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Last Updated: February 13, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/208 Dated: 13.02.2018


Farmers  should make use of professional skills to increase their income:  Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial


Palampur 13 February. "Through skill development trainings, the farm university helps the farming community in increasing their income and they must make use of professional gains in their farms to increase crop production", advised  Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor while inaugurating a mushroom training programme in CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.

The Vice-Chancellor said that his university was consistently working for the welfare of farmers and a large number of trainings were given anticipating that most of the trainees will improve their farm skills and adopt agri-based other avocations like mushroom production, bee-keeping, nursery production, dairy farming, poly-house cultivation, plant protection, organic agriculture etc. to supplement their income. He asked the trainees to double their income as envisaged by the Government and told that the university has developed twenty farm models which can help them in this direction.

Dr Atul, Director of Extension Education, informed that the training was sponsored by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam(SJVN) Foundation. Thirty two such trainings were imparted benefiting 800 farmers. Dr.Suresh Gautam, Head, Deptt of Agronomy said that fifty farmers from various villages of  Panchrukhi development block were taking part in the six days training.

Dr.B.M.Sharma,Dr.Ashok Chaubey,Dr.Ashok Kumar and  Dr. Hirday Paul Singh were also present during the inaugural ceremony.  





Pic caption: A view of the dais and trainees; Vice-Chancellor with trainees and scientists







Last Updated: February 12, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/207 Dated: 12.02.2018


Press Conference of CSKHPAU Vice-Chancellor


CSKHPAU to fill up 77 posts of teachers: Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor


Palampur 12 February. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University will fill up seventy seven posts of teachers, besides regularizing thirty five scientists working on co-terminus basis.   This was disclosed by Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, during a press conference,  here today.

The Vice-Chancellor said that in its recent meeting, the Board of Management (BOM) has approved filling up positions of forty teachers and twenty three posts of teachers and fourteen posts of Subject Matter Specialists (SMS) for Krishi Vigyan Kendras have, already, been approved in previous meetings. Prof Sarial told that the BOM has approved regularization of 35 scientists and eleven non-teaching employees who have completed ten years of service and were working on co-terminus basis in KVKs. Nineteen Daily Paid workers who have been working in the university for more than a decade will also be regularised.  The Vice-Chancellor said that twelve new head of departments have also been appointed. He thanked the Chief Minister and Govt of Himachal Pradesh for strengthening teaching, research and extension activities, besides financial support from time to time.  "This will give impetus to the mandated activities in the University for the benefit of students and the farming community" opined Prof Sarial. He said that BOM has also approved filling up 18 posts of Laboratory Assistants and five posts under compassionate grounds.

Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial told that the effort has been made to provide all benefits to staff and houses have been year marked for the staff falling under essential services category. This will improve health services and functioning of hostels. Similarly the university staffs under new pension scheme have been allowed benefits as available to the staff in Govt of H.P.  Wages of contractual staff have been equated with such staff in the Govt. He told that pension cases as old as to the year 2004 have been solved.

The Vice-Chancellor said that eight certificate courses for six months duration will be started for the matriculates and drop-outs from plus one or two classes. The Govt will be requested to provide sponsorship or subsidy in their fee. The courses will be in the disciplines of organic farming, bee-keeping, poly houses farming, vegetable production, dairy, animal husbandry etc.

Around a dozen reporters representing various news-papers and news-channels participated in the Press Conference and interacted with the Vice-Chancellor. Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Jt. Director (Information & Public Relations) welcomed the reporters and Dr Ashok  Kumar, OSD to VC thanked them.









Last Updated: February 06, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/206 Dated: 06.02.2018



Media Visit to the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology & Obstetrics


Rendering specialized services to reduce incidence of infertility in Himachal Pradesh  


Palampur 6 February. The Media Cell of  CSK H.P. Agriculture University conducted a media visit to the  Department of Veterinary Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Science today. The media men visited different sections of the department and interacted with the scientists and also got an opportunity to see some of  the on-going treatment in the operation theatres.

