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VC SKUAST-Jammu Inaugurates High-End Research Facilities at Institute of Biotechnology

Prof. B.N. Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu inaugurated high-end research facility developed under VC Flexi grant scheme of Holistic Agriculture Development Plan (HADP) project of Govt. of J&K UT. The facility includes high throughput transfection Particle Delivery System and a next generation sequencing unit.  Prof. Tripathi expressed satisfaction on the establishment of  such a facility which will give a boost to the genomic research for accelerated and precision crop improvement. The VC advised the scientists to utilize these high-end equipments to their fullest potential, and strive for breakthroughs that could contribute significantly to the field of biotechnology and beyond.

Later, Prof. B.N. Triptahi interacted with a group of technicians of Department of Horticulture, JK UT Govt., who were imparted two months training on ‘Tissue Culture Practices and Protocols for Scaled upProduction of Quality Planting Material in EconomicallyImportant Fruit Plants’ at Institute of Biotechnology, SKUAST-Jammu with financial support under HADP.

Present on the occasion were Sh. C.L. Sharma, Director Horticulture; Prof. S.K. Gupta, Director Research; Prof. AmrishVaid, Director Extension; Prof. R.K. Salgotra, Director Institute of Biotechnology, Dr. HemaTripathi, Associate Director Extension and faculty members of the Institute.

Prof. B.N. Tripathi emphasized on the importance of conducting such trainings for technical staff of line departments to make them more skillful for generating quality planting material of economically important crops. He ensured continuous technical backup of the biotechnology scientists to the Department of Horticulture in establishing and operationalizing the Tissue Culture Laboratories being established at Mega Fruit Nursery, Chakroi. Prof. Tripathi laid stress on developing cost effective commercial tissue culture protocols for fruit plants such as strawberry, citrus fruits and banana.

Sh. C.L. Sharma expressed gratitude to the University for training manpower of the Department in tissue culture which will boost production of planting material for meeting demand of the farming community. He promised the financial support to the University through projects for need based research endeavors. The Director Horticulture felt need of surveying the fruit growing pockets of the Jammu region for estimating the production potential of major fruit crops.

Dr. S.K. Gupta appreciated the efforts of the concerned scientists and cooperation provided by the Department of Horticulture for conducting the training programme.  Dr. HemaTripathi took feed back from the trainees and suggested that a certificate course in Tissue Culture may be instituted and offered on regular basis.

Earlier, Prof. R.K. Salgotra welcomed the dignitaries and presented an outline of newly created research facilities, along with brief report of activities of the training programme.  Prof. Salgotra conveyed his gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor for providing funds  for establishing high-end research facilities under VC Flexi grant.

The activities of the programme were coordinated by Prof. Manmohan Sharma, Course Coordinator and vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Susheel Sharma.

Second day of ‘VET FEST 2K24’ showcases cultural extravaganza

On the second day of VET FEST 2K24 veterinary students showcased their talents in cultural extravaganza‘RangRez’ hosted by the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry at SKUAST-Jammu, R S Pura.

Dr. Rajesh Katoch, Dean, F.V.Sc & A.H graced the occasion and inaugurated the event alongside other Faculty members. Students showcased their talents in cultural events like Dhanak, the Dance competition (Solo, Duet and Group folk dance); Suriley the singing competition (Solo, Duet and Group); Kehkashan, the fashion show, Express, the skit and drama. The VET FEST 2K24 is being organized under the guidance of Dr. B.N Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu. The event is being conducted in collaboration with IDP-NAHEP, SKUAST-Jammu.

Prof. Rajesh Katoch, the Patron of the Organizing Committee and Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry reaffirmed that platforms like Vet Fest serve as catalysts for holistic growth, enabling participants to explore their potential beyond the confines of traditional academic settings and encouraging them to embrace a spirit of exploration and experimentation.

Dr H.R Bhardwaj, Organizing Secretary of VET FEST 2K24 extended warm welcome to all the invited guests and audience.

The event witnessed and enjoyed by invited guests, HoDs, Veterinary teaching and non-teaching staff members and students.

SKUAST-Jammu Organizes Events on Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE)

Mission LiFE: Ideation and Poster competition at SKUAST-Jammu

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu in its mission to create awareness among students regarding “Mission LiFE” conducted two events on Poster Making and Ideation under the theme ‘Waste to Wealth in Agriculture, Horticulture, Agroforestry and Livestock Farming’. The objective of organizing events was to scale up vision of Mission Life into on-ground actions.In the poster making contest, 60 talented participants showcased their creativity and commitment to the cause while the Ideation competition witnessed the active participation of 13 candidates who presented innovative ideas for creation of wealth from waste through PowerPoint presentations.The events were managed by Dr. Manmohan Sharma, Dr. Ankur Rastogi, Dr. Sachin Gupta   and Dr. Partiksha Raghuvanshi.

Mission LiFE, proposed at Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November 2021 and launched on 20th October, 2022 by Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi, is envisioned as an India-led global mass movement that will nudge individual and collective action to protect and preserve the environment.

The enthusiasm and dedication exhibited by the students was commendable, reflecting their commitment to generate innovative solutions for addressing pressing environmental challenges caused by diverse agro wastes. Dr. Hema Tripathi, Associate Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu and Prof. A.K. Raina, former Professor and Head, Department of Environment Sciences, University of Jammu were the judges in Ideation contest while Shri Sat Paul Deol judged the poster competition.

The programme was held under the overall patronage of Prof. B.N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu. Prof. Rajinder Peshin, Director of Education is the Chairperson while Prof. Sudhakar Dwivedi, Dean Student Welfare is acting as the Coordinator of the Programmes being organized under Mission LiFe at SKUAST-Jammu.

The student activities under Mission LiFE at SKUAST-Jammu are being organized in coordination with NAHEP-IDP and NSS unit of the University.These events shall serve as precursors to the main function scheduled to be held at the Baba Jitto Auditorium, SKUAST-Jammu on May 13, 2024.

Valedictory Function of One Month Agri-entrepreneurship Training Programmes held by Agri-Business Incubator, SKUAST-Jammu

Prof. B. N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu remarked that seeds of creativity and innovative thinking need to be sowed in the minds of young students from an early stage so asto inspire young students to look towards developing their own agri-business ventures utilizing their education and learnings. He was speaking as Chief Guest during the valedictory function of one month agri-entrepreneurship training programmes for 7 th batch of incubatees of Agri-Business Incubator, SKUAST-Jammu from 19.03.2024 to 25.04.2024 under RKVY-RAFTAAR scheme of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, GoI. The main focus of the training programme was to provide academic, business & technical training to the selected incubatees so as to give shape to their creative thinking & innovative ideas for setting up their agri start-ups. Prof. Tripathi outlined the importance of boosting the agri start-up ecosystem by motivating young students to look beyond traditional job opportunities and broaden their vision to become job providers by running their own enterprises. He emphasized that the students should be imparted practical entrepreneurship training from the undergraduate level itself so that they are in a position to set up their own ventures during their student
stint only. He advised budding entrepreneurs and young students to have regular brain storming sessions on problems of the agriculture sector which shall help in creation of novel innovative ideas which can be converted into commercial ventures by initiating business operations from the University itself. He assured all stakeholders that complete support and hand-holding shall be provided by the University to all those who are looking forward to go down the path of agri-entrepreneurship. He also congratulated Prof. Jyoti Kachroo, Head, Division of AEABM, CEO & P.I, Agri Business Incubator, SKUAST-J and her entire team on the successful completion of the training. Earlier, Prof. Jyoti Kachroo, in her address, formally welcomed Prof. B.N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-J and expressed heartfelt gratitude towards him for sparing some of his valuable time for the event. She also welcomed the academic and administrative officers of the University namely Prof. Anil Sharma, Dean- Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. S.E.H Rizvi, Dean- Faculty of Basic Sciences, Prof. Sudhakar Dwivedi, Dean-Student Welfare, Prof. Vikas Tandon, Dean- Faculty of Horticulture & Forestry, Prof. Sushil Sharma, Dean-Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Prof. J.S. Soodan, Dean- Faculty of Dairy Technology, Dr. R.K Samnotra, University Librarian and Dr. Mahital Jamwal, Associate, Director Research. She outlined that 7 batches of potential agri-entrepreneurs consisting of 78 incubatees have now been trained at ABI, SKUAST-J and funding to the tune of Rs. 2.88 crores in total has been sanctioned in favor of 26 start-ups. She also informed the house about some new initiatives introduced involving special funding support to students and women entrepreneurs along-with cash prizes to best start-ups on the basis of their innovative ideas and products. Prof. Anil Kumar, Dean FoA, in his opening remarks enlightened the gathering about the RKVY-RAFTAAR scheme of GoI and its positive impact in developing agri start-up ecosystem in the region. He emphasized on the importance of aligning higher education and research with solving practical on ground issues which can become successful commercial ventures in the future. The incubatees also shared their experience regarding the training programme and expressed their gratitude towards the efforts made by ABI, SKUAST-J under the guidance of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-J for facilitating and guiding them during their training journey. Certificates were also distributed to the incubatees by the Chief Guest. Proceedings of the programme were conducted by Dr. Anil Bhat, Co-P.I &
Asstt. Prof. AEABM. Dr. Yamini Raut and Mr. Tarunjeet Singh from ABI, SKUAST-J facilitated the arrangements for the event. At the end, formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr. S.P Singh, Co-P.I and Professor, AEABM thanking all the present dignitaries for their valuable time and participation in the event.

Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & A.H., SKUAST-Jammu, celebrates World Veterinary Day, 2K24

Dr. Tripathi in his address emphasized the significant role of Veterinarians as essential health workers in maintaining the health and welfare of animals as well as humans globally stressing the one health concept. He congratulated the veterinarians and requested the fraternityto work with zeal and zest for the betterment of the profession and public at large. Further, he said that veterinarians play a multifaceted role towards the development of the society. Dr. Rajesh Katoch, Dean, F.V.Sc.& A.H., echoed similar sentiments and asserted that Veterinarians play a crucial role in financial, social, mental and physical health of animal owners and prevention and control of animal diseases. They also work towards the improvement of human health through public and private veterinary services. Dr. J.S. Soodan, Dean, Faculty of Dairy Technology, highlighted the importance of veterinarians in society and their role in promoting animal health, welfare and economy of the Union Territory. Dr. P.S. Bindra, a leading practitioner of Jammu region was also honored by Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor. A quiz competition for veterinary students on the said theme was also organized in which UG/PG students participated with utmost enthusiasm. The day also witnessed painting and essay writing competition in the Faculty. A veterinary clinical-cum-health camp was also organized in the same week at village Badyal Brahmina of RS Pura block as a part of WVD, 2K24. Sponsors in the WVD were Himalaya, Virbac, Intas Pharmaceutical Ltd., Indian Immunologicals and Skyec. All the statutory officers, HOD’s, teaching and non-teaching staff of faculty along with the veterinary students actively participated in the occasion and the day ended with prize distribution during valedictory ceremony. The programme was well coordinated by Dr. R.K. Bhardwaj, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Dr. H.R. Bhardwaj, Dr. Harsh Sharma, Dr. Ankur Rastogi, Dr. B. Brahma, Dr. S.R. Upadhyay, Dr. Kafil Hussain, Dr. A.L. Koul, Dr. P. Goswami, , Dr. N. Sharma, Dr. N.Nashiruddulah, Dr. I.A. Ganai and Dr. Nazam Khan.

