VOLUME 16 NO. 2
April - June 2015
EVENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS FOCUS ON UNIVERSITIES
Prof M.C. Varshneya
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 C.S. Cbakrabarti
Ex-President, IAUA (2013)& Ex-VC, WBUAFS, Kolkata
Dr Ramendra Singh
Ex-Chief Agronomist, FAICAR
Mr R.S. Gupta
Ex-Editor (English), T-9, ICAR
Besides several awards, he has received Life Time Achievement Award of Kharagpur; D.Sc. (honoris causa) Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Poorvanchal University, Jaunpur, N.D. University of Agriculture and Technology, Faizabad, Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur, and Rajendra Agricultural University, Samastipur, Bihar; President, Range Management Society of India, Indian Society of Agronomy, Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics, Indian Society of Plant Physiology, and Indian Society of Agricultural Sciences. His areas of specialization are Agronomy, Crop Production, Water Management and Agroforestry.
Seminar on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Livelihood Security
Inaugural session of national seminar The North-East Society for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Asian Fisheries Society (Indian branch) in collaboration with the university, organized a national seminar on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Livelihood Security, Sustainability and Conservation during 21-22 Jan. 2016 at College of Fisheries, Tripura. H.E. Shri Tathagata Roy, Governor, Tripura, the Chief Guest, inaugurated the seminar. The inaugural function was graced by the presence of Dr J.K. Jena, Deputy Director-General, Fisheries Sciences, ICAR, New Delhi; Prof. Madhusoodhana Kurup, VC, KUFOS, Kochi; Former VC's, CAU, Imphal Dr M.P. Singh and DrS.S. Baghel, former VC, CAU, Imphal; and DrW.S. Lakra, former Director/VC, CIFE, Mumbai. Prof. M. Premjit Singh, VC, presided over the function. The Chief Guest released a souvenir, containing various emerging issues in fisheries and aquaculture sector of national as well as regional importance, and a book of Abstracts comprising summary of research accomplishments of various scientists across the country. The seminar was attended by 170 delegates from 20 states and union territories, including professors, researchers, planners, administrators and officials from different ICAR research institutes, fisheries colleges and industries, line departments from the state, Niti Ayog, NGOs, and private sectors as well as 130 UG and PG students. The major recommendations are as follows:
Training on Aquaculture Production and its Management
Vocational trainees with faculty and staff The College of Fisheries organized a 3-month vocational training programme on Aquaculture production and its management from 29 Oct. 2015 to 29 Jan. 2016 by Department of Aquaculture for school drop-out/unemployed youths from the States of Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. The trainees attended the lectures, followed by hands-on sessions and field works relating to pond management (did calculation and applications of fertilizer and lime, feeding, fish harvest or sale), production of floating pelleted fish-feed, seed production of ornamental fishes and Amur common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Other aspects like aquarium fabrication, live-feed culture, feed formulation, water-quality monitoring, etc. were also adequately covered. A manual containing various topics pertaining to the theme of the vocational training was prepared and distributed to the trainees.
National Convention of Agricultural Engineers
Demonstration of Pipeline Milking Machine
Diploma Course for Input Dealers
Workshop on Fisheries and Aquaculture Response in Emergencies
Total 33 participants attended the workshop, representing NGOs, Indian Red Cross Society, teachers or scientists from College of Fisheries, Raha, ICAR-CIFRI, KVK; officers of Department of Fisheries, Assam and Meghalaya as well as progressive fish farmers. Dr Bibha Chetia Borah, In-charge, FRC; Dr P.P. Srivastava, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer; Dr Rupam Sharma, Principal Scientist, NEH region, ICAR-CIFE; and Dr Arpita Sharma, Principal Scientist, CIFE, Mumbai & Co-ordinator of the workshop, were the resource persons.
The 48th Foundation Day of the university was observed on 1 April 2016. Dr K. M. Bujarbaruah, VC presided.
The Foundation Day lecture was delivered by Dr Sunil Roy, VC, Kaziranga University, Jorhat. Speaking on the agricultural development of the state, Dr Roy stated that besides producing human resource, the AAU plays a very important role in contributing towards technology generation and dissemination for the farming community of the state as well as the region. He informed that special importance would be given to pulses production in the state through the KVKs under AAU, and awareness among farmers would be created on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojanaand Soil Health Card.
As a part of the ceremony, awards were distributed to the best teachers of the year Dr Polash Debnath and Dr Probodh Borah; the best research scientists Dr Tamizuddin Ahmed and Dr Niranjan Kalita from the faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Science respectively, and the best extension scientist Dr Rupam Borgohain Dharmananda Das Memorial Award for best graduate in Department of Tea Husbandry and Technology was given to MsTusi Chakma.
