Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU), Palampur, celebrated its 36th foundation day on Saturday.
Addressing the faculty, non-teaching staff and students on the occasion, vice- chancellor KK Katoch recalled the contribution of those who played a major role in the development of the institution.
He said the university has contributed substantially in making Himachal almost self-sufficient on food front and the state has earned its name in commercial agriculture. “Despite constant decrease in area under farming, the efforts of the institution has helped in increasing the crop yields,” said Katoch.
“The state has earned name in commercial agriculture, especially vegetable cultivation. Harvests have become plentiful and the socio-economic position of the farming community has improved a lot,” he added.
The V-C also exhorted the staff to work with renewed vigour with unflagging zest to serve the farming community and the students.
He also drew attention of the staff towards new emerging challenges in the area of agriculture and resolved to solve them for the benefit of farmers.
Katoch said that there will be continuous improvement in all programmes in the university so that the students were prepared to face the world with pragmatic approach.
All the statutory officer, staff and faculty were present on the occasion.
The HPAU was established 36 years ago on November 1, 1978, with mandate of human resource development through training on graduate and postgraduate level, research in agriculture field and extension education.