Organization of ‘Earth Day’ by NSS SKUAST-Jammu

National Service Scheme, SKUAST-Jammu, under the able guidance of the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu Prof. B. N. Tripathi and Dean Students Welfare Prof. Sudhakar Dwivedi and in collaboration with Society of Agrometerology–Jammu chapter and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Jammu,Celebrated ‘Earth Day 2024’ with the theme ‘Planet vs Plastic. Prof. Sudhakar Dwivedi Dean Student welfare in his address spoke  on the importance of celebration of Earth day and called upon the students not just to talk about protecting the planet, but to act! By participate in clean-up drives to reduce plastic consumption, and inspire others to do the same. He said every small step counts in conservation practices of environment and to take care of mother earth in every possible way. The programme began with the welcome address by Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap, Sr. Scientist Plant Breeding and NSS programme Coordinator. He stressed upon the need to reduce plastic use as India generate approximately 5.6 million tons of plastic waste annually and much of this is not collected, managed, recycled or put to other use. On the occasion an expert lecture was delivered by Dr. Mahender Singh, Professor, Agrometrology. He deliberated on how we can make our planet by preserving its beauty, protect its resources and create a sustainable future for all living beings. He also talked about the UN treaty on plastics which is expected to be agreed by the end of 2024 for rapidly phasing out all single use plastics by 2030 and further to eliminate 60% of plastic from our environment by 2040. Mr. Kush Sharma Joint Director BIS regional centre and Ms. Monica Sharma were also present on the occasion and they presented the functioning of Bureau of Indian Standards and the importance of standardization of different products of daily use. A student interaction session was coordinated by Dr. Sushmita and Dr.Veena Sharma in which students participated with great enthusiasm. On the occasion a quiz and painting competition was also organized on the theme ‘‘Planet vs Plastic’ under the supervision of Dr. Arvinder and Mr. Neeraj Gupta. Students took pledge ‘Say No to Plastic Bagsto protect the Mother earth by minimizing the pollution and avoiding the use of disposable plastic. The programme was organized for NSS volunteers as a part of series of regular activities. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Sushmita Dadhich, NSS Programme officer of faculty of Agriculture followed by serving of refreshments among students.

Training Program on Marketing and Business Opportunities for Horticultural Crops commences at KVK-Jammu

Under the esteemed guidance of Professor B.N Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu 5-days’ training program on Marketing and Business Opportunities for Horticultural Crops was inaugurated today at KVK-Jammu, SKUAST-Jammu. The training programme is being organized by Division of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, FoA in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jammu and sponsored by CCS-National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur, Rajasthan . This initiative is set to empower local communities and drive agricultural innovation in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.The program commenced with the felicitation of Dr. Dil Mohd. Maqdoomi, Director Extension, SKUAST-Kashmir who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Dr. Amrish Vaid, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu,Dr. Hema Tripathi, Associate Director Extension and Dr. Sudhakar Dwivedi (Course Director), Dean Student Welfare, SKUAST-Jammu were Special Guest(s) on the occasion. Dr. Dil Mohd. Maqdoomi, Director Extension, SKUAST-Kashmir in his address, highlighted the significance of understanding and promoting local crops, emphasizing their health benefits. He emphasized that it's time to educate farmers on the significance of processing, branding, and marketing to secure premium prices for their high-quality products. Dr. Amrish Vaid, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu, shared insights into marketing strategies and enhancements in agricultural production. He emphasized the role of startups, value addition, and supply chain management, citing examples of successful ventures. Dr. Hema Tripathi, Associate Director Extension in her address discussed the needs and requirements of farmers, elaborating on India’s ranking in fruits and vegetables. Her captivating speech inspired participants to delve into innovative approaches within the agricultural sector.Additionally, she provided insights into the growth and opportunities in horticulture while addressing strategies to overcome challenges. Earlier, Dr. Sudhakar Dwivedi, Dean Student Welfare and Course Director of the training programme provided a comprehensive overview of the training program. He shed light on the marketing and business opportunities available for horticultural crops in the region of Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Punit Choudhary, Chief Scientist and Head, KVK, Jammu welcomed all the dignitaries and participants. Dr. Anil Bhat, Dr. Prem Kumar, Dr. Ravneet Kour, Dr. Sheetal Badyal, Dr. Muneeshwar Sharma, Dr. Amitesh, Dr. Raju, Mr. Satbier Singh and Dr. Poonam were also present during the inaugural. Thirty participants including youths, SHG members, FPO members from different areas of Jammu region are participating in the programme.The program concluded with a formal vote of thanks by Dr. Prem Kumar, Scientist, Fisheries expressing gratitude to all stakeholders and participants. Proceedings of the programme were conducted by Dr. Poonam.

Researchers from SKUAST Jammu Showcase Their Work at Coastal Bend Mathematics and Statistics Conference of Texas A and M University Kingsville

The 8th Coastal Bend Mathematics and Statistics Conference, meticulously organized by the Art and Science department of Mathematics at Texas A and M University-Kingsville on April 6th, 2024. Esteemed delegates hailing from diverse corners of the world gathered on this platform through online as well as offline mode,  to exchange insights and expertise within the realms of Mathematics and Statistics. Among the distinguished speakers was Dr. Manish Sharma, Professor and Head of the Division of Statistics and Computer Science at SKUAST Jammu. The unwavering support and visionary leadership of Prof. B. N. Tripathi,  Honorable Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu, served as the milestone for the university academic excellence, empowering researchers and scholars to represent the institution on a global arena.

Dr. Manish Sharma delivered a invited talk on Resilient Regression Strategies for Handling Outliers and Multicollinearity in Data Analysis, elucidating innovative methodologies to address the unique challenges posed by outliers and multicollinearity, particularly within agricultural data sets. The presentation delved into various strategies within the framework of resilient regression, highlighting robust regression techniques such as M-estimation and robust standard errors, which effectively mitigate the influence of outliers while preserving the integrity of regression models. Furthermore, Dr. Sharma elucidated the detrimental effects of multicollinearity, which can be handled through regularization techniques such as ridge regression and the lasso, he also proposed innovative solutions to combat multicollinearity, thereby enhancing the stability and interpretability of regression models.

Simultaneously, Ms. Shavi Gupta, a promising research scholar pursuing her Ph.D. in Statistics under the mentorship of Dr Manish Sharma of Division of Statistics and CS, FBSc SKUAST Jammu, showcased her groundbreaking research titled Comparative Analysis for Classification of Rice Genotypes using Statistical and Artificial Neural Network Models. Ms. Gupta pioneering work underscored the integration of traditional statistical methods and artificial neural network models, aimed at discerning patterns and effectively classifying rice genotypes. Both presentations received high praise and recognition for their quality and significance.

VC SKUAST-Jammu Inaugurates High-End Portable Photosynthetic System for advancing research in crop sciences

Dr. B.N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology todayinaugurated the cutting-edge High-Ended Portable Photosynthetic System (LICOR-6800F). This system, housed in the Division of Plant Physiology within the Faculty of Basic Sciences at Chatha, is poised to revolutionize agricultural research in Jammu and Kashmir under the JK HADP Project.

The LICOR-6800F system represents a leap forward in agricultural technology, facilitating advanced research aimed at developing new crop genotypes specifically tailored to thrive in the unique climate conditions of the region. By mimicking photosynthesis and capturing solar light for power conversion, this state-of-the-art system offers non-destructive measurement capabilities, utilizing hetero atomic molecules such as CO₂, H₂O, NH₃, CO, SO₂, N₂O, NO, and gaseous hydrocarbons like CH₃, each with characteristic absorption spectra in the infra-red region.

The primary function of the Infra-red Gas Analyzers (IRGA) within the system is to measure CO₂ concentration. Scientists worldwide are utilizing this equipment to predict and analyze climatic variations affecting crop growth, development, and yield potential. By monitoring physiological functions such as photosynthesis, transpiration, and stomatal conductance, researchers can optimize agronomic practices to enhance crop productivity while minimizing adverse environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions and soil salinity.

During the inauguration, Prof. Tripathi toured the Technology Park of the University, where he witnessed a demonstration of the LICOR-6800F system by expert technicians. He engaged with faculty and students, discussing the implications of climate change and the critical role of advanced equipment in fundamental agricultural research. Prof. Tripathi emphasized the versatility of this facility across various crops, including cereals, pulses, oilseeds, fruits, ornamentals, and vegetables, particularly during challenging weather conditions, offering valuable data for breeding programs.

Dr.Gurdev Chand, Head of the Division of Plant Physiology, highlighted the wide-ranging applications of the LICOR-6800F system across agricultural disciplines, underscoring its importance for accelerating research objectives. The event was attended by Dr. S K Gupta, Director Research; Dr.AmrishVaid, Director Extension; Dr. S.E.H. Rizvi, Dean Faculty of Basic Sciences; Dr. R.K. Samnotra, Head, Division of Vegetable Sciences; Dr. Sanjay Guleria, Head, Division of Biochemistry; and Dr.Brajeshwar Singh, Head, Division of Microbiology.

The inauguration ceremony witnessed the participation of statutory officers, department heads, faculty members of Basic Sciences, and officials from the media cell, underscoring the significance of this milestone in advancing agricultural research and innovation in the region.

XXVIII Biennial Workshop of AICRPDA and 11th Annual Review Meeting commences at SKUAST Jammu

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu hosted the XXVIII Biennial Workshop of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA) and 11th Annual Review Meeting of AICRPDA-NICRA. Dr. S. K. Chaudhuri, DDG (NRM), ICAR was the Chief Guest on the occasion and Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu presided over the function. Addressing the audience, Dr. S.K. Chaudhuri highlighted the pivotal role of irrigation and cultivation in shaping the ecosystem and emphasized the need for diversifying agriculture income through non-farm sources. He also advocated for increased use of renewable energy sources and water harvesting to mitigate the impact of deficit rainfall. During his presidential address, Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu drew attention to the pressing issues of population growth, limited resources, climate change, and deforestation. He stressed the importance of sustainable measures and discussed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on crop diversity and conservation. Dr. Tripathi underscored the need to educate farmers on sustainable agricultural practices and soils and water conservation modules for Natural resource management. Dr. Tripathi highlighted importance of 29 projects functional under HADP and said it will transform the agriculture and allied sector in coming years in Jammu and Kashmir UT.  He encouraged collaboration between the government, ICAR, and the scientific community to overcome challenges and promote sustainable agriculture. Dr. V. K. Singh, Director, CRIDA-ICAR put forth his remarks on the natural resource management and climate resilient agriculture. Dr. Singh elaborated the extensive work done by CRIDA in the country. He advocated the use of proven technologies in rainfed conditions. Earlier, Dr. JVNS Prasad, Project Coordinator, AICRPDA welcome all the guests and also read out the project coordinator’s report. During the workshop annual report of AICRPDA, NICRA and success stories of Rakh Dhinsar and CRIDA-Hyderabad were released. A farmer namely Mr. Gurdip Ram R/o Hoshiarpur, Punjab was also awarded for adoption and popularization of rain water harvesting and INM modules. All the statutory officers of the university, Head of divisions and faculty was also present during the inaugural function. Dr. A.P. Singh, Chief Scientist, and Organizing Secretary presented the formal vote of thanks and Dr. Vivak Manohar Arya, Associate Professor, Soil Science conducted the proceedings of the programme.

