Himachal Governor calls youth to stay away from drugs to maintain the sanctity of Devbhoomi

Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla called upon the youth to stay away from drugs to maintain the sanctity of Devbhoomi Himachal

The Governor was addressing the students, professors and employees of Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan district today. Earlier, he inaugurated the main entrance of the university built in Pahari style at a cost of Rs. 75 lakh. He also inaugurated the inter-college sports competition of the university on the occasion.

Recalling the contribution of Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar, the first Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the Governor said that he worked for the development of the state. He appealed to the people associated with the university to work for maintaining the prestige of the university. He said that Himachal is recognized as an apple State in the country and the world.

Appreciating the work being done by the university in the field of education, research and extension, the Governor said that this university has played an active role in the development of horticulture and allied sectors and has proved the relevance of its establishment. He said that the university has also played an important role in recognizing the state as an apple state. Expressing happiness, he said that the Ministry of Human Resource Development has given this university 11th place in the Promising Band in the year 2021 under the Atal Ranking of Educational Institutions. In the year 2022, this university was also ranked 22nd in the ranking of 72 agricultural universities of the country by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He said that the University has been awarded the International Green University Award-2022 at the recently held Green School Conference in New York, which is a great achievement.

Sh. Shukla said that along with teaching work, sports and other activities are also being conducted here and students like Lokesh Bhanot and Sandhya are bringing laurels to the university at the national and international level. He said that currently 89 projects worth Rs. 99.41 crore funded by various institutions are being implemented in the university to promote research activities, in which 28 projects worth Rs. 9.92 crore have been received in 2022-23. He emphasized the university to provide good and low cost technology to the farmers through research, innovation and technology. In view of the present situation, he appealed to the scientists to motivate the horticulturists to adopt natural farming.

Expressing happiness, the Governor said that the production method of some crops has been standardized under natural farming in the university. He instructed that models of other crops should also be prepared under natural farming. He expressed happiness over the formation of the state’s first natural farming based farmer’s productivity company with the help of the university and the processing of ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade apples of this company in the university. He said that instead of keeping scientific research confined to laboratories, he instructed to take it to the fields. He also stressed the need for intensive research and said that in today’s changing environment, maximum use of information technology should be made to bring speed and quality in works.

Earlier, the Governor launched the new dynamic website of the University and also released 6 various publications.

On the occasion, Prof. Rajeshwar Singh Chandel, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry honored and welcomed the Governor. He detailed about various activities and achievements of the university. He said that not only in the university but also in the four colleges affiliated to it, 300 students were taking education in 17 different streams. He said that this university is working in association with society.

Padma Shri Vidya Nand Saraik, MLAs Vinod Sultanpuri and Ajay Soulanki, former MP Virendra Kashyap, Deputy Commissioner, Solan Manmohan Sharma, Superintendent of Police Virendra Sharma, senior officials of district administration, students participating in inter college sports competition from four colleges, Officers and employees of the University and other prominent people were also present on the occasion.

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