VOLUME 15 NO. 2
April - June 2015
Dr M.L. Choudhary
Dr K.S. Khokar
Dr K.M. Bujarbaruah
Dr N. C. Patel
Dr V.S. Tomar
Dr A.R. Pathak
Dr A.K. Gahlot
Dr R.P. Singh
Dr Kirti Singh
Dr Ramendra Singh
Ex-Chief Agronomist, FAI
Mr R.S. Gupta
Ex-Editor (English), ICAR
Prof Varshneya joined as First VC of AAU, Anand from 21 May 2004 to 1 Jul. 2010. Since 19 Aug. 2014, he joined as First VC of the KU, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
He guided 75 M.Sc.(Agri.), 2 M.Tech. (Agril. Engg.) and 6 B.Tech (Agri. Engg) students. He has at his credit 11 Books, 79 Research Papers, 40 Book Chapters, 13 General Articles, besides 47 Reports and 29 Papers presented in Seminars.
He was decorated with several awards, few are: Bronze Medal in 2009 for e-krishi kiran program by Ministry of Administrative Reforms and Ministry of Information Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi; “Glory of India Award- 2009”, presented by India International Friendship Society, New Delhi; and FAO Fellowship, 1988, Food and Agricultural Organization, Rome.
He was elected as President of the Association of Agro-meteorologists, Anand for the period of 2009-11. He is also a Member of Board of Management of Agricultural Finance Corporation of India, Mumbai.
Focus on Universities:Events and Achievements
Healthy Ageing through Immune Benefits
Studies conducted at the university revealed that dietary supplements of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus (MTCC 5897) and L. fermentum (MTCC 5898) may alleviate the age-related decline in immune functions in the elderly, and promote healthy ageing.
Studies on the labratory mice indicated that the probiotic bacilli were associated with improvement in the function of antioxidant enzymes and immune responses, and increased the resistance to E. coli infection. “The results indicated that probiotic Lactobacilli-fermented milk supplementation alleviatedthe immune-senescence, resisted the infection and improved the anti-oxidant capacity,
Lactobacillus fermentum (MTCC 5898)Immuno-senescence refers to the inevitable, multi-faceted decline in the functions of the immune system during progressive ageing, which makes the elderly more susceptible to infections and the effects of
immune-senescence, chronic infections, and oxidative stress constitutes a grave threat to the rationale of healthy ageing and pose a challenge to the public health systems, throughout the world.
Cloned Calf from Somatic Cell Isolated from Urine
Real fruits and dry fruits-based sugar-free kulfi was developed by the scientists of the university. This product is 100% natural and free from artificial colours and synthetic flavours. In real-fruit category five flavours were prepared such as mango, sapota, banana, papaya and black grapes, and in dry-fruit category, two flavours viz. Shahi Anjeer and Dry Fruit Karanch. A new variety having Jayee and chocolate flavour were prepared for children. The cost of this dairy product is Rs 20-25. The shelf-life of real fruits and dry fruits is 15 days and 30 days respectively at 18°C temperature. Dr A.K. Srivastava, Director, launched this product on 1 June 2015 at NDRI Milk Parlour. BPD and TBI together provide six month training on “Preparation of dairy products” for unemployed youth. The university has allowed the trainees to sell their developed dairy products at NDRI Milk Parlour for 6 months. The developed products meet all the quality standards and are being prepared in the BPD laboratory under the guidance of NDRI scientists.
New Master's Programmes
Keeping in view the expanding needs of the manpower in the area of food processing, a new 2 year Master's course in “Food Science and Nutrition'' was introduced from the forthcoming academic session (2015-16). The course offers very good employment opportunities in food and health sector. Similarly, a new post-graduate course in Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology and Obstetrics was also introduced. The new academic programmes would further help the young scholars, in skill development.
ICAR, DAC Interface Meeting
Seed and Fertilizer Distribution under Sardar Sarovar Project
Demonstrations on Seed and Fertilizer distribution to the
beneficiary farmers' of System of Rice Intensification (SRI technique) were held on 25, 29 and 30 June 2015 by Sardar Sarovar Project working at Paddy Research station, Dabhoi. Total 60 beneficiary farmers got the kits of paddy seeds (var. GAR- 13) and fertilizers.
