Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial dedicates robotic vegetable grafting machine in the service of farming community of H.P. High level meeting to discuss performance based audit of the CSKHPAU
CSK H.P. Agriculture University took lead among all 73 farm universities of the country by installing a robotic vegetable grafting machine on 3 July. Prof. A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while dedicating the Grafting Machine Robot in the service of farming community of Himachal Pradesh at vegetable research farm told that high quality planting material of grafted seedlings will be produced for the farmers. He said that the machine can graft 600-800 plants per hour with 90 percent accuracy. read more A participatory meeting was held to discuss preliminary performance based audit report of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 27 July. Sh.R.M.Johri, Principal Accountant General, Himachal Pradesh, Shri Arvind Mehta, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary(ACS), Govt. of Himachal Pradesh and Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor attended the meeting. Shri R.M. Johri and his team apprised about the audit work done on various education, research and extension education activities in the university and sought clarifications before submission of the final report. read more
CSKHPAU to fill up 38 more posts of teachers: Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial Oath Taking Ceremony at COVAS
"Work for the empowerment of the farming community" advises Dr. N.S. Rathore, DDG, ICAR
Veterinary scientists organized infertility camps in remote areas
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
Oath taking ceremony for passing-out graduates of Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (COVAS) was held at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 10 July. Dr. N.S. Rathore, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), as chief guest, asked the neo-graduates to work sincerely for the empowerment of the farming community. He said that among the teaming 125 crore plus population of the India, there were hardly 0.36 percent farm graduates so they have added responsibility for the rural population engaged in agriculture and allied avocations. Dr Rathore said that animal husbandry sector has played an important role in tremendous farm growth in the country yet this sector has to remodel itself with the aim to double the income of farmers.
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A team of veterinary scientists from Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics, DGCN College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, in collaboration with H.P. state Animal Husbandry department, organized seven infertility camps in high altitude tribal villages of Himachal Pradesh at Sangla, Boning-Saring and Pooh of District Kinnaur and Hurling, Tabo, Kibber and Kaza in Spiti valley. The camps were organized under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) project "Diagnosis and treatment of infertility in livestock through clinical camps in different parts of Himachal Pradesh". read more
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial asks farmers to grow Basmati rice for export purpose CSK HPKV celebrates International Yoga Divas
CSK H.P. Agriculture University held a Basmati Workshop at its Rice and Wheat Research Centre, Malan on 25 June.
Prof. A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing over 150 farmers from different development blocks, officers from the state department of agriculture and scientists of the university said that since Basmati rice was an important export commodity so the farmers should be extra cautious to use only recommended dose of chemicals in this crop so as to fetch more revenue.
He told that India exports a major quantity of Basmati rice to Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Kuwait. Geographical Indication (GI) registration has been provided for the area that has been growing basmati for over a hundred years and falls in Indo-Gangetic river basin. The areas of Basmati Rice production in India are in the states of J & K, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand and western Uttar Pradesh. He said that the GI recognition for the Basmati rice grown in North Indian states is expected to stabilize the price of basmati and boost exports.
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The third Edition of International Yoga Divas was celebrated in CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 21 June. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial performed yoga along with university faculty, staff and students in Khel Parisar of the university.
In his inaugural remarks, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sarial said that International Yoga Divas is being celebrated in about 121 countries across the world, today. He emphasized the importance of yoga and advised university fraternity to add yoga in their daily routine to have complete state of physical, mental, spiritual and social health.
The event was organized by the Student Welfare Organization. Student Welfare Officer Dr. A.K. Goel thanked all present in the programme. read more
55 students from CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University qualify ICAR NET
Fifty five post graduate students of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University have qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and University Grants Commission (UGC). According to Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, since the inception of the University in the year 1978, this is the highest number of students who have been able to qualify these prestigious national level examinations. read more
Farm Officers' Workshop on Kharif Crops
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial exhorts scientists & farm officers to increase income of farmers
"The university scientists and farm officers should work hand in hand to help the farmers to double their income" stated Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor while inaugurating a State level Agriculture Officers' Workshop on Kharif crops at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 12 June.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the university has developed need based modern scientific technology and the officers from the State Department of Agriculture should help in its effective transfer to the farmers so that yields increase substantially benefiting the farming community. He told that 20 such model enterprisers have been identified which can help farmers to double their income and asked farm offices to spread this message among stake holders. He also spoke on the importance of increasing the area under organic and natural farming as due to less use of fertilizers and other chemicals in the State it was not a tough task.
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CSKHPAU veterinary scientists organized infertility treatment camps in Una villages CSK H.P. Agriculture University and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Foundation sign MOU to train eight hundred farmers
A team of veterinary scientists from CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University organized eight infertility treatment camps in different villages of Una district. The camps were organized by the scientists of the Department of Veterinary Gynecology and Obstetrics, DGCN College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in collaboration with H.P. State Animal Husbandry department at Katohar Khurd, Behar Jaswan, Nangal Jarialan, Mawa Kaholan, Mazara, Beetan, Dhundla and Hambola villages under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna project.
Around 225 cows and buffaloes suffering from various infertility related problems were examined and treated in these camps.
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CSK H.P. Agriculture University and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to train eight hundred farmers of Himachal Pradesh on 3 June. During MOU signing ceremony, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor said that skill development programmes through trainings and demonstrations to the farmers and entrepreneurs of Himachal Pradesh will help them in various income generating professional activities. It will also help them to double their income as envisaged by the Govt of India.
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Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial expresses gratitude to Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare Dr.S.K.Pattanayak, Secretary Agriculture, Govt of India inaugurates branch Office of Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority at CSKHPAU
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has thanked Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority (PPVFRA) for sanctioning Rs. six lakh for organizing biodiversity fairs in Himachal Pradesh. He told that the university would organize such fairs in different parts of the state to make farmers aware about the importance of conservation of rich biodiversity and procedure of registration of traditional crop varieties.
The Vice-Chancellor has also expressed his gratitude to Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Govt. of India, for giving approval for the Branch Office of Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority at Palampur, whose foundation stone was laid recently by the Secretary, Deptt of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers' Welfare, Govt. of India at the university campus. read more
Another Feather in the cap of Palampur



