The University Media Cell conducted a media visit to the Department of Animal Nutrition , Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences on 1 October. The reporters representing various vernacular newspapers and news channels attended the visit and interacted with Dr.R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, COVAS and Drs. Shivani Katoch, Daisy and Vinod Sharma. Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) was also present during the Media Visit.
Dr GCN COVAS generated an income of Rs. 13,09,949 only, the College of Agriculture generated an income of Rs. 4,29,779 only and the Directorate of Extension Education generated an amount of Rs.2,67,206 only.
The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for payment of salary, wages and retirement benefits etc.
Last Updated: November 04, 2015
No. QSD/MC/74 Dated 04 Nov, 2015
National conference on Interventions in Livestock production-cum-Health and Crop Mixed Farming for Nutritional Security begins at CSKHPAU
Palampur 4 November. A two days national conference on interventions in livestock production-cum-health and crop mixed farming for nutritional security began at Dr.G. C. Negi college of veterinary and animal sciences (COVAS) at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Addressing around fifty delegates from fourteen states, some foreign delegates and university scientists, Dr.Sanjay Kumar, Director, Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology, asked the scientists to do high precision research beneficial to the society. He said that instead of publishing research papers in journals, the scientists need to involve all stake holders and come-out with technologies which were directly useful to the farming community, industry and nation. He also asked the young scientists to work with dedication and develop technologies having sustainability and acceptability on social and environmental front. He also discussed rich diversity of the Himachal Pradesh and need of further research on several areas.
Dr.Nityanand Pathak, President, Indian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and Animal Welfare, which organized the conference, elaborated about major activities of his academy. He asked the retired agriculture and veterinary scientists to adopt villages and help farmers and livestock keepers with their farm related problems.
Dr.Rajiv Kumar Agnihotri, Dean, Dr.GCNCOVAS, underlined the importance of nutritional security as the population was growing at an alarming rate and said that the livestock production can play a pivotal role in it. He said that veterinary nutrition experts have foremost challenge before them and expressed the hope that new approaches for sustainable livestock farming will help the nation.
Dr.V.K.Sharma, organizing secretary, Dr.Sudesh Radotra, Joint organizing secretary and Dr. Adarsh Kumar also expressed their views. Some publications were also released to mark the occasion. Officers from State Animal Husbandry Department and local Indian Veterinary Research Station also attended the inaugural ceremony.
A view of the dais and audience
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Jt.Director(Info & PR)
Last Updated: November 02, 2015
No. QSD/MC/73 Dated 01 Nov, 2015
The Governor visits some departments, also releases University Newsletter & Audio CD
Palampur 2 November. Acharya Devvrat, His Excellency the Governor, Himachal Pradesh and Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, visited today some departments in the College of Agriculture and Dr.GCN College of Veterinary & Animal Science(COVAS) and evinced keen interest in the ongoing activities. The Governor interacted with scientist and got information about the various research activities. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, accompanied the Governor.
In the Department of Crop Improvement and its High-tech Molecular Cytogenetics & Tissue Culture Lab, Head Prof H.K. Chaudhary, explained about the efforts of his department for the conservation and sustainable utilization of Himalayan Plant Genetic Resources in developing genetically improved crop varieties for mitigating the vagaries of changing climatic scenario. The Governor appreciated the germplasm conservation and innovative research efforts. Dr.S.K.Upadhyay, Head, conducted the visit to Deptt of Horticulture. The Governor lauded the efforts of Department of Horticulture for its plant nursery and getting four stars out of five from the National Horticulture Board of India. He visited kiwi and blueberry blocks also. In the new teaching veterinary clinical complex(TVCC), the Governor appreciated the facilities and the treatment being rendered to the animals round the clock. Dr.Pankaj Sood, Head, TVCC appraised the Governor about various activities in the clinics. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, COA; Dr. R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, COVAS and Shri Manoj Kumar, Registrar were also present during the visit of Governor.
Yesterday, the Governor was Chief Guest in the cultural
evening in the auditorium. He released inaugural issue of CSK HPKV
Newsletter, a quarterly newsletter of the University and an audio CD on
protected cultivation prepared by the Directorate of Extension Education. In
his address, Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor said that cultural evening has
been organized to mark the foundation day of the University, to celebrate
the convocation and also to mark the Golden Jubilee Year of College of
Agriculture. The students of constituent colleges presented a musical and
colorful cultural programme comprising dances and songs of the region. The
staff, students and guests thoroughly enjoyed the soulful melodies and
vivacious dances. Dr.D.S.Rathore, former Vice-Chancellor was also present in
the programme besides, some member of the Board of Management.