Dr Madhumeet Singh, Professor and Head, assisted by  Drs. Amit Sharma and  Dr. Pravesh Kumar, both assistant professors, told that  besides mandated teaching, research and extension activities the department provides clinical facilities to the farmers of Himachal Pradesh in the areas of Infertility, Obstetrics and Andrology. It was informed that in last nine years, the department has bagged 10 research projects worth Rs. 385.5 lakh. The main emphasis of research has been to study the reproductive problems of cows and buffaloes reared by farmers and also of abandoned cows. The area of these studies has been entire State with an aim to conduct research on epidemiology, etiology, management and suggesting curative measures for various reproductive disorders prevalent in different agro climatic zones of Himachal Pradesh.

It was told that a need based and applied research was being conducted in the department for the welfare of cows. As a planned research programme, one of the very first projects in the department was to study reproductive health status of abandoned cows and efforts were made to treat these cows maintained in different ‘goshalas’ in different parts of H.P. It was concluded that the treatable percentage of abandoned cows was about twenty three. 

In an effort to improve the skill of personnel involved in Artificial Insemination (AI) programme of the state, refresher trainings were organized for working Veterinary Pharmacists. In recent past two different Rashtirya Krishi Vikas Yojna(RKVY) projects were bagged for human recourse development and more than 700 pharmacists were refreshed in 31 refresher trainings. Since very positive results of pharmacist trainings imparted have emerged so more such refresher courses and trainings on AI will be conducted.

Dr Madhumeet Singh informed that the department was rendering specialized services to the farmers for the  treatment of various reproductive disorders with an aim to reduce incidence of infertility.  Since last over four  years, scientists have organized 214 infertility treatment camps under RKVY projects in diverse parts of H.P. including more than 50 camps in tribal areas of Pangi, Bharmour, Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur and also some very remote locations like trans-giri villages of Sirmour, Dodra-Kwar (Shimla), Janjehli & Seraj (Mandi), Barsheni & outer Seraj (Kullu) and Kihar (Chamba) etc. Around 5000 animals (4000 cows and 1000 buffaloes) have been examined and treated in these camps.

It was informed that emphasis is given in recording reproductive abnormalities of Yaks and their crosses (Churi) reared in tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh. During post-treatment follow-up of treated animals it was recorded that around 70 percent cows have been treated successfully. Around 1000 blood, uterine discharge and fecal samples have been collected from cows and buffaloes for detailed investigations of various diseases. Area wise mapping of reproductive ailments through clinic-gynaecological examination, nutritional deficiencies through blood investigations, parasitic infestation responsible for reproduction problems and microflora (bacteria and fungi) responsible for uterine infections is being done. These camps will continue in future also.

In last few years this department has emerged as one of the first choice to the veterinary students for their post-graduate studies. Presently, 13 students are perusing their post-graduation (M.V.Sc.) and two students are continuing with their doctorate also.

Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) thanked the correspondents representing various newspapers for taking part in the media visit.










Last Updated: February 03, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/205 Dated: 03.02.2018


Awareness Programme on Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Right Act


Need to recognise and award farmers for conserving  landraces: Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor  


Palampur 3 February. "It is praiseworthy that farm ladies are playing a very significant role in agriculture and an encouraging trend that a large number of girls are coming forward in agricultural education", said Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing the farmers and scientists after inaugurating a training-cum-awareness workshop on  Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Act 2001(PPV&FRA) at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

The Vice-Chancellor said that India was among eight bio diversity centres in the world and there were three bio-diversity spots in our country among the thirty four bio-diversity spots in the world. Since the  farmers were the real custodian of landraces and germplasm which they have improved and conserved since ages so they need to be recognised and rewarded for this gesture. Hence, the Govt of India has enacted PPV&FRA and also established Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority at New Delhi under PPV & FR Act 2001. Northern Himalayan Region branch office of Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority (PPVFRA) was opened at the university, last year. While lauding the farmers for conserving traditional varieties and landraces, he asked them to avail services of branch office so that all traditional crop varieties were registered and they get long term benefits. He told that his university has recently helped Chamba farmers to register three traditional maize varieties.

Prof Sarial said that his University was, already, organizing awareness camps about this unique act to the farmers and five such awareness camps will be organised in the next two months. The farmers were given awards to the tune of Rs Ten lakh for saving and preserving such crop varieties. He said that many companies were using such varieties with a trade name and earning money whereas real custodians were not getting due benefit. He asked farm officers to make farming community aware about the importance of PPVFRA act so that rich Himalayan bio resources were protected.

