The Directorate of Experiment Station came into existence with the establishment of the University in November, 1960.
Coordination of all fundamental and applied research in the University.
Administration, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and processing of research projects and programmes.
Administration and monitoring of Research Centres located at the headquarters and out campuses covering 13 districts of Uttarakhand.
Publication of Pantnagar Journal of Research, research reports and highlights.
Processing of research papers for publication in national and international journals.
Recording of breeder seeds and planting material of important crops, vegetables, fruits, flowers, medicinal and aromatic plants, ornamental and agro-forestry trees produced at different research stations.
RESEARCH ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
A Research Advisory Committee (RAC) with Vice- Chancellor as Chairman, Director Experiment Station as Member-Secretary, Deans of Colleges, Director Extension, Research Programme Coordinators, Heads of each college and progressive farmers as Members advises the Vice- Chancellor regarding allocation of funds, conditions for accepting grants and allied matters affecting the research programmes of the University.
All research in the University is conducted on approved research projects designed to investigate specific problems under the leadership of faculty member(s) located in subject-matter departments.
The research project is the basic unit used for organization, administration, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and processing of all research in the University. Research projects located in different subject-matter departments, but directed to the achievement of a common goal are grouped together into a Research Programme in which, although the individual project leaders are responsible for research in their respective projects, they jointly plan and review their entire research work in an integrated manner. This interdisciplinary team is called as Research Programme Committee with a senior faculty member of this team acting as “Programme Coordinator”.
Director Experiment Station alongwith a team of Joint Directors carries out the functions of coordination, administration, monitoring and evaluation of research in collaboration with Deans of Colleges, Area Director of Research, Programme Coordinators and Head of respective Departments.
In day-to-day functioning of the Directorate, Director Experiment Station is assisted by five Joint Directors, one Administrative Officer, one Deputy Comptroller, one Senior Statistician, one Research Editor, one Production Economist and one Accounts Officer.
All research in the university is conducted on approved research projects designed to investigate specific problems under the leadership of faculty member(s) located in subject-matter departments.
THE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE
Main Campus Research Centres
Crop Research Centre
Seed Production Centre
Vegetable Research Centre
Horticulture Research Centre
Agroforestry Research Centre
Fish Seed Hatchery and Instructional Fish Farm
Mushroom Research & Training Centre
Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Research & Development Centre
Model Floriculture Centre
Organic Farming Research Centre
Instructional Dairy Farm
Instructional Poultry Farm
Pantnagar Centre for Plant Genetic Resources
Sugarcane Seed Production Centre
Research Laboratories located in subject matter departments at main campus, Pantnagar.
Off-Campus Research Centers
Hill Campus Ranichauri, Tehri
Two Research Sub-Stations: Kanatal and
Research Station, Majhera, Nainital
Research Station, Sui-Lohaghat, Champawat
Research & Training Station, Pauri
Sugarcane Research Centre, Kashipur
Pantnagar Rural Bioresource Centre, Khanna Farm, Bhagwanpur
Horticulture Research and Extension Centres
Horticulture Research and Extension Centre, Chaubatia, Ranikhet, Almora
Vegetable Research and Extension Centre, Gagar, Nainital
Horticulture Research and Extension Centre, Jeolikote, Nainital
Dr. Shankar Lal Shah Vegetable Research and Extension Centre, Matela, Almora
Horticulture Research and Extension Centre, Gaina/ Aunchaoli, Pithoragarh
Horticulture Research and Extension Centre,
Horticulture Research and Extension Centre, Dunda, Uttarkashi
Horticulture Research and Extension Centre, Nagau, Chakrata, Dehradun
Horticulture Research and Extension Centre, Dhakrani, Herbertpur, Dehradun
Horticulture Research Sub Centre, Kotdwar, Pauri
SALIENT RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENTS
The University has made significant achievements on agricultural research front and has developed a number of technologies for adoption by farmers and other end users. Some of the achievements are given below:
Release of 224 varieties of field crops, vegetables, fruits, flowers, agroforestry trees etc., of which many varieties are recommended for hill agriculture. List of released varieties is shown below
Technology for mushroom production and processing and transfer of technology to more than 1000 farmers (mostly BPL) in a year.
Development and Commercialization of Trichoderma harzianum and Gliocladium virens for biological control of diseases in soybean, chickpea, etc.
Production and marketing of Pant zero-till ferti-seed
drill for direct sowing of wheat immediately after rice harvesting and thereby a
saving of Rs. 3500/ha itself. Marketing of over 500 Pant zero-till drills to
over 11 States by the University itself. Now manufactured by more than 95
manufacturers of Punjab (45), Haryana (37), U. P. (9), Uttarakhand (3),
Production and marketing of hill implements such as Pauri nasuda, danala, damala, wheel hoes, hand and foot operated paddy threshers, winnowing fan etc. through Research and Testing Centre (Pauri Garhwal) and Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering.
Development of technologies for enzyme treatment of pulses and oil seeds for enhanced recovery of dal (6-8%) and oil (2.5%)
Development of kit for detection of urea adulteration in milk
Production of frozen semen of highly productive crossbreed cattle and murrah buffaloes
Collection and densification of loose paddy and wheat straw after combining, as an alternate to field burning, and ammonia (urea) treatment of baled straw on a treatment plant designed and developed in the university as nutritive livestock feed.
