By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 26 Jun: Governor and Chancellor Baby Rani Maurya attended the first convocation of Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Uttarakhand Horticulture and Forestry University, Bharsar, on Wednesday in Ranichauri, Tehri.
A total of 412 students were given degrees on the occasion, while 6 students were presented gold medals, 6 students, silver medals, and 6 students, bronze medals, for meritorious performance.
In her convocation speech, Governor Maurya said that preparing capable human resources for horticulture, forestry and hill farming and promoting beneficial research work should be the priority of the University. On account of climate change, new challenges were emerging in the management of horticulture, forests and agriculture. Farmers were being affected by all this directly.
Governor Maurya added that there was immense potential for various fruit and off-seasonal vegetable production in the State. She added that twelve-grain farming had been part of agricultural practice in Uttarakhand which included cultivation of mandua, kuttu, ramdana, chaulai and several varieties of pulses. Due to good amount of healthy nutrients, the demand for these local grains of Uttarakhand was high in the global market. Emphasising on the zero budget natural farming, the Governor said that such farming and other models of organic farming ought to be studied and implemented in the state widely. She emphasised that the university ought to work on plantation and water conservation in the state. She asked every student of the Forestry University to plant five trees every year and look after them. The University ought to award some marks for planting trees to students under an improved examination system.
MLA Dhan Singh Negi, Padma Shri awardee Subhash Palekar, Vice Chanceller, Dr BVRC Puroshottam and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.