Dr.S.K.Pattanayak, Secretary Agriculture, Govt of India inaugurates Branch Office of Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority at CSKHPAU: Dr.S.K.Pattanayak, IAS, Secretary, Deptt of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers' Welfare, Govt. of India inaugurated Northern Himalayan Region branch office of Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Right Authority (PPVFRA) at CSK Agriculture University on 30 May.



Dr.S.K.Pattanayak, in his address to the university scientists and farmers, said that farmers and other stakeholders should make use of new office so that all traditional crop varieties preserved by the farmers were registered and they were benefitted. 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 said that students should make farming community aware about the importance of PPVFRA act so that rich Himalayan bioresources were protected. Dr.V.L.Chopra, former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, in his presidential remarks, said that plant biodiversity was very important. Conservation, preservation and technology to make synergy between bio-resources was equally important. He said that critical areas should be identified to make use of biodiversity for the advancement of agriculture.

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Radiation technology has wonderful uses for mankind: Prof A.K.Sarial Vice-Chancellor
A two days awareness programme on the Application of radioisotopes and radiation technology in food, environment, health care and industry began at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 29 May. Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, who was chief guest in the programme jointly organized by the Global Centre for nuclear energy partnership (GCNEP) and the university, in his inaugural address said that it was imperative to make stakeholders and general masses aware about the uses of nuclear energy for the benefit of mankind. He told that radioisotopes and controlled radiation were used to improve food crops, preserve food, determine ground-water resources, sterilize medical supplies, analyze hormones, X-ray pipelines, controlling industrial processes and study environmental pollution The Vice-Chancellor said that farm scientists use radiation to develop varieties of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables and fruit crops which were hardier, more disease-resistant, with improved nutritional value as well as improved baking or malting qualities. read more
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial applauds efforts of the Indian Army for philanthropic activities
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, has commended the Indian Army for carrying-out various philanthropic activities, in addition to protecting the country from enemies. He was addressing a group of about two dozen farmers from Kupwara district of Jammu & Kashmir, who were on a two days visit to the university under 'Operation Sadbhawana' on 24-25 May.
The Vice-Chancellor said that geographical conditions of Himachal Pradesh were similar to some regions of J&K and the farmers can adopt many of the improved tools and technology developed by this university. He advised them to maintain a link with two farm universities at Srinagar and Jammu , their Krishi Vigyan Kendras and other development departments for eliciting latest farm inputs and know-how. Prof Sarial said that if need be, experts of his university can visit farmers to provide them any specific or specialized information and trainings.
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CSKHPAU develops a new poultry stock to promote rural backyard poultry farming AICRP Meet on Poultry Breeding at CSKHPAU A Gaddi goat farmer associated with CSKHPAU gets a National Award