Workshop on Project Management and Ethics in Science under SERB-DST commenced at SKUAST-Jammu

Under the esteemed guidance of Professor B.N Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu, the Division of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management inaugurated a two-day workshop entitled "Project Management and Ethics in Science" on February 28, 2023. This workshop, conducted under the SERB-DST project "Value Chain Analysis of Walnut in Jammu & Kashmir," aims to empower participants with essential knowledge and skills in project management and ethical conduct, fostering excellence and integrity in scientific research and practice. The inaugural session commenced with the felicitation of esteemed Chief Guest Prof. Anil Kumar, Faculty of Agriculture, SKUAST-Jammu, along with Special Guest(s) Prof. Sudhakar Dwivedi, Dean Student Welfare and Prof. Jyoti Kachroo, Head, AEABM. Prof. Anil Kumar in his inaugural address imparted words of wisdom, highlighting the significance of ethics in daily life and its pivotal role in shaping research and societal values. He further added that ethical conduct in research is not just a requirement but a fundamental principle that guides our endeavours. It encompasses honesty, integrity, transparency, and respect for all stakeholders involved. Prof. Sudhakar Dwivedi delivered thought-provoking opening remarks, emphasizing the paramount importance of ethical conduct in scientific endeavours and societal progress. Earlier Prof. Jyoti Kachroo welcomed all the guests and also gave a detailed overview about the training programme. She emphasizes the critical role that effective communication plays in project success, both within the project team and with external stakeholders. The participants attending the workshop were faculty from various Govt Degree Colleges of Jammu and Samba district and also the faculty of SKUAST-Jammu. Dr. Shahid Ahamad,  Associate Director Research; Dr. Mahital Jamwal, Associate Director Research Dr. S. P. Singh, Associate Professor and project staff of the division were also present during the inaugural. Dr. Anil Bhat, Course Director and Principal Investigator of the project extended the vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants and contributors for their valuable insights and active participation in making the workshop a resounding success. The proceedings of the event were carried by Dr. Mahesh Koul, Assistant Professor, AEABM.

Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu flagged off undergraduate students for Educational Tour.

SKUAST Jammu Vice-Chancellor Prof. B.N.Tripathi flagged off final year batch of 100 undergraduate students along with 4 scientists and 2 assistant staff from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST)- Jammu from  Main campus Chatha for educational tour in presence of Director Education Prof. Rajinder Pehsin, Director Research and Registrar Prof. S.K.Gupta, Dean FoA Prof. Anil Kumar, Dean Student Welfare Prof. Sudhakar Dwivedi, tour incharges Prof. L.K.Sharma, Prof. P.K.Rai and Dr. Manpreet Kour.

The Vice-Chancellor extends his best wishes to all students for a safe, enriching, and memorable educational tour.

The educational tour promises to be an immersive journey, giving students a chance to broaden their horizons, explore new vistas of knowledge. Guided by experienced educators and supported by diligent helpers, the students will be engaging in a variety of educational and cultural activities.

The flag-off ceremony, presided over by the Vice Chancellor, symbolizes the university commitment to providing comprehensive educational experiences that transcend traditional boundaries. With a blend of academic rigor, cultural immersion, and hands-on learning, the tour is poised to leave a lasting impact on the students.

As a part of educational tour programme, the students from Agriculture University SKUAST Jammu, will be visiting Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur from 21st February to 3rd March 2024. The tem of 100 students along with accompanying professors will be visiting various institute facilities such as NIAM Jaipur, Rajasthan Agriculture research institute, Jaipur, MPUAT Udaipur, CAZRI Jodhpur apart from seeing pristine beauty of desert in super splendid Jasailmer.

Kisan Mela on Diversified Rainfed Farming organised at KVK Samba

Prof. B.N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu inaugurated one day Rabi Kisan Mela at KVK Samba in the presence of Sh. Abhishek Sharma (IAS), Deputy Commissioner, Samba. The Theme of the Mela was “Diversified farming under rainfed ecosystem”. While speaking on the occasion, Prof. Tripathi emphasized upon the role of women in development of agriculture, especially in Kandi areas of Samba district. He highlighted the role of women for promoting diversification in agriculture through adoption of enterprises such as mushroom, beekeeping, vegetable, floriculture and value
addition. He discussed the role of high-tech agriculture in enhancing the income from farming under changing climate scenario. He extended full support and cooperation from research and extension wing of the University to strengthen farmers of Kandi areas and women groups. Sh. Abhishekh Sharma (IAS) emphasized upon the implementation of HADP Project in Samba district
for welfare of the farmers. He suggested to undertake proactive steps for skill development of farmers registered under Kisan Daksh Portal. He emphasized upon the need to ensure continuous hand holding of farmers in adoption of latest location specific technologies. He stressed upon the role of scientists of KVKs in collaborating with line departments for bringing field level changes in
development of agriculture. Dr. S.K. Gupta, Director Research and Registrar, SKUAST-Jammu suggested that collaborative programmes should be conducted at village level for enhancing production, productivity and farm
income. Dr. Shubhra Sharma, Director Animal Husbandry laid highlighted the various schemes offered by her department for welfare of farmers and farm women. She elaborated the terms and conditions of important schemes and motivated farm women to avail the benefit under all the schemes. Sh. A.S.
Reen, Director Agriculture Jammu, underlined the projects under HADP implemented by the government of Jammu and Kashmir. While emphasizing upon the role of Kisan melas for farmers, he discussed innovative schemes offered by the department for enhancing farmers’ income. Sh. C.L.
Sharma, Jt. Director Horticulture Jammu discussed various schemes of the department, including ultra-high density plantation, area expansion schemes for small and marginal farmers and post-harvest management. He requested farmers/farm women to understand the modalities of the schemes for wider adoption and easy accessibility. Sh. Subash Bhagat, DDC Member highlighted potentials and constrains associated with rainfed farming in Samba district. He appreciated the efforts of women in Kandi areas for promoting entrepreneurship to earn livelihood for their families. He also requested farm women and farmers to perform their farming activities on scientific lines for enhancing their incomes. Earlier Dr. Amrish Vaid, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu extended warm welcome to the dignitaries and participants in the programme. He expounded the theme of the Kisan mela and deliberated upon the importance of rainfed agriculture in economic development of Jammu and Kashmir. He informed about the collaborative efforts made by line department and University to organize the Mega event at KVK Samba. Among other dignitaries Sh. Ashwani Sharma, Additional Director Sericulture, Jammu and Statutory Officers of SKUAST-Jammu Dr. Rajesh Katoch, Dean FVSc.
& AH RS Pura, Dr. Ashwani Sharma, University Librarian, Dr. Jaswinder Soodan, Dean Dairy Technology, Dr. Anil Kumar, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Sanjay Khar, Director Planning and  Monitoring and Dr. Sudhakar Dwivedi Dean Student Welfare remained interactive during the mela. Dr. Sanjay Khajuria, Head KVK Samba introduced innovative farmers and presented the vote of thanks. More than 70 stalls involving vegetables, fruits, mushroom, honey, jaggery, farm machinery and equipment, organic inputs and products showcased during the Mela by government department, private sector, progressive farmers and entrepreneurs. Live demonstration of Agri-Drone was also organized in which one acre area of crop was sprayed within six minutes. An animal show comprising of cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat, horse, dogs was also organized as one of the major event of the Mela.More than 500 farmers/farm women participate in the Mela and shared their experiences and achievements. Appreciation certificates to the farmers / farm women for outstanding stalls were also distributed.

Prof. B. N. Tripathi visits Advanced Center for Rainfed Agriculture

Prof. B. N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu made his maiden visit to Advanced Centre of Rainfed Agriculture, Rakh Dhiansar along with Dr. Anil Kumar, Dean Faculty of Agriculture,  Dr. Vikas Tandon, Dean Faculty of Horticulture and Forestry and  Dr. Mahital Jamwal, Associate Director Research, SKUAST-Jammu During the visit to ACRA Dhiansar, Dr A. P Singh, Incharge, ACRA welcomed the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor and other accompanying statutory officers of the university. He further briefed the Vice Chancellor about the ongoing station activities including different projects and experiments being carried out at research station.  Vice Chancellor expressed his satisfaction regarding the working of research station, moreover, he also impressed upon the staff to strive to explore the possibilities and ways for further improvement of infrastructure and other research related facilities at ACRA.  He also exhorted the scientific and field staff to usher for their pursuit to achieve excellence in their professional endeavours. Prof. Tripathi interacted with all the scientific, technical and field staff working at station and had one to one interaction regarding various issues being faced by them while giving a patient hearing to their genuine concerns. Dr. Tripathi also visited the research farm of ACRA and took stock of the ongoing research. During the visit, Dr. A. P. Singh, Incharge ACRA appraised the Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu about the nullah carrying harmful industrial effluents, from nearby industrial area, passing through the ACRA experimental farm. He further explained that the same nullah gets housed and overflows in to the nearby field experiments and crops raised for seed production purpose, especially during rainy season, thereby causing enormous loss to the elite planting material and spoils the experimental crops. Further, after threadbare discussion, it was resolved that either the course of this nullah should be diverted out of the experimental farm of ACRA or the nullah should be desilted and cement lining should be done in its left out kucha portion to improve its carrying capacity along with a pre-condition that the effluents should be released only after the proper treatment in the nullah. 

JK Agricultural Science Congress concludes

6th J and K Agricultural Science Congress concluded today at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology - Jammu. The Congress was organized in collaboration with J and K Science, Technology and Innovation Council, Department of Science and Technology, UT of J and K. The main theme of the Congress was “Diversification of Agriculture for Self-Reliant Mountain Agro-Ecology”. Professor B. N.Tripathi, the Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu, graced the valedictory function as the Chief Guest. Addressing the audience, Professor Tripathi emphasized the pressing concern of climate change and stressed the importance of biodiversity conservation and genetic research to mitigate its effects. He highlighted the unique multidisciplinary nature of the conference, underlining the need for agriculture to become a lucrative venture. Professor Tripathi advocated for the development of area-specific cropping patterns incorporating profitable enterprises, to be disseminated to end-users through Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). He urged the refinement of technology to better address farmers problems and enhance applicability.More than 300 delegates from across the country participated in the three day deliberations. There were 11 sub themes where in more than 60 oral presentations were made and more than 80 posters were presented during the Congress. Conveners of all the themes read out the recommendations generated out of the sessions. Dr. S. K.Gupta, Director Research, SKUAST-Jammu and convener of the Congress welcomed the Chief Guest and all the delegates. He said that the significant recommendations formulated during the congress will be communicated to development departments for formulation of sound policies for promoting agriculture and allied sectors in the region. Prof Anil Kumar, Dean Faculty of Agriculture and Prof Rajesh Katoch, Dean FVSc and AH also spoke on the occasion. Awards were also given to best oral and poster presentations under different categories. All the statutory officers of the university, Head of the Divisions, faculty members, delegates, students were presented during the session. The vote of thanks was presented by the organizing secretary, Prof. Vikas Sharma.

