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Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Address:Shalimar Campus, PB No.262 GPO
Srinagar (District Srinagar)
Jammu and Kashmir, India
Pin Code : 190121


Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is a University recognised by UGC.
Principal of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is Shakil Ahmed Wani.

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is situated in Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Srinagar comes under Srinagar Tehsil, Srinagar District.

Fax # of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is 0194-2462160, 2461271.

Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is (are) : 2436224.

email ID(s) is Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir

Website of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir is www.skuastkashmir.ac.in.

Vice Chancellor : Professor Anwar Alam, Tel: 0194 2462159-60(O)2463655(R).

Registrar : Dr.M.A. Gora, Tel: 0194 2461271(O)2436224(R).


Contact Details of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir are : Telephone: +91-194-2461271, 2461258-59, 2262214

Following are different universities:
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J)
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K)
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology of Kashmir, College of Veternary Science


Courses

Faculty of Agriculture
Degree Programmes Offered
* Undergraduate: B.Sc in Agriculture
* Undergraduate: B.Sc in Forestry

Name of the Departments
The Faculty has following Departments:
* Agronomy
* Entomology
* Plant Pathology
* Horticulture
* Plant Breeding & Genetics
* Soil Science
* Agriculture Engineering
* Agri. Stat & Economics
* Forestry
* Animal Husbandry & Dairying

Faculty of Agriculture
Degree Programmes Offered
* Undergraduate: B.Sc in Agriculture
* Undergraduate: B.Sc in Forestry

Name of the Departments
The Faculty has following Departments:
* Agronomy
* Entomology
* Plant Pathology
* Horticulture
* Plant Breeding & Genetics
* Soil Science
* Agriculture Engineering
* Agri. Stat & Economics
* Forestry
* Animal Husbandry & Dairying

Faculty Head
Dean/Associate Dean
FOA, SKUAST- Kashmir, Wadura Sopore
Tel No.: 01954-222270 (O), 01954-243257 (R)
Fax: 01954-222270

Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
Degree Programmes Offered:
* Undergraduate: B.V.Sc & A.H
* Postgraduate: M.V.Sc (10 discipline)
* Ph.D (3 discipline)

Name of the Divisions:
* Animal Genetics & Breeding
* Animal Nutrition
* Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology & Obstetrics
* Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Ethics & Jurisprudence
* Livestock Production & Management
* Live Stock Products Technology
* Veterinary Extension Education
* Veterinary Anatomy & Histology
* Veterinary Bio-Chemistry
* Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
* Veterinary Microbiology & Immunology
* Veterinary Parasitology
* Veterinary Pathology
* Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology
* Veterinary Physiology
* Veterinary Public Health
* Veterinary Surgery & Radiology
* Veterinary Clinical Service Complex

Faculty Head
Dean, FVSc & AH, SKUAST-Kashmi, Shuhuma, Srinagar
Tel: 0194-2262207 (O), 0194-2490801 (R)
Fax: 0194-2262207

Faculty of Fisheries
Degree Programmes Offered
* Post Graduate: M.F.Sc

Name of the Divisions
The Faculty has following Divisions :
* Fishery Biology
* Aquaculture
* Aquatic Environmental Management
* Fish Nutrition and Biochemistry
* Fish Genetics and Biotechnology
* Fish Pathology
* Fishery Engineering
* Post-Harvest Technology
* Social Sciences

Faculty Head
Dean, FOF, SKUAST-Kashmir
Ragil, Ganderbal, Srinagar
Tel: 0194-2262214 (O) , 09419004020 (M)
Fax: 0194-2262214


Profile of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir

In the year 1998-99, the territorial jurisdiction of the University was redefined by amending the SKUAST Act 1982 under which a separate agricultural University was established for Jammu Division and named as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) with its territorial jurisdiction extended to the entire Jammu Division. The parent University was renamed as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K)

Introduction
Welcome to Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), named after great patriotic leader Jenab Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah (popularly known as Sher-e-Kashmir) was established in the year 1982 through an Act passed by the State Legislature in the 33rd year of the Republic of India with its jurisdiction over the entire State of Jammu & Kashmir with its headquarter at Shalimar, Srinagar. With the SKUAST Act in force, the agricultural education, research and extension training units were transferred to SKUAST from various development departments viz; Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry and Sericulture of Jammu & Kashmir State.