Mr Bihari Lal, Member of the board of PPVFRA, said that the authority was sensitizing the farmers about the importance of natural agro-biodiversity and helping them and scientists by registering such biodiversity with the authority. Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, honoured him on behalf of the university.

Dr.Atul, Director Extension Education told that the programme has been organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kangra with the help of Agricultural Technology Management Agency(ATMA).He asked farmers to have a live link with the university scientists.

Dr J.K.Sharma, Nodal Officer, PPVFRA in the University also expressed his views on the importance of PPV&FRA .

Dr.S.C.Sharma, Deputy Registrar, PPV&FRA branch officer Palampur, Dr.Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Director of Research, Dr Ashok Kumar, Officer on Special Duty to Vice-Chancellor, Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations), Dr.Vishal Dogra, Programme Coordinator , KVK, Kangra, Dr Sanjay Sharma and other scientists and officers from ATMA were also present in the inaugural ceremony.


A view of the dais


 A view of farmers


Vice-Chancellor honouring Shri Bihari Lal


Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial addressing the farmer




Last Updated: January 27, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/204 Dated: 26.01.2018


Republic Day celebrated enthusiastically at CSKHPAU


Palampur 26 January. The Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, unfurled the National Flag and took salute from the NCC contingent of the university. He also inspected an impressive parade by the NCC cadets.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, recalled the supreme sacrifices of freedom fighters and importance of this historical day. He also elaborated about the tremendous progress of the nation due to the strenuous efforts of countrymen. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, also enumerated some recent  achievements of the University in the areas of academics, research and extension education and also spoke on the e recent initiatives like research and extension work on zero budget natural farming. He exhorted the staff to work diligently for the socio-economic development of farming community.

Later, in the  piping ceremony, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor affixed the rank of Lieutenant on the shoulders of Dr Ankur Sharma, NCC Officer. The family members of Dr Ankur Sharma also joined the ceremony. The students of the constituent colleges presented cultural programme to commemorate the occasion. The band of Holy Mission School, Nagri also participated in the celebrations and the Vice-Chancellor awarded them with Rs Five Thousand for their impressive performance. Sweets were also distributed to all participants after the ceremony.

Dr Ashwani Kumar Goel, Students' Welfare Officer, Mr Satish Sharma, HAS, Registrar and other statutory officers, scientists, non-teaching staff and their family members also enthusiastically took part in the Republic Day celebrations which were held in the University playground for the first time.


Prof A.K.Sarial, VC, taking salute from the NCC contingent




Prof A.K.Sarial, VC inspecting parade and addressing the staff and students




The Vice-Chancellor performing the piping ceremony by affixing rank of  Lt  on NCC Officer Dr Ankur Sharma




Last Updated: January 23, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/203 Dated: 23.01.2018


CSKHPAU notifies three  percent enhanced DA to its staff and pensioners



Palampur 23 January. CSK H.P. Agriculture University has enhanced the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) by three percent from the existing rate of 134 per cent to 137 per cent with effect from 1 July, 2017 in respect of the employees of the University on the analogy of H.P. Government. As per the notification issued today, this additional installment of DA   shall be paid in cash with the salary of January   payable in February 2018. The University has also enhanced Dearness Relief (DR) to its pensioners and family pensioners from existing rate of 134 percent to 137 percent with effect from July 2017 and it will be paid with pension and family pension for the month of January payable in February 2018. Prof. A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, has thanked the Government of Himachal Pradesh for providing funds to the University from time to time





Last Updated: January 15, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/202 Dated: 14.01.2018


Additional Chief Secretary (Finance & Agriculture) at CSKHPAU


Accelerate the growth of  agriculture : Dr. Shrikant Baldi, IAS


Palampur 14 January. Dr. Shrikant Baldi, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance & Agriculture) spent two days at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University and visited some of the departments in the constituent colleges to have first hand information about on farm experiments and other ongoing activities. Later, he held a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, statutory officers, head of the departments of the university and officers from the state department of agriculture.

