Vice Chancellor's Message

Due to the committed efforts of the visionary leaders and enthusiastic team, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir bagged 12thRank among 73 State Agriculture Universities/ ICAR Institutes of the country and is in the club of top 09 SAUs of the country, which was recognized well by the accreditation committee of the ICAR in 2019, the dream so was transformed into reality. The glorious position was not an incentive; rather was an inspiration which is encouraging all of us to give best in our respective endeavor. In fact we achieve ‘excellence’ by acting ‘rightly’ seems best to elucidate the success of the University.

I deem it an honour and privilege to be able to work along a highly motivated and committed faculty to ensure that the University not only maintains its position of eminence in the country but also attracts global attention for striving towards a hunger-free world.

Being a multi-campus and multidisciplinary University there is no doubt that SKUAST-Kashmir has grown faster in recent years and is fully supporting agriculture and allied sectors in the UTs of J&K and Ladakh to develop its agricultural economy but under changing climate scenario, growing population, shrinking land and water resources, fulfilling growing food demand is challenging for the agricultural scientists. The Krishi Vigyan Kendras in all the 09 districts of Kashmir and 04 in Ladakh and one more in offing at Gurez (Bandipora District) are working in close coordination with farming community giving practical demonstrations of newer technologies for their well being. Sincerely we believe that the collaborative work with structured training programmes with soft-skills will meet the aspirations of all the stakeholders.

However, we must remember that the only permanent rule in this universe is impermanence, means nothing is permanent. Therefore, until or unless we will not make the “acting rightly” for the “achieving excellence” as our habit, we will not do the justice with the supreme power of the universe. The special outreach programme and theme programmes like Soil Health Mission, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav, Adarsh Gram, Krishi Bhagya, Pradhan Mantri Atma Nirbhar Bharat etc., needs to be greatly facilitated.

In view of having world class team with full of enthusiasm and state of art facilities, I have full trust in our team and confident that every year new benchmark will be surely achieved through dedicated efforts by all of them.On behalf of all the family members of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, I can ensure that we will make all out efforts to cater to the needs of resource poor, and tribal farming community. My whole team in this University has been proactive in reaching the unreached farmers by organizing exclusive need based frontline extension activities for effective dissemination of newer technologies. Certainly, the farmers and different stakeholders of the zone deserve rich applause as one side they are real source of inspiration for all of us and another side best evaluator of our technologies. We measure our success from their satisfaction and growth. Bringing curves on their lips is the straight strategy of our professional life.

With a vision to attain excellence in academics by imparting quality education to develop professional human resource with entrepreneurial skills, addressing the thrust areas of research to develop advanced technologies and to promote farmer centric transfer of technology for holistic growth of horticulture sector, the University is striving hard to attain its vision with qualitative faculty.

Prof. J. P. Sharma

Vice Chancellor