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Last Updated: April 09, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/219 Dated: 09.04.2018


Possible to increase productivity and production of Maize :Prof A.K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor


Palampur 9 April. "There is  huge potential to increase productivity and production of maize crop",  said  Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor CSK H.P. Agriculture University (CSKHPAU)  during the concluding session of  Annual Maize Workshop.

The Vice-Chancellor informed that the India ranked  as fifth largest consumers of maize in the world. It was an important cereal crop in India.While giving an insight of different aspects of maize research in India and challenges in maize productivity, he pointed out that despite increase in the productivity it is far below the world maize productivity. He asked the scientists to increase the production and productivity through mitigating climate change, increasing area and judicious use of agro-chemical for doubling the production of this 'queen of cereals'. He also asked the scientists to conduct experiments on organic and natural farming on this important crop.

 It was mainly grown in kharif season under rained conditions in Himachal Pradesh. It provides food security to sizeable population of this hill state besides which it is also used as poultry and animal feed. It was cultivated in an area of 296 thousand hectares with production of 784 thousand tonnes and productivity of 27 quintal per hectare. Although area under maize has not increased but there has been substantial increase in the production from 445.3 thousand tonnes to 784 thousand tonnes. This has been possible due to better input delivery system, adoption of improved production technologies, high yielding hybrids and spread of maize cultivation in new high productivity areas.

He appreciated the university scientists for developing and recommending number of maize composites and hybrids for various uses and production technologies for maize, baby corn and maize-based cropping systems. The university research station, Bajaura has done pioneer work on baby corn production technology in public sector.

Dr.I.S.Solanki, Assistant Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

Dr Sujay Rakshit, Director, Indian Institute of Maize Research (IIMR), Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, Dr.Dr.D.R.Thakur, Associate Director and Dr.S.K.Guleria, Principal Scientist also addressed around 200 delegates from   all over the country.

Dr Atul, Director of Extension  Education, Dr.K.C.Sharma, Program Coordinator, Krishi  Vigyan Kendra and scientists from the university also participated in the three days workshop jointly organized by the IIMR, ICAR, and the CSKHPAU at its research station, Bajaura. On this occasion, five publications were also released.




Last Updated: April 06, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/218 Dated: 06.04.2018


Ample scope for increasing tea production: Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial


Palampur 6 April. "There is ample scope for increasing production and improving quality of Kangra tea",  opined Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor CSK H.P. Agriculture University after formally initiating the plucking of fresh tea leaves of the season in the university tea garden, here today. The Vice-Chancellor said that with new improved technology and mechanisation tea production and processing can be improved. He told that the tea leaves plucked during 'first flush' from April to June were regarded best tea due to its flavour and aroma.

The Vice-Chancellor told that out of around 2300 hectare area under tea cultivation in the State, the quality tea was produced from approximately 1100 hectare area only and if intensive efforts were made to rejuvenate the remaining area the present production of 10 lakh Kilograms can be doubled. He asked the scientist to educate the tea planters about value addition to fetch more income. The Vice-Chancellor told that out of  25 hectare area under tea cultivation, the university was selling organic certified green and black tea  worth Rs. Two lakh every month. Remaining twenty hectare area will also be rejuvenated in near future. He asked the farmers to concentrate more on organic tea production which has more demand in the market. Prof Sarial suggested to the nine students of BSc. Agriculture (Hons) undergoing experiential learning in the Deptt of Tea Husbandry and technology to adopt abandoned and neglected tea gardens in the area and rejuvenate such gardens as entrepreneurs.

Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, said that  the university has developed Kangra Asha and Kangra Jawala  tea crop varieties. Kangra tea was known for its flavour and quality but  most of the tea planters need to be educated about marketing strategies. Dr.M.S.Pathania, Head, Department of Tea Husbandry and Technology and Dr.Gopal Katna also expressed their views. Dr.Ashok Kumar, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Dr.Hirday Paul Singh , Jt.Dirtector (Information & Public Relations) staff, employees and students were present on the occasion.




Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor initiating the tea plucking in the tea gardens,


A view of the staff and students


Vice-Chancellor addressing the staff and others





Last Updated: April 04, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/217 Dated: 04.04.2018



Programme on Disaster Management at CSK HPAU


Awareness and preparedness can minimize the losses in disasters: Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial


Palampur 4 April. To sensitize the university community on disaster management, an awareness programme was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, in his address, said that awareness and preparedness can minimise the losses in disasters. He told that an earthquake in the region in the year 1905 for a couple of minutes caused huge men and material losses. Since this region is prone to earthquake, so all inhabitants of this area should be made aware to prepare themselves to face such eventualities. He also appreciated the District Disaster Management Authority for organising awareness programmes.   

