Genetics and Plant Breeding
 

Dr. I. S. Panwar

Head of the Department

Mailing Address

Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding
CCS Haryana Agricultural University,
Hisar- 125 004 (India)

Phone No : 9416240922
Email Id : isp.panwar@gmail.com

Sections
Teaching Pulses Section
Forages Medicinal, Aromatic and Under-utilized Plants
Wheat and Barley Cotton
Bajra Oil Seeds

Last Updated :- 04-04-2018 02:04:19
  About Us

The Department of Plant Breeding which Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University inherited from its predecessor Punjab Agricultural University in 1963 is now the biggest department in terms of infrastructure, manpower and annual budget. The Department has played an active and decisive role in shaping green revolution and transforming the economy of the Haryana State.  The adoption of the crop varieties by the farmers has become quite visible as the State has not only realized self-sufficiency in food grain requirements, but also 2nd largest contributor to the central food reserves.  The department has released/identified 188 varieties of different crops and developed location specific production and protection technologies of these crop varieties.  Out of which 78 were released at National and110 at State level.  Use of these varieties coupled with improved agro-techniques greatly contributed to more food grain production to the tune of fivefold increase from 2.5 million tones in 1966-67 to 16.38 million tones in 2015-16. The Department of Plant Breeding has undertaken the responsibility of teaching, research and extension education activities in the field of crop improvement for entire State of Haryana.  The main thrust is on the research activities for developing high yielding varieties of different crops in the background of resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses. Therefore, yield and quality improvement with improved resistance for different agro climatic conditions is a major challenge as well as major objective of plant breeders.

Besides these, breeding for quality and nutritional value in various crops have been recently strengthened in wake of export potential vis-à-vis market needs.   Notably among them are low erucic acid and glucosinolates in Brassicas, high protein content in bread wheat, high aroma and low amylose in rice, increased shelf life in pearl millet flour, low anti-nutritional factors in pulses and forages, higher content of important secondary metabolites in medicinal and underutilized plants etc. are the frontier areas of research and the Department got significant achievements in these areas. The then Department of Genetics, College of Basic Sciences & Humanities has been merged with the Department of Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture w.e.f. 01.04.2010 and the Department of Plant Breeding has been renamed as Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding w.e.f. 01.04.2010.  The Department at present has seven different sections, viz.  Wheat & Barley, Bajra, Pulses, Oilseeds, Cotton, Forages, Medicinal, Aromatic & Potential Crops Section.  Significant work carried out on pearl millet and oilseeds crops in the Department have received appreciation and honoured as best performing research centers by ICAR in the country. The Department has also contributed significantly towards generating human resource commensurate with present day needs of public and private sector by imparting contemporary teaching and reorienting post-graduate research. The active participation of the department in popularization and transfer of technology programmes through frontline field demonstrations, On-farm trials and trainings led to faster adoption of improved varieties by the farmers.

In view of contribution of Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding, various awards have been awarded to different sections in different years viz., Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Memorial Prize (1982-83) for outstanding contribution in research and development of Guar and ICAR Team Research Award (1983-84) for outstanding contribution in research and development of Sorghum. Wheat & Barley Section received ICAR Team Award (1994-96)” which is awarded in 1997 for Multidisciplinary Research in Agriculture and allied sciences for Triennium 1994-96 for outstanding contribution in the field of Crop Improvement for the development, release and popularization of three high yielding and disease resistant wheat varieties WH542, WH 533 and WH 896.