His Excellency the Governor of Assam and Nagaland, Shri P. B. Acharya visited KVK, Karimganj (under AAU) on 2 July, 2016. He took part in a tree-plantation programme in the KVK campus as a part Of Vana Mahotsav week. Thereafter, he had an interaction with Programme Co-ordinator and scientists of the KVK and released the fourth edition of KVK Karimganj Newsletter. Towards the end of the programme, he visited the Demonstration Units and lauded the success of Vanaraja poultry in the KVK. He also examined the farmers' fields of Karimganj district.
A Krishi Mela (kharif) was organized during 9-10 Mar. 2016 on sustainable agriculture. Over 46,000 farmers from Haryana and adjoining states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and U.P. participated. D r K S Khokhar VC inaugurated the mela and Maj. Gen. (Dr) Shri Kant, VC, LLRUVAS, Hisar, presided over the function. In the mela the farmers purchased certified seeds of various rainy season (kharif) crops, vegetables and fruit saplings worth Rs 16.15 lakhs.
The university publications amounting to Rs 1.11 lakh were also sold. An agro-industrial exhibition, scientists-farmers meet (buzz session), live or dummy demonstrations on innovative farm technologies, testing of soil and water samples and crop competition were the other highlights of the mela
Release of Bajra and Cotton Hybrids
It is a dual-purpose hybrid with high average grain yield ( 37.3 q/ha with potential of 44.8 q/ha) and dry-fodderyield (101.0 q/ha.) with maturity in 68-72 days. Its plant height is 150-176 cm and gives high tillering and flowers in 45 days.The panicles are compact with 20 cm length and 2.8 cm thickness. The grains are grey in colour and globular in shape. The 1000 seed weight is 9.4 g.
The variety has higher degree of resistance to downy mildew and otherdiseases.
Desi cotton hybrid AAH 32 was identified by Central Variety Identification Committee in the Annual Group Meeting held at NAU, Surat during 7-9 April, 2016. This hybrid gives superior seed-cotton yield over the checks.
Genetic male-sterile lines HGMS 20 and HGMS 21 of American cotton were registered with NBPGR, New Delhi.
Golden Jubilee Lecture
While presiding over the function, Dr K.K. Katoch, VC, appreciated the successful journey of 50 years by College of Agriculture . He informed that the university has decided to introduce 10 percent inputs in its examination system from e-Krishi Shiksha Portal of the ICAR to broaden the understanding of subjects by the students and has started on-line viva voce examination through video conferencing. Dr N.S. Rathore also laid the foundation stone of a new boy's hostel funded by the ICAR to be constructed at a cost of Rs 2.5 crores, it will house about 90 students.
ZREAC Meeting Meetings
Visit of DDG (Hort.)
High Ranks in SRF and JRF
Record Milk Yield by University Farm Cows
Elite Sahiwal Calves
"ICAR Best Teacher Award 2015-16" to Dr Mahajan
Visit of Consul General of Canada
Visit of British Deputy High Commissioner
Workshop on Radio Chemistry
Visit of American Team
The team was also shown the laboratories of the colleges of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and Basic Sciences and Humanities, in which the works being undertaken on animal and crop biotechnology and microbiology was shown. The team discussed the areas of mutual interest and cooperation with the Dr Mangla Rai, VC, in the evening.
Krushi Mahotsav - 2016
Visit of Prof. Peter Martens
In her address to the august gathering, Smt. Patel stated that the new research and technology in the field of agriculture has changed the traditional method of farming as well as the age-old mind sets, and has resulted into better crop yields.
She appealed the farmers to interact with the scientists of agriculture universities to take advantage of various farmer-centric schemes of the state and central government. An Agricultural Fair -cum- Exhibition as well as a series of seminars on different Agriculture, Veterinary and Horticulture subjects were also arranged for the benefit of farmers for2 days
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana
Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya, Minister of State for Agriculture, Gol, New Delhi inaugurated it at Targhadia. Shri Babubhai Bokhiriya, Minister of Agriculture, Gujarat State inaugurated it at Khapat and Shri Mansukhbhai Mandavia, Member of Parliament (State Council-Bhavnagar district) inaugurated at Nana Kandhasar. Dr. A. R. Pathak, VC and Dr A. M.Parakhia, DEE, JAU, Junagadh graced the occasion. A large number of farmers and farm women participated in these events. Exhibitions were also organized during the events, in which latest agricultural technologies and products were showcased in different stalls of private stake-holders, companies and Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Ranking of CAET Engineering Colleges in Top
Centre of Advanced Faculty Training in Veterinary Microbiology
Referral Veterinary Diagnostic and Extension Centre
This station will have facilities for X-rays, ultrasonography, operations, clinical diagnosis, artificial insemination, investigation of diseases and analysis of feed/ feed ingredients. Sero-surveiNance of the important diseases and compilation of epidemiological data will be a continuous process to create strong data-base for disease forecasting and control strategies.