Mr Bhanu Sharma, Training and Capacity Building coordinator, District Disaster Management Authority, Kangra detailed about the earthquake and other disasters. Officials from the State Fire Service Department also gave a practical demonstration to all. A session of improvised techniques of rescue was also held in which postgraduate students studying e-course on disaster management participated.

Mr Satish Kumar Sharma, Registrar and other University officers, employees and the students participated in the programme.





Picturess of  awareness programme on disaster management





Last Updated: March 22, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/215 Dated: 22.03.2018


Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial conferred with Best Teacher Award at Haryana Agricultural University

Palampur 22 March. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, has been honoured with the Best Teacher Award at CCS Haryana Agricultural University (HAU). The award, consisting of Rs Ten Thousand, trophy and a citation was awarded to Prof Sarial by Prof K.P.Singh, Vice-Chancellor, HAU in an impressive ceremony. He appreciated the dedication and commitment of Prof Sarial towards the teaching profession and students. It was informed that Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, who was serving as Professor (Genetics & Plant Breeding) at HAU before his selection as Vice-Chancellor in August 2016, made significant contributions in teaching and research and motivated his students to opt for plant breeding as a result nine of seventeen gold medals of Agriculture College, Kaul, where he served were bagged by his students. Fifty percent of his advisees were selected for the International fellowships to pursue higher studies in high rank foreign institutions.

Even after assuming the administrative post of Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU, Prof Sarial has kept alive his passion for the teaching and guides two post graduate students in the College of Agriculture. He motivated the teachers to take extra classes to prepare the students for various national level competitive examinations. After his joining as Vice-Chancellor, the university attained the very first position among all 73 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, last year. This year, eight students of the university were selected in prestigious Agriculture Research Service. Last year, for his outstanding contributions in the area of agricultural research, especially developing PUSA Basmati 1121 variety of rice, Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, was honoured with an award of Rs. One lakh,  a citation and a memento by the farming community, department of agriculture, Punjab and global institutes, Amritsar.  Prof. Sarial has also been awarded earlier a number of times at national level for his achievements. 


Prof A.K.Sarial receiving Best Teacher Award from the Vice-Chancellor, HAU





Last Updated: March 12, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/213 Dated: 12.03.2018


CSKHPAU veterinary scientists organize twelve infertility treatment camps in Kinnaur


Palampur 12 March. A team of veterinary scientists from the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University,  organized infertility treatment camps in district Kinnaur from 4-11 Match. The  twelve camps were organised at Nako, Leo, Gyaboung, Ropa, Sunnam, Labrang, Kanam, Lipa, Asrang, Rarang, Rakcham and Chitkul villages in collaboration with H.P. State Animal Husbandry department under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna(RKVY) project to investigate various reasons of infertility in bovines of  Himachal Pradesh.

Prof. Madhumeet Singh, team leader, told that around 150 cows, yaks and their crosses suffering from infertility problems were examined and treated. The scientists collected blood samples from the animals to study minerals, biochemical and hormonal profile and also to study causes of abortion in cows of this area. Uterine discharge samples were also collected for detailed diagnosis of bacterial and fungal uterine infections in repeat breeding cows. Data were also collected from the staff working in these institutions to analysis the status and causes of abortions and also regarding certain obstetrical interventions in bovines in these areas. Free medicines were distributed to the farmers.  

During these camps, a special emphasis was given on recording reproductive abnormalities of Yak crosses (Churi/Dzomo) reared by farmers in this district. Samples were also collected from this species for further study. The other team members included Dr. Pravesh Kumar and Mr. Vijay Rana from the Department of Veterinary Gynecology and obstetrics.

Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor has appreciated the veterinary scientists for serving the livestock keepers at their doorsteps in remote and less accessible areas of the State.




Camps in progress in snowbound areas of Kinnaur





Last Updated: March 08, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/212 Dated: 08.03.2018


International Women's Day celebrated fervently in CSKHPAU


Palampur 8 March. International Women's Day was celebrated fervently in the College of Home Science (COHS), CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

The students of constituent colleges participated in the debate on the topic, "Gender Parity Mindset" and a Poster Making Competition on the topic, "We can do it". Chief Guest Dr. (Mrs) Promila Kanwar, Dean, COHS, said that it was important to provide quality education to the girl child so that she becomes self-reliant and gains the confidence to face the world.She said that it was encouraging that a large number of girls were coming forward to study science and excelling in it.  Dr.(Mrs) Ashu Gulati, Senior Principal Scientist, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource  Technology delivered a keynote address. She told that in addition to turning 'houses' to 'homes' , the women were making enormous contributions in other areas including science and technology.  Two former students of the university Ms.Nidhi Rialch, who recently qualified Agricultural Research Service and Dr.  Anita, Assistant Professor, Central University of Haryana also interacted with the students of the college.