Lt Governor addresses inaugural session of 6th J and K Agricultural Science Congress at SKUAST Jammu

Jammu, February 08  Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha addressed the inaugural session of the 6th J&K Agricultural Science Congress on Diversification of Agriculture for Self-Reliant Mountain Agro-Ecology at SKUAST Jammu, today.

The Lt Governor welcomed the eminent scientists and researchers from across the country in the three-day conference.He said the exchange of ideas and discussions among the experts on critical aspects of alternative agriculture systems, digital agriculture, start-up culture, advanced veterinary science, innovation, and data sciences will help in addressing the challenges and exploring opportunities in sustainable agriculture.The Lt Governor directed the Agricultural Universities to prepare a strategy for diversification, value addition, supply chain management and profitable market linkage for small and marginal farmers.J&K has diverse agro-climatic zones which provide ample scope of adopting farm level diversifications. With this scientific solution, we can mitigate the impact of climate change and will be able to generate higher farm revenue from the same piece of land, the Lt Governor said.The Lt Governor made certain valuable suggestions to improve productivity and make the agriculture and allied sector more lucrative for farmers and stakeholders.

He advised for chalking out an effective scientific strategy for organic and integrated farming. Our farmers should be provided necessary handholding and guidance on Monoculture farming so that they could avail the benefits of this ‘Farming of Future’, he said.

The Lt Governor emphasized on increasing awareness and dissemination of information on the benefits of crop rotation, digitization and precision farming tools among the farmers.He also advised for Rural Action Plan for innovation, technological advances, digital agriculture to make rural community accessible to the key flagship areas of the agriculture and allied sectors.Addressing the gathering, the Lt Governor shared various progressive steps taken by the government including Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP), high density plantation, GI tags for niche products, agri-entrepreneurship, new Farmers Producers Organisations and developing educational institutions as a technical hub to support farmers.J&K is the biggest producer of apple in the country. Last year, our annual production was 75 % of the countrys total production. In the last 3 years, 2.44 lakh metric tonnes of CA storage additional capacity have been added and we are aiming to add similar capacity in the next 6 months, the Lt Governor further added.

Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu and Conference Chair emphasized upon the importance of diversification of agriculture and its potential in attaining food and livelihood security.

At SKUAST Jammu, the Lt Governor inaugurated the International Hostel of the University.

He also released the Souvenir cum Abstracts of the 6th J&K Agricultural Science Congress being organized by SKUAST-J in collaboration with J&K Science, Technology and Innovation Council, Department of Science & Technology, J&K.

On the occasion, J&K Science, Technology & Innovation Council, Department of Science & Technology handed over a cheque of the financial assistance of Rs 1.45 crore to SKUAST Jammu on account of research of R&D projects under the Sponsored Research & Extension Programme scheme.Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice-Chancellor SKUAST Kashmir; Sh Saurabh Bhagat, Commissioner/Secretary, Science & Technology Department; senior Officers of UT Administration and SKUAST, Agriculture Scientists, scholars and students were present.

SKUAST-Jammu holds 11th Extension Education Council Meeting

Professor B. N. Tripathi, Honorable Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-J chaired 11th Extension Education council meeting of SKUAST-Jammu held on 29th January, 2024 at Conference Hall, Main Campus, Chatha. The statutory meeting is a regular feature wherein scientists of the university, officers from the line departments, experts in the field of agriculture and veterinary sciences and progressive farmers takes stock of the extension activities of the previous year and formulate action plan of the extension activities of next year.

On the onset Dr. Amrish Vaid, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu welcome the Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu, officers of line department, scientists and HoDs of all the faculties, progressive farmers, Heads of Krishi Vigyan Kendras of SKUAST-J to the meeting and deliberated upon the importance of holding such meetings and briefed the participants about the extension activities undertaken by SKUAST-Jammu during the current year.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor B. N. Tripathi laid emphasis on proper implementation of centrally sponsored schemes, mainly for augmenting the income of the farm households. Vice-Chancellor stressed upon the University Scientists and provisional heads of the line departments to further strengthening of coordination between the research and extension agencies for boosting agricultural productivity in the Jammu division. He also stressed upon the participants to have more interaction for chalking out the strategies for enhancing agricultural production and economic return to the farmers of the region. He emphasized for developing road map for long term coordinated efforts of university and allied development departments. Dr. Hema Tripathi, National Coordinator, ICAR, New Delhi in her expert remarks suggested documentation of farmers experiences and understanding their indigenous knowledge. She expressed gratitude towards SKUAST-Jammu, the Directorate of Extension, and KVKs for their dedicated efforts in disseminating agricultural technologies to farmers. She suggested for coordination and cooperation of SKUAST-Jammu and departments for timely transfer of technology among farmers. Emphasizing the importance of enhancing the university visibility, she stressed the necessity of making farm literature available on the website in Hindi and Dogri, along with showcasing success stories. She underscored the need to develop an e-extension portal for comprehensive dissemination of information, ensuring all details are uploaded to the platform. Recognizing the significance of industry collaboration, she highlighted the linkage with industries in future. Additionally, she advocated for specialized training programs such as capsules and refresher courses for field veterinarians. Further she emphasized for impact evaluation of developmental programmes. Mr. G. A. Sofi, Secretary (T), Govt. of J and K UT in his remarks advocated for promotion of goat and sheep among marginal and small farmers. In the concluding remarks, the Vice Chancellor expressed his satisfaction about the work-done by the KVKs. He again emphasized on studying the impact of training and other capacity building programme being carried out by the various units of the university. The meeting was attended by the Statutory officers of the University, Director(s) of field Departments and three progressive farmers Sh. Baskhi Ganesh Dass, Smt. Shashi Devi and Sh. Darshan Lal. Proceedings of the program were conducted by Dr. Pawan K Sharma, Associate Professor, Directorate of Extension. Dr. Jasbir Singh Manhas, Associate Perofessor, Directorate of Extension and Dr. Anil Bhat, Assistant Professor were repporteurs.

Skilled women are a vehicle of growth: VC SKUAST-Jammu

Four days awareness cum training programme on Hygienic Milk Production and Value Addition of Milk to the Farmers of Jammu district concludes at Division of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, R.S.Pura, SKUAST-Jammu. Prof. (Dr.) B.N. Tripathi,  Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu and Dr. Hema Tripathi, first Lady of SKUAST-Jammu graced the occasion and interacted with women trainees.

Prof. Tripathi as the Chief Guest of the valedictory function, said that the skilled and trained women are a vehicle of growth and development as the training on  ‘Hygienic Milk Production and Value Addition of Milk’ can help in increasing the shelf-life of milk and will provide additional income to the dairy farmers. The awareness programme was organized under HADP Project Entitled “Innovative extension approaches for revitalizing agricultural extension”

Dr. S.K. Gupta, Director Research, SKUAST-Jammu and Dr.  Rajesh Katoch, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, R.S Pura also graced the occasion. Participants were given training completion certificate and inputs items for hygienic milk production.

. Dr. Pranav Kumar, Assistant Professor, Div. of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education.  F.V.Sc and A.H, R.S Pura and Training Coordinator  of this training programme gave special thanks to Dr. Kamal Sarma, HoD, Div. of VAHEE; Dr. Sunil Kumar, Prof. and Head, Div. of Livestock Products Technology; and his team of co-coordinators [Dr. Arvind Kumar (Division of LPT), Dr. Sudhir Kumar (Division of VGO), Dr. A.K Pathak (Division of ANN), Dr. D. Chakraborty (Division of AGB) and Postgraduate students namely Dr. Anna Singh and  Dr. Ravneet Kour as well as non-teaching staffs of Veterinary Extension division.

Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu Awarded Life Time Achievement Award by Society of Immunology and Immunopathology

Prof. B. N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor has been bestowed with Life Time Achievement Award by Society of Immunology and Immunopathology (SIIP) during International Conference on One Health Initiative: Harmonizing Human, Animal and Environmental Health (OHI2023) recently organized jointly by SIIP and The Centre for Vaccines and Diagnostic Research and Department of Biotechnology, GLA University, Mathura. The eminent Jury Panel made a selection in this regard and decided to present the award to Prof. Tripathi for his significant contributions in the field of Immunology and Immunopathology at national and international level. The honour was conferred by Dr. A. K. Srivastava, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, DUVASU, Mathura U.P. and Chief Guest during the SIIP’s Annual convention and International Conference at GLA University, Mathura. Prof. B. N. Tripathi was also invited as Guest of Honour on the occasion.

The Society for Immunology and Immunopathology, India (SIIP) was established with the aim to provide a forum for its Member to participate in conventions/symposia/workshops/ training etc, and to provide a recent updated literature in the form of journal/newsletter. Its Member include veterinarians, medicos, immunologists and scientists working in the field of Immunology and Immunopathology. The Member belongs to various research institutes, universities and industries from all over the country.

Prof. Tripathi, an FRCPath, is presently Vice-Chancellor of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Jammu, J&K since June 2023. Prof. B. N. Tripathi worked as Deputy Director General (Animal Science) ICAR, GOI, New Delhi and also as Director, ICAR- National Research Centre on Equines, Director, CCS-National Institute of Animal Health, Govt of India, Ministry of Agriculture & Family Welfare, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Baghpat. Recipient of many prestigious Fellowship (8 Academics/Society) and Awards at various National and International level, Prof. Tripathi has led to the development of vaccine for Animal Corana Virus (Aucovax) and Lumpy Skin disease for cattle. Dr Tripathi has also published 200 original research papers besides several books, manuals, technical bulletins, policy papers, two National Action Plans (Disease control), 20 technologies (diagnostics & vaccines), and has 10 patents to his credit. He has also visited a number of European countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, etc), Denmark, Australia, Japan, Iran and Bhutan for academic, research programmes and also represented Govt of India at various forums outside the country.

SKUAST-Jammu Inks MoU with ICAR-IVRI

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar (IVRI). The MoU was exchanged between Dr. B.N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu and Dr. Triveni Dutt, Director, ICAR-IVRI. Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) located at IzatnagarBareilly in Uttar Pradesh state is an advanced research facility in the field of veterinary medicine and allied branches. This collaborative agreement facilitates researchers and scholars to engage seamlessly in research and educational activities at both institutions. Dr. B.N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu, highlighted the historical establishment of SKUAST Jammu on September 20, 1999 to cater to the needs of Jammu region. He shared that SKUAST-Jammu has previously signed multiple MoUs with foreign universities, including the Western Sydney University (Australia). Describing ICAR-IVRI as the Mecca of veterinary medicine, Dr. Tripathi underscored the invaluable opportunities this MoU will bring for faculty and students to engage in related fields. Dr. Triveni Dutt, Director of the Institute cum Vice-Chancellor of IVRI Izatnagar, emphasized the critical need for fostering collaborations and entering into MoUs with academic institutions. This collaboration aims to enable the exchange of knowledge and sharing of resources, thereby propelling IVRI Deemed University onto the global stage. Dr. Dutt expressed optimism about the possibilities for further cooperation in the frontier areas of research, teaching, and extension through this agreement with Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu. The purpose of this MoU between the two parties is to provide a framework for the proposed collaboration for pursuing quality research and building a new generation of highly skilled human resource, providing entirely new opportunities for employment and economic development. The exchange of experience and scientific knowledge between the two institutions will be of great interest for their mutual progress and also for service of the Society. During the ceremony, Dr. S. K. Mendiratta, Joint Director (Academic), extended a warm welcome to all participants. He emphasized that BVSc.& AH internship students will now have the valuable opportunity to learn from esteemed institutions such as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST Jammu), a multi-campus university.

