Guv reviews SKUAST-K achievements

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JAMMU: The admission to undergraduate/post-graduate and Ph.D for the session 2018 at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir has increased to 1082, this was stated by Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) Prof Nazeer Ahmad during a review meeting with Governor N N Vohra who is also the Chancellor of the university here at the Raj Bhavan on Friday.
During the meeting, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K informed the Chancellor about various academic and research initiatives and achievements of the university, an official handout read.
He said that 32 students have been selected in campus recruitments by M/S B-Able Industries and IIIM, Jammu while Rs 8 lakh have been distributed among students of Ladakh region under the Frontier Scholarship Scheme.
To establish a collaborative programme to advance scientific knowledge and to bring new high yielding varieties and disease free root-stock of temperate fruit crops to the state, the university has signed MoU with Seven Star Fruits Private Limited, Maharashtra, the handout read.
“In the research arena 13 new projects, worth Rs. 2.30 crore, have been secured by the university; experiments on high density apple and clonal rootstock production have been taken up at multiple-locations and 50,000 rootstocks readied for grafting; spray schedule for temperate fruits with new effective chemicals has been finalized; new greenhouse technology for cultivation of vegetables and mushroom has been developed at KVK, Leh; at Zanskar new crop varieties of potato, wheat, barley, vegetables, peas, etc. have been introduced with promising results; silage farming and solar pump introduced at HMAARI, Leh,” the VC informed the Chancellor.
The Chancellor complimented Prof Nazeer Ahmad and his colleagues for Kashmiri ‘Anz’ being recognised as India’s first registered geese breed by the Breed Registration Committee of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and for the university team securing the second position in the All India Vic-Chancellor’s Cricket Tournament held at Punjab University, Patiala.
Governor/Chancellor reiterated his concern on sustained basis for improving the teaching programmes and achieving tangible outcomes in all the research programmes, the handout added.