Solan- A 21-day advanced faculty training on ‘Innovative Interventions for Sustainable Vegetable Production under Changing Climate Scenario’ concluded today at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni. The training was organized by the Centre of Advanced Faculty Training in Horticulture- Vegetables (CAFT) of the Department of Vegetable Science of the university.
This elite centre has been operational since 1995 when it was sanctioned by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for upgrading the scientific skills of faculty and scientists of State Agricultural Universities and ICAR institutes in vegetable crop improvement and production technology.
Speaking at the valedictory function of the occasion, Dr AK Sharma, Director of CAFT informed that 28 such advanced training programmes on different research and development aspects of vegetables have been organised since the establishment of the centre and has enabled over 600 young scientists to upgrade their skills.
This is the 29th training in the series. This year 25 scientists from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar and West Bengal took part in the training. Dr Sharma recalled the extreme climatic events that took place in the world in the past year and their impact.
In his address, University Vice-Chancellor Dr Parvinder Kaushal, underlined the importance of food security particularly in the context of climatic change. He said that there has been an increase in food production over the past few decades but this has to match with this rising population.
He said that there was a challenge to sustain production. Dr Kaushal called upon the vegetable breeders to develop varieties, which are resistant to the change in the climate. Speaking on the issue of malnutrition and global hunger index, he said that it was important for the agricultural scientists to come up with innovative solutions, which can help tackle these issues.
This year’s programme was devised to give an elaborate account of climate change, covering its scepticism followed by the evidence to show its existence and then mitigation and adaption strategies to overcome its catastrophic effects to achieve sustainable livelihood avenues.
Experts from the university and eminent scientists of the country delivered talks on cutting-edge technologies for cultivation of vegetables under changing climate scenario. Prominent among these were Dr Sudhakar Pandey, ICAR-IIVR Varanasi, Dr AS Dhatt, PAU Ludhiana, Dr BS Tomar, IARI, New Delhi and Dr Akhilesh Sharma, CSKHPKV, Palampur. The participants also got a chance to visit DMR Chambaghat, CPRI and NBPGR at Shimla and the university’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kandaghat and RHRTS Mashobra. They also interacted with progressive farmers of Chail and Saproon valley.
Director Research Dr JN Sharma, Director Extension Education Dr Rakesh Gupta, Dean Forestry Dr Kulwant Rai, SWO Dr PK Mahajan, Comptroller HM Verma, HODs of all departments and scientists were present on the occasion.
Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France
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.
HP University Extends College Admission Date for 2021-22 Session Till Oct 25
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.
UHF Nauni Extends Admission Dates for UG, PG, PhD Till Oct 18
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.