The MoU exchange ceremony was conducted by Dr. Gyanendra Singh, Academic Coordinator, Deemed University, and concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Rajat Garg, Coordinator (UG). The event witnessed the presence of key figures including Dr. SK Singh Joint Director (Research), Dr. Rupasi Tiwari Joint Director (Extension Education), and other officers of IVRI deemed university.

Prof. B.N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu sensitizes P.G & Ph.D. scholars for developing start up ecosystem of young minds through innovative ideas

Professor B.N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu chaired an interaction session organized by Agri-Business Incubator (ABI), SKUAST-J, a unit of division of Agricultural Economics & Agri-Business Management with all the PG & Ph.D. scholars  of SKUAST-J for sensitizing the young minds towards joining the start up ecosystem of the country by becoming agri-entrepreneurs. Since his joining the University, the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor has taken a lot of initiatives in making the university a hub of start-up activities through its incubation centre and sow the seeds of entrepreneurship among young students, faculty members & research scholars. He enlightened the gathering that merely acquiring a degree on a piece of paper is not enough in the world’s fastest growing economy. Atmanirbhar Bharat is the tag line for making India a global hub of production and innovation and as such this is the time for innovative and skill induced education. Govt. and corporate sector may act as a supplementary source for job creation but they have their limitations owing to rising population and education levels. Prof. Tripathi, hence, exhorted the students to develop a critical and creative thinking attitude so that they can identify the problems prevalent in the agriculture sector and develop innovative solutions that can be transformed into a profitable and sustainable business venture. He assured the students that ABI, SKUAST-J shall provide complete handholding to potential agri-entrepreneurs for taking their innovations from lab to the market. Keeping in line with the mandate of the New Education Policy, Prof. Tripathi also directed the Deans of all faculties to hold regular brain storming and group discussion sessions amongst the students that shall be of great help in churning out novel and innovative ideas. He further informed that the best of such ideas shall be given complete hand-holding, mentorship and robust support by ABI, SKUAST-J for upscaling and commercialization. The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor also appreciated the role of Prof. Jyoti Kachroo, Head AEABM & I/c, ABI, SKUAST-J along-with her team for her contribution towards ushering in an agri-entrepreneurship environment in the campus. Prof. Tripathi freely interacted with all the P.G & Ph.D. students & scholars and keenly listened to their views, problems and suggestions related to development of agri-entrepreneurship in the University. The HVC assured that he would look into each and every one of their concerns & suggestions and try to incorporate the same based on their merits.   

Earlier, Prof. Jyoti Kachroo, Head, Division of AEABM and I/c ABI, SKUAST-Jammu formally welcomed the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor and all the academic and administrative officers along-with the PG & Ph.D. students of the University. She briefed the august gathering about the constructive role being played by A.B.I, SKUAST-J in the training & development of innovative agri start-ups in the region under the RKVY-RAFTAAR project of MoA & FW, GoI. She also outlined that 6 batches of agri-entrepreneurs have already been incubated at ABI, SKUAST-J and funding to the tune of Rs. 2.33 crores in total has been sanctioned in favor of 21 incubates. The meeting was attended by senior academic and administrative staff of the University namely Dr. Rajinder Peshin, Director Education, Dr. Sanjay Kher, Director Planning & Monitoring, Dr. Anil Sharma, Dean FoA, Dr. Rajesh Katoch, Dean FVSc. & AH, Dr. Vikas Tandon, Dean FoH & AF, Dr. Sudhakar Dwivedi, Dean Students Welfare along-with heads of all departments and senior faculty members. The proceedings of the event were conducted by Dr. Yamini Raut & Mr. Tarunjeet Singh from ABI, SKUAST-J under the guidance of Dr. S.P Singh, Assoc. Prof; Division of AEABM and ably supported by Dr. Sabbey Sharma, Asstt. Prof. (C), Division of AEABM. At the end, formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Sudhakar Dwivedi thanking all the distinguished dignitaries for their valuable time & participation.

SKUAST-Jammu Conducted 10th RIC Meeting under RKVY-RAFTAAR Project

SKUAST-Jammu under RKVY-RAFTAAR project conducted tenth R-ABI Incubation Committee (RIC) meeting of Agri-Business Incubator, SKUAST-Jammu under the Chairmanship of Prof. B. N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu. Prof. Tripathi appreciated the innovative agri-business ideas and products showcased by potential agri-entrepreneurs having the scope of tapping the opportunities and gaps present in the agriculture sector. Prof. Tripathi, in his concluding remarks said that special attention needs be given to the fact that business ideas should be commercially viable and profitable so that they can be sustainable in the long run. Motivating students to become agri-entrepreneurs; natural farming, infrastructure development, vocational education, brain storming on critical problems and hand holding of start-ups were listed as key action points by him. He expressed satisfaction that Agri-Business Incubator, SKUAST-J is taking the right steps in this direction and appreciated Prof. Jyoti Kachroo, Head AEABM, P.I of the project and her team for their efforts in nurturing and developing agri start-ups. It is worth mentioning that one of start-up of SKUAST-Jammu had an interaction with Hon’ble Prime Minister during his visit to Palli village of Samba district on National Panchayati Raj Day. Candidates were evaluated for admission to 7th batch of two months agri-entrepreneurship training programmes whereas incubates of 6th batch were evaluated for recommending them to Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, GoI for funding under RKVY-RAFTAAR project. The funded start-ups of 2 nd batch were evaluated for release of second instalment of grant-in-aid in their favour. Certificates were also distributed to candidates of 6th batch for successful completion of their two month agri-entrepreneurship training programmes. Earlier, Prof. JyotiKachroo briefed about all the major activities and progress achieved in the recent past by Agri-Business Incubator, SKUAST-J and also formally welcomed all the esteemed RIC members. She also outlined that 68 startup in 6 batches of agri-entrepreneurs have already been incubated at SKUAST-Jammu and funding to the tune of Rs. 2.33crores in total has been sanctioned in favor of 21 incubates. The RIC members from different fields viz.Prof. Ashok Aima, Former Vice Chancellor, CUJ; Prof. Dileep Kachroo, Ex-Registrar, SKUAST-Jammu, Prof. S.K. Gupta, Director Research, SKUAST-Jammu, Mr. Mahesh Verma, Jt. Director Marketing, Department of Agriculture, Ms. Urmil Lata, DGM, NABARD, Mr. Annil Suri, MD, AB Industries, Jammu and Dr. Manisha Mani, ICAR-IARI nominee, New Delhi attended the meeting and evaluated the business ideas of the participants. Co P.I’s of the project namely Prof. Sudhakar Dwivedi, Dean, Students Welfare, Dr. S.P Singh, Assoc. Prof. and Dr. Anil Bhat, Asst. Prof. Division of AEABM were also present during the meeting. The proceedings of the meeting were conducted by Dr. Yamini Raut & Mr. Tarunjeet Singh from A.B.I SKUAST-J ably supported by Dr. Malika Sharma, Asst. Prof; AEABM. At the end, vote of thanks was presented by Prof. Sudhakar Dwivedi thanking all the distinguished dignitaries for their valuable time & participation.

Vice Chancellor SKUAST-J Chaired FAD 32 Meeting of BIS

A 3rd meeting of Animal Husbandry and Equipment Sectional Committee, Food and Agriculture Department (FAD 32), Bureau of Indian Standards was held at Vice Chancellor Secretariat Committee Room, SKUAST Jammu, Main Campus, Chatha. The meeting was chaired by Prof. B.N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST Jammu and Chairman FAD 32 of BIS. The meeting started with welcome address by Er. Pradeep Sharma, Scientist-B/Assistant Director, BIS, New Delhi followed by the opening remarks of Prof. B.N. Tripathi Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu and Chairperson, FAD 32. Prof. Tripathi in his opening remarks highlighted the importance of Standardization of Equipments used in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry to make the visibility of Indian Brands Globally.A due discussion took place while reviewing the Indian Standards related to equipment and practices used in animal husbandry. More than 30 expert members from different parts of the country including Dr. A. K. Misra, NDRI, Karnal; Dr. S. K. Ghosh, IVRI Bareilley, Dr. Meenakshi Sundaram, TANUVAS, Chennai and Smt. Prachi Jain, Animal Welfare Board, Faridabad attended the meeting in online as well as offline mode. The delegates were from ICAR- Institutes, State Agricultural Universities, Animal Welfare Board of India, Faridabad, All Indian Poultry Breeders Association, New Delhi, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and People For Animal etc. Dr S. K. Gupta, Director Research cum Registrar, Dr Rajesh Katoch, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and A.H, Prof. R. K. Srivastava, Head, Division of Soil Water Engineering, Dr. Rajan Salaliya and Dr. Sushmita Dadhich from SKUAST, Jammu participated in the meeting. The agenda items discussed during the meeting include Finalisation of Draft Indian Standards, Approval of Draft Standards, Review of Indian Standards, Status of Panels under FAD 32, standards husbandry equipment and practices including code of housing, transport of poultry and other animals. After having due discussion on above said agenda points and taking informed decisions, the meeting was successfully concluded by vote of thanks by Er Pradeep Sharma, Member Secretary, FAD 32.

One Week Training Programme on “Empowering Agriculture Students with Digital Tools and Resources” begins at SKUAST-Jammu

The division of Statistics and Computer Science in collaboration with NAHEP-IDP SKUAST-Jammu today started One Week Training Programme on “Empowering Agriculture Students with Digital Tools and Resources under the Chief Patronage of Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu. Chief Guest of the function, Prof. S.E.H. Rizvi, Director Education and Dean, F.B.Sc. SKUAST-Jammu emphasized the transformative potential of statistics and data science in enabling farmers and stakeholders to gain profound insights into crop-related aspects such as yield, disease identification, and remedial measures. He highlighted the role of these technologies in understanding optimal growing conditions and minimizing crop wastage for sustainable agriculture. The Chief Guest commended the training program, expressing confidence that it would instill knowledge and a deeper understanding of statistics and data sciences among the participating students. Prof. Somesh Kumar, the Guest of Honour and Dean of Student Affairs at IIT Kharagpur, provided insights into statistical software, explaining their contemporary use in conjunction with machine learning and data science techniques. Dr. Rajni Jain, another Guest of Honour and Principal Scientist at NIAP, Delhi, briefed students on statistical programming languages, tracing their evolution from the past to their current integration with machine learning and data science for effective data analysis.. Earlier, Dr. Manish Kr Sharma, Prof. & Head, Division of Statistics and Computer Science and Course Director of the training programme welcomed all the dignitaries and participants of training course and presented the brief overview of the training programme. He informed that training course covers 25 lectures along with practical which will be delivered by 17 resource persons from different national institutes and internal faculties of SKUAST-Jammu. The inaugural session was attended by heads of divisions, scientists, and students.  Programme Co-Coordinators Dr Sunali Mahajan, Dr. Pawan Kumar and Mr. Nishant Jasrotia were also present during the programme. Dr. Anil Bhat, Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator conducted the proceedings and expressed gratitude in his vote of thanks, acknowledging the valuable contributions of all involved in making the training program a success.

