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Last Updated:  February 07, 2020

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No. QSD/MC/410 Dated: 07.02.2020


Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial inaugurates workshop on 'Academic Management System Software'


Palampur 7 February.  Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated a two days workshop on 'Academic Management System Software' at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

While addressing the Deans, faculty and students, the Vice-Chancellor said that this workshop was important to educate all concerned about Academic Management System(AMS) and Project Information Management System (PIMS) which would be helpful  in various academic, research, extension education, financial and administrative  activities in the University. He told that implementation of this s system will enhance the efficiency and transparency. Prof Sarial said that the university clients namely students and farmers will also be benefitted through the artificial intelligence based Apps for crop production technology.

Prof Sarial mentioned that virtual classrooms will be a reality in the University in near future for providing quality education to the students.

Guest of honour Dr.R.C. Goyal, IT Consultant, National Agricultural Higher Education Project( NAHEP) detailed about  master data requirements and operational architecture of AMS. He also informed about features and functioning of PIMS and artificial intelligence based mobile app for disease and pest management. Other experts educated the participants about online reporting system, data validation and entry, problem solving, etc.

Dr.R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Post Graduate Studies and Dr.D.K.Vatsa, Director of Research underlined the importance of AMS and PIMS.

Dr.Ranbir Singh Rana, Principal Investigator, NAHEP and Shri Kapil Sharma, workshop coordinator, informed that this system tracks the students activities right from the registration to the completion of academic programmes.

The Chief Guest released five reference manuals related to AMS.

Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, Dr.GC Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences; Dr.Ashwani Kumar Basandrai, Dean, College of Agriculture and College of Basic Sciences and Dr.Yadwinder Singh Dhaliwal, Dean, College of Community Science were also present in the inaugural ceremony.




A view of the dais and participants






Last Updated: February 07, 2020

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Dated: 06.02.2020


Workshop on ‘Development of Soft Skills for Entrepreneurship among Agri–graduates' at CSKHPAU


Palampur 6 February.  A workshop on 'Development of Soft Skills for Entrepreneurship among Agri-graduates' was organized at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing the students from the constituent colleges of the University, underlined the need to equip the graduates with requisite knowledge and skills to become successful entrepreneurs. The Vice-Chancellor said that soft skills of students should be honed to make them better communicators to face interviews, develop spirit of team work and engrain leadership qualities in them. Such qualities help in becoming successful entrepreneur. Prof Sarial also advised to enhance technical knowledge and skill of farm graduates so that they may think and develop new ideas of entrepreneurship to become job providers. He said that the present agriculture can be reinvented with innovative ways to address new challenges and provide employment to a large number of people.

Prof Sarial also elaborated about Govt. of India and Govt of Himachal Pradesh schemes to develop entrepreneurship among youth and asked the students to avail benefits of Agri business incubators and such other schemes. He said that in this era of competitiveness students need to improve  their Knowledge, Skills and Attitude and such workshops can help them a lot.

Director of Research Dr.D.K. Vatsa, Dean College of Agriculture Dr.Ashwani Basandrai, Dean College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Dr Mandeep Sharma, Professor Emeritus Drs J. S. Guleria, besides experts from seed companies, banks and successful agri- graduates also addressed the students. Drs. N. K. Sankhyan and Anil Kumar, workshop coordinators informed that the workshop was organised in collaboration with National Academy of Agricultural Research and Management, Hyderabad under National Higher Education Project.  

Around 100 students from agriculture, veterinary, food technology and home science were apprised about central and state startup schemes, innovations and startup- experiences and challenges, entrepreneurship and economic perspective, start-up for young entrepreneurs, etc and their questions about such topics were answered by the experts.




A view of the dais and trainee students





Last Updated: January 27, 2020

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No. QSD/MC/407 Dated: 26.01.2020


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, underlined the significance of this historical day and  democracy. Prof Sarial also detailed rights and obligations enshrined in the constitution of India. The Vice-Chancellor 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. The Vice-Chancellor said that it was a challenge to maintain and improve 11th rank among all farm universities of the country for this young and small University but expressed the hope that collective efforts will yield positive results. He exhorted the staff to work diligently for the socio-economic development of the farming community.Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor awarded appreciation certificates to 26 staff members whose performance has been adjudged 'Outstanding' during the last three years. He also honoured blood donor NCC cadets. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated Students' Welfare Officer Dr V.K.Gupta and NCC officer Dr. Ankur Sharma for impressive programme and parade. Sweets were also distributed to all participants after the ceremony.Shri Pankaj  Sharma, HAS, Registrar and other statutory officers, scientists, non-teaching staff and their family members also enthusiastically took part in the Republic Day celebrations. 





