Directorate of Research

(Director Farm)

Dr. S.K.Dhankhar

Mailing Address

Phone No : 01662255430

Email Id :dfarm@hau.ac.in

About Department: 

Director Farm was established with the bifurcation of the HAU, Hisar from the PAU, Ludhiana w.e.f. 2-February
1970 to provide the mechanized facilities to carry out research/seed production and purchase various inputs i.e.
agro-chemical, petrol, diesel and lubricants for the university. Before this, it was the part the Regional Research
Station, Hisar under the PAU, Ludhiana since 1966.
1. To carry out quality Seed Production Programme for producing Foundation/Certified/TFL seeds of Rabi and
Kharif crop varieties.
2. To carry out processing, grading and packing of seeds in the Seed Processing Plant situated in the Directorate of
3. To sell the quality seeds to meet the requirements of seed growers, government agencies like Haryana Seeds
Development Corporation, National Seed Corporation, IFFCO, KRIBHCO, private seed producing agencies and
 farmers of Haryana as well as adjoining states.
4. To procure of petrol/diesel/lubricants from the Indian Oil Corporation and supply of Petrol/HSD to University
            A remarkable change has been witnessed in the rural economy due to adoption of agricultural technology in
the State. The seed quality and varietal improvement had played a very important role in better utilization of inputs
in different agro-climatic conditions of the state. The direct contribution of quality seed alone to total production has
been estimated at around 15-20% depending upon the crop.  The role of quality seed has now become more
            There is an area of 367.35 hect. for production of quality seeds of categories foundation seed/certified
seed/TFL seeds on the University main Farm in addition to the area under Research and fodder production for
Animal Farm of Lala Lajpat Rai University of Vety. & Animal Sc. All the operations starting from seed field
preparations to harvesting/thrashing are fully mechanized. There is a seed processing plant with capacity of 4 ton per
hour installed in the Directorate for grading, processing and packing of the quality seeds under the supervision of
qualified Plant Engineer-cum-Manager.  
            The mandate of the Directorate of Farms is to produce and supply the quality seeds i.e.
Foundation/Certified/TFL category of various Rabi and Kharif crops to the seed growers for further multiplication
and farmers during the Kisan Melas/Farm Darshan organized by the University and Kisan Seva Kendra. The
Haryana Seeds Development Corporation is the major buyer of the foundation seeds produced by this Directorate.
The HSDC place the indent of foundation seed of various crops and accordingly the cropping plan is finalized by the
Cropping Plan Committee of the University.  The additional seed produced is being supplied to the Government
Agencies like IFFCO, KRIBHCO, N.S.C. and private seed growers.  This Directorate also renders the tractors with
immediate, transport vehicle and water tankers facilities to the research schemes/Departments of the University. The
Directorate also provides security services to entire farm area including the research field of the University.

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Awards and Recognitions

Dr. I. S. Sheoran was awarded Hari Om Ashram award for team research, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award and NAAS Fellow : -

Infrastructural Development

  • The department has a Botanical Garden spread over an area of 10.5 acres with rich biodiversity. The department has done pioneering work in conserving the indigenour local species of plant and also introduction of exotic specis (approximately 600) from other places. Various native and exotic trees, shurbs, herbs, climbers, aquatic plants, cacti and succulents have been collected and maintained for imparting knowledge to our students as well as related scientists. Flower shows are organized from time to time.
  • The department has 9 screening houses near the college building.
  • The department has developed 20 salinity micro plots to determine phyto-remediating potential of halophytic flora and 24 lysimeter have been installed in field to determine the transpirational potential of trees having importannce in bio-drainage.
  • Experimental farms spread over 25 acres have been developed to evaluate bio-drainage potential of trees to improve waterlogged soils.

Package and Practices

system having Eucalyptus tereticornis as a strip plantation should be established on the water logged soils. In this model north to south field boundary is converted into 2.6 m wide and 45 cm high raised bund on which two rows of trees can be planted. The intervening space is left for the crops with minimum of shade effect due to the north-south direction of bunds� initiated by Drs. O.P. Toky, Rajiv Angrish and J.C. Kaushik included in the HAU Package of Practices.

Other Activities of the Department

Van Mahotsav was celebrated at CCS HAU premises in Botanical Garden of the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology On 27th July, 2015. The guest of honour in the function was honourable Agriculture Minister Sh. O.P.Dhankar. The Agriculture Minister, Vice -Chancellor (Dr. K.S.Khokhar), Member of Board (Dr. Ramesh Yadav) & Dean PGS (Dr. Rajbala Grewal) planted Tejpata, Putjeeva, Raintree and Chandni trees in Botanical Gardn.

On 20th August, 2015 tree plantation programme was conducted by the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology, College of Basic Sciences & Humanities in the Botanical Garden. The Deputy Director General (Crop Science) Dr. J.S.Sandhu Guest of Honour planted trees, along with dignitaries Vice -Chancellor (Dr.K.S.Khokhar), Registrar (Dr.M.S.Dahiya), Director of Research (Dr.S.S.Siwach), Dean, COA (Dr. R.K.Pannu) & Dean, COBS&H (Dr.R.KJain). The planted trees were Sacred Ashoka, Kachnar, Dalchini, Ashok and Ficus Sp.

Training/Symposium /Conference Organized

Organized 4 day Third Indian Palynological conference on Palynology in Crop Production & Improvement in Sepetember 21-23, 1981.

Organized 3 day Symposium of Plant Physiology (1984) in collaboration with Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi.

The Department organized National Level Training Programme on Biodrainaege: Potential and Practice funded by Ministry of Water Resources G.O.I., from Feb 1st to 6th, 2008. Dr. R. Angrish of this Department was the Course Director, held at DHRM, CCS HAU, Hisar.

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