During debate competition, three judges Dr.O.P.Sharma, former Head, Indian Veterinary Research Institute Regional Station, Dr.Pragya Gupta, Professor of English and Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) also expressed their views on this special day. Professor Dr.Y.S.Dhaliwal also spoke on the occasion.

The team of  Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Science(COVAS) comprising Kanika Singh and Pankaj Rana was adjudged firstand the team of the College of Agriculture(COA) comprising  Aditya and Shourya bagged the second position in debate competition. In poster making competition,  Sheetal from COA was declared first,  Shaheena and Shilpa, both from COHS bagged second and third position, respectively.

A view of the audience


A view of the dais



A view of the students receiving prizes





Last Updated: March 05, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/211 Dated: 05.03.2018


Palampur 5 March. Three students of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University have qualified prestigious Agricultural Research Service (ARS) examination conducted by the Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) and appointed scientists.


Anima Mahato

Anima Mahato  qualified  ARS in the discipline of Genetics and Plant Breeding and  was a student of Dr. H.K. Chaudhary during her M.Sc.



Devender Sharma

Devender Sharma also qualified  ARS  in the discipline of Genetics and Plant Breeding and  was a student of Dr. Satish Paul during his M.Sc.



Nidhi Kumari

Nidhi Kumari qualified ARS in the discipline of Plant Pathology and  was a student of Dr. P.N. Sharma during her M.Sc.


These students are currently  pursuing their Ph.D. in different universities including CSKHPAU. Besides these three students who brought laurels to the university, Tamna, Rahul Sharma and Anuj Sharma, B Sc Agriculture Honours passed out students, have qualified examination for Agricultural Officers in banks.

Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, has congratulated the students and their advisors for this accomplishment.





Last Updated: March 03, 2018

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No. QSD/MC/210 Dated: 03.03.2018



Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial asks farmers to adopt Zero Budget Natural Farming to optimally utilize local resources


Palampur 3 March. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University organized a programme at villager Karnarthu, around 30 Kms from here today. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated a fodder park and bank in the village and addressed the farmers. He asked them to make it a model for others to emulate and grow quality fodder under zero budget natural farming (ZBNF). The Vice-Chancellor told that ZBNF concept does not put any financial burden on them and the crops grown under this concept were more nourishing and beneficial to health. The Vice-Chancellor said that it was easy to grow crops under ZBNF as resources were locally available abundantly. He appreciated the university scientists for adopting around five hundred farmers in a cluster of villages in Baijnath block under Farmer First programme. It has benefitted them with farm inputs and improved technology to improve their economic status. He informed that the university has developed twenty farm models which can enable the farmers to double their income. He asked the progressive farmers and local representatives to motivate the farmers to adopt such models which can improve their crop and animal production. He also spoke on the need to increase milk production.

Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor lauded the efforts of 'Society for animal, human welfare and environment protection' which collaborated with the university and regional station of Indian Veterinary Research (IVRI) station to organize the programme. He expressed his happiness that for the last three years, the society was sensitizing the farmers of the area to grow green fodder for meeting requirement of their animals. For this purpose a demonstration plot of green grasses and fodder trees has been developed. He asked the society to continue farmer uplifting efforts in other areas too.

Dr Atul, Director of Extension Education, elaborated about various extension activities of the University and elaborated about ZBNF. Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, Dr G C Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, underlined the importance of Desi cow in the economy and health of farm families.

Dr.A.K.Panda, President of the society, told that the society was also giving coaching classes and computer education to the children of farming community. Drs Y.P.Thakur, J.P.Saini, P.K.Dogra, Jagtar Singh Guleria, Suresh Gautam, Desh Raj Chaudhary and  Pawan Sharma from the university and Drs R.Bhar,Gorakh Mal and Birbal Sharma from IVRI regional station also addressed the farmers. Mrs Geeta Devi, Pardhan of local panchayat, Mrs Shyama Devi, President of 'Mera Gaon, Mera Gaurav' society and a progressive farmer Naval Kishore also expressed their views.

Dr Ashok Kumar, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Dr Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) and some other prominent persons of the area were present on the occasion.


Prof A.K.Sarial,VC, inaugurating the fodder park at Karnarthu village


A view of the dais


A view of the dais farmers


Local children presenting a welcome song





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.






Media Cell  

 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.