The Department of Agronomy, a constituent department of College of Agriculture of CCS Haryana Agricultural University made a humble beginning on 1st June 1964 Dr. M.K. Moolani as its first Head. The Department has attained the distinction of one of the biggest department of the College of Agriculture with faculty strength of approximately 117 teachers/scientists including extension specialist during 80's and 90's and presently with a strength of about 68 faculty members. This department is responsible for teaching, research and extension activities related to the discipline of agronomy throughout the state of Haryana. It has excellent infrastructure of well-equipped laboratories and research farm of 25 hectares besides a students' farm of about 6 hectares. These are well supported by laboratory and field staff for proper conduction of research both by faculty and graduate students as well as farm practical of undergraduate students. Since the inception of the department, 528 M.Sc. and 255 Ph.D. students have completed their degree. Practical Crop Production (PCP) Programme was started by the Department of Agronomy in the year 1974 and is offered to the students of B.Sc. (Hons.) Agri. 3rd year. Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) programme was started in 1991-92 and as of today a total of 1795 of B.Sc.(Ag.) final year students had undergone one semester training in the rural areas. Many of our post-graduate students have been selected in IAS, IFS, HCS, Commissioned officers in Army and Navy and other allied services. The Department have been awarded best Department Award for the year 2008-2010. Six teachers of the Department have been bestowed with ICAR Best Teacher Award. Many students from abroad i.e. Viatnam, Afganistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, Ethopia, Zimbawe have completed their post-graduation from this department. The department offers 19 Courses (45 cr.hrs.) to B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag. UG students and 27 Courses (65 cr.hrs.) to PG students on various agronomical aspects of Crop Production, Water Management, Weed Management, Farming System and Dryland Agriculture every year. In addition, th department also offers one course to UG student for College of Home Science and College of Agril. Engg. Practical Crop Production (PCP) Programme was started by the Department of Agronomy in the year 1974. Since then the PCP course is offered to the students of B.Sc. (Hons.) agri. 3rd year class as 0+1 credit hrs, during 1st and 2nd Semester i.e., for a period of one year starting from Kharif season. Students' placement: Many of our post-graduate students have been selected in IAS, IFS, HCS, Commissioned officers in Army and Navy and other allied services. The department operated a Centre of Excellence in Soil and Water Management on Advance Studies in Soil and Water Management from 1971 to 1982 with a financial assistance from UNDP/ICAR. In 1982, the UNDP centre on soil and water management was awarded a multidisciplinary basic research project, "identification of agro-physiological traits for screening the genotypes of oilseed brassicas and chickpeas for drought situations" under NARP.
- Development of specialized human resource and expertise by teaching and experience learning in the agronomy
- To develop agronomic practices of crops/varieties, sustainable crop production, Weed management for different environments/ agro-climatic regions of the state.
- Transfer and refinement of developed technology suiting to specific agro-ecological conditions.
The department of Agronomy is actively engaged in conducting problem-oriented research on agronomy of different field crops in Haryana state and is responsible for perfecting production technologies of these crops, effective weed control and developing suitable cropping and farming systems. It has well established and equipped research farms and laboratories for conducting research on crop Physiology, weed management, Brackish Water Management, Cropping Systems and Farming Systems, Dryland Agriculture, Vermiculture, Drought resistance besides agronomists working in various All India Coordinated Projects on field crops. On the basis of research work done in department during the last 35 years, improved technologies for field crops have been recommended for different zones of the State. The department was wholly responsible for generating production technologies and irrigation schedules for important crops like wheat, barley, rapeseed and mustard, pulses and forage crops, etc. till early 70's when there was no post of Agronomist in ICAR coordinated projects. These production technologies had been included in the University package of practices.
Research Specialization Areas
- Crop Production
- Crop water management
- Cropping system
- Weed management
- Crop Physiology
- Agro ecology
- Develop agro-ecological zones at macro level in dryland situations of the state.
- To conduct basic and applied research for improving the productivity of natural resources for various dryland situations.
- To develop techniques and systems for long term conservation and efficient utilization of dryland environmental resources.
- To understand crop growth and yield processes under moisture and nutrient stress situations.
- To transfer and test dryland technology through operational research programmes based on watershed approach.
- To carry out economic evaluation of dry land technologies, study constraints and develop suitable resources base models for adoption.
- To study the impact of dryland development programmes including watershed management on productivity and socio-economic welfare of the community.
- To coordinate various dryland and watershed research programmes in the state and to have scientific linkages with the other research institutions and development departments.
Research farm and field laboratories
- Agronomy Research farm: About 24 hectares of well established research farm having all the facilities for conducting field experiments on all agronomical aspects. At the research farm we have one laboratory, implement set, store, one screen house and one vermicompost unit.
