Facing severe economic crisis, Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU), Palampur, aims to increase its domestic income in 2015.
In his new year address to the staff and students, HPAU vice- chancellor (V-C) KK Katoch said the university has prepared a roadmap of financial sustainability and was working on increasing its internal income by promoting commercial activities.
“The HPAU is generating an annual income of `10.5 crore, which it intends to increase up to `35 crore in the next decade,” said the V-C, adding that draft of the road map has been appreciated by the finance committee and many senior officers of the government.
Katoch said the HAPU administration had also received suggestions from senior government functionaries for the growth of the institution that will be implemented in letter and spirit.
He said the finance committee has recommended `109 crore budget for the university.
Giving an outline of the activities to be carried out in the year 2015, Katoch told that three milk ATMs will be installed by the HPAU, including one in the Palampur town.
He added that efforts would be made to link HPAU campus with video- conferencing for viva- voce examination for postgraduate students.
“The university also mulls making pre- entrance exam process online from this year,” told the V-C.
The vice-chancellor also informed about the major achievements of the preceding year that include convocation of the varsity and its four constituent colleges after a gap of eight years.
Besides, the university was sanctioned research projects worth `7.89 crore and 37 animal treatment camps were organised in very remote areas of the state.
Katoch also expressed gratitude to the state government, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other funding agencies for support.