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Himachal’s agricultural output hit by lack of managed pollination



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Solan:  Nauni-based Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF) today organized a one-day demonstration camp on the ‘Role of Managed Pollination in Apple Orchards’.

Apple farmers from Shimla, Chamba, Sirmour and Mandi district districts of Himachal Pradesh received practical lessons in managed pollination

The lack of managed pollination especially honey bee colonies is taking a toll on the agricultural output of the state and resulting in poor fruit set and low productivity. This eventually led to the loss of income for farmers, noted Dr Anju Khanna, Head, UHF’s Department of Entomology.

Role of Managed Pollination in Apple growing

Besides general information about the importance of beekeeping, the farmers also learned about the identification of important insect pollinators and the strategies to conserve them.

Dr Harish added that the main idea is to apprise the farmers on the vital role played by bees and other insect pollinators and motivate them to implement it in their orchards and reap its benefits.Farmers at the University apiary

Moreover, the farmers were given a live demonstration at the university apiary where topics like transportation of bee colonies and bee management were discussed.

They also learned how to protect the bees in case there is a need to use spray on the trees/fields. Field visit to the high-density plantations of newly introduced apple varieties under the HPHDP project was also undertaken where the forager behaviour of the bees was explained to the farmers.

Pollination in Apple Orchards

The nodal officer of the project in the university is Dr JN Sharma, who is also the Director Research of the university. The university scientists have been part of the project for the past two years.

Explaining about the camp, project coordinator Dr Harish Sharma said,

The activity aims to explain the topic of managed pollination. Thorough practical sessions on the preparation of honey bee colony for pollination and the use of pollen dispenser for ensuring proper pollination in apple were organized for the participants, who all happen to be progressive apple growers.

The camp organized under the World Bank funded Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Project (HPHDP). Fifty-two persons, who are ‘contact farmers’ and stakeholders in the project, attended the camp, along with 12 officers of the Horticulture Department.


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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France



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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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HP University Extends College Admission Date for 2021-22 Session Till Oct 25



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Shimla-Dates for admissions to undergraduate courses for the session 2021-22 in colleges affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University has been extended, which has come as a relief to not only those students who were seeking fresh enrollments in the first year but also to the students of the second and third year. 

The varsity informed that the decision was taken after considering requests received from various students regarding the same.  

Now, willing students can apply for enrollment in both government and private colleges till 5 PM, October 25, 2021.

This extension of date would benefit students who recently passed supplementary exams or those students of the second and third-year who had missed admission due to delay in declaration of their previous results.

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UHF Nauni Extends Admission Dates for UG, PG, PhD Till Oct 18



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Solan– Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has extended the last date for applying to various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in Horticulture, Forestry, Biotechnology, Agribusiness and Business Management. Applicants can submit their complete online application on the university’s admission portal till 18th October.

The normal seats of BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology will be filled on the basis of scorecard of ICAR-AIEEA (UG) 2021.

Admissions to MSc, MBA (Agribusiness) and PhD (for normal and self-financing seats) will also be conducted on the scorecard of ICAR AIEEA (PG) and AICE-JRF/SRF respectively. Students who have appeared in the ICAR-AIEEA 2021 for UG and PG, or AICE-JRF/SRF examination and are interested in seeking admission, such students must fill the university online application form before 18th October. Undergraduate aspirants who have not appeared in the ICAR test can however apply for the self-financing seats for B Sc and B Tech Biotechnology programmes run by the university by filling the online application on the university website.

The university has also advised the registered candidates to submit complete online application forms along with online payment acknowledgement slip before the due date. The schedule for online counselling will be announced by the University on the website after the declaration of the ICAR examination result. Application forms other than online mode will not be accepted.

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