College of Agriculture, Hisar


Dr. Rakesh Gehlot

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Department of Horticulture Collge of Agriculture CCS HAU, Hisar-125004

Phone No : 01662255212

Email Id :hod_hort@hau.ac.in

The Department of Horticulture, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar came into existence with the establishment of College of Agriculture at Hisar in the then Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana during the year 1962. With the bifurcation of universities, a full fledged department started working during 1970. The department has made steady progress in the field of research, teaching and transfer of technology during the entire period under report.  

The Department of Horticulture has attainedcreditable status throughits sustained and dedicated effortsover the last       58 years. It has attained many heights in different aspects of research in the form of viable technologies and its transfer to the farmers. From time to time, there has been a significant expansion with respect to infrastructure and other facilities for conducting smoothresearch, teaching and extension programmes. During this period, Research Stations were established at Buria and Bawal to generate information for recommending the technology for regional areas. With the establishment of Dry Farming Research Station at Bawal, the department established its horticulture wing during the year 1974-75 in the South West part of the State. The germplasm suitable for dry land area were introduced with respect to ber, aonla, bael, jamun, mulberry, karonda and phalsa. With the efforts of research workers, this station is catering to the needs of South Western part of the State for supplying planting materials and production technology of these fruit crops. Another Regional Research Station, particularly catering to horticultural needs, was established in 1990 at Buria. Subtropical fruits  like mango, litchi, loquat and temperate fruits, requiring low chilling like pear, peach, plum were introduced and evaluated. Separatedegree of M.Sc. (Horticulture) in Fruit Scienceand M.Sc. (Horticulture) in Floriculture & Landscape Architecture was started during 2010-11.

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Awards and Recognitions

Dr. I. S. Sheoran was awarded Hari Om Ashram award for team research, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award and NAAS Fellow : -

Infrastructural Development

  • The department has a Botanical Garden spread over an area of 10.5 acres with rich biodiversity. The department has done pioneering work in conserving the indigenour local species of plant and also introduction of exotic specis (approximately 600) from other places. Various native and exotic trees, shurbs, herbs, climbers, aquatic plants, cacti and succulents have been collected and maintained for imparting knowledge to our students as well as related scientists. Flower shows are organized from time to time.
  • The department has 9 screening houses near the college building.
  • The department has developed 20 salinity micro plots to determine phyto-remediating potential of halophytic flora and 24 lysimeter have been installed in field to determine the transpirational potential of trees having importannce in bio-drainage.
  • Experimental farms spread over 25 acres have been developed to evaluate bio-drainage potential of trees to improve waterlogged soils.

Package and Practices

system having Eucalyptus tereticornis as a strip plantation should be established on the water logged soils. In this model north to south field boundary is converted into 2.6 m wide and 45 cm high raised bund on which two rows of trees can be planted. The intervening space is left for the crops with minimum of shade effect due to the north-south direction of bunds� initiated by Drs. O.P. Toky, Rajiv Angrish and J.C. Kaushik included in the HAU Package of Practices.

Other Activities of the Department

Van Mahotsav was celebrated at CCS HAU premises in Botanical Garden of the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology On 27th July, 2015. The guest of honour in the function was honourable Agriculture Minister Sh. O.P.Dhankar. The Agriculture Minister, Vice -Chancellor (Dr. K.S.Khokhar), Member of Board (Dr. Ramesh Yadav) & Dean PGS (Dr. Rajbala Grewal) planted Tejpata, Putjeeva, Raintree and Chandni trees in Botanical Gardn.

On 20th August, 2015 tree plantation programme was conducted by the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology, College of Basic Sciences & Humanities in the Botanical Garden. The Deputy Director General (Crop Science) Dr. J.S.Sandhu Guest of Honour planted trees, along with dignitaries Vice -Chancellor (Dr.K.S.Khokhar), Registrar (Dr.M.S.Dahiya), Director of Research (Dr.S.S.Siwach), Dean, COA (Dr. R.K.Pannu) & Dean, COBS&H (Dr.R.KJain). The planted trees were Sacred Ashoka, Kachnar, Dalchini, Ashok and Ficus Sp.

Training/Symposium /Conference Organized

Organized 4 day Third Indian Palynological conference on Palynology in Crop Production & Improvement in Sepetember 21-23, 1981.

Organized 3 day Symposium of Plant Physiology (1984) in collaboration with Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi.

The Department organized National Level Training Programme on Biodrainaege: Potential and Practice funded by Ministry of Water Resources G.O.I., from Feb 1st to 6th, 2008. Dr. R. Angrish of this Department was the Course Director, held at DHRM, CCS HAU, Hisar.

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