In the year 1998-99, the territorial jurisdiction of the University was redefined by amending the SKUAST Act 1982 under which a separate agricultural University was established for Jammu Division and named as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) with its territorial jurisdiction extended to the entire Jammu Division. The parent University was renamed as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K). The University operates on the Land Grant College concept of USA following the Model Act of State Agricultural Universities evolved by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. It is a multicampus University.

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir is an agricultural university located in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. With its main campus in Shalimar, Srinagar, the University has multiple campuses, colleges, research and extension centers across the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh regions of the state.

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) was an Agricultural University in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was established in the year 1982 through an Act passed by the State Legislature.

The University was named after Kashmiri leader Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who is popularly known as Sher-e-Kashmir (Lion of Kashmir)

Initially, the university had jurisdiction over the entire State of Jammu & Kashmir with its headquarter at Shalimar, Srinagar. With the SKUAST Act in force, the agricultural education, research and extension training units were transferred to SKUAST from various development departments viz; Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry and Sericulture of Jammu & Kashmir State.

In the year 1998-99, the territorial jurisdiction of the University was redefined by amending the SKUAST Act 1982 under which a separate agricultural University was established for Jammu Division and named as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) with its territorial jurisdiction extended to the entire Jammu Division. The parent University was renamed as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K)

Profile of University
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST) came into existence in August 1982 by an Act named Agricultural University and Technology Act passed by assembly in March 1982.

The University has been named after patriotic leader, Jenab Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, popularly known as Sher-e-Kashmir.

The University operates on the Land Grant College concept of USA following the Model Act of State Agricultural Universities evolved by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

Agriculture, Veterinary, Fisheries and allied sciences are taught here as main stream courses.

History
The university was founded in the year 1982 by an Act passed by the State Legislature of Jammu and Kashmir. It was named after Kashmiri leader Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who is popularly known as Sher-e-Kashmir (Lion of Kashmir). The name given to the university was "Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology" (SKUAST).

Initially, the university had jurisdiction over the entire State of Jammu & Kashmir with its headquarter at Shalimar, Srinagar. When the SKUAST Act came in force, the agricultural education, research and extension training units were transferred to SKUAST from various development departments viz; Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry and Sericulture of Jammu & Kashmir State.

In the year 1998-99, the territorial jurisdiction of the University was redefined by amending the SKUAST Act 1982 under which a separate agricultural University was established for Jammu Division and named as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) with its territorial jurisdiction extended to the entire Jammu Division. The parent University was renamed as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K)

Establishment of the University
In 1979, the expert team of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on the proposal of state government recommended establishment of agricultural university for the advancement of agricultural sector in the state. The Act for establishment of agricultural university under the name and style of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology was passed by the State Legislature in the 33rd year of the Republic of India on 31st of March, 1982 which came into force on 1st of August, 1982 with its jurisdiction over the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir and headquarter at Shalimar, Srinagar.

* With the establishment of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST) named after great patriotic leader Jenab Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah (popularly known as Sher-e-Kashmir) the agricultural education, research and extension training units were transferred to SKUAST from various development departments of Jammu and Kashmir State viz. agriculture, animal husbandry, sheep husbandry and sericulture. The university operates on the Land Grant College concept of USA following the Model Act of SAUs evolved by ICAR. It is a multicampus University.

* It is a matter of great satisfaction that extremely incoherent and stagnated research infrastructure, an initial customary educational base and non-existent extension education services have given way to an organised institution of SKUAST, which has taken over responsibility of supporting the state in its effort to develop its agricultural economy in agriculture and allied sectors. There is no doubt that SKUAST has developed faster than many agricultural universities in the country.

* In the year 1998-99, the territorial jurisdiction of the University was redefined by amending the SKUAST Act 1982 under which a separate agriculture university was established for Jammu Division and named as Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J). Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir has jurisdiction over Kashmir Valley and Ladakh comprising two agro-ecological zones.

These include :
Mid-High Altitude Temperate Zone namely the Kashmir Valley covering the District of Anantnag, Budgam, Baramullah, Pulwama, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Srinagar which has annual precipitation of 660 to 1400 mm with average temperature around 13oC and the altitude ranging between 1500-2500 m amsl.

Cold-arid region of Ladakh comprising the districts of Leh and Kargil which are cold desert with precipitation around 100-120 mm and altitude 2500-5300 m amsl and temperature fluctuating between +40 to (-40)�C.

