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University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka
Address:G.K.V.K. Campus,Hebbal,
Bengaluru (Bangalore)
Karnataka, India
Pin Code : 560065


University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is a University recognised by UGC.
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is situated in Bengaluru (Bangalore) of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is 080-23330277.

Contact Person(s) of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is (are): Dr. H. Shivanna M.Sc., (Agri.) Ph.D, Ph. No: 2333 0206 / 2333 0153 Ext. 215, Mobile: 94498 66903, Fax: 080-2333 0206.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka are 94489-66901.

email ID(s) is University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka

Website of University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is www.uasbangalore.edu.in/.

Vice Chancellor : Dr. P. G. Chengappa, M.Sc.,(Agri.), Ph.D, vc@uasbangalore.edu.in, Ph.No: 080-23332442(O)/23331314(R), Cell: 94498-66900.

Registrar : Dr. Chikkadevaiah, M.Sc (Agri.), Ph.D, Ph 080-23330984, Mob: 9448966901, registrar@uasbangalore.edu.in.


Contact Details of University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka are : Telephone: +91-80-23330984(Office) 28563090(Residence)
Departments of the University:
Department of Agricultural Economics,
Department of Agricultural Engineering,
Department of Agricultural Entomology,
Department of Agricultural Extension,
Department of Agricultural Marketing Co-Operation,
Department of Agricultural Microbiology,
Department of Agricultural Statistics, Applied , Mathematics and Computer Science,
Department of Agronomy,
Department of Apiculture,
Department of Biotechnology,
Department of Crop Physiology,
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,
Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding,
Department of Plant Pathology,
Department of Seed Science and Technology,
Department of Sericulture,
Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry,
Department of Food Science and Nutrition,
Department of Horticulture,


Courses

Master of Science in Agriculture Business Management
Master of Science in Environmental Science
Master of Science in Forestry
Master of Science in Apiculture
Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology
Master of Science in Agriculture Marketing and Cooperation
Master of Science in Post Harvest Technology of Horticultural Crops
Master of Science Bengaluru in Post Harvest Process and Food Engineering
Master of Science in Sericulture
Master of Science in Pomology
Master of Science in Plantation Crops
Master of Science in Olericulture
Master of Science in Olericulture
Master of Science in Floriculture
Master of Science in Seed Science and Technology
Master of Science in Plant Biochemistry
Master of Science in Agricultural Statistics
Master of Science in Food Science and Nutrition
Master of Science in Crop Physiology
Master of Science in Genetics and Plant Breeding
Master of Science in Agriculture Agronomy
Master of Science in Agriculture Horticulture
Master of Science in Agricultural Economics
Master of Science in Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry
Master of Science in Agriculture Plant Pathology
Master of Science in Agriculture Microbiology
Master of Science in Agriculture Extension
Master of Science in Agriculture Entomology
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
Bachelor of Science in Forestry
Bachelor of Technology in Food Science
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Biotechnology
Bachelor of Technology in Agriculture Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Course Offered
Master of Science in Plant Biochemistry

Duration of Master of Science in Plant Biochemistry
2 Years

Eligibility for Master of Science in Plant Biochemistry
1. The Candidate should have Bachelor degree in any recognized University
2. Final year candidates can also apply

Admission process of Master of Science in Plant Biochemistry
Admission is held on the basis of personal interview and background academics record of the candidate.


Profile of University of Agricultural Sciences


Profile of University of Agricultural Sciences
The University of Agricultural Sciences was established through an Act (No. 22) by the then Mysore government in 1963. Although the university came into existence on August 21 1964, a journey into the broad-lands of history reveals it to be a much older institution. It would perhaps not be an exaggeration to say that the university was conceived way back in 1899 in the form of an experimental farm of 30 acres.

Following this, an agricultural school was established in 1913 and the farm itself occupied 202 acres. In fact today this very farm constitutes the Main Research Station of the university. Such were the humble beginnings that the university, as it stands today, is a tribute to the visionaries who founded it and those who nurtured it over the past several decades.

University of Agricultural Science Bengaluru was in 1964 in situated in Bangalore. It is famous university of Bangalore The University began its academic activities by degree programs in Agriculture and Veterinary disciplines. University is also known for its excellent education and placement. University invites all eligible candidates who want take to admission. The university is Provide Course in different campus. To develop suitable solve farmers' problems agricultural production including animal husbandry and fisheries the university in Provide courses in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Program. Its also Provide Course in Master of Science in Plant Biochemistry

Profile of University
University of Agriculture Sciences, Bengaluru
This University Offers degree programs in Agriculture, Veterinary, Fishery, Horticulture, Forestry, and Dairy disciplines. The University offers other courses like Bachelors of Science programs in Agriculture, and even a Bachelors program in Agriculture Engineering. The colleges affiliated to this University are to be found all over Karnataka.

All the Universities in Bengaluru have gone a long way in providing qualified and skilled professionals to the burgeoning and rapidly developing economic scenario of India. A host of people working across various industries and corporate houses in India have been educated in the various Universities in Bengaluru, or in colleges that are affiliated to these universities.

As aforementioned, these Universities match all international standards and benchmarks that have been set for purposes of education and are constantly being revamped to meet the needs and requirements of a world that is constantly adopting new technologies and advancements to better the life of its people. You can find all the information about the Universities on their sites and it's important to know the admission dates and the qualification procedures for the various Universities in Bengaluru if you want to pursue a course in them.