World Soil Day celebrated at SKUAST-J Conserve Soil for sustainable agriculture

Jammu,05th December, 2023

Scientists of SKUAST -J working under the leadership of Prof. Bhupendra N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST -Jammu organized World Soil Day 2023, under NAHEP-IDP in collaboration with Division of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry atSKUAST-J, Chatha. Two eminent lead speakers Prof. S.K. Patil, Former Vice Chancellor, IGKV, Raipur&Dr.Bijay Singh Former National Professor (Soil Science), ICAR, PAU, Ludhiana sensitized & interacted with the students & faculty on topic Soil and Water: A source of life. How we can protect soil and conserve water” & “Smart Nitrogen fertilizer management and food production water pollution and climate change respectively”. More than one hundred students & faculty were present at the event. Dr. Vikas Sharma, Head, Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry & Coordinator NAHEP-IDP, SKUATS -J gave welcome address.  Prof. Bhupendra N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST -Jammu said that due to the intensive agriculture soil is already under threat.Prof.Tripathiemphasised that sustainable management of soil along with holistic development of agriculture are the two pillars on which our production system will sustain. He further elaborated the importance of the close linkage between human, animal & soil health. Prof.Tripathi stressed upon the scientists and stakeholders to popularise soil modules which can sequester more carbon. Dr. B. C. Sharma, Dean, FoA, gave an overview about the programme. Dr S.E.H. Rizvi, Director Education & Dean, FBSc. Dr. S. K. Gupta, Registrar & Dean, FoH&F, Dr Sushil Sharma, Dean FoAE,Prof.R.K.Srivastav, Prof. A.P. Singh,Prof. Peeyush Sharma, Dr. Renu Gupta, Dr.Rohit Sharma& senior faculty members were present. The oral and poster sessions was also conducted in which PG & PhD students present their research work.Vote of thanks and proceeding of the programme was conducted by Dr. Vivak M. Arya, organising Secretary of the programme.

SKUAST Jammu inks MoU with University of Western Australia, Perth

Perth, Australia, November, 24

A delegation led by Vice Chancellor SKUAST -Jammu, Prof. B. N. Tripathi visited University of Western Australia and entered into MoU for forging academic and research collaboration. Discussions between the two institutions were held to work out modalities for mutually beneficial relationship. The research areas mutually agreed upon were plant biotechnology, economics & agribusinesses, precision agriculture, horticulture, rumen microbiology, stress management in animals, plant physiology, soil science & biochemistry. Both the universities agreed to workout the modalities for academic associations, faculty visits & students dual degree programme. The fields identified were plant breeding and genetics, Natural Resource Management (NRM) & plant production. The Australian delegation led by Prof. Amit Chakma, Vice-Chancellor included Prof. Kadambot Siddique, Director, Prof. Phil Vercoe & Mr. B. Moncrieff whereas Indian delegation headed by Prof. B. N. Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor included Prof. B. C. Sharma, Dean, FoA Prof. M.S. Bhadwal, Dean FVSc& Prof S. K. Gupta, Dean, FoH&F. The Indian delegation also visited state of art facilities at Shenton Park field station, center for microscopy, characterization and analysis, ARC center for Plant Energy Biology, besides high tech horticulture facilities like glass houses and growth chambers for agriculture & horticulture crops.

Prof. B. N. Tripathi, Vice -Chancellor, SKUAST -Jammu leads delegation to the University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia, November, 22

Prof. Bhupendra N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST -Jammu along with a team of senior administrators is on a visit to the University of Melbourne, Australia under World Bank & Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project-Institutional Development Plan (NAHEP-IDP).The purpose of the visit is to strengthen research and academic collaborations with international institutes. Prof B N Tripathi was joined by Dr. Antanas Spoke vicius from School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences and Dr. S.S. Chauhan, University of Melbourne along with other delegates to discus different modalities of collaboration.During the meeting collaborations in research areas such as urban horticulture and landscaping, climate change, development of vaccine against common parasites,mastitis in animals and veterinary pathology was discussed. Academic collaborations between two universities in Undergraduate (UG) programme in agriculture, horticulture & basic sciences leading to dual degree was also deliberated upon in length and both the parties agreed to work out the details. Prof. B.N. Tripathi also expressed that such collaborations will enables the integration of interdisciplinary approaches into the curriculum, by combining expertise from different disciplines. Students can develop a broader outlook, intercultural skills, build global networks which will help in preparing them for success in an increasingly interconnected world. Prof  S. K. Gupta, Dean, FoH & F; Prof B. C. Sharma, Dean, FoA and Prof M.S. Bhadwal, Dean FVSc. & AH, SKUAST-Jammu were also present during the meeting. The Indian delegation also visited Burnley campus, the lead center for urban horticulture & landscaping, the state of art facilities at Werribee Campus of the university & to the school of Veterinary Medicine. They also visited the veterinary clinic, high end instrumentations facility and state of art teaching facilities for students at the University of Melbourne. 

High Level SKUAST- Jammu delegation visits Western Sydney University, Australia

Prof. Bhupendra N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST -J along with a team of senior administrators is on a visit to the Western Sydney University, Australia under World Bank & Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project-Institutional Development Plan (NAHEP-IDP). In a follow up to the signing of MoU between WSU and SKUAST-Jammu, the delegation held detailed meetings with their counterparts at the Australian University in an effort to make the MoU a functional document. Prof B. N. Tripathi was joined by Prof. Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor & President, WSU, and Prof. Linda Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) along with other faculty and staff to deliberate upon on collaboration in academics and research programmes. Modalities for dual degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate programs were discussed with a special reference to Agri-Business Management. Restructuring of degree programmes were also discussed to meet the international standards. They also explored the possibilities of potential opportunities for student and faculty exchange. Apart from academics’ potential research areas for collaboration were also explored, such as in fields of biotechnology, Agri-innovation, Agrifoods, protected cultivation, climate resilient agriculture etc. Prof. B.N.Tripathi expressed that such collaborations will help SKUAST-J to grow at both at national and international levels, while providing enhanced opportunities for its students and faculty members. Prof S. K.Gupta, Dean, FoH&F, Prof B.C. Sharma, Dean, FoA and Prof M.S.Bhadwal, Dean FVSc. & AH, SKUAST -J were also present during the meeting.

SKUAST-J organizes ZREAC meeting

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Jammu organized a Zonal Research and Extension Advisory Committee (ZREAC) meeting for Rabi -2023 for Jammu province. Chairing the meeting Prof. B. N. Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu, stressed that deliberations of the meetings should focus on increasing the production
and productivity from agriculture and allied sector through cutting the cost of cultivation,adoption of mechanized farming techniques and adoption of university recommended technologies. He also stressed upon the importance of feedback from officers of the Line Departments for carrying out productive research with coordinated efforts between Line Departments. He hoped that the deliberations during the course of this meeting will go a longway in ameliorating the farmers problems and thereby making a significant step in improving agriculture scenario of the State. He urged upon the scientists to provide technical support to the officers of line department. Dr S. K. Gupta, Director Extension SKUAST-J formally welcomed the officers of the line department and briefed the participants about the mandate of the meeting. He also requested the officers of the department for deliberation on the specific
issues concerning applicability of research recommendations given by the University. He presented overview of the various extension activities of SKUAST-Jammu being carried out for the welfare of the farming community. All the Statutory officers of the University, Directors of various line departments, Head of Divisions and resource persons of various districts
participated in the deliberations of the meeting. Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. J.S. Manhas and the proceedings were conducted by Dr. Pawan Kr. Sharma.

University Vice Chancellors Badminton Tournament organised at SKUAST-Jammu

In continuation to celebration of Fit India Movement and Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and to  inculcate health consciousness among faculty and students  Dean student Welfare under  the able guidance of the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu Prof. B.N. Tripathi Organised, ‘Vice Chancellors Badminton Tournament-2023’ at sports complex of SKUAST-Jammu from 17th of October to 19th of October, 2023. In the tournament overall 150 players participated in different events.  under the category of students girls singles titles was won by Liza wheras, Itakshi was the runners up , in the doubles event in same category Liza and Fiza Kazmi won the title and damini and Parvi were runners up. In boys category single title was won by Hansraj Yadav  and  Gurtez Singh was the runners up doubles the pair Hansraj Yadav and Priyatam  won the title whereas Sourabh and Akshit was the runners up. In the category of Faculty Dr Sushmita won the Single title while Anshita was the runners up. In men’s category the pair of Dr Akhil and Dr Susheel won the doubles titles in the same Dr P K Rai  and Dr Puneet Choudhary was the runners up. in Mens single title was won by Dr Susheel Sharma.

In the prize distribution ceremony Prof Rajesh Katoch  Dean Student Welfare welcomes  Hon’ble Vice chancellor who was the chief guest and thanked the authorities for extending all possible facilities for organisation of this event. On the occasion HVC praised the efforts of Dean Students welfare for organising such events in the university. Vice Chancellor also appreciate all participants for making their presence in such events. HVC stressed upon the students in particular to participate in all sports events to keep themselves fit and healthy.  Organisation committee of this event comprised of Dr Subhash C Kashyap NSS Coordinator, Dr Arvinder Singh , Dr Susheel Sharma, Dr Suhmita, Dr Kawardeep Kour, Dr Aditi lal Koul, Dr Nomita Laishram,  Er. Kewal Raina, Kuldeep Manhas and Neeraj Gupta besides PG and UG students. the function culminated with the vote of thanks by Dean Student welfare and serving of snacks among players.

SKUAST-J signed MOU with Narsingh Seva Kendra

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today between Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, Chatha and Narsingh Seva Kendra (NSK), Village Khoon, Udhampur district, under the esteemed supervision of Prof. B.N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu, with the objective to promote natural and organic farming, dairy farming and other allied agricultural activities in the area of Research and Extension.

The MOU was signed by Dr. S.K. Gupta, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu and Vikram Gujral, President of Narsingh Seva Kendra, Khoon, Udhampur, in presence of Raman Suri Vice President NSK, Naresh Gupta Treasurer and others members of NSK namely, Surinder Mohan, Sanjeev Sharma, S.K. Sethi, Jagdish Langar, Dr. Sanjay Kaushal, Dr. Narender Panotra and Om Parkash, President Gau Seva Samiti, Mandli. The representative of SKUAST-Jammu who participated included Dr. R.K. Samnotra Director Research, Dr. S.K. Gupta, Registrar, Dr. M.S. Bhadwal Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Dr. Mahital Jamwal, Associate Director Research.

SKUAST-Jammu is a multi-campus university with its headquarter located at Chatha, Jammu. The University is mandated to address the basic, strategies and applied research and extension of technologies related to enhanced production in agriculture; Horticulture & Forestry; Agricultural Engineering; Basic Sciences; Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry and Dairy Technology. The University has 10 Research Stations/Sub Stations and 09 Krishi Vigyan Kendras located in different agro climatic zones of Jammu and is developing high standards of excellence in education, research and extension for the betterment of farming community, whereas, Narsingh Seva Kendra, Khoon is a unit of Shri Narsingh Go Seva Samiti, Mandli, Kathua and is engaged in Gauseva activities and extend its service area by developing constructive programmes for the education and self-reliance of the farming community by disseminating the knowledge and skills for promoting entrepreneurship in agriculture.