Vice-Chancellor Messages
The three corner stones of Conservation Agriculture include minimum disturbance to the soil (zero-tillage), infusion of cover crops in cropping systems and keeping the soil protected by mulching. Compared to modern agricultural practices, Conservation Agriculture is fundamental to maintain and sustain the soil quality. The concept uses holistic production systems that promote and enhance agro-ecosystem health together with above- and below-ground biological cycles. If the ecosystem processes are harnessed effectively, Conservation Agriculture provides an opportunity for reducing external input requirements and converting low input agricultural systems into productive ones.

There has been a gradual increase in the area at the global level where the concepts and technologies for conservation agriculture are practiced and at present about 100 M ha are reported to be occupied under these agricultural practices and more than 2 M ha area under the Rice-Wheat based cropping system in the Indo-Gangetic Plains of India is cultivated using the resource conservation technologies (RCTs). It has been observed that farmers who adopted these technologies are saving labour, water and energy costs together with attaining higher yields and more returns.

To alleviate the problem of global warming, the practices are implicated to help in carbon sequestration and act as a sink for the carbon dioxide.

In order to improve the livelihood opportunities and enhance the quality of small and marginal farmers, concerns are being expressed to conserve natural resources and in this context it is recognized that this should be possible through improved technological options, institutional arrangements and appropriate policies in partnership with all stakeholders. Considerable progress has been achieved globally on the technological front in terms of cover crops, diversification especially in maize based cropping system, permanent bed planting with residue cover, introduction of intercropping, laser land leveling, direct seeded rice, zero tillage mechanically transplanted rice, dual purpose wheat and crop-livestock interface.

Though Conservation Agriculture is gaining support, constraints have also been identified in terms of weed control, social issues, particularly the competition for crop residues, land texture, poor link of small farmers to knowledge, inefficient fertility amendments, poor input market linkages etc. However, it is the marked role the technology may play in synergistic management of soil, water, plant and animal, soil biotic resources, labour etc. that may lead to savings to the farmers and reduced impact of volatility in weather that is generally associated with climate change.

In the Indian context experience has indicated that the available technologies can be adopted in wide range of rainfed and irrigated situations. Rice-Wheat consortium undertook the development, testing and refinement of resource conserving technologies (RCTs) based on innovative, low cost technological inputs and as a consequence all farmer groups, including the landless farmers, have benefited from it. Initiatives were taken to introduce Rice-Wheat Cropping Sequence in the plains of Kashmir Valley and the technology has started to create the impact under actual field situations. The improved productivity of the system may eventually lead to growth in production of food crops as well as enhance livelihood opportunities for our farmers. Introduction of resource conservation technologies in this context would result in reduced cost of cultivation with potential for achieving field advantages through timeliness in operation. Participatory approach with strategy to integrate capabilities of each partner would be imperative to raise the total factor productivity on small farms at faster pace and create future pathways toward sustainable and more profitable agricultural development in the region.

Mandate
*Imparting education in agricultural and other allied branches of learning and scholarship;

*Furthering the advancement of learning and prosecution of research in agriculture, animal husbandry and other allied branches with particular emphasis on temperate and cold desert agriculture;

*Undertaking the extension education of such technologies for the benefit of rural people of the State; and

*Such other purposes as the University may from time to time deem proper.

About Directorate of Research
Subject to the provisions of the Act and the Statutes, the University shall carry on Research programmes (fundamental as well as applied) on the problems of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and allied Sciences for the purpose of aiding the development of Agriculture and for the benefit of rural population.

The University through its research organization shall be the principal agency of control over research activities in agriculture, Animal Husbandry and allied branches.

The existing research organizations and experimental stations along with the facilities and budget in the field of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and allied branches in the Government Departments shall be transferred to the University with effect from such date as the Government may notify.

The University may establish Regional Research Stations and sub-stations in the different Agro-climatic zones of the State for the conduct of research including necessary operational research. The main responsibilities/functions of the directorate of Research are:

*to develop and coordinate research in the university, promote inter-disciplinary collaboration in research programmes and collaborate with the Director of Extension Education in extending the result of researches to the fields;

*to coordinate all researches conducted within the teaching divisions by members of the staff and post-graduate students of the departments in the University in cooperation with the Dean of the Colleges;

*to formulate research policies and programmes in consultation with the Deans and Directors and present the same to the Research council for its considerations;

*to administer control over research staff and research funds for the pursuit of the research programme;

*to act as principal Liaison Officer for dealing with aid-granting agencies for carrying out the research programmes/projects in the University;

*to publish research findings of the University, issue press release pertaining to the research problems and findings and represent the University bin conferences regarding research;

*to provide leadership in development and maintenance of research productivity of a high level.