The Governor releasing University Newsletter and CD
Photographs of cultural evening
HE the Governor visits departments, group photo with students and staff in Deptt of Crop Improvement
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Jt.Director(Info & PR)
Last Updated: November 02, 2015
No. QSD/MC/72 Dated 01 Nov, 2015
Foundation stone of new girls hostel worth Rs. Five crore laid
Palampur 1 November. Shri BBL Butail, Speaker, H.P.
Vidhan Sabha laid the foundation stone of Rukmani girls hostel at CSK H.P.
Agriculture University here today. The hostel with a capacity to house 108
girls will have three floors with 42 dormitories and 24 cubicle rooms
attached toilets to accommodate foreign girl students. According to
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, the Govt of H.P. has funded the hostel to be
constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 crore and the plinth area of the Rukmani
Hostel will be around 1832 sqm. It will ease the accommodation problem for
ever increasing girl students number each year.
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Jt. Director (Info & PR)
CSK H.P. Agri. University
Last Updated: November 01, 2015
No. QSD/MC/71 Dated 01 Nov ,2015
GLIMPSES OF THIRTEENTH COVOCATION: A PHOTO FEATURE
Palampur 1 November. Acharya Devvrat, His Excellency the Governor, Himachal Pradesh and Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University and Shri BBL Butail, Speaker, Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha graced the 13th Convocation of the University today.
Three hundred and forty six doctoral, master's and bachelor degrees were conferred (12 Ph.D; 112 Masters & 222 Bachelor's degrees) and 212 students (5 Ph.D; 65 Masters & 142 Bachelor degree recipients) received their degrees in person.
HE The Governor conferred all the degrees and Honour Certificates. For the first time, the University conferred the degrees with QR coding. Shri BBL Butail , Hon'ble Speaker decorated twenty two (22) brilliant students with Gold Medals.
In his address, the Chancellor exhorted the scientists to help farmers with useful technologies so that they become prosperous which will make all healthy and the State will also prosper.
Governor Acharya Devvrat said that women were excelling in every field and should come forward to participate in agriculture activities in order to strengthen the sector with their contribution.He said that agriculture sector could witness a revolution if women participated in farming activities as they were not only hard working but also proving their worth in every field and making the country proud. He urged girls to take up studies related to agriculture in universities and equip themselves with knowledge regarding farming activities and specialized techniques for effectively contributing towards the sector.
Governor urged the farmers of the state to adopt traditional and organic farming to enhance the quality of their produce and to get better prices in the market. He said that organic food led not only to healthy living but organic farming was environment friendly too. He expressed concern over the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers which not only diluted the health content in crops but also affected the fertility of the soil. He said that they should adopt traditional practices and added that efforts should be made for preservation and conservation of indigenous seeds. Acharya Devvrat called upon the scientists of the University to hold camps across the state to educate the farming community about organic and traditional farming and added that special awareness should be generated for adopting zero-budgeting for improving the existing agriculture practices in the state. He also asked the scientists to conduct intensive research and develop new techniques besides improving the existing ones especially in organic farming. He said the research conducted in laboratories should reach the fields and farmers. He also stressed upon upon improving the indigenous cow breeds. Acharya Devvrat said that youth were the assets of the country and should contribute towards nation building activities . He said that the nation could develop only when youth were focussed disciplined and growth oriented and urged them to inculcate good values like discipline patriotism sincerity and devotion.
The Governor planted a sapling of Rudraksh near Auditorium.
Chief Guest Sh B B L Butail Speaker H P Vidhan Sabha congratulated all the degree recipients and called upon them to work dedicatedly for strengthening the state and put their knowledge for improving the farming activities in the state.He said that 70 percent employment was being generated through agriculture horticulture and animal husbandry sectors which were also contributing 14 percent towards state GDP. He said that state government was encouraging the farmers to take up crop diversification activities on large scale for strengthening their economy and added that vegetable and off season vegetable production in the state has increased to 15lakh metric tonnes covering an area of 75000 hectares. He also spoke on the women empowerment and expressed happiness that the girl students out-numbered the boys at HPAU .
Dr. K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the dignitaries and told about the various achievements in the areas of academics, research and extension education. He told that 1376 students were on roll, out of which 775 were girls. Shri Manoj Kumar, Registrar, conducted the proceedings and Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Dean, College of Basic Sciences, presented a vote of thanks.
Members of Senate, BOM, Academic Council, Officers of local administration and parents of the degree recipients attended the convocation. The University staff also attended the convocation held in a new simple dress code.
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Jt.Director(Info & PR)