VOLUME 15 NO. 3
July - Sept 2015
Frof 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 C.S. Cbakrabarti
Ex-President, IAUA (2013)& Ex-VC,WBUAFS, Kolkata
Dr Kirti Singh
Dr Ramendra Singh
Ex-Chief Agronomist, FAICAR
Mr R.S. Gupta
Ex-Editor (English), 1CAR
He possesses 35 years of experience in SAUs, He was the founder VC of SKAU, Jobner; and DDG (Engg.), ICAR. He has been Dean, College of Dairy and Food Science Technology; Dean, Students ,Welfare; HoD in CTAE, P.I., AICRP; Project Co-ordinator TBU-IC & RBTC. He is a specialist in renewable energy in Agriculture, Post-harvest technology and Food processing.
Dr Rathore attended several advanced training programmes viz. Food and Agriculture Business Management (Cornell University, the USA); Agro-forestry (University of Arizona), Bio-energy (University of Oxford); and Waste recycling (University Of Murdoch, Western Australia).
He was honored with 21 awards, e.g. Young Scientist, Outstanding Book, Outstanding Services, ISAE Commendation, Hindi research paper, World Bank IDM-2007, Best teacher, Energy conservation, Global dairy innovation, IE Fellow and SEE Award etc.
He has commercialized 6 technologies through NRDC, and published 32 books, 24 research papers in National journals, 12 in International journals, 85 National and International proceedings.
Dr Rathore has supervised 30 M.Tech, 15Ph.D. and 13 M.Sc. students; He is also a member of many important technological projects on commercialization with various agencies and also was a member of the Fourth Deans' Committee of ICAR for revision of UG &PG courses.
Focus on Universities:Events and Achievements
INDIAN VETERINARY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, IZATNAGAR
Corneal Grafting in Animals
Promotion of Pulses in North-East
The meeting was attended by 40 participants including the policy-makers, scientists and extension functionaries from ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur; ICAR-NEH Research Complex, Umiam and its sub-centres from different states of North East Region as well as State Agriculture Departments of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur.
Dr N.P. Singh, Director, ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur, chaired the inaugural session, Co chaired By Dr S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR-RC for NEH, Umiam. Prof M. Premjit Singh, VC, was the chief guest. Dr D.P. Malik, Additional Commissioner (Crops), DAC; and Prof J.M. Laishram, Dean, College of Agriculture, Imphal, were the guests of honours at the function. Dr C.S. Praharaj, P.S. and Nodal Officer (NEH); and Dr K. Noren Singh, Deputy Director of Research, were the convener of the inaugural function
Prof M. Premjit Singh, VC, informed that there will be six new colleges in addition To the existing seven colleges and six multi-technology testing centres along with six vocational training centres across the North-Eastern Hills region under the area jurisdiction of the university. These would provide better manpower and infrastructure along with better testing and training centres. After thorough presentation and discussion an action plan was formulated for2015-16, based on the following three major programmes:
1.Evaluation of pulse varieties on genotypes to identify location specific and suitably adapted ones.
2.Up-scaling of seed multiplication project to identify suitably adapted varieties of pulse crop
3.Collection of landraces and their evaluation along with nutritional profiling
Release of Technical Bulletin and Inauguration of PG Girls Hostel
Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, visited the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat on 21 Aug. 2015 along with other local public representatives. He applauded the efforts of the college and the KVK, (East Siang Pasighat), for upliftment of agricultural and socio-economic condition of the farmers. Shri Rijiju released a technical bulletin on Integrated disease management, and inaugurated Post graduate girls hostel in the Campus.
A team of veterinary scientists from the university organized clinical camps in six villages of Rampur sub-division in Shimla district under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna. They examined and treated 130 cows suffering from infertility problems. The team also collected blood samples and uterine discharge from infertile cows for detailed diagnosis of the diseases, and distributed free medicines to the farmers.
So far, 120 such camps have been organized in various locations of Himachal Pradesh, including some remotest tribal villages of Pangi, Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Bharmour, trans-Giri areas of Sirmour, and also Dodra-Kwar of district Shimla. Here they examined and treated 4000 animals.
Training for Producer Organization-Promoting Institutions
Fertilizer Orientation Course
A Fertilizer orientation course-2015 was organized during 29-30 Apr. 2015 in College of Agriculture by Department of Soil Science in collaboration with Fertilizer Association of India, New Delhi. Dr Mangala Rai, VC, inaugurated the course. About 100 post-graduate students of the college attended it.