Distribution Programme of Maize Sheller
A training and distribution programme was organized by MMRS, AAU, Maize on 19 June 2015 at College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Godhra. Dr K.B. Kathiria, Director of Research and Dean (PG studies), inaugurated it. Dr M.L. Gaur, Principal, CAET, suggested of distribution of maize shellers procured under the project “Tribal Sub-Plan: Encouraging Tribal Youth/Women for adopting proven Agricultural engineering technology on mechanization, Value addition and Resource conservation in middle Gujarat” along with distribution of weeder from MMRS maize. Tubular maize shellers were distributed to 49 ST farmers to encourage them in adopting proven technologies. .
National-Level Elocution and Essay Competition
The Extension activities and outreach programmes are undertaken at the colleges or institutes and 5 research centres of the university. The various extension activities include conduction of certificate courses, skill-development programmes, vocational training programmes, participation in exhibitions, demonstrations, farm-advisory services and bringing out extension publications for promoting fisheries.
A joint review meeting of the ICAR institutes, both farm universities and all departments concerned with agricultural development in Himachal Pradesh, was held at the university on 22 May 2015. The chief guest, Shri Sujan Singh Pathania, Minister of Agriculture, MPP & Power, H.P., exhorted the farm scientists and officers to help small and marginal farmers with useful and affordable technologies. Dr K.K. Katoch, VC, told that climate change will affect agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sectors, and the university was working to secure interests of farmers under uncertain climate conditions.
Seminar on e-Krishi Shiksha
Group Meeting of All-India Network Project on Soil Arthopod Pests
development of farmer-friendly technologies for the control of insect-pests and transfer of such technologies to the end-users. Dr K.K. Katoch, VC, told that soil arthropods are responsible for major losses in many crops. Besides, effective technologies to control these devastating pests should be devised, utmost care must be taken to protect the farmer-friendly insects.
Kisan Mela at Salli
Dr Katoch also touched the issues related to conservation of traditional and local different crop varieties, and on the need of rearing milch animals and proper management of dairies.
National Workshop on Rural Electrification
Visit of NABARD Chief General Manager
Women at Dairy Farming Training
Dairy farming training was organized by Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, for the farmers of Punjab and neighbouring states, in which 75 trainees including 7 ladies participated. Dr H.K. Verma,
Dr M.P. Gupta, Professor-cum-Head, said that the experts from College of Veterinary Science delivered their lectures on various aspects of dairy farming. The farmers were advised to have proper planning on land, funds and availability of loans etc. They were also guided to keep high yielding dairy animals in their herds. Instructions were provided for constructing cheap but comfortable sheds for their animals, to train them in better hygienic conditions and excellent management. A major part of the expenditure in dairy farming is on feed and fodder. The farmers were guided to make the green fodder available to their animals throughout the year. They were encouraged to make the concentrate feed and prepare the silage at the farm itself. They were trained to differentiate between healthy and sick animals. Role of regular vaccination, deworming and hygiene in prevention of the diseases was stressed upon. The first-aid methods for various ailments were taught and practical demonstrations were held. Tips for timely detection of heat, timely artificial insemination, and the care of pregnant and new-born animals were emphasized. Dr Udeybir Singh, Course Co-ordinator of the training, informed that all the farmers showed great interest in learning new technicalities of dairy farming.
Visit of Delegation from Nuffield Global Farming Scholars
Dr S.N.S. Randhawa gave a brief introduction of the university and its different research activities to the delegates. Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, Dean (Post-Graduate) studies, revealed the functioning of the university in higher education. Dr Sushil Prabhakar, Registrar, described the important and vital international collaborations and exchange programmes. The meeting was attended by senior faculty members of the university.
Keynote Address in International Symposium
Entrepreneurship Development Programme
The Department of Livestock Products Technology, organized a Entrepreneurship Development Programme on “Hygienic processing and value addition of meat and meat products for employment generation and women empowerment” from 29 Dec. 2014 to 24 Jan. 2015. Ministry of Food Processing Industries under National Mission on Food Processing sponsored the programme. Total 32 trainees including SC/ST/women and the minority candidates from 3 states participated in it. Total 67 lectures were delivered, with 24 hands -on- training practicals, financial institutions
Technology to Industries
Technology and Machinery Demonstration Fair
Krishi Mahotsav 2015
Community Radio Station for Farmers
Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Government of India, inaugurated the broadcasting ceremony of Junagadh Janvani 91.2 FM, a newly established Community Radio Station of the University for Farmers on 23 Jun. 2015. The occasion was graced by Shri Jashabhai Barad, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat; Dr A.R. Pathak, VC; Shri Rajesh Chudasma, M.P.; Shri
Lokarpan and Stone-Laying Ceremony
MoU with HKCAL for Training
Facility for Quality Assurance of Foods of Animal Origin
Training on Diagnostic Vet Ultrasonography
Regional Referral Veterinary Diagnostic and Extension Centres
The Board of Management of LUVAS in its meeting decided to establish two RVDEC of LUVAS at Uchani (Karnal) and Mahendergarh. These centres will provide specialized services to the sick and lame animals, viz Surgical, Clinical, Gynaecological, diseases diagnosis and extension services. These regional centres will also provide animal breeding and management practices to facilitate improvement of the productivity of livestock, thereby uplifting the socio- economic status of poor farmers of the state.