- Crop Physiology research farm: About two hectares of land with a laboratory, sand filled micro plots and rain shelter facilities for carrying out research on crop physiology.
- Students' farm: Well established students' farm for carrying practical crop production, practicals for UG and PG students with canal and tubewell source of irrigation.
Research projects in operation
- Agronomic Research for Sustainable Crop Production and Weed Management
- Development of Vermi- compost Technology
- AICRP for Integrated Farming Systems Research
- AICRP on Weed Control
Five well equipped laboratories on:
- Weed control
- Farming system
- Crop Physiology
- Screen house/green house measuring about 15 m x 5 m.
- Agro-chemicals Residues Laboratory
Herbicide resistance in Phalaris minor and zero tillage in wheat: Herbicide resistance to isoproturon(IPU) was observed in Phalaris minor in wheat during the early nineties.
Several alternate crops were evaluated and suggested to farmers to rotate with wheat in the rice-wheat cropping system. Zero tillage in wheat has also been recommended during 2008 in S-W Haryana under non rice-wheat cropping systems. Systematic work on parasitic weed management particularly on Orobanche management in mustard
CCS HAU Hisar is the first centre to point out cross-, multiple-resistance against herbicides of several modes of action in some biotypes of P. minor.
Another first in the country in developing a rapid screening test to detect herbicide resistance in Phalaris minor. Furrow irrigated raised bed planting was evaluated found useful at farmers fields Pioneer in perfection of vermin-compost and Resource Conservation Technologies.
Water stress induces osmotic adjustment, a drought tolerance mechanism has been simplified as a process to quantify the degree of adjustment.
Infrared thermometry for screening crop germplasm for drought tolerance: For better expression of plant responses, anthesis in wheat, flowering in chickpea and pod formation in Brassica species were the best stages. Transpirational cooling is correlated with seed yield. Method of seed priming was standardized for late planted wheat.
Planting of 3 rows of wheat on 90 cm bed produced higher yield than flat planting (22.5 cm in rows) due to increased number of spikes/unit area and grains/spike. Bed planting saved 35% water under 75 cm beds and 50% under 90 cm beds.
Awards and recognition during last five years:
- Best department award in the university 2008-1010
- ISWS Gold medal 2011-12 to Dr. Samunder Singh
- ISWS Gold Medal 2010-11-Dr R. S. Balyan
- IWSS recognition award 2012 to Dr. Samunder Singh
- IWSS News letter editor-2010 cont.- Dr. Samunder Singh
- Secretary IWSS 2012- Dr. Samunder Singh
- Editor-in-Chief IJWS published by ISWS 2010-2012- Dr. Samunder Singh
- ISWS Fellow and ISA Fellow 2010-11, Dr.R. K. Pannu
- ISWS Fellow 2010-11, Dr. S.S. Punia
- Best paper award by ISA during 2011-12- Dr (Mrs.) Rupa Dhawan
- Best paper award by ISA during 2008-09- Dr. A.D Dhindwal
Establishment of Professional Societies/Journals published : The department has a distinction of starting Indian Society of Weed Science, Haryana Agronomists Association and India Society of Allelopathy. These societies have been publishing journals entitled, "Indian Journal of Weed Science", "Haryana Journal of Agronomy" and "Indian Journal of Allelopathy", respectively.
|1||Samunder Singh||Principal Scientist & Head||Weed Science||Details|
|2||Dr. Satish Kumar Khokhar||Sr. Agronomist||Crop Production||Details|
|3||Dr. Jagdev Singh||Professor||Water management, Crop Production, Dryland||Details|
|4||Dr. S.S. Punia||Principal Scientist (Weed Science)||Weed management in field crops, vegetables, herbicide resistance management, parasitic weeds and herbicide residues.||Details|
|5||Dr S K Thakral||Professor||Crop Production, Organic Farming||Details|
|6||Dr. Meena Sewhag||Assistant Professor (Stage II)||Crop Production||Details|
|7||Dr. S.K. Sharma||Assistant Scientist||Agronomy||Details|
|8||Dr. Parveen Kumar||Assistant Professor||Agronomy||Details|
|9||Dr. Anil Kumar Dhaka||Assistant Professor||Crop Production||Details|
|10||Virender Singh Hooda||Assistant Scientist (Stage II)||Weed Control, Resource Conservation Technologies and Integrated Farming System||Details|
|11||Anil Duhan||Asstt. Scientist||Organic/Analytical Chemistry||Details|
|13||Dr. Shweta||Assistant Scientist (stage II)||Agronomy,Cropping System||Details|
|14||Suresh Kumar||Assistant Scientist (Sr. Scale)||Agronomy||Details|
|15||Dr. Kautilya Chaudhary||Assistant Scientist||Soil Science||Details|
|16||Neelam||Assistant Professor||Crop Production||Details|
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