Excellence in JRF and SRF
Students of various colleges of the university have excelled in the JRF and SRF examinations conducted by the ICAR, New Delhi on all-India basis for giving scholarship to students during the M.Sc. and Ph.D. courses respectively. Total 65 students of College of Agriculture, 23ofCollege of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 14 of College of Home Science and 13 of College of Fisheries qualified the JRF examination, many of whom secured high ranks in the merit of their respective subjects. In SRF examination 44 students of College of Agriculture and one of College of Home Science (who stood first in the merit in her subject), qualified.
Dr Mangla Rai, VC, laid the foundation stone for a new hostel for girls on 5 May 2015 near The state government provided a grant of Rs 7 crores for this hostel which will have 111 Rooms.
Release of New Varieties
Twenty eight new varieties of various crops developed by the university scientists were released for commercial cultivation by State Seed Subcommittee during its meeting held on 15Jun. 2015. These new varieties are: UP 2784,2785 and 2798 wheat; Pant Paddy 23, 26, 27, and Pant Scented Paddy 25ofrice; Pant Lentil 9;Pant Pea 155 and 157; Pant Gram 3and 4and Pant Kabuli Gram 2;Pant Urd 6;Pant Mung 7and 8;Pant Soybean
20, 21,22 and 23; Pant Cowpea 5;Pant Rai 21, Pant Hill Ioria1,Pant Shweta and Pant Toria 508 of mustard; UPO 06-1 oat; and Pant Hybrid Maize 2and 4.The old varieties had become susceptible to various diseases and pests, resulting in decrease In their production potential. These new varieties will replace the old ones and will help in increasing the production. Out of 28 varieties, 10are of pulses, which will greatly help in filling the gap existing in their demand and production
New Breed of Goat
A new breed of goat 'Panija', developed by Department of Livestock Product Management, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was registered by Breed Registration Committee of ICAR, New Delhi. This breed is native of tarai region of Utarakhand.
Training on Specialized Anaesthetic and Surgical Procedures
Milk-Chiller for Small Dairy Farmers
Meet of Coconut Farmers and Entrepreneurs
Release of Varieties and Hybrids
MoU with Central Institute for Research on Goats
Bhumi Pujan for Building of Polytechnic in Animal Husbandry
Training Workshop on Ultrasonography of Animals
Global Conference on Biological Threat Reduction
Only the university officers with rich experience and experts were invited to represent the Veterinary or Agriculture universities in this global conference. Maj. Gen. Shri Kant and Dr Ravindra Sharma actively participated in the deliberations. Dr Shri Kant presented Lord Ganesha memento to Dr Bernard Vallat, DG, DIE, and the university mementoes to other Dignitaries.
MoU with Pirbright Institute, U.K.
VC's visit to Royal Veterinary College, London
MoU with CIIMS, Nagpur
Australian Students' Visit
10th National Symposium of IAUA
Dr S.N. Puri, former VC, CAU, Imphal, & MPKV, Rahuri, was the chief guest for the inaugural function. Prof M.C. Varshneya, Senior Vice-President, IAUA, &VC, KU, Gandhi nagar, presided over the function. Dr lA. More, Chairman, &VC, welcomed and felicitated the dignitaries.
Dr More in his welcome address highlighted the significant achievements in education, research and extension of the university. He said that 18international students are admitted in the university under India-Africa and India-Afghanistan fellowship programmes. The university has also started UG degree programmes in collaboration with Van Hall Larenstein University, (apart of Wageningen University), the Netherland. He informed that since inception the university has developed and released 237 improved
varieties/F1 hybrids of 60 crops, 1,250 crop-production technologies, and 120 different types off arm implements and machineries. He also briefed about the extension education activities of the university. He said that a Farmer first' project has been sanctioned to the university under RKVY.
Dr RP. Singh, Executive Secretary, IAUA, in his introductory remarks highlighted the theme of the symposium. He said that innovations are needed for supporting agriculture. There should be maximum utilization of solar energy for agricultural work. Out of- Box thinking or new thoughts are highly essential in the agricultural sector. He laid emphasis on low-volume and high-value crops. He cited the example of earthquake devastation in Bhuj area of Gujarat state, where the farmers have come up with fruit crops like cashewnut, desert apple and olive plantation etc.
Prof M.C. Varshneya, Senior Vice-President, IAUA, & VC, KU, Gandhinagar, delivered the presidential address. He said that 66% of the population still lives in rural area and 52% of them are dependent on agriculture and allied sectors for their livelihood. Considering this, he highlighted the need of agriculture subject in primary education. Autonomy is essential for the SAUs, and the VCs should be empowered to fill up the posts on priority. Further, he narrated his experiences of Anand Agriculture University, Anand. The MU activities like Soil-health cards, organization Of Krushi Rath Yatra, district-wise rainfall calendar with advisory services have been expanded throughout the country.