Total 441 degrees were conferred during the convocation in the field of Veterinary, Dairy Technology and Fishery Science Faculties for graduates, post-graduates and Ph.D. students. Total 32 medals including 24 gold and 8 silver medals were awarded for outstanding academic performance at B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., B.F.Sc. and B.Tech degree programmes.
MoU between MAFSU and NRCM on Meat
MoU between MAFSU and MSSRF
A memorandum of understanding between M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University was signed on 8 Jun. 2015 at the university head quarter.
The purpose of this MoU is to set forth the understanding and possible areas of collaboration to support the small holder
and landless farmers in the Farming system for nutrition project villages under “Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia” in animal-farming activities like animal husbandry, fisheries and any other activity that is pro-nutrition and can be economically viable, including livestock management and animal health, with access to quality fodder and feed. Mr V.V. Rane, Registrar; and Ms R.V. Bhavani, Project Manager, LANSA, MSSRF, signed the MoU in the presence of Prof. A.K. Misra.
5th Dr C.R. Sane Oration
The Alumni Association and Department of Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Bombay Veterinary College, organized the oration. Dr V.L. Deopurkar, former Director of Research, and President of the oration, also guided the participants. Dr A.M. Paturkar, Associate Dean, ex-officio President of Alumni Association, briefed upon the activities of the Association and the college. The journal of Bombay Veterinary College was released on this occasion.
Global Social Science Conference
Meeting of State Research and Extension Council
A meeting of state-level research council and extension council was held
during 2-6 Jun. 2015 in the Dr M.S. Swaminathan Conference Hall of the university. H.E. Sj. B.P. Sethi, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Fisheries and AnimalResource Resource Development, Government of Odisha, graced the occasion as the guest of honor and addressed the gathering.
Release of Seven New Crop Varieties
Release of Four New Varieties
Food Industry Centre Dedicated to Farmers
The Food Industry Centre of the university established with the technical co- operation of Ohio State University, (the USA) and financial help from the ICAR, New Delhi, is fast emerging as one-point facility for providing value addition in the state. The technology priorities for the FIC are minimal processing techniques, heat preservation techniques, drying and dehydration, bottling of juices and beverages,
Visit of Smt. Hema Malini
Visit of Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan
The Directorate of Extension Education of the university organized a skill development programme on "Tailor Ladies" for 25 rural women for 80 days. It was sponsored by Rajasthan Skill & Livelihood Development Corporation, Jaipur. This programme was initiated on 1 Jan. 2015 and concluded on 20 Apr. 2015 at SKN College of Agriculture, Jobner. Shri Ankur Sharma, District Manager, RSLDC, Jaipur was the chief guest.
Visit of Australian Delegation
Training on "Virological Technologies in Fish Diseases"
Summer training on "Virological techniques in fish-disease diagnosis" for 10 days was organized in the Department of Fish Pathology and Health Management at Fisheries College and Research Institute during 4-13 May 2015. In the concluding session, Dr G. Sugumar, Dean In-charge, informed that such programmes offered by the department of Fish Pathology and Health Management would really help the needy personnel working in the field to identify the pathogens and help the farmers
MoU with EU Delegation
A framework agreement between the TNFU and University of Las Palmas De Gran Canaria (Spain), for the development of mutual academic and research programme, was signed on 4 June 2015. Accordingly, provisions were made between the ULPGC and the TNFU for 3 years in the following areas:
Election of Dr S. Felix as Director WAS-APC
Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao, National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru delivered the convocation address. Prof. C.N.R. Rao called upon scientists to address the problems of food security, energy and water productivity by adopting the state of art technologies. He advised students not to give up easily on research endeavors by observing that "to prove something in agricultural science, you need to wait with patience".