Diagnosis kit for detection of pregnancy in cattle and buffalo on 20th day of breeding.
Biological, immunological and physico-chemical characterization of four cytotoxins of Salmonella for the first time
Recommendation of green manure (Sesbania/ Crotolaria) – Pusa Basmati - Chickpea cropping system under organic mode is a complete rotation to be followed under organic farming in Tarai of Uttaarakhand.
Demonstration of agro-technology for the production of tuberose and production of cut flower plants and bulbs in the tuberose block.
To enhance the acreage under medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) agro-techniques for their cultivation and seed production has been developed. The National Research and Development Centre has a collection of 191 medicinal and aromatic plants.
The planting material of several vegetable and fruit crops, ornamental plants, agro-forestry trees and winter annuals is also being produced by different research centres and supply on routing basis.
Research has been initiated on nursery raising and production of oil yielding trees such as wild apricot and chura.
A bambusetum has been established at Pantnagar where about 26 species of bamboo have been collected so far from various parts of country.
Decorticator for Jatropha fruits has been developed and village level technology for conversion of oil into bio-diesel is under progress.
To save import of the petro-products and foreign currency, the University initiated research work on biodiesel plants. So far jatropha has been planted in 140 hectares at the University Farm and various research centres. Several farmers have been trained in nursery raising, cultivation and oil extraction of jatropha.
University scientists have selected new high yielding lines of jatropha which have yield potential upto 10 tonnes per hectare.
Tissue culture has been found very useful for the multiplication of planting material of bamboo, stebia, safed musli, gerbera, etc.
The quality seed produced at Pantnagar became very
popular in every nook and corner of the country and
Veterinary Scientists developed Dot- ELISA technique for the field diagnosis of liver fluke infection in ruminants. The PCR based molecular technique has also been standardized and employed by veterinary scientists.
Rearing of the post larvae of mahseer collected from hatchery and nature successfully done under captive conditions.
Optimization of induced breeding and larval rearing technology of endangered fish species of cold water, Labeo dero (Moh) under captive conditions.
Food supplements were developed using soybean, amaranth seeds, sesame, carrot and spinach powder. One serving of each could fulfill 1/3 rd daily nutrient requirement.
The University established a fodder bank for the supply of complete feed mineral blocks specially to hill farmers during the period of scarcity of feed and fodder.
Under the bio-control programme, the high temperature tolerant Trichogramma chilonis has been developed showing high rate of parasitism and longer leaf span. Deptartment of Biotechnology and Directorate of Plant Protection and Quarantine have designated Bio-control lab at Pantnagar as ‘Referral lab” for quality testing of bio-control agents.
Scientists of Food Science and Technology Department have developed low calorie kalakand and low cost bal-mithali.
Patent has been filed in
The fishery scientists have standardized the rearing technology for hatchling, fry fingerlings and year lays of L. dyachatus and Fish-Duch farming system for Uttarakhand state.
Technologies have been developed for the cultivation of different types of mushrooms like button, dhingary, shitake, blue oyster and the medicinal mushroom ganoderma.
28 new research projects have been implemented under horticulture mission to generate the technologies for the production of local vegetables, fruits and flowers and multiplication of the planting material.
The University and National Research Development
Corporation, Government of
THRUST AREAS OF RESEARCH
The University has got the sole responsibility for the development of agriculture in Uttarakhand, which has completely different agro-eco system and farm practices. Main issues and strategies related to research are given below:
Prioritization of research in the areas of horticulture, vegetable, floriculture, medicinal and aromatic plants, mushroom cultivation, livestock, fisheries, sericulture, bee keeping, social forestry, post harvest technology and natural resource management as per the needs of the state
Water resource management and drainage of water logged areas
Enhancing productivity of livestock through improved balanced feed
Study on socio-economic impact due to adoption of a technology
Sustainable agricultural development and environmental security
New varieties of different crops for hill region
Development of package of practices for medicinal and aromatic plants & for the production of organic food
Production of nucleus, breeder seed and planting material
Development of post harvest technology for the value addition
Development of cultivation practices of basmati rice under organic farming system
Production of fruits and vegetables under organic farming system
Conservation of plant, animal, fish and microbial biodiversity
Development of light weight farm machinery for the reduction of drudgery to farm women and animals, watersheds sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, bio-intensive IPM modules, agroforestry based cropping systems, floriculture as per the need of the state, better livestock breeds for the higher milk production in the state.
Research on production of bio-fuels.
Development of model research and seed production farms.
Development of health food based on minor millets.
Strengthening of biotechnology unit for the over all development and monitoring of agriculture and livestocks.
Production and testing the efficiency of bio-diesel
Evaluation of local breeds of animals and development of diagnostic kits
Use of local dye yielding plants for colouring of fibres
Promotion to cold water fisheries
Officers of Directorate of Experiment Station
University Research Stations
RESEARCH PROJECTS IN OPERATION
Dr. J. P. Pandey
Director Experiment Station
Pantnagar – 263145,
Phone : +91-5944-233363 (Off.)
Fax : +91-5944-233473