Solan: Making a leap from the 38th position in 2017, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has been ranked at 12th position by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) among 60 agricultural research institutes and universities of the country.
The rankings were released earlier this week at the ICAR Foundation Day held at New Delhi. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, vice-chancellor of Nauni University, attended the function where the university had improved 26 places in the ranking list.
In all, 60 agricultural universities of India featured in the ranking this year. The universities were judged on parameters like student and faculty profile, publications and citations, research, technologies commercialized and others.
Now in its third year, the ICAR ranking was initiated in 2016 when the UHF Nauni was ranked at 51 position. to improve the standard of higher agricultural education in the country.
The National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, have been ranked at first and second places respectively in this rankings. GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar and Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar have bagged the third and fourth positions respectively. Panjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana are at seventh and eighth positions respectively.
Dr Kaushal said that in order to compete with global universities, UHF would strengthen students’ placement and career development, and linkages with world class institutions. He added that the university will continue to strive in the areas of academic, research and extension education and work towards realizing the goal of doubling farmers’ income.