Annual Review Meeting of Research Project on Goat Improvement: Small and marginal farmers need much help : Dr.J.K.Jena,DDG,ICAR Oath Taking ceremony of Veterinary Graduates at COVAS
A two days annual review meeting of all India Coordinated Research Project on Goat Improvement was inaugurated at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 20 July. While addressing delegates from all over the country, Chief Guest Dr. J K Jena, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) said that small and marginal farmers need much help with commercial and controlled farming systems. He said that many new challengers were emerging with much impact on small farmers so they need a definite strategy to face and come out with viable solutions to increase their income. Dr Jena said that newly developed technology should be wide spread for the common good of farmers. He said that people were aware about the importance of goat milk in cities but were not able to procure it freely. The scientists need to think on such issues.
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Livestock products have immense potential: Prof A.K.Srivastava, Chairman, ASRB
An oath taking ceremony was organized for neo-veterinary graduates at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), CSK H.P. Agriculture University on 5 July. While addressing 45 passing-out graduates, scientists and others, Prof A.K.Srivastava, Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, said that despite a mammoth growth in agriculture and animal husbandry sectors due to green and white revolutions, the country faced tremendous challenges due to ever increasing population. read more
Prof A.K.Sarial emphasizes balanced application of nutrients for sustainability of cropping systems CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University pensioners get financial benefits worth Rs 17 crore
Efforts made to make research more farmer centric: Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice Chancellor
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial inaugurated a national workshop on 'Evaluation and efficacy of Zink, Boron and Sulphur supplements for maximizing yields' at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 28 June.
While addressing delegates and scientists from all over the country, the Vice-Chancellor underlined the importance of micronutrients in increasing crop yields of major crops. He said that balanced application of nutrients through fertilizers along with organic manures leads to higher response of added fertilizers and sustainability of cropping systems.
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CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has released almost all pensionary benefits to its retired employees which were pending for last several years. This is in addition to regular pension. This was disclosed by a University spokesman on 6 June.
Financial benefits to the tune of Rs 17 crore have been released to its pensioners by the University ever since the joining of Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor in August 2016. Prior to that even monthly pension disbursement was not regular. Prof Sarial took initiative to resolve the long pending issues of the pensioners as there were cases as old as of the year 2004. Many of the pensioners have expressed their gratitude to him as their cases were not taken by any association or any individual. The Vice-Chancellor has ensured that all pensioners, especially low paid employees, regularly get pension as they are needier than others.
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"Research programs at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture university have been made more farmer centric", informed Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while chairing a research council meeting on 29 May.
The Vice-Chancellor told that research emphasis has been on the issues like stray cattle, ill effects of agrochemicals and escalating costs of farm inputs, zero budget natural farming (ZBNF), etc.He informed that efforts have been made that post graduate research was also location specific, need based and focussing on the needs of farmers and the state.
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Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, asks the students to excel in life The Vice-Chancellor dedicates new facility for the poultry farmers
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, asks the students to excel in life

Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor,CSK H.P. Agriculture University has asked the students to excel in life as their performance after obtaining graduation from any college of CSKHPAU, reflects quality of education and training. He was addressing the students of out-going B.Sc.(Hons) Agriculture at the College of Agriculture during an interaction programme on 26 May.
The Vice-Chancellor said that in the recent past, massive efforts have been made to improve the quality of education and "culture has been introduced in agriculture" to make it face the new challenges. He said that rigorous training in the budding years helps in making students self-reliant and strong to face the future. He said that the aim of education was to make students think beyond self and family. He asked them to serve the society with dedication and always try to pay back to the alma mater and society.He also elaborated about the efforts made to prepare them for competitive examinations which have made the university number two among all SAUs and farm institutions in the country as reflected in ASRB annual report.
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Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University inaugurated a new housing facility of "Brooder- cum- Grower House" at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences on 25 May.
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor said that the new facility will strengthen the existing infrastructure for poultry at the university and enhance the capacity to distribute more number of chicks to the farmer in coming times. read more
Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial underlines the importance of scientific training to the farmers
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has underlined the importance of scientific training of farmers to improve their knowledge. He was addressing participants and scientists during the concluding ceremony of a three days training programme on "Para veterinary training of mountain women partners involved in goat and poultry rearing" for 24 farm ladies on 25 May. read more
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial emphasises conservation and commercialization of Honeybees
World Honey Bee Day celebrations at CSKHPAU
World honey bee day was celebrated by CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at its Bee Research Station(BRS), Nagrota Bagwan, around 25 Kms from on 20 May. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, in his address to the bee keepers, students and scientists, said that there was great economic viability of commercial bee keeping in Himachal Pradesh.
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Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial exhorts farm officers and scientists to educate famers about improved technology Additional Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi asks staff and students to help in raising the income of farming community
Agricultural Officers' Workshop on Kharif Crops
Agricultural Officers' Workshop on Kharif crops was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University on 9 May. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the workshop, asked farm officers and scientists to educate farmers about the new scientific technology while providing improved seeds.
The Vice-Chancellor said that merely forty percent technology has percolated to the farmers' fields and they need to be made aware about new innovations and all those techniques which can enable them to increase their crop production. He said that practical solutions to the existing and new emerging farm problems were required and for that regular field visits and interaction was needed.
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Dr Shrikant Baldi, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance, Planning and Agriculture), Govt. of Himachal Pradesh has asked the staff and the students to help in raising the socio-economic status of the farming community. Dr Baldi, as Chief Guest, was addressing the students and staff after awarding the winners of annual athletic meet at CSK H.P. Agriculture University on 6 May. Dr Baldi, while appreciated the university for its various achievements complimented the university for organizing athletic meet. He told that sports were an integral part of quality education as the fit body keeps minds healthy which helps in delivering to the public including farmers.
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Shri Virender Kanwar, Minister of Animal Husbandry, asks scientists to provide solutions for monkey menace and abandoned animals
World Veterinary Day celebrated enthusiastically at CSKHPAU
Agriculture Minister Dr Ram Lal Markanda exhorts scientists to accelerate research and extension work on doubling the farmers' income
World Veterinary Day was celebrated enthusiastically at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 28 April. Shri Virender Kanwar, Minister of Animal Husbandry Fisheries, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj was Chief Guest.In his address, the Minister said that animals have been useful to society since ages. He said that indigenous cattle breeds were known for their high quality milk with unique medicinal properties like A2 protein. He called animals as ATMs for the farming community but regretted that people were abandoning animal husbandry and agriculture. read more Conference on "Doubling the farmers' income: Challenges and strategies"