Last Updated: January 27, 2020

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No. QSD/MC/406 Dated: 24.01.2020


Inter-college Youth Festival concludes with cultural extravaganza at CSKHPAU


Palampur 24 January.  A two days inter-college youth festival concluded with cultural extravaganza at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while appreciating the winners of various cultural events, appreciated the students for maintaining and sustaining rich cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh and presenting it beautifully in their various performances. He said that despite a busy academic schedule in professional college of his University, the students were full of creativity and talent. The Vice-Chancellor extended his best wishes to the team who will represent the university in inter-university youth festival to be held next month at Chhatisgarh. He also lauded the efforts of Students’ Welfare Organization for organizing the festival.The Vice-Chancellor also cautioned the students against drug peddlers who were trying to intrude into educational institutes. He lauded University students for their collective efforts to keep campus drug free. Earlier, Dr Vipin Kumar Gupta, Students' Welfare Officer, informed that 282 students from four constituent colleges took part in nineteen cultural, literary, theatre and fine arts competitions. Overall, Dr G.C. Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences was declared winner of the running trophy and the College of Agriculture was runners up in different events like Quiz, Extempore, One Act Play, Skit, Mime, Mimicry, Light Vocal Indian, Patriotic Song, Group Song, etc. The teams of  Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Science were declared first in clay modeling, rangoli, one act play, patriotic song , light vocal, mono-acting, mime, mimicry and quiz competitions. The teams of College of Agriculture won first position in debate, extempore, group song, folk dance, on-the-spot painting and skit competitions. College of Community Science teams bagged first position in cartooning and elocution and the teams of College of Basic Sciences were adjudged first in collage and poster making.Dr Sanjay Sharma, Co-ordinator and Dr Ranjna Verma, Co- coordinator told that all the judges  were from outside the university to maintain neutrality.All the statutory officers, teachers, non-teachers and students attended the concluding ceremony.





Last Updated: January 10, 2020

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No. QSD/MC/405 Dated: 10.01.2020


CSKHPAU cautions general public about fake recruitment scam by some mischievous elements


Palampur 10 January. CSK HP Agriculture University has cautioned the general public against fake recruitment scam in the name of the university by some mischievous elements. It has come to the notice of administration that some fake appointment letters have been issued for the post of 'clerk' to some gullible people in Sirmaur district. The University has advised such affected persons to approach the police so that culprits are brought to book.It has been clarified that all university recruitments are done by adopting proper procedures by the Registrar office and no individual or agency has been authorized for the recruitment of staff.



Last Updated: January 10, 2020

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No. QSD/MC/404 Dated: 10.01.2020


CSKHPAU student Mrs. Neha Chauhan qualifies UGC-NET


Palampur 10 January.      Mrs. Neha Chauhan, Ph.D student of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has  qualified All India UGC-NET examination for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor. In the discipline of Environmental Sciences, out of 20 527 candidates, only 108 candidates have been awarded JRF.She is the first student of the Department of Soil Science to qualify UGC NET and was Gold Medalists during her B.Sc and M.Sc degree programme.Mrs. Neha Chauan has attributed her success to her teachers, family members and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial for inculcating competitive culture among students in the University.




Last Updated: January 03, 2020

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No. QSD/MC/402 Dated: 03.01.2020


Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial holds Press Conference


CSKHPAU to recruit 90 Junior Office Assistants and 40 security staff: Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial


Palampur 3 January. CSK HP Agriculture University has decided to recruit 90 Junior Office Assistants and 40 security staff. This was disclosed by Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, during a press conference, here today.

The Vice-Chancellor informed that a decision has been taken by the Board of Management of the University to recruit 90 junior office assistants after taking State Government's permission. Thirty-five other posts of non-teaching employees like field assistants, stenographers, etc will also be filled up. The process to recruit 26 posts of lab attendants, hostel attendants, etc. has been almost completed.

To manage the security of campus, 40 security personnel will be recruited through   Ex-servicemen Corporation, Hamirpur. He told that efforts have been made to strengthen working of eight Krishi Vigyan Kendras of the University and interviews were held last month to fill up 14 positions of subject matter specialists. After his joining as Vice-Chancellor in August 2016, 47 positions of teachers and non-teachers have been filled- up besides resolving the issues of 46 co-terminus staff members.