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
Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial underlines the importance of backyard poultry in nutritional & livelihood security of rural India


Oath taking ceremony for passing-out graduates of Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (COVAS) was held at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University on 10 July. Dr. N.S. Rathore, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), as chief guest, asked the neo-graduates to work sincerely for the empowerment of the farming community. He said that among the teaming 125 crore plus population of the India, there were hardly 0.36 percent farm graduates so they have added responsibility for the rural population engaged in agriculture and allied avocations. Dr Rathore said that animal husbandry sector has played an important role in tremendous farm growth in the country yet this sector has to remodel itself with the aim to double the income of farmers.
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A gaddi goat farmer Shri Karam Chand, associated with on-going Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) funded project in CSK H.P. Agriculture University, has been was awarded with "Breed Saviour Award-2016" at ICAR' National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources(NBAGR), Karnal. The award comprising Rs. Ten thousand and a citation was given by Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General, ICAR.
"All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Goat Improvement" is operational in the Department of Animal Genetics & Breeding, Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (COVAS) of the university for the last six years. Sh. Karam Chand from Bringati Deol village in Chamba district has been selected for this award for his breed conservation work. He belongs to tribal gaddi community and is maintaining a pure bred flock of 389 gaddi goats.
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Porf A.K.Sarial exhorts scientists to provide innovative solutions with new tools and technology Think out of the box to solve the new challenges in farming: Mr. S.S. Ahluwalia
Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor has called upon the scientists to utilize latest tools and technology to provide innovative solutions to the farming community. He was addressing principal investigators (PIs) and co-principal investigators (Co-PIs) while inaugurating a training programme on 'Geo-tagging of assets for Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY)' at CSK H.P. Agriculture University on 16 May.
The Vice-Chancellor told that under the digital India Initiative, Govt of India has made it mandatory for all the agencies to geo-tag the assets created through government or public funds. The university has created number of assets so it was timely to train PIs and Co-PIs for Geo-tagging of assets and he appreciated the Centre for Geo-informatics Research and Training (CGRT) for the initiative.
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Mr S.S.Ahluwalia, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs, has asked the farming community to make use of new programmes and schemes to double their income. He was addressing the farmers, scientists and agriculture officers at Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) of CSK H.P. Agriculture University at Kangra, around 40 KMs from here on 9 May.
The Minister said that farm officers and scientists must work hard to transfer the new scientific technology and research to the fields as there was huge gap between laboratories and farms. He told that traditional knowledge had its utility and integrated farming, animal husbandry, fishery, increasing the production of oilseeds, pulses, etc were important.He also enlightened the farmers about new plans and emphasized the need to involve young generation with the farming for which the Govt. of India has initiated programmes like start up India, skill enhancement training, etc.
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Farmers, scientists and farm officers celebrate Wheat day at Malan
Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, asks farmers to grow red rice on larger scale
CSKHPAU prepares a model to double farmers' income: Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor Dr. Sant Parkash, retired Principal Extension Specialist (Vegetable Science) continues to offer volunteer service to CSKHPAU


The farmers, scientists and agriculture officers celebrated Wheat day at Rice & Wheat Research Station of the University at Malan, 20 KMs from here on 5 May. Prof A.K.Sarial, Vice Chancellor, as Chief Guest, while appreciating the efforts of scientists for developing high yielding wheat varieties, asked the farmers to pay attention for increasing their farm income by adopting university approved crop varieties and scientific technology. read more


A state annual action plan meeting of all Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) of Himachal Pradesh was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University on 2 May. In his inaugural address, Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, told that his university has prepared a model to double farmers' income in the mountainous and hill state of Himachal Pradesh.He elaborated that twenty enterprises have been identified where a farm family of four-five persons can earn much.
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A retired Principal Extension Specialist of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has set an example in serving the farming community selflessly which is worth emulating for others. Dr. Sant Parkash, who retired in April this year, continues to render his voluntary services to the university. Before his retirement, he was working as Principal Extension Specialist (Vegetable Science) in the Department of Organic Agriculture and was entrusted the responsibility of trainings and project execution.
Due to the paucity of staff, he was requested to extend his services which he gladly and voluntarily accepted.Dr. Sant Parkash served the university for thirty years in various capacities including Vegetable Specialist at Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK), Kullu and also as Programme Coordinator, KVK), Kangra and KVK, Hamirpur where he gave his incredible services in popularizing scientific vegetable production among the farming community.
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