A two days conference on "Doubling the farmers' income: challenges and strategies" was inaugurated by Dr Ram Lal Markanda, Minister of Agriculture, Tribal Development and Information Technology at CSK H.P. Agriculture University(CSKHPAU) on 23 April. While addressing around 300 delegates, the Minister asked them to accept the challenge to double the farmers' income(DFI) by conducting research on this aspect and transferring the relevant technologies to the farmers. He said that the government of Himachal Pradesh will extend all possible help to the scientists and farm officers to raise the income of farm community. He told that the agricultural budget has been raised to Rs.687 crore and a number of new schemes have been launched in the state to accelerate the growth of agriculture. "Since the agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sectors can help farmers to double their income so the government has strengthened these departments by increasing the budget and launching many new programmes for it", the Minister informed. He said that zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) will also help farmers to drastically reduce input cost and asked both farm universities to accelerate research work on it.



Dr Ram Lal Markanda said that government has simplified the procedures to enable the farmers to purchase power tillers and tractors, adopt organic and zero budget natural farming, solar fencing, solarised drip irrigation system and many other such programmes which will help them to reduce their drudgery and increase their income. Projects worth Rs 178 crore have been sent to Govt of India for approval which will further boost agriculture sector in the State. He appreciated the University for using WhattsApp and social media for farm extension work.

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Shri Shanta Kumar asks scientists to revive the glory of traditional crops with useful research
Group Meet of All India Coordinated Research Network on Potential Crops

Palampur 27 April. Shri Shanta Kumar, Member Parliament, as Chief Guest, inaugurated "Group Meet of All India Coordinated Research Network on Potential Crops" at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. While addressing a galaxy of scientists from all over the country, Shri Shanta Kumar asked them to revive the glory of traditional crops with useful research and transfer of its technology among farmers and other stake holders.
He told that that it was essential to conduct research and make general masses aware about the importance of all such traditional crops which had been an essential part of daily diet, decades back.
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Adopt "Farmer centric approach" advises Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial ,Vice-Chancellor
Conference concludes on "Doubling the farmers' income: Challenges and strategies"

Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University has advised the scientists to adopt "farmer centric approach". As Chief Guest of the valedictory function of two days conference on "Doubling the farmers' income: challenges and strategies", he was addressing the delegates and university scientists on Palampur 24 April.
The Vice-Chancellor said that implications of research need to be kept in mind along with its practicability. As around sixty percent technology has not reached the farmers' fields so the scientists need to introspect and reframe their strategies.
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Possible to increase productivity and production of Maize: Prof A.K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor Ample scope for increasing tea production: Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial Security check post at Gate Number five of the university inaugurated

CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University will fill up fifteen posts of teachers besides twenty five positions of non-teaching employees in the near future. This was disclosed by Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, here today.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the Board of Management (BOM) has approved filling up fourteen positions of Subject Matter Specialists (SMS) for Krishi Vigyan Kendras and one post of Assistant Professor in the discipline of veterinary gynecology and obstetrics in Dr.GCN College of Veterinary & Animal Science (COVAS). "This will give impetus to extension education activities for the benefit of farming communities of the respective districts where KVKs were situated" opined Prof Sarial. He said that BOM has also approved filling up of twenty five posts of Junior Office Assistants. read more


"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 on 6 April. 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.
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Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated a security check post at Gate Number five of the University on 5 April. He said that he agreed to inaugurate the small check post intentionally so that even the class four security personnel manning the post may feel at par with other employees as normally only big buildings are inaugurated. Registrar Shri Satish Kumar Sharma, Estate Officer Er A.K.Chadha, Asstt Engineer B.S.Jassal, Dean COBS Dr Manoj Bhargava, Other University Officers and staff of Estate Organisation was present during the inaugural ceremony. read more
Awareness and preparedness can minimize the losses in disasters: Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial conferred with Best Teacher Award at Haryana Agricultural University
Programme on Disaster Management at CSK HPAU
To sensitize the university community on disaster management, an awareness programme was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University on 4 April. 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.
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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. read more