Prof Sarial told that visibility and credibility of the University has increased as many  departments from Govt. of India, Govt. of Gujarat, Govt. of M.P., Govt. of J&K and reputed Public and  Private sector institutions have come forward for signing  MoUs for the training of their staff and farmers.138 research projects worth Rs. 6750 lakh are in operation which is  highest number and amount in the last four years. Such projects, besides helping to solve the farm problems and researchable issues, help in providing employment to qualified students and others. He also elaborated about the lead role of his University in natural farming which has drawn the attention of many state governments and institutions from all over the country.  

The Vice-Chancellor also answered several questions by the reporters from print and electronic media. Dr.Hirday Paul Singh, Joint Director (Information & Public Relations) was present in the press conference.







Last Updated: January 01, 2020


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No. QSD/MC/401 Dated: 01.01.2020


New Year Address of the Vice-Chancellor


CSKHPAU to provide consultancy services and conduct contract research: Vice-Chancellor Prof A.K.Sarial


Palampur 1 January. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, has urged the staff to maintain hard-earned distinction and serve the farming community with dedication. He was addressing the scientists, non-teaching employees and students on the occasion of New Year, here today.

The Vice-Chancellor announced that 'AgrInnovate Setup' has been approved to provide consultancy services, contract research, contract training programmes and contract services. It will act as an effective interface between the University and the stakeholders of the agricultural sector like farmers; public and private sector firms; research and development organizations etc. for securing, sustaining and promoting global agricultural development. He told that among all the farm varsities in the country, his university has been ranked at 11th  position by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

Prof Sarial apprised the staff and students about the major achievements in academics, research and extension education. He told that a good number of passed out students were getting jobs or pursuing higher education with scholarships. More than fifty students cleared national level competitive examinations like national eligibility test (NET), national talent scholarship (NTS), JRF, SRF, etc this year and added that the ever-increasing number of applicants for university academic programmes was an indicator of excellence in education which would be maintained. He told that for the first time in University, 14 girl cadets got NCC 'C' certificate and 36 cadets passed NCC 'C' certificate with 'A' grade,

Prof A.K.Sarial informed that the University has recommended four improved varieties like Trombay Him Palam Mustard-172, Him Palam Rye Grass-1, Him Palam Jau -2 besides four vegetable crop varieties have been notified at all India level. In the year 2019, 33 research projects worth Rs. 3248 lakh were sanctioned by various funding agencies and 138 research projects worth Rs. 6741 lakh were in operation. He informed  that some prestigious projects sanctioned like 'Protected Agriculture and Natural Farming project' worth Rs. 22.66 crore; establishment of 'Shiitake Cultivation and Training centre' worth Rs. 5.00 crore 'Him Palam Raftar Agri-Business Incubator' worth Rs. 233 lakh; 'H.P.Chief Minister's Startup Scheme' worth Rs. 40 lakh, etc. would directly benefit the farmers, students and other stakeholders.

The University organised around 560 training programmes benefiting more than 17,000 farmers. The University has signed MoUs with Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas, Agricultural Skill Council of India, Union Ministry of Agriculture, NABARD, SJVN, National Higher Education Research Project, etc. to propel research and extension activities.

Prof A.K.Sarial also elaborated about the creation of new infrastructure like hostels and told that 12 teachers were recruited besides promoting 25 teachers and 54 non-teaching employees. Benefits like additional increment to 157 class four employees were also provided. He told that the government has given approval to fill-up several posts of teachers and non-teachers and the process was underway to recruit the staff.

The Vice-Chancellor profusely expressed his gratitude to the State Government for liberal financial support to the University to run the affairs smoothly. He expressed satisfaction that the University continued its glorious tradition of ragging and smoke-free serene campus. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial congratulated and thanked all staff members for their performance and helping him to bring credit to the institution.

Later, the Vice-Chancellor organised a tea party to around 85 teaching and non-teaching staff members whose performance was ranked outstanding in 2019 and the scientists who bagged research projects worth Rs. fifty lakh or more amount. He said that good workers were an inspiration to others and valuable asset of the University All statutory officers and representatives of all teacher and non-teaching employees unions were also present on the occasion. 



Vice-Chancellor addressing the staff in auditorium




Group pic with outstanding staff members