Jammu: Prof. JP Sharma, Vice Chancellor of Jammu Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST-J), visited the Post-Harvest Technology and Fruit Science Departments today to take stock of the teaching, research and expansion activities carried out to be made by management during the Talk at Lawn program.
The ‘Talk at Lawn’ is a unique program initiated by Professor Sharma, which facilitates personal interaction between the university administration and the staff.
The aim of the program is to listen to the problems, needs and priorities of university staff and to propose and recommend their solutions on site.
On this occasion, Prof. Sharma emphasized the importance of value creation in today’s world. He urged the post-harvest technology department scientists to apply for the patents for their finished products and technologies. He suggested that they develop the value-added products of grains and pulses together with fruits and vegetables, as these products are in high demand in the market due to the increasing health consciousness of consumers. He advised scientists from the Fruit Science Division on formulating viable projects for the holistic development of horticulture in the Kandi Belt of the Jammu Division. He also urged them to conduct research on mango malformations and high density mango cultivation as these are potential explorable problems in tropical areas of the Jammu Division. He emphasized the close coordination between the School of Biotechnology and the Department of Fruit Sciences to Improve the Horticultural Sector at J&K. On this occasion, Professor Sharma congratulated the scientists on the release of walnut and pecan varieties. He also advised them to work tirelessly to promote innovative techniques such as vertical horticulture, patio horticulture, soilless cultivation, etc. in urban and peri-urban areas. Dr. Jag Paul Sharma, Director Research, suggested that scientists work on indigenous germplasm resources from mid-hill and high-altitude fruit crops to further improve them through biotechnological interventions.
During the interaction, Dr. Anju Bhat, head of the post-harvest technology department, and Dr. Amit Jasrotia, Head of the Department of Fruit Science, gave an overview of the departments’ current academic and research initiatives and future plans.
The Vice Chancellor was appointed by Dr. Jag Paul Sharma, Director Research, accompanied; Dr. Deepak Kher, Director Planning and Monitoring; Dr. DP Abrol, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture; Mr. Rajesh Talwar, Chancellor and State Officer. Previously, Dr. Anju Bhat, Head of the Post-Harvest Technology Department, presented the Vice Chancellor and thanked him for his vision and guidance.

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