VC SKUAST, Jammu calls on Lt Governor

Jammu: Dr. J.P. Sharma, newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Jammu today called on the Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu here at the Raj Bhavan.
The Lt Governor and Dr. Sharma discussed wide ranging issues relating to establishment of three new KVKs at Udhampur, Ramban and Kishtwar, establishment of Faculty of Dairy Technology, Agricultural Engineering and Division of Seed Sciences and Technology, School of Agri-Business Management with start of Ph.D programme, inauguration of additional block of Urja Girl’s Hostel for PG students, Integrated Farming System( IFS), Protected Cultivation Unit, Processing and Value Addition Unit and start of farmer participatory in seed production etc.
The Lt Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the University, directed the VC to prepare a policy document for the development of cluster of Organic farming. On recruitment process, the Lt Governor directed for filling up of the Technical posts as per guidelines of UGC and ICAR, besides strict adherence of New Recruitment rules for filling up of non-teaching vacancies.
The L t Governor observed that J&K has vast potential for Bamboo, fisheries, poultry, mushroom and horticulture sector and called for taking comprehensive measures for their promotion and marketing. He also stressed on cultivation of medicinal plants in dry areas and farming of lavender, besides increasing productivity of agricultural products without genetic modification.
The Lt Governor instructed for involving students in the pilot projects of the diversification through fruits and vegetables and further called for engaging youth in Entrepreneurship development programmes for agricultural start ups and enables them to become job creators. In Research field, focus more on Bi-Technology, Nanotechnology and Artificial Intelligence to create world class human resource from J&K, he added.
The Lt Governor further asked the VC to explore more possibilities to increase the share of agriculture in J&K’s GDP. He suggested the collaboration with various organizations for medicinal and agro plantation on the government lands which are meant for farming purpose but are not effectively used for the said purpose.
The Lt Governor congratulated Dr. Sharma for his new appointment and wished him a successful tenure ahead.