To encourage the staff fortheiroutstanding work in the field of Education, Research and Extension, the university conferred Best Teacher, Best Researcher and Best Extension Worker Awards on the occasion of 125th Birth Anniversary of DrB. R.Ambedkaron 14April 2016. DrS. V Kuralkar, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Post Graduate Institute of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Akola; DrN. V. Kurkure, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Nagpur Veterinary College, Nagpur; and DrA. U. Bhikane, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Udgir, were conferred with the Best Teacher, Best Researcher and Best Extension Worker Awards respectively. Prof. A. K. Misra, VC, presented them the awards, which included a memento, shawl, shriphal and cash prize of Rs 25000.
NVC Alumni Meeting
Value-added Fish Products
Recommended Varieties or hybrids: Pumpkin
PPH-2: Its fruits are small, round, light green at immature stage and smooth-brown at mature stage. Fruit cavity is small and flesh is golden yellow. It is extra-early in maturity and gives 222 q/acre yield.
PBHR-41: Its fruits are round, medium-large sized, shining, deep purple with purple green calyx. Its average yield is 269 q/acre.
PBHR-42: It has oval-round, medium sized, shining, purple-black fruits with green calyx. Its average yield is 261 q/acre.
Prime Ministers Fellowship to Students
Annapurna Krishi Prasara Seva
The AKPS was launched by Secretary, Government of India, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, MCIT, on 3 March, 2013. As a post-NAlP initiative, PJTSAU has up-scaled this model from the year 2014- 2015 in six Krishi Vigyan Kendras and three District Agricultural Advisory and Transfer of Technology Centres, covering nine districts of Telangana State.
Registered farmers, the end-users of AKPS, are able to receive personalized advices on their farming problems and requirements on multi-platforms (mobile phone/ IVRS). They can also receive push messages (text and voice) in their vernacular language on their registered mobile number from their respective KVK/DAATTC of the university. With the help of this tool, the university is able to address information needs of the farmers on important aspects such as weather, crop production and protection etc., for specific location.
Total 9,626 farmers registered under AKPS and the farmers were able to interact directly with experts through toll free number (1800-425¬ 3141). If the expert is not available, the farmers can record their queries at any time on all days through toll-free number and they can get the replies in the form of text messages or voice message in local language. The university is utilizing this platform to alert the farmers about the breaks out of pest, natural calamities or in any other emergency messages through the AKPS. The university has provided 3,676 agroadvisories to the registered farmers, and pushed 420 voice messages and 389 text messages to the farmers of AKPS so far.
27th Annual meeting of All India Coordinated Research Network
Meeting of Varietal Identification Committee
The meeting of Varietal Identification Committee on All-India Coordinated Research Network on Potential Crops was held on 2 May, 2016 at Sardarkrushinagar underthe chairmanship of Dr J.S. Chauhan, ADG (Seeds) ICAR. Three varieties were identified viz, (i) Faba bean variety, HFB-1 for plains zone comprising Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh; Kalingada; and (ii) variety GK-2 for arid and semi-arid areas of north Gujarat and Rajasthan; and (iii) rice bean variety for low and mid-hills of western Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Besides giving a high yield (11.8 % higher over the check Gl 3); Gujarat Isabgul 4 is uniquely non-shattering type with higher husk-swelling trait. The non-shattering habit would especially be helpful to ramp up the sagging acreages of isabgul attributed to enormous yield losses due to shattering
ICAR-NAE National Training
It formed a part of Capacity Building Programme under the ICAR Niche Area of Excellence in Fish Safety and Quality Assurance. The training focused on the biochemical quality assessment of aquafoods to determine their freshness quality at all stages of handling, processing and storage. Total 15 participants from the central research institutes, SAUs and EIAattended the programme. Dr G. Jeyasekaran, Professor and Head, Department of Fish Quality Assurance and Management, served as Programme Director; and Dr R. Jeya Shakila, Chairman, School of Harvest and Post-Harvest Technology, served as Programme Co-director.
Whale Stranding at Pazhayar Village, Nagapattinam
The shark is believed to have entangled in the seine net operated by local fishermen, and was later released back into the sea on 27 June, 2016. The shark was found dead on the next day. The case of death might be due to the fatal injuries suffered by the animal on the previous day.
Total 13 students of Fisheries College and Research Institute, TNFU, Thoothukudi qualified to receive the JRF examination of the ICAR to pursue their Master of Fisheries Science degree programme in the academic year 2016-17. Miss J.S. Jenishma, a student of this college bagged the All-India second rank, and MrS. Kesavan won the first place in the reserved category. In addition 11 other students also qualified to receive the JRF.