Inauguration of Phenomics Facility
A novel phenomics platform was developed at Department of Crop Physiology, with funding support from the ICAR under its Niche Area of Excellence programme, in collaboration with IISc, Bengaluru. This facility can be effectively adopted for screening a mapping population and for germplasm leading to mapping QTL and for assessing the functional relevance of specific genes or QTL introgressed lines.
Training on Weedicide Use
Dr P. Bhattacharya Memorial Award
The university released five varieties of various crops, one each of jowar, paddy, chilli and two of cotton, along with 1 innovative farm implement. Twenty one research recommendations pertaining to Agronomy, Soil Science, Entomology, Horticulture, Food Technology, Home Science, Agricultural Engineering etc. were also approved in the 43rd joint Agresco meet held at MPKV, Rahuri during 28-30 May 2015.
Jowar: SPH 1641
The kharif jowar hybrid, SPH 1641, is high yielding compared with the checks, and is tolerant to black mould, stem fly and stem borer. Hence it is recommended for cultivation in rainy season kharif in Maharashtra.
Cotton: NH 635
The American cotton NH 635 is a straight, high-yielding variety with superior fibre quality, and is tolerant to sucking pests, alterneria and blacterial blight. Hence it is recommended for cultivation under rainfed condition in Maharashtra.
Cotton: NHH 250
The American cotton hybrid 250 is high yielding has better fiber quality with tolerance to sucking pests, as well as alternaria, and bacterial blight. This variety is recommended for cultivation under rainfed condition in Maharashtra.
The chilli PBNC1 is high yielding variety for green chilli recommended for kharif season in Marathwada region.
Paddy: PBNR 03-02
The paddy PBNR 03-02 recorded higher yield and long grain size over the checks the Parag and Avishkar. Hence it is recommended for irrigated condition in Marathwada region.
Kharif Farmers Rally
MoU with MHSCL, Mumbai
Launch of e-Newsletter
Annual Review Meeting of NHM Programme
Annual Review Meeting of NHM programmes of Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development was conducted during 19-20 Jun. 2015 at the university campus, in which 60 delegates from all the SAUs and ICAR institutions working on spices participated.
Department of Poultry Science, Post-graduate Institute of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Akola, with "Programme Officer Appreciation Certificate Award" at a grand ceremony in Mumbai on 8 June 2015.
Chaudhary Devi Lal AICRP Award
Chaudhary Devi Lal Outstanding All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) Award for 2014 was announced to AICRP on Palms, Kasargod and its AICRP centre, Ambajipeta, Andhra Pradesh.
Kovvur centre of Dr YSRHU was awarded the Best AICRP centre for fruits by ICAR for the year 2015 at 2nd Annual Group Meeting organized at MPUAT, Udaipur, (Rajasthan).
Prof. Akhtar Haseeb, took over as VC, NDUAT, Faizabad on 21 Oct. 2014. He was born in the year, 1955, in district Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, did his M.Sc. in 1976, M.Phil in 1977 and Ph.D. in 1983 from AMU, Aligarh. He started his career as a Scientist in 1983 from CIMAP, Lucknow and elevated to Sr. Asstt. Director. His significant contribution to the CIMAP, Lucknow includes the development of a high yielding clone of Mentha arvensis cv. Himalaya. It gained an International Patent and also received CSIR - Technology Award (1999) as a team member. In 1997, he joined as Professor in Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and held many responsible positions: Chairman, Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences; Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences; Controller of Examinations and Admissions, Officer-on-Special Duty (Development), etc. Prof. Haseeb is a Fellow of 10 and Life Member of 13 Scientific Societies; elected President, Nematological Society of India (2016-18).
Prof. Haseeb visited Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, North Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida and Georgia as well as 13 other universities and agricultural farms in the USA. He has completed many research projects of major prestigious funding agencies like ICAR, NATP, DBT, UPCAR, UPCST, AICRP-Nematodes - ICAR, etc. He supervised many M.Sc., M.Phil and Ph.D. students, research associates, etc. He has published 144 research papers in national and international journals of repute. Prof. Haseeb has received "Vigyan Gaurav Award"-UPCST (UP); "Recognition award - gold medal,", "Life Time Achievement Award-", "Outstanding Scientist Award", "Plant Pathology Leadership Award" and "Plant Nematology Leadership Award", Indian Phytopathological Society, "Prof. M.S. Pavgi Lecture Award" "Prof. V.P. Bhide Memorial Award Lecture", "Rishi - Nematode Management"-"Honor of Distinction ", "Dr B. Vasantharaj David Award", and "Late Shri P.P. Singhal Memorial Award ".