At the end Dr K.D. Kokate, Director Extension Education, & Convener of IAUA National Symposium proposed the vote of thanks to the participating delegates. The valedictory session was held under the chairmanship of Dr K.M. Bujarbaruah, VC, MU, Jorhat; Co-Chairman Dr lA More, VC; Dr K.D. Kokate, Convener; Director of Extension Education; and Dr RP. Singh, Executive Secretary, IAUA.
54th Foundation Day
Skill Development Training
Method for Screening Food·grains for Fe and Zn Deficiency
The Biotechnology Section, Central Instrumentation Laboratory ,has customized a differential staining technique for estimating zinc and
Faster In-vitro Regeneration in Recalcitrant Date palm
This accomplishment was achieved by manipulating the artificial conditions and compositions of the media. However, through precision is a prerequisite during each stage of the tissue culture to maintain the clonal fidelity within the cultures.
Date palm is an important tree of Kutch, and has lot of genetic variability in the farmers' groves. At present the predominant tissue-cultured plants are imported; though some private firms have also started raising them. However, the cost of the tissue-cultured plants is exorbitant, which make the quality planting materials inaccessible to the farmers. The refined method will reduce the cost of production of such planting materials due to lesser time required for in-vitro regeneration.
New Peston Date palm Fruits
MoU with Institutions
Rabi Seed Day2015
Control of Farmers' Suicide
Centre of Excellence for Kesar Mango
On this occasion Shri Vidyasagar Rao, stressed the need for transfer of technology on fruit production, storage and transport to the farming community. He also paid a visit to high-tech nursery of the centre. This Indo-Israel collaborative project was sanctioned under NHM at Himayatbagh, Aurangabad. The programme was organized jointly by the university and Maharashtra State Horticultural and Medicinal Plant Board, Pune.
Short Course organized
New Species of Parasitoid
World Coconut Day
The university received Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award 2014 For the SAU/DU/CAU category. H.E. Shri Narendra Modi, PM, presented the award on the occasion of 87th Foundation Day, 25Jul. 2015, at Patna.
The ICAR, New Delhi conferred Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award for Outstanding Research in Tribal Farming Systems 2014 to Dr Badal Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist; and Dr Satyendra Kumar Dutta, Professor, on 25 Jul. 2015 in the 87th Foundation Day
and Award Ceremony of ICAR held at Patna. These scientists were awarded for their significant research achievements pertaining to bio ecology and management of Lepidiota mansueta, the menacing white grub pest with a biennial life cycle, in the world's largest river island, Majuli, Assam. Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Shri Mohan Bhai Kundariya, Union Ministers of State for Agriculture, presented the award to both the scientists.
Best Krishi Vigyan Kendra Award 2014
Best Centre Award of Network Projecton Organic Farming
Governor's Award for Best Research
Young Scientist Award to Microbiology Student
Patents granted and accepted for filing
Pantvarsity Figures in QS Ranking of BRICS Universities
The university has figured in top 200 universities of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), as per QS University Ranking for 2015, secunng 141st position. Among these top 200 universities, 31 institutions of India are included, which are mostly IITs and technical institutions.
Award for Most-cited Papers JAM-2015
NAAS Fellow Award to Prof A.K.Misra
ABP News Award
Hari Om Ashram Trust awards for Scientists, PG students and Farmers
International Scholarship and Travel Grant to Students
Ms Shikha Shanna and Mr Ilran Khan, Ph.D. scholars of Department of Plant Pathology, presented research papers in the "XVIII International Plant Protection Congress (IPCC)", held at Beriin (Gernmany), during 24-27 Aug. 2015.
Agricultural Leadership Award 2015
Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, VC, received the award on behalf of the university, and graciously acknowledged the important role played by all the personnel engaged in leaching, research and extension programmes all the university.
Jawaharlal Nehru Award
Best Centre award to Cagtor Muetard Research station
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.
Honorary rank of Colonel to VC
Felicitation of VC for KVK's ,Performance
Honor to Dr B. Venkateswariu
Hari Om Ashram Trust Award
Best AICRP Centre award for HRS, Ambajipet
Dr Chandrasekhar Chakrabarti, former VC, WBUAFS, Kolkata has been made as member of the Editorial Board of IAUA Newsletter. Dr Chakrabarti served the IAUA as its President in 2013.