The Department was established in 1960 with the aim to impart teaching research and extension in plant breeding. The department has played a pivotal role in ushering the Green Revolution in India by developing landmark varieties in wheat, rice, maize, pulses, oilseeds, forages, sugarcane and other crops. Till the year 2011-12, 176 varieties have been developed and commercially released in various crops. One of the most outstanding impacts of the breeding programme has been the massive seed production of various crops and “Pantnagar Seeds” is the most popular brand among the farmers of the country.
The Department has well-knit under graduate (U.G.) and post graduate (P.G.) programmes with updated and modern course curricula as per the ICAR guidelines. A broad range of carefully designed courses complimented by lectures in other departments appropriately address the academic needs of the students. The Department has excellent facilities for teaching various courses in Genetics & Plant Breeding, Biotechnology and Seed Technology as required for undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes. Excellent facilities for the thesis and research to students are available in the major crops. There are 12 well-equipped laboratories in the department for teaching and research work.
Currently in addition to 13 All India Coordinated Research Projects (ACRIP) on different crops funded by ICAR, and more than 20 ad-hoc projects funded by different funding agencies viz., DBT, DST, ICAR, NBPGR, DAC/PPV&FRA, CGIAR, NOVOD, etc are under implementation. The Department has organized three Winter/Summer and short Schools for the teaching/research staff with the financial support of ICAR during 2012 to 2014.
To impart quality education in Genetics & Plant Breeding to UG and PG students, and to develop high yielding biotic, abiotic stress resistance, climate resilient and high quality possessing varieties of different crop plants with the integration of classical and molecular breeding, and preservation and protection of germplasm.Teaching:
Degrees Offered (with seat breakup)
Functional laboratories in the department
Ongoing Extension Activities:
|S.No.||Title of the of Seminar/Workshop/Training/Symposium||Organized by|
|1.||National Seminar on “Holistic Development of Agroforestry: Potential and Policy Issues” organized on February 13-14, 2015.||Dr. S.K. Tewari|
|2.||ICAR sponsored 21 days summer school on “New Paradigms in Heterosis Breeding: Conventional and Molecular Approaches“, 10-30 Sept., 2014.||Dr H.S. Chawla|
|3.||ICAR sponsored 21 days winter school on “Changing climatic conditions:Issues and breeding strategies for abiotic stress tolerance in plants” from Feb 11 to March 3, 2014.||Dr H.S. Chawla|
|4.||One day NRDC sponsored Training on “Harnessing Intellectual Property and its Management for Growth and Prosperity‘ Organized by Intellectual Property Management Centre, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Jan 25, 2014.||Dr. M.K. Karanwal|
|5.||IICAR sponsored 10 days short course on “New Dimensions in quality seed production technology with special reference to hybrid seed production of field and vegetable crops, IPR and PPV & FR Act” held from Feb 18 to 27, 2013.||Dr H.S. Chawla|
|6.||One day Awareness and sensitization programme on PPV&FR Act, 2001, Organized by Genetics & Plant Breeding Deptt, G.B. Pant Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 9th March, 2013.||Dr. P.K. Shrotria|
|7.||One day Awareness and sensitization programme on PPV&FR Act, 2001, Organized by Genetics & Plant Breeding Deptt, G.B. Pant Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 9th March, 2013.||Dr. P.K. Shrotria|