Srinagar: The 61st Research Council Meeting (Kharif) was held virtually under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor SKUAST-K, Prof J.P. Sharma. The meeting was attended by Directors, Deans of different faculties and Heads of Divisions and Research stations from the University. Prof Jag Paul Sharma, Director SKUAST Jammu and Dr. D.B .Singh Director CITH, Kashmir attended as Expert members. The meeting was also attended by the representatives from the Directorate of Agriculture and Horticulture, Kashmir.
Prof.A.H.Mughal Associate Director Research welcomed the members and informed the house that the University during last year filed 12 patents, released 7 new varieties of different crops viz. Maize, Paddy, Kalazera, fodder crops and bagged about 30 Research projects worth Rs.70 crores funded by different funding agencies both national and International in the disciplines of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Animal Sciences. The house was also informed that the university produced breeder seeds of Paddy, Maize, Pulses, Wheat and Fodder oats and also produced 1600 q of foundation seed of Paddy. Progress on research done during Kharif 2020 was presented by the concerned heads of stations, besides approval for new research proposals to be taken up during Kharif, 2021.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. J.P. Singh during his introductory and concluding remarks appreciated the efforts of scientists of different faculties and Research stations for their work in the field of research and filing of patents and publication of research papers. He complimented the scientists for getting outside funded National and International research projects. The Vice Chancellor desired that the research priorities should be devised in such a manner so that the technology developed can help in improving the socio-economic condition of the farmers, besides stress was laid on minimizing post-harvest losses, processing and value addition of fruits, vegetables, dairy, fisheries, medicinal plants and development of functional foods.
Hon’ble Vice Chancellor spelled out other research sectors likeSeed production, Soil conservation, fodder development for the year round availability of fodder for animals, disease diagnosis and treatment of farm animals, fish production, High density apple orchards, women empowerment etc. which need particular attention. He also laid emphasis on the need of orienting research activities in various districts on the basis of one district one product devised by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Dr. AzmatAalam Khan Associate Director Research (A/S)