Underscoring the need of enhancing the horticulture and agriculture produce by transferring the technology for laboratory to filed, the newly appointed vice chancellor of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Nauni Dr. Vijay Singh Thakur on Tuesday said that he would ensure the visit of scientists to each village to facilitate the farming community.
Besides focussing on tiding over the financial crunch of the institution, the research and extension network would also be strengthened to facilitate the end users, particularly marginal and small farmers.
Talking to media persons on varsity's campus, Thakur said that since institutions was facing a budget deficit of Rs. 18 crores, his focus would be procure more and more funds from the government and various funding agencies. Since the government was providing Rs. 45 crores grant -in -aid against Rs. 75 crores salary component, the issue would be taken up with the government to tide over the crisis immediately.
Introducing a new system to ensure the working atmosphere on the campus, he said that a special column would be included in the annual confidential report in which mentioning of details concerning the visit of scientist in villages would be made mandatory. This would besides inculcating the spirit of discipline and hard working would help farmers to get the latest techniques and research of institution.
" My immediate concern is to improve the deteriorating financial health of the institution and to ensure the active participation of farmers with varsity's growers welfare programmes by strengthening the extension activities to further enhance the productivity," said Thakur.
Turning to shortage of staff in almost all the Krishi Vigyan Kendars and Regional horticultural Research Stations, Dr. Thakur said that this particular issue would also be taken up with government to obtain the required sanctions for filling up of all such posts, lying vacant since long.