Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya (now Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya) was established on 1st November, 1978.The College of Agriculture (established in May, 1966) formed the nucleus of the new farm University.It is ICAR accredited and ISO 9001:2008 certified institution.
The University has been given the mandate for making provision for imparting education in agriculture and other allied branches of learning, furthering the advancement of learning and prosecution of research and undertaking extension of such sciences, especially to the rural people of Himachal Pradesh.
Over the years, this University has contributed significantly in transforming the farm scenario of Himachal Pradesh. Today, the State has earned its name for hill agricultural diversification and the farming community has imposed its faith in the University.
The University has four constituent colleges. The College of Agriculture has 13 departments, Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Science has 16 departments, the College of Home Science has five departments and the College of Basic Sciences has four departments. These colleges offer six Bachelor Degree programmes and the Dean, Post Graduate Studies offers 32 Masters Degree & 19 Doctoral Degree programmes. At present 1279 students are on roll and more than 5900 students have passed out from the University since its inception.
The Directorate of Research coordinates research in the field of agriculture, veterinary and animal sciences, home science and basic sciences. It has been giving priority to the location specific, need based and problem oriented research with multidisciplinary approach at main campus Palampur, 3 Regional Research Stations (Bajaura, Dhaulakuan &Kukumseri) and 10 Research Sub-stations (Kangra, Malan, Nagrota, Salooni, Akrot, BerthinSundernagar, Sangla, Leo & Lari) spread over in all districts of the State (except Solan and Shimla).
The University has developed need-based technology for the different regions of the State and has released 144 improved varieties of different crops. The University annually produces about 800 Qtns. of breeder seeds of different crop varieties. Foundation seed to the tune of about 400 Qtns. is also produced and supplied to the department of agriculture for further multification. In addition, truthfully labeled seed of 600 Qtns. is produced and directly supplied to the farmers, every year. The University has released 13 improved agricultural tools to reduce drudgery in farming. Over 90 farm technologies have been recommended to the farmers. Three patents have been granted to the University by the Patent Office, Govt. of India. Successful research work has been done on natural resources management, animal diseases control, animal breeding, etc. and perfect technologies have been developed for different regions of the State to enhance crop and animal production. Despite the constant decrease in area under farming, crop yields have increased.
The Directorate of Extension Education shares the responsibility for planning, implementation and coordination of various extension education programmes of all the departments of four constituent colleges and research stations in close collaboration with the State Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and other concerned departments and institutions. It conducts a large number of trainings for farmers, livestock keepers, farm ladies, rural youth, etc. at main campus and at its eight Krishi Vigyan Kendras(Farm Science Centres) at Bajaura, Dhaulakuan, Hamirpur, Una, Mandi, Kangra, Berthin and Kukumseri.The Agricultural Technology Information Center is serving as a single window service to the farmers.
Due to the sincere and arduous work during the past thirty six years in the University, the State has achieved new hights in the area of agriculture and it has become almost self sufficient on the food front.
Despite constant decrease in area under farming, crop yields have increased. The State has earned name in commercial agriculture, especially Vegetable cultivation
Harvests have become plentiful and the socio-economic position of the farming community has improved a lot.