The Directorate of Research is headed by the Director of Research situated at Shalimar Campus, Srinagar , the Headquarter of the University. The Director is assisted by the following officers at Headquarter and by Associate Director/Incharges of Regional Research Stations and Research Sub-stations in the Kashmir and Ladakh Division:

1.Associate Director Research (Agri. Sci.)

2.Associate Director Research (Animal Sci. & LSF)

3.Two Dupty Directors

4.Assistant Director

Location
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology is located at Shalimar, about 14 km from Srinagar.

Established in August 1982, its territorial jurisdiction extends to the Kashmir Division, including Ladakh. The university has about 19 divisions for organizing teaching, research and extension activities. It has established 25 stations/units in various zones for conducting location specific research.

Educational Streams
Sher-e-KashmirUniversity of Agricultural Sciences and Technology offers a number of courses at bachelors, masters and at doctorate level in Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry and Sericulture. Courses conducted at bachelor's level include B. Tech in Agriculture Engineering and B.Sc in Agriculture, Forestry, Sericulture, Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry.Masters level of courses include M Scin Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture, Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Statistics, Sericulture and Fisheries.

Doctoral level course offered by Sher-e-KashmirUniversity of Agricultural Sciences and Technology includes Ph.D in the fields of Agriculture, Sericulture andVeterinary Sciences. The university functions on the Land Grant College concept of USA, following the Model Act of State Agricultural Universities, which was developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. SKUASTfollows course credit system of student's education, in which the academic session is divided into two semesters.

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Working on mass cloning of Pashmina goat: SKUAST

Srinagar, May 9 The team of scientists, which had successfully cloned the Pashmina goat at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology here, are now planning mass cloning of the animal. The team associated with cloning of Pashmina goat Noori is now working to produce herd of cloned sheep-goats.

This would lead in the production in greater number and good quality of Pashmina goats, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST Tej Pratap told Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during a meeting. He said the University is looking forward to rearing of Pashmina goats at Chang-Thang in Ladakh. Modern technology will be used for making fodder available to the Pashmina goats during the winter season, the Vice Chancellor said. Interacting with the team of SKUAST scientists who achieved the historic breakthrough in creating Noori through cloning process, Chief Minister said, the government was more than willing to provide all help to the Agriculture University to utilise the cloning technology for the benefit of the society at large.

Omar underlined the importance of biological interventions for improving livestock productivity and agriculture produce to benefit the society. The Chief Minister said the SKUAST scientists should also focus on cloning of rare animals like Hangul, Cheeru and other endangered species of the state. Government wants to own and support projects of SKUAST aimed at application of technology to upgrade and increase the quality production of animals, Omar stressed. Later Chief Minister felicitated the scientists involved in the cloning project -- principal investigator Dr Riyaz Ahmad Shah, Dr A R Fazili, Dr Hilal Ahmad Khan, Dr Masood Hussain, Dr Nazir A Ganai, Dr Syed Hilal and Mr Firdous Khan after the meeting.

Dr Arora New SKUAST-J VC

Srinagar, May 07 – Dr. Dilip K. Arora, Director, National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Kusmaur, Maunath Bhanjan, Uttar Pradesh, has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Jammu.

It may be recalled that Mr. Shaleen Kabra, Commissioner Agriculture Production, has been holding the charge as the Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu, after Dr. B. Mishra demitted charge as the Vice Chancellor of the varsity on 12th April, 2012, on attaining superannuation.

Governor N. N. Vohra, who is Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu, has, in consultation with pro-CV and Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah appointed Dr. Arora from among a panel recommended by a Search Committee headed by Dr. Mangala Rai, former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

This Committee included Mr. Madhav Lal, Chief Secretary, JandK Government; Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agriculture Research and Education and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research; and Prof. D. S. Rathore, former Vice Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur.

Dr. Arora, born at Allahabad in 1952, did his M. Sc. Botany (1974) and Ph. D. in Microbiology (1978) from the Banaras Hindu University. In his earlier career he worked in various foreign institutions for 13 years. His foreign assignments included his working as Post Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor-Scientist at the Michigan State University, USA; University of Idaho, USA; Institute of Microbiology, Poland; INRA, France; Gifu University, Japan; Lund University, Sweden; and Dongguk University, Korea.

Kashmir varsity produces worlds first cloned pashmina goat

Scientists at the agricultural university in the Jammu and Kashmir capital have successfully produced the worlds first cloned pashmina goat, a statement said on Tuesday.