Dr. Shrikant Baldi said that agriculture was an important sector and all concerned should make concrete efforts to accelerate its pace for the overall development of farmers and  farming in the  State of Himachal Pradesh. He asked scientists to think out of the box and come out with fresh proposals for the agricultural development. He said that the technical know-how available with the farm university should reach the farmers. "Even progressive farmers should be involved in some of the plans like foundation seed production programme," suggested Additional Chief Secretary. He also discussed problem of stray cattle and sought inputs from the scientists. He said that many problems can be solved with innovative ideas and concerted efforts by all the stake holders.

Prof Ashok  Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, said that eighty one percent of the state cultivable area was rain fed it was imperative to augment irrigation facilities to boost farm production. Similarly, adequate farm technology was available and there were a large number of government schemes yet hardly forty percent farm information percolates down to the farming community. He suggested that Krishi Vigyan Kendras of the university and field officers of State Agriculture Department could work together to transfer farm technologies to the farmers fields. Moreover, hilly and mountainous regions of the state have region specific problems. He detailed about the major academic, research and extension education activities in the university. He also informed about some of the recent initiatives like research and extension work on zero budget natural farming for which a project proposal to develop the Gurukul Kurukshetra model on 21 acres land is ready.

The Vice-chancellor assured the Additional Chief Secretary that his university will do everything possible for socio-economic development of farming community. He also expressed his gratitude to Dr Baldi for spending time with scientists to understand the working of the university,providing valuable suggestions and inviting proposals for the benefit of farmers.

Statutory officers and heads made detailed presentations and answered to various questions by Additional Chief Secretary. Officers from the state department of agriculture also took part in the discussions. Earlier, Dr Baldi spent time visiting various departments in the college of agriculture and college of veterinary and animal sciences. He sought in depth information from the scientists. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, was with him throughout the visit.

Dr Shrikant Baldi  also attended the Lohri celebrations  with the university students and appreciated them for organizing the event away from their homes and preserving the cultural heritage of the region.


Dr. Shrikant Baldi, ACS(Agri) and Prof A.K.Sarial


VC during a late evening meeting with the scientists




Dr. Shrikant Baldi during his visit to some of the departments, Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial is also with him.






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 No.QSD/MC/201/01 Jan 2018


CSKHPAU Vice-Chancellor's New Year Address to Staff


Prof. A.K.Sarial asks staff to work relentlessly for the welfare of farming community


Palampur 1 January. "Respect work, work hard and create work culture" exhorted  Prof  Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, during his New Year address to the staff of  CSK H.P. Agriculture University , here today.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the farming community of Himachal Pradesh would continue to be in the focus in all university plans in the current year and all staff members, as a well knit team, need to perform better in the mandated areas of academics, research and extension education. While appreciating the teaching and non-teaching employees for their remarkable work and achievements in the preceding year, he said that all-out efforts should be made to better the socio-economic status of the farming community of Himachal Pradesh. Similarly, the students would be provided all opportunities to excel in their studies and research work.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed his satisfaction that the University continued its glorious tradition of ragging and smoke free serene campus He told that due to collective efforts of the hard working staff , the university attained the very first position among all agricultural universities of the country as the highest number of 193 students qualified various national level competitive examination and 36 students got admission in prestigious national institutes for higher studies. One hundred fifty students got employment including 96 Agriculture Development Officers and Veterinary Officers. Prof A.K.Sarial told that 343 students were conferred degrees during 14th Convocation held last year and the Chancellor of the University had publically applauded the congenial academic environment and work culture of the university. He said that ever highest number of around 13600 candidates applied for B.V.Sc. & AH and B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture programme for about 150 seats in both the degree programmes signifying the importance and popularity of these programmes. The university developed eleven crop varieties were released besides a poultry breed. Around 1150 quintal seed was also produced. Sincere research and extension efforts were initiated to encourage Zero Budget Natural Farming which will be further strengthened this year. He said that twenty farm based models were formulated which can enable the farmers to double their income by 2022.All such models will be popularised this year. Last year, a large number of Skill Development Trainings for the farmers with the support of public and private sector were started.

The Vice-Chancellor also expressed his gratitude to the State Government, ICAR and other funding agencies enabling the university to fulfill its given mandate. He also disclosed about the efforts made for the welfare of staff and told that process to recruit around three dozen teachers will be initiated soon.

Later, Vice-Chancellor hosted tea to those staff members and the students whose work has been outstanding, won national awards or who have brought research projects more than Rs. fifty lakh each.