Through this MOU, SKUAST-J and NSK will coordinate in the areas of mutual interest, especially development and demonstration of advanced technologies for farmers’ benefits, entrepreneurship development and business management. Dissemination of successful technologies through training and demonstration would also be undertaken with both long term and short term goals, keeping in view the interests of farmers, startups and entrepreneurs of Jammu and Kashmir regions. This agreement will promote establishment of dairy farms, mushroom cultivation, high density orcharding, demonstration units of crops, farmer training centres and Yoga Training Centres for providing firsthand experience to the farming community and unemployed youth. During his address, Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu Prof. B.N. Tripathi ensured full technical support from the University to Narsingh Seva Kendra for the benefit of farming community of the region.

A formal vote of thanks was extended by Dr. Mahital Jamwal, Associate Director Research.

SKUAST Jammu students selected for Internship at Western Sydney University, Australia under NAHEP

Nine students from SKUAST Jammu will be visiting Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia for a two-month long internship under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and World Bank sponsored National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP). The students today met the Honorable Vice Chancellor of SKUAST Jammu, Dr. B. N. Tripathi. He congratulated the students for their commendable performance in the selection process and wished them the best of luck in their upcoming academic endeavours at WSU. He said that he is confident that the students will make the institution proud and bring back a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with their peers upon their return.He provided them with the tips of how to best utilize the opportunity as well as how to interact with their colleagues at WSU. The students thanked the Vice Chancellor for the opportunity and conveyed their excitement at the opportunity. The selected students will embark on this enriching journey to WSU, further expanding their horizons and contributing to their personal and academic growth. The internships is a opportunity for these bright minds to engage in cutting-edge agricultural technology, gain international exposure, and establish invaluable connections. The students belonged to Faculty of Agriculture and School of Biotechnology of SKUAST Jammu. Dr. B.C. Sharma, Dean, Agriculture and Dr. S. K. Gupta, Registrar were also present. Prof. Vikas Sharma, coordinator of the NAHEP earlier introduced the students and apprised the administration about the internship programme. He apprised that students will be exposed to hands on training along with academic lectures covering modern aspects of agriculture, including digital tools in agriculture, automation and AI, climate change, protected cultivation etc.

It is worth mentioning that the Honorable Vice Chancellor signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Western Sydney University, Australia last month. Western Sydney University (WSU) is the number one University in the world for the second year as per the Time Higher Education Impact Rankings. WSU is a renowned academic institution known for its contributions to research, innovation, and the development of future leaders.

SKUAST- Jammu organized Seminar on Critical Stress Management

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu organized an important seminar on the crucial topic of  Critical Stress Management through Positive Thinking, Scientific Meditation, and Stress Coping on October 13, 2023 under the dynamic leadership of Prof. B. N. Tripathi, Honorable Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu and Chief Patron of the event. This event brought together a distinguished group of speakers and dignitaries. The seminar featured well-known individuals from the world of academia and healthcare.The seminar began with an opening address from Dr. B. N Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu who spoke about the critical issue of stress and the Crucial Role of sound Sleep for Managing Mental Health. He also expounded on the challenges and stress that students commonly face during their academic journey. Some of the notable speakers included Dr. J. P Sharma, Former Vice Chancellor of SKUAST J Dr. Mohit Gupta, Professor of Cardiology at GB Pant Hospital in New Delhi and Dr. Amitash Ojha, Assistant Professor at IIT Jammu. Prof. J. P Sharma spoke on Happiness is Happening and shared valuable insights on stress management and achieving happiness, offering practical strategies that attendees could apply in their . He said Stress management is the key to unlocking the door to happiness, as it empowers individuals to navigate life challenges with resilience and embrace a more content and fulfilling existence. Dr. Mohit Gupta followed with an enlightening discussion Seven Transformation that will Change your Life forever. He elaborated on stress management, scientific meditation, and effective ways to cope with stress and said Stress management is crucial for maintaining physical and mental health, with scientific meditation offering a powerful tool to reduce stress. He was of the view that effective coping strategies, such as exercise, mindfulness, and seeking support, help individuals navigate life challenges with resilience and composure.  Dr. Amitash Ojha spoke on the topic Not who, but who are you and through his candid sharing of personal experiences with stress, he made a profound contribution to the seminar discussions. He skillfully delved into various facets of stress, impact on individuals and strategies for managing it effectively. Earlier, Dr. Vikas Sharma, Prof. & Head, Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry and PI, NAHEP-IDP  welcomed all the dignitaries and guests. Following this, a ceremonial lighting of the lamps marked the auspicious beginning of the event. All the statutory officers of the university were also present on the occasion. Also the seminar received enthusiastic participation from the faculty members and students of SKUAST Jammu,  underscoring the university commitment to addressing and managing critical stress-related challenges in today world. This event was a significant step in fostering knowledge and strategies for dealing with stress and promoting overall well-being. The proceedings of the seminar were conducted by Dr. Vivek M Arya, Associate Professor & Organizing Secretary and vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Sanku Borkataki, Organizing Secretary of the seminar. 

G20 University Connect Programme at SKUAST-Jammu

SKUAST Jammu organised G 20 Lecture series for engaging Young minds. The agenda for lecture series was on G 20 Indias Presidency, Agriculture issues in G 20 and sustainable agriculture for resilient Agri Food System with Climate Smart Approach, Prize distribution of Pre event activities. The event marked a significant gathering of dignitaries, experts, and students, fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas aimed at advancing global understanding in areas crucial to sustainable development.

The event was honored to have Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra as, a distinguished figure in the field, as the chief guest. Dr. Mohapatra delivered a captivating lecture on the theme of “Sustainable Agriculture and Resilient food systems.” His insights shed light on the importance of climate-smart approaches in ensuring the future of agriculture and food security.

Dr. B N Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor of SKUAST Jammu and Chairman of G 20 University Connect Programme at SKUAST Jammu, concluded the series of eminent speakers by reflecting on the occasion. Dr. Tripathi expressed pride in the universitys pioneering role in hosting this significant event. He underscored the need for sustainable agriculture and tapped into the regions potential as a top producer of walnuts, apples, and saffron. His speech resonated with the audience, emphasizing the importance of a collaborative approach.

Sanjay Bhattacharya, the former Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs, India, gave a special lecture on G20 Indian presidency. Mr. Bhattacharya delved into the transformative era India is undergoing, positioning the country as a key player in the global economy. He provided intricate details about the G20s evolution from addressing economic crises to shaping a multitude of global initiatives. Bhattacharya insights underscored the significance of G20, which represents 2/3rd of the worlds population, 85% of the GDP, and 75% of trade. He emphasized the G20s pillars, including energy transition, digital transformation, climate funds, and accelerating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Dr. Smita Sirohi, Joint Secretary (G-20) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, contributed to the discourse by discussing the moral obligations that accompany G20 commitments. She highlighted Indias vital food programs like the POSHAN scheme and advocated for fortification, reducing food losses, and a comprehensive "one health" approach.


Dr. RC Agarwal, Deputy Director General (Education) ICAR, in his address, lauded the significance of youth in shaping the future and acknowledged the increasing engagement of girls in the agricultural sector.

Prof  Rajinder Peshin, the coordinator of the G20 programme, welcome and presented a report on Pre event student activities during the G 20 University connect Programme by SKUAST Jammu.An awards function recognized student achievements in various pre-event activities, including poster-making, essay writing, quiz, ideation, and rangoli competitions. The winners showcased their creativity and dedication across these diverse categories. In the poster-making competition, Yashvi Sharma, a student from the Faculty of Agriculture, SKUAST-Jammu secured the first position, while in the essay writing competition, Gurner Kaur a student from GDC RS Pura claimed the top spot. GDC for Women Bhagwatinagar emerged as the quiz champion, and in the Ideathon, a veterinary student from SKUAST Jammu secured the first prize. Faculty of Agriculture, SKUAST-Jammu triumphed in the rangoli competition.


Following the lectures, Dr. Rohit,Saini Fellow Research and Information System for developing countries, initiated a dynamic question-and-answer session, providing students an opportunity to interact directly with the esteemed guests and deepen their understanding of the discussed topics.

The event drew to a close with a heartfelt vote of thanks, extended by Dr. S K Gupta, Registrar, SKUAST-Jammu expressing gratitude to all participants, dignitaries, and contributors who made the event a resounding success. The closing note was marked by a spirited rendition of the national anthem, symbolizing unity and shared aspirations.

Quiz Competition and Ideathon Under G20 University Connect at SKUAST JAMMU

SKUAST-Jammu, under the esteemed G20 University Connect Programme for engaging young minds, organized Quiz competition and ideathon. Dr. B. N Tripathi Vice chancellor SKUAST-Jammu and Chairman of the event visited during the presentations and appreciated the coordinators for conducting the events successfully. The four  priority areas  for discussions during quiz included Food Security & Nutrition, Sustainable Agriculture with Climate Smart Approach, Inclusive Agri Value Chains & Food systems and Digitilization for Agricultural Transformation where as Ideathon welcomed innovative, fresh and technology-based solutions to some of the burning problems in agriculture, livestock and food security. A total of 17 teams from SKUAST- Jammu and various colleges of Jammu participated in the screening round out of which 4 top teams qualified for final quiz. After 14 round of questioning Degree College for Women, Bhagwati Nagar was adjudged winner, Govt. College for Women Parade and Div. of Agricultural Extension education, SKUAST-J was adjudged joint runner –up and another team of Div of Agricultural Extension Education, SKUAST-J was declared third. Ideathon was conducted in the afternoon in which sixteen participants took part and presented their innovative solution to the given problem statements regarding sustainable agriculture. The event was adjudged by Dr. Vandana Sharma, Prof  & Head, Department of English, Central University of Jammu,  Prof. A. K. Raina, Former Head, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu  and Prof. S. K. Gupta, Former Director Education SKUAST- Jammu. The result for all other events held during 4th and 7th August 2023 will be announced on 22nd August 2023, the day for the main event of G20. At the end, Dr. Rajinder Peshin, Incharge examination cell who is coordinating the G20 connect programme thanked all judges, faculty members and students of SKUAST-Jammu and colleges for their participation in the events. The events were coordinated by Dr. Ankur Rastogi and Dr. Manmohan Sharma. 


Vanmahotsava, the festival of tree planting was celebrated by the Division of Silviculture & Agroforestry, Faculty of Horticulture & Forestry, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-Jammu) in collaboration with Central Reserve Police Force-160 BN, and NAHEP-IDP, SKUAST-Jammu at Main Campus, Chatha on 26th of July, 2023. The plantation drive was initiated by Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu, the Chief Guest of the occasion, by planting a Rudraksh sapling.  Sh. Rakesh Sethi, DIGP Range Jammu, Central Reserve Police Force was the Guest of Honour on the occasion, accompanied by Sh. Hari om Khare, Commandant CRPF 160 BN. The chief guest while addressing the officers, faculty members, students and CRPF personals stressed that trees throughout our existence have helped in sustaining life on earth. Highlighting the importance of tree plantation programmes, he emphasized that Vanmahotasav creates awareness about the importance of trees in our society and portrays the need for planting and tending of trees, as they are one of the best ways to prevent global warming and reduce pollution.Sh. Rakesh Sethi, DIGP Range Jammu, CRPF, the guest of honour, informed the gathering that this plantation is a part of Nationwide Tree Plantation drive and highlighted the importance of trees in the Indian culture. Sh. Hari om Khare, Commandant CRPF 160 BN was also present on the occasion. All the dignitaries, statutory officers of the University, Officers of the Central Reserve Police Force, Faculty members, Non-teaching staff, CRPF personals and students took part in tree plantation. The event was coordinated by Dr Sandeep Sehgal, Professor and Head, Division of Silviculture and Agroforestry, SKUAST-Jammu and Nodal Officer, ESSC, NAHEP-IDP.