Giving details about the breakthrough made by scientists at the local Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), a statement issued by the university said Tuesday: Faculty of veterinary sciences and animal husbandry SKUAST-Kashmir has made a breakthrough by successfully cloning the first pashmina goat using the advanced reproductive techniques.

The statement said success was achieved under the World Bank-funded project called National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and took two years for standardization of the technique.

The healthy female kid was born on March 09, 2012 using the foster mother. Dr. Riaz was the key researcher in the team of scientists who earlier in 2009 gave the first cloned buffalo calf, Garima to the world using the same handmade cloning technique while doing research at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, Haryana.

Tej Pratap, vice chancellor of the university, appreciated the team of scientists for the achievement and hoped that the technology will help improve the lot of pashmina goats particularly in the Ladakh region to harness better income opportunities for the people of the region.

Some of the worlds most priced pashmina shawls are made of wool obtained from the pashmina goats reared in Kashmir.

Russia poplars bring money and masks to Kashmir

Srinagar: The knee-deep white cover on the Jammu-Srinagar highway these days is often mistaken for sleet or cotton, but go closer and it could trigger instant sneezing, a runny nose and throat irritation. For, the fluffy substance is a product of poplar trees and carries allergy-causing pollen.

Standing straight and tall on the slopes of Kashmir, the poplars were once imported from Russia for timber. They are also the cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis, which has become widespread in the valley - something elders here say they never suffered from earlier.

It is the invisible pollen carried away from male poplar trees that causes the seasonal allergic rhinitis among people here. The Russian species of poplar were brought to the valley in the early 1980s and since then we have been facing the problem, said a scientist at the local agricultural university here.

Schoolgoing children, roadside vendors and officegoers wearing green masks are a common sight in the valley these days as the month of May is the peak pollen shedding season for the Russian poplar.

We have a programme to genetically modify the poplar trees to minimize the shedding of pollen, but it will take time. For the time being, the plantation of the Russian species of poplar within residential areas needs to be discouraged, he said.

Pollen allergies are caused by pollen grain from poplar trees which have been widely planted in the valley because of their high value soft timber used extensively for making fruit boxes, etc.

An ENT specialist said, The pollen grains from the male plants are carried away by wind or insects. When this pollen present in the air lands in a persons eyes, nose, lungs, skin, etc., some people react to it with an allergy owing to their bodys sensitivity.

They can cause eye irritation, sneezing, coughing, etc., or more severe symptoms like allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma and even allergic conjunctivitis.

He also said the allergy is sometimes so strong that it causes temporary loss of smell, severe throat infections and hay fever.

The doctor said the consumption of local honey has proved to be effective in considerably reducing the allergy caused by the pollen grains.

Among the precautions during the pollen shedding period, the doctor suggested, cleaning bed linen daily, taking a shower and washing the hair before going to bed, keeping the home and car windows closed, using masks during the peak pollen shedding periods and even staying indoors, if possible.

Discouraging the plantation of Russian poplars in the valley might not be possible as farmers have been growing them on a large scale because of their high value in the market besides the quick maturing quality of the Russian species. These are regarded as cash plantations in Kashmir.

Manmohan Singh in Jammu for daylong visit

Jammu: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in the Jammu and Kashmir winter capital on Friday morning on a daylong visit, officials said.

During his trip, the prime minister will meet delegations of some political groups, address the convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Jammu and inaugurate a township for Kashmiri Pandits.

This is Manmohan Singhs first visit to Jammu after the United Progressive Alliance returned to power for a second term in 2009.

Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and ministers received the prime minister at the airport, the officials said.

Manmohan Singh to visit Jammu on March 5

Jammu: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Jammu March 5 to inaugurate the newly built residential flats for Kashmiri Hindu migrants and also to address the convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir Agricultural University, government sources said on Monday.


During his daylong stay here, the prime minister will visit Jagti where a satellite township has come up to accommodate Kashmiri Pandit migrants there. The Kashmiri Pandits, who had migrated from the Kashmir Valley, had been living in one-room tenements in migrant camps on the outskirts of the city.

Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone of this complex in July 2007, when he had last visited Jammu.

According to the highly placed sources, he will also attend and address the convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir Agricultural University in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

This will be the prime ministers first visit to the state after the summer unrest in the Kashmir Valley in 2010.

He had last visited the state June 7 last year when he addressed the convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir Agricultural University (Kashmir division).

The summer of 2010 saw unrest in the Valley in which over 100 people died, mostly in clashes between stone-pelting protesters and security forces.

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