Student Excellence in JRFs and SRFs
The ICAR, New Delhi has conducted 21st All India Entrance Examinations for Admission (AIEEA) test-2016 for admission to M.Sc. Degree Programme at farm universities throughout the country.
In these examinations this university secured maximum 17 out of 38 Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) allotted for M.Sc. programme in Horticulture sector and thus bagged highest JRF awards in Horticulture in the country among all farm universities (65). Besides, it secured five ranks out of top ten ranks in Horticulture. Maximum 19 ICAR Senior Research Fellowships (SRFs) were bagged by UHS students for Ph. D. Program.
Accreditation of University and Constituent Colleges
The ICAR, New Delhi, University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot and KRC College of Horticulture, Arabhavi, were accredited for 5 years (up to 31 March, 2019); and other three constituent colleges, viz., COH, Bagalkot, COH, Bidar and COH, Kolar were accredited for 2 years (up to 31 March, 2016).
The ICAR Peer Review Team recently visited UHS, Bagalkot (in the first Week of April 2016) for accreditation of four constituent colleges, viz., COH, Bengaluru, COH, Munirabad; COH, Mysore; and COH, Sirsi and continuation of accreditation forthe colleges completed two years viz., COH, Bidar, COH, Bagalkot and COH, Kolar. The letter of Accreditation from the ICAR is awaited forthen seven seven constituent colleges.
ICAR Norman Borlaug Chair in International Agriculture
The Bt-chickpea lines so developed in collaboration with CSIRO, Canberra and NRCPB, New Delhi are being tested in confined field trials (BRLI) by the private partner - M/S Sungro Seeds. Dr Sarmah has been currently acting as member of four important expert committies / task forces of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and serving as Editorial Board member of two leading international journals of plant sciences.
State Innovation Award
Dr P.K. Mehta, Director of Extension Education and team leader told that more than 40,000 traps worth Rs. 50 lakhs have been provided to the farmers during the last 5 years.
The traps have also been demonstrated through KVKs in Haryana and Punjab. As the techniques is environment-friendly and easy to adopt, the farmers are readily accepting it.
Fellowship of Indian Veterinary Congress to Dr M.K. Chatli
Fellowship of Indian Ecological Society to Dr Meera D.Ansal
GBPUAT Pantnagar "Best university of Uttarakhand"
Best Rice Production Award
Nestle Research Award to Dr Monika Chaudhary
Monsanto Beachell- Borlaug International Fellowship to Ms K.Kaur
Dr Viswanatha received various international and national awards including Endeavour Executive Award by Australian Govt. (2010); Life-time Achievement Award by Society for Extension Education and Management in Agriculture, Jhansi(U.P.) (2012); and Shri Choudhari Devilal Best AICRP award for Arid Legumes, CAZRI, Jodhpur (2008). "During his tenure as Director of Extension, UAS, Raichur", he was honoured by Best KVKAward of Zone - VIII for KVK, Bidarfrom ICAR (2015); National Best Farmer Award Mohammad Idris Quadri, Bagdal, Bidar. He was Fellow of Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development; and Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding. He published 100 research papers; 2 book chapters; training manual; 6 seminar/ symposia/ conferences; 4 national level publications. He also executed 12 projects. He was involved in the development and release of crop varieties viz., Rice- CTH- 1(Mukti) and CTH- 3 (Bilimukti); Horsegram- BGM-1 and PHG- 9; Cowpea- KBC- 2, KM-5 and IT.38956-1; Fodder Bajra (49-A).
He joined Agricultural Research Service of the ICAR at National Academy for Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, (1992) served in different positions at Directorate of Oilseeds Research (now ICAR: Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research), Hyderabad (1993-1999), National Research Centre on Rapeseed-Mustard (now: ICAR: Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research), Bharatpur (1999-2009), ICAR: Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur (2009-2012); before working as the Director of the ICAR: National Research Centre for Integrated Pest Management, NewDelhi (2012-2016). He is a fellow of Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Phytopathological Society, etc.
He has been conferred several awards [Vividhlaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra (VASVIK) award for Agricultural Sciences and Technology, 2004; Hexamar Agricultural Research and Development Foundation Award, Indian Society of Oilseeds Research, (2005); Prof V.P. Bhide Memorial Award, Indian Society of Mycology Plant Pathology, (2010); Dodla Raghava Reddy Memorial Gold Medal, Plant Protection Association of India, (2016), etc.], holds one patent, has more than 25 years of research experience, published more than 91 research papers in reputed journals, published 10 books, and wrote 29 review chapters.
His salient contributions include research in Integrated Pest Management in Oilseed, Pulse, Vegetable crops, disease forecasting (including by use of remote sensing), host resistance to crop diseases, etc. He guided 5 Ph.D., 7 M.Sc. students.