Established :1982

Vice Chancellor : Dr. Nazeer Ahmed


The establishment of agricultural university under the name Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology was passed by the State Legislature in the 33rd year of the Republic of India on 31st of March, 1982 which came into force on 1st of August,1982 with its jurisdiction over the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir and headquarter at Shalimar, Srinagar. With the establishment of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), agricultural education, research and extension training units were transferred to SKUAST from various development departments of Jammu and Kashmir State viz. agriculture, animal husbandry, sheep husbandry and sericulture. The university operates on the Land Grant College concept of USA following the Model Act of SAUs evolved by ICAR. It is a multi-campus University.It is a matter of great satisfaction that extremely incoherent and stagnated research infrastructure, an initial customary educational base and non-existent extension education services have given way to an organized institution of SKUAST, which has taken over responsibility of supporting the state in its effort to develop agricultural economy in agriculture and allied sectors. There is no doubt that SKUAST has grown faster than many other agricultural universities of the country. In the year 1998-99, the territorial jurisdiction of the University was redefined by amending the SKUAST Act 1982 under which a separate agriculture university was established for Jammu Division and named as Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu(SKUAST-J). Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir has jurisdiction over Kashmir Valley and Ladakh comprising two agro-ecological zones. Subsequently SKUAST Kashmir made a beginning by pooling the teaching and research infrastructure that existed with the State government.

Bachelor

7 Course(s) Available

Master

27 Course(s) Available

Doctoral

38 Course(s) Available

1.                  Improvement in laboratory infrastructure:

Four UG Laboratories were created from ICAR grants in the college of Horticulture

The Infrastructure with regard to existing laboratories of soil and water engineering, Processing and food engineering and Farm power and machinery in college of Agri engineering have been enhanced. Many new laboratory items as per fifth dean committee recommendations have been procured and many practicals which were earlier not being conducted are being done in these laboratories. The intake capacity of the students to conduct practicals has also been increased.

2.                  Human resource development through training programmes and summer schools sponsored by ICAR conducted in the college to participants from outside the state and various development departments has helped in interaction inter and intra state interaction and thus improved the vision and knowledge of the scientists. It helps in the dissemination of technical knowhow.

3.                  New Skill training programmes: The support provided by ICAR has equally helped in the research development. A number of new skills have been developed and also the improvement in infrastructure as a result of ICAR grants has helped in creating a research base in the university to work on the thrust areas for the benefits of the farmers and stakeholders.A high throughput Allele specific genotyping test using KASP technology has been developed in 2016 for identification of the lambs, at an early age, carrying one or two or no copies of the FecB gene. The test is quick and robust, with 96 samples in two hours. The test shall help to select the lambs at an early age, thus reducing pressure on space and resources, and help in the marker assisted breeding of the sheep there by improving the genetic gain.

 

Genes responsible for Pashimana fiber growth were identified. Highly expressed genes in telogen include: FGF18, BMP2, BMP4, DKK1, SFRP4, Estrogen receptors and cathapsin-2 protein, which restricts follicle growth by inhibiting various developmental pathways. Genes that are up-regulated in anageninclude:KAP8, MEST, FGF5, HOX13, FOXN1, FGF20, which helps in growth and generation.

Development of Top Paddle operated Charkha and their distribution for popularization among beneficiary spinners. It was observed that there is Improvement in the income by 97.10 (%) as against Traditional one (from Rs 1314 to 2590) and Improvement in the spinning efficiency by 213.79 (%).

Adoption of backyard poultry farming by Kohistani Tribe of J & K for Livelihood under the Poultry Seed Project - A success story

Free range layer Farming in Bandipore District of Kashmir under the Poultry Seed Project- A success story.

4.                  New Civil Works/infrastructural facilities:

The development of infrastructural facilities and the marked increase in annual funds for meeting out the requirements under student amenities has encouraged the university to increase the intake capacity of the students in UG as well as PG programs. Further the switch over to more practical oriented courses and training based one year professional skill development program under Student READY has further proved to be beneficial. Declaration of agriculture as a professional degree further boosted the morale of the students to join the degree in agriculture and allied sciences.

Students intake and on roll during last 5 years (2012-16)

Intake Capacity

Students on roll

 

Courses

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

UG

306

410

452

407

507

505

681

1206

1306

1406

Masters

185

223

239

258

272

95

152

152

344

358

Ph.D

103

116

79

145

194

56

55

238

252

291

Total

594

749

770

824

973

656

888

1727

1904

2055

v  Student intake increased over the years.

v  University aims to have 3000 students by 2020.

5.      New Departments: Division of Basic Sciences & Humanities was created and supported through ICAR development grants.

6.        Awareness of farmers and stakeholders as a result of NAE programs funded by ICAR.Such programs not only helped in popularising the important niches among the masses but also the improvement their economic condition.

7.        Not only the formal education has been supported by ICAR but also the downtrodden tribals have been taken into consideration. The Valley being largely populated by the tribals, five TSP programs which were approved and supported by ICAR education division have uplifted those masses. The facilities provided under these programs help the tribals of farflung areas to meet their farming requirements well in time plus they get educated and trained in various aspects of agri-horticulture and livestock rearing area-specifically.

 


Junior Research Fellowship (PGS)

Financial Year : 2018-19 | Beneficiary :2

National Talent Scholarship-PG

Financial Year : 2018-19 | Beneficiary :37

Senior Research Fellowship (PGS)

Financial Year : 2018-19 | Beneficiary :3

National Talent Scholarship-UG

Financial Year : 2018-19 | Beneficiary :31


Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar
Shalimar Campus

Website : http://www.skuastkashmir.ac.in/