ICAR Team Award had been awarded to Cotton Section for the biennium 1997-98 and the award is given in 2002. ICAR Team Research had been awarded to Bajra Section for the biennium 1999-2000 for their outstanding contributions in the field of pearl millet improvement during 2002. Bajra Section also got Ch. Devi Lal Best All India Coordinated Research Project Award” by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi during 2003. CCS HAU, Hisar was declared as the Best AICRP Pearl Millet Centre” by the Millet Research Society and AICPMIP (ICAR), Mandor on April 12, 2006 at Junagarh Agricultural University, Junagarh during 2006. The Bajra Section, Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding was the Recipient of Certificate of Appreciation awarded by Project Coordinator (Pearl Millet) (ICAR) on March 12, 2011 at 46th Annual Pearl Millet Group Meeting held at CCS HAU, Hisar for making outstanding contribution in pearl millet improvement during 2010. Certificate of Appreciation has been awarded to team of pearl millet scientists by Project Coordinator (Pearl Millet) (ICAR) to Pearl Millet Improvement Team on March 12, 2011 at 46th Annual Pearl Millet Group Meeting held at CCS HAU, Hisar for taking initiatives to promote adoption of pearl millet hybrids. Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to Bajra Section by Project Coordinator (Pearl Millet) (ICAR) on March 18, 2012 in 47th Annual Pearl Millet Group Meeting held at RAU, Durgapura, Jaipur in recognition of Pearl Millet Improvement Team of the CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar as the Best AICPMIP Centre for the year 2011. RRS, Uchani received “Best AICRP maize centre award 2012” in recognition of research contributions for strengthening maize research in the country. Certificate of Merit is awarded to CCSHAU, Hisar for being the Best Performing Centre for Rabi (2015-16) in the “3rd RABI GROUP MEET ON ICAR-AICRN on Potential Crops” on October 19, 2016. During 49th Annual Pearl millet Workshop held at RARI (SKNAU), Durgapura (Jaipur) from 13-15 March, 2014, Pearl millet team of CCSHAU was conferred with the Appreciation Certificate for its outstanding contribution in the field of Pearl millet Improvement for the period 2007-18 based on the recommendation of ICAR QRT. CCSHAU, Hisar has adjudged Regional Research Station, Karnal as Best Research Station Award of the University for the period 2010-2014 during 24th Convocation. Regional Research Station, Uchani was awarded Mahindra Agri. Award during the 2015.

During 50th Annual Pearl millet Workshop held at TNAU, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) from April 23-25, 2015, Pearl millet team of CCSHAU was conferred with the Appreciation Certificate for its outstanding contribution in the field of Pearl millet Improvement for the period 1965-2014. RRS, Uchani received “Certificate of Appreciation” from ICAR-IIMR, Ludhiana on the occasion of Diamond Jubilee workshop held at MPUAT, Udaipur from April 2-4, 2017 for commercialization of technologies through MOUs with private seed enterprises.

Team of pearl millet received Outstanding Partnership Award – Asia for Pearl Millet Biofortification Research and Development Partnership for Improved Human Nutrition in India on December 11, 2017. Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to Team of AICRPPCU, CCSHAU, Hisar for their outstanding performance in the field of Forage Resources Development. During 53rd Annual Pearl millet Workshop held at Agricultural University, Jodhpur (Raj) from March 22-24, 2018 Pearl millet team of CCSHAU was conferred with the Appreciation Certificate for the best ICAR-AICRP on pearl millet centre (2013-18).

In view of its significant contributions in Teaching, Research in Crop Improvement and Extension Education Programmes which transformed Haryana State as a model in India for agricultural technology development and its adoption, the Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding has been adjusted as Best Department of the University and bagged two awards in different years viz. 1st Best Department Award for the period 1996-1998 at 21st Convocation of the University on December 23, 2001 and 2nd Best Department Award for the period 2010-2014 at 24th Convocation of the University on July 26, 2015. Based on the performance of Wheat variety, WH-1105, developed by Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding, the University has received Krishi Shiksha Samman, 2015 instituted by Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards. Besides these awards, the Department has got 1st Prize for its best performance in Agro-Industry Exhibition at First Haryana Agri. Conclave & Expo-2017 held on March 22-23, 2017 during the Golden Jubilee Year of Haryana State and this prize was given by Directorate of Extension Education, CCSHAU, Hisar.

  Objectives
  • To impart theoretical knowledge of Genetics & Plant Breeding to the students through course work, demonstrations, practical exercise and seminars
  • To guide PG research work, demonstrations, practical exercise and seminars
  • Development of improved varieties/hybrids of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, cotton, forages, medicinal and under-utilized plants for different farming systems
  • Development of cultivars/hybrids for various biotic and abiotic stresses
  • Development of varieties/hybrids for quality traits
  • Maintenance and characterization of germplasm for released, pre-released varieties.
  • Genetic enhancement for heat tolerance, lodging resistance, water and nutrient use efficiency in various food and fodder crops
  • Incorporation of multiple disease resistance in high yielding and wider adaptable genotypes