High End Skilling Workshop on Modern Analytical Techniques in Food Biochemistry Concludes at SKUAST-Jammu

Ten days High End Skilling Workshop on Modern Analytical Techniques in Food Biochemistry sponsored under Vigyan Accelerate Karyashala Scheme of DST-SERB organized from 4th to 13th July, 2023 concluded at Division of Biochemistry, Faculty of Basic Sciences SKUAST-Jammu. Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu was the Chief Guest during the Valedictory function. In his address, Dr. Tripathi stressed upon the importance of Modern Analytical Techniques in Food Biochemistry to know the nutritional status of any food item. He congratulated the organizers for meticulously selecting and training students on such an important area of science. He further said that these techniques are more relevant in present day health conscious society. Dr. Tripathi was of the opinion that the science is moving fast and both scientists and students need to remain acquainted with the emerging new high end technologies. He emphasized upon the students to look for entrepreneurship opportunities in the area of food technology to become self reliant budding entrepreneurs. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor suggested scientists to work on the basic scientific aspects of food science as food is the lifeline. Earlier, Dr. S.E.H. Rizvi, Dean, Faculty of Basic Sciences welcomed the guests and appraised the house about the activities and research work being carried out in the faculty. He hoped that the students have immensely benefitted from the workshop as this had provided them opportunities for exposure to hands-on skill on Modern Analytical Techniques in Biochemistry. Dr. Moni Gupta, Professor, Biochemistry and Course Director of the workshop presented the detailed report of the workshop and the topics covered during the ten days of training programme. Twenty students from different institutes and Universities of India including DCRUST, Murthal; SVPUAT, Meerut; MDS University, Rohtak; CCHU, Hissar; Bharthiar University, Coimbatore; CSIR- IIIM, Jammu; University of Jammu and SKUAST-Jammu participated in this high end skilling workshop. During the workshop twenty nine lectures and hands on practical sessions were delivered by experts from different institutes including University of Technology, Malaysia; PAU, Ludhiana; University of Mysuru, Mysore; CSIR- IIM; University of Jammu and SKUAST-Jammu. During the workshop, the students visited premier institutes in and around Jammu for exposure to modern analytical techniques in Food Biochemistry. Certificates of participation were distributed to the participants. Statutory officers, Head of the Divisions, faculty members were also present on the occasion. The event was coordinated by Dr. Upma Dutta, Course Coordinator of the workshop. Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Sanjay Guleria, Prof. & Head, Division of Biochemistry. Proceedings of the program were conducted by Dr. Sachin Gupta, Professor and Course Coordinator of the workshop.

Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu interacts with Vet Faculty & Students

Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu today visited and interacted with the Faculty members and students of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry at R.S. Pura campus of SKUAST-Jammu On his maiden address to the Vet Faculty members and students, he enlightened the gathering about the tremendous economic growth and structural changes of India in Agriculture and livestock sector since independence. He talked about India’s progressive journey from food deficit to food surplus and milk deficit to milk surplus country. He stressed on the vital role which livestock sector plays in national economy and in the socio-economic development of the country. He exhorted faculty and students of Veterinary sciences to work for the betterment of the farming community. Further, Dr. Tripathi enshrined his vision and roadmap to develop Veterinary faculty of SKUAST-Jammu at par with the prestigious veterinary institutes of India.He underlined that India is equipped with institutions, human resources, policy frameworks and infrastructure which would be driving force for Animal Husbandry sector during the Amrit Kaal. He stressed the importance of self-reliance, referring to the concept of "Atmanirbhar Bharat" (self-reliant India). He focused on improving the research ecosystem of the university by initiating collaborative efforts among state agriculture universities, ICAR institutes as well as international institutions. He emphasized the need to continuously explore ways to improve the quality of education, equips students with the necessary skills for their future endeavours. He emphasized the need to enhance resources and equip laboratories with modern machines to meet the growing demands of the evolving research and educational landscape He stressed the importance of keeping pace with advancements and nurturing innovative thinking among students. He advised teachers to encourage students to explore entrepreneurship and thereby highlight the need for students to be self-reliant and not solely depend on government jobs. He, also emphasized the importance of enhancing their skills and leveraging entrepreneurial opportunities to contribute to the growth of the region.He urged the veterinary students to become job generators rather than job seekers.
Dr. Tripathi concluded his interaction by taking queries and suggestions from the faculty members and students in an extensive manner and assured them of providing adequate facilities to ensure that teaching, research and wellbeing thrive well without hindrance. Later on, he visited all the divisions of the faculty to review their functioning and took feedback on individual basis from the scientist.
At the outset Dr.M.S Bhadwal, Dean F.V.Sc& A.H, welcomed the Vice-Chancellor for his maiden interaction with the faculty and students after assuming his charge as the VC of SKUAST-J.

Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu Addresses Faculty Members

Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu today addressed all the faculty members/ scientists of different faculties stationed at Chatha and R. S. Pura Campus of the University. This was his first interaction with all the faculty members after assuming the charge as Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu on 20.06. 2023. The purpose of the address was to share his opinion and road map for the development of the University to enhance its presence at national and international level. In his address, the Vice Chancellor said that it was immense pride for him to address the faculty of this premium institution of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and he was feeling excited and enthusiastic. SKUAST-Jammu is in its initial phase of development but I am happy to see that in a short span of time it has achieved new heights and that has been possible only due to the tremendous work done by the faculty/ scientists of the university. He further added that National Education Policy is the key to enhance the quality education and we are committed to increase ten per cent students every year under NEP. He said we at SKUAST-Jammu should be passionate in supporting the learning goals of the students. He emphasized the need to continuously explore ways to improve the quality of education, equips students with the necessary skills for their future endeavours. He stressed the importance of keeping pace with advancements and nurturing innovative thinking among students. We understand the concerns of our students and assure all of you that efforts will be made to reach out to every student to help him/her to cope with the difficult circumstances. The systems and its relevant solutions shall be designed keeping in mind the concept of optimization and its implementation on a day to day basis. Imparting education through quality learning is my absolute priority. Hence to ensure this, we should continuously evolve our processes through consultation and communication with respective stakeholders to address the issues and concerns timely. We must learn to capitalize on our available resources, which will help us to face the challenges more efficiently.

Non-teaching staff is an important pillar of the University: Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu

Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu addressed the non-teaching staff of the University at the Main campus, Chatha. At the onset, Dr. S.K. Gupta, Registrar of the University welcomed the Vice chancellor and hoped that the University will reach new heights under his patronage and leadership. He highlighted the role of non-teaching staff in the functioning of the university. He assured that all the possible help shall be rendered to the staff under rules to address their genuine demands regarding promotion, transfer policies etc. He appealed the staff to take pledge for working with dedication so that the ranking of the University gets improved and it becomes a brand. He stressed upon the need for increasing revenue by the different constituents of the University and asked the non-teaching staff to work with zeal to achieve the goals. During the interaction meeting, the non teaching staff also raised the issues of adoption of transfer policy, conduct of regular refresher courses and conduct of DPC on regular basis. He informed the house that recruitment process shall soon start at the University. The meeting ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. S.K. Gupta, Registrar of the University. 

SKUAST-J encourages students to become job creators

Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu today urged Agriculture students to become job creators and not Job Seekers, Addressing the Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of the University at the Main campus, Chatha, he enlightened them with the remarkable transformation journey of agriculture in India, highlighting the progress of the nation from a country with insufficient food to a self-sufficient and even exporting agricultural produce. The credit for this achievement, he emphasized, goes to the dedicated efforts of agricultural scientists who have developed numerous crop varieties, technologies and thus significantly increased the production. He underlined that the agricultural development in India serves as a valuable lesson for the world. The work of Indian agricultural scientists has gained recognition globally and their contributions are acknowledged by the entire world. He stressed the importance of self-reliance, referring to the concept of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India). To address these challenges and ensure food security, Dr. Tripathi emphasised the significance of precision agriculture technology. He was of the opinion that by integrating research and technology; agricultural production can be increased while promoting sustainability. He stressed upon the students to live upto the vision of making the university the best research institute and highlighted the importance of enhancing research and education. Dr. Tripathi assured the students that the university would work tirelessly day and night to achieve excellence. The Vice Chancellor also touched upon the importance of placement cells in the university, encouraging students to actively participate in campus selection processes and not solely rely on job opportunities. He emphasized the need for students to compete in exams such as the NET Agricultural Research Service (ARS) etc and to foster an entrepreneurial mindset. Dr. Tripathi encouraged the students to aspire to be job creators rather than job seekers and emphasized the limitless possibilities available to them. Furthermore, he advised Dean Students’ Welfare (DSW) to organize interactions with renowned professionals from various fields to provide students with opportunities to learn from experts in their respective domains. Dr. Tripathi assured the students of providing adequate facilities to ensure that their research and education thrive without hindrance. 

Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & A.H, SKUAST-J, celebrates World Zoonoses Day 2023

Dr. B.N Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu inaugurated the World Zoonoses Day, 2023 as the Chief Guest at Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & A.H, R S Pura in the presence of Brig. J.S. Dharmadheeran, CEO, Brook India as guest of honour, and Dr. M.S. Bhadwal, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry. In his address, he informed the gathering that World Zoonosis Day is observed on July 6th every year to raise awareness about zoonotic diseases and their impact on human and animal health. He further said that the primary goal of World Zoonosis Day is to educate people about the risks associated with zoonotic diseases and promote measures to prevent their spread. It aims to highlight the importance of collaboration between human and animal health sectors, as well as environmental agencies, in addressing zoonotic threats.Zoonotic diseases can have significant public health implications, causing illness, death, and economic losses. Many of these diseases originate in animals and can be transmitted to humans through various means, including direct contact, consumption of contaminated food or water, or exposure to vectors like mosquitoes and ticks. Brig. (Dr.) J.S. Dharamadheeran, CEO, Brooke India, emphasized on the theme for the celebration of this year’s World Zoonoses Day, “One World, One Health: Prevent Zoonoses, Stop the Spread”. He said that this day plays a vital role in safeguarding public health and fostering a One Health approach, which recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health by promoting awareness and knowledge about zoonotic diseases. Dr. M.A. Malik, Prof. & Head, Division of Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology, presented thematic talk on the topic ‘Zoonoses: An overview’. Dr. Rajesh Katoch, DSW, SKUAST-J, Dr. J.S. Soodan, Dean, Faculty of Dairy Technology, all HoD’s, Faculty members and students of F.V.Sc& A.H attended the celebration of World Zoonoses Day. Dr. H.K Sharma, Prof. Division of Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology, conducted the proceeding and extended the vote of thanks