Students are admitted in the various courses every year and each course has its own specific requirements and time frame. So, you need to be well aware of them.

History
It was Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhi the Regent of Mysore in 1899 who donated 30 acres of land for Experimental Agricultural Station at Hebbal and appointed Dr Lehmann, German Scientist to initiate research on soil crop response with Laboratory in the Directorate of Agriculture. Later in 1906, Dr Leslie Coleman, Canadian Entolomologist and Mycologist who succeeded Dr Lehmann and served with missionary zeal for 25 years. This Experimental Station was allotted 202 acres with 30 acres of wetland, receiving rainfall of 808 mm later. In 1913, Sir M Vishveshwaraiah, the then Diwan of Mysore (1912-1919) played the key role in establishing the Mysore Agriculture residential School at Hebbal in 1913 and appointed Dr Leslie Coleman, the first Director of Agriculture, Mysore to head this School to offer Licentiate in Agriculture for 15 students annually. In 1946: Mr MA Srinivasan, Minister of Agriculture, took initiative to establish Agriculture College, Hebbal, for offering four year professional degree program in Agriculture affiliated to the University of Mysore. In 1956, Sri Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the Chief Minister, decided to construct a new building for Agriculture College, and laid the Foundation Stone on 25/Jan/1956. In 1961, GOI constituted Agricultural University Committee headed by Dr Ralph Cummings of Rockefeller Foundation. The Committee visited Hebbal Bangalore in June 1961 and submitted a favorable report for formation of Agricultural University at Hebbal. In 1963, Government of Mysore headed by Sri S Nijalingappa, CM, in April decided to establish UAS along the lines of Land Grant College system of USA and passed the University of Agricultural Sciences Bill (Act No. 22) which received assent of the President of India on 25th May 1963 to become the Law. The CM granted 1300 acres to Gandhi Krishi Vigjana Kendra Campus. In 1964, Government appointed Dr KC Naik, MSc, Ph.D (Bristol) working with USAID as the first Vice Chancellor on 12th June 1964.
The UAS was inaugurated by Dr Zakir Hussain, the Vice President of India on the 21st Aug 1964 in the august presence of Mr Chester Bowles, the then US Ambassador to India and Sri S Nijalingappa, the then CM. In 1969: Smt Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, inaugurated GKVK campus on 12th July.

In 1958, Veterinary College, Hebbal was established. On October 1, 1965, the Colleges of Agriculture at Hebbal, and Dharwad, Veterinary College at Hebbal, 35 research stations located all over Karnataka and 45 ICAR schemes which were with the State Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries were transferred to the newly established University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Later, Marine Product Processing Training Centre (MPPTC) at Mangalore and the Krishi Vignana Kendra, Hanumanamatti, Dharwad district were transferred to the University.

The University established Fisheries College at Mangalore in 1969 to offer Bachelor of Fisheries Science training and the Agricultural Engineering Institute at Raichur to offer three year diploma in Agricultural Engineering.

In 1974, Home Science College was started to impart education in rural home science at Dharwad campus, besides establishing a College of Basic Sciences and Humanities and College of Post Graduate Studies at Hebbal.

Objectives
Teaching
* To make agricultural education responsive to the growing and changing needs of the society in general and aspirations of the farming community in particular.

* To establish a dynamic system of agricultural education to train highly skilled and competent manpower to address the challenging tasks with new emerging areas of research, extension and industry.

Research
* To develop suitable end-use technologies to solve farmers' problems vis-à-vis agricultural production including animal husbandry and fisheries and foster research aimed at conceptual advances in all disciplines for technology development in the long run.

* To establish state-of-art infrastructure including well-equipped laboratories, extensive farmlands and an operational research management system that will ensure quick, efficient and cost effective implementation of research programmes.

* To attract qualified and talented personnel to undertake research in the University.

Extension
* To ensure that the research findings and innovations, after their proven demonstration, are communicated to the farmers on a logistically feasible scale. This mechanism acts as an interface between farmers and researchers and enables identification of problems through a positive feed back.

* To reach the knowledge and technology to farmers on a wider scale by training the grassroot level workers and officers of the state departments of agriculture, horticulture and sericulture on recent advances in the respective fields through subject matter specialists

Vice-Chancellor Messages
Dr. P.G. Chengappa was born on 11th February 1952 in Kodagu district and hails from a family of Coffee planters. He completed his Bachelors in Agriculture from Agriculture College Dharwad in 1973. Worked under Professor NSP Rebellow for his Masters in Agricultural Economics, UAS, Bangalore (1976) .Awarded PhD in Agricultural Economics in 1990 by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi under the guidance of Professor MA Muralidharan. His Ph.D work on Econometric analysis of Coffee Prices in India lead to a series of research applications on spectral analysis of time series in tea, cardamom and other crops. He has specialized in Agricultural Marketing, Price Analysis and Policy, International Trade, Agribusiness Management.
He served UAS in the capacities of Director of Instruction (Agril), Registrar and Director of Student Welfare for a decade after serving as Professor and Head of Agricultural Marketing for 15 years. He is the senior most Professor at the UAS. As the Director of Instruction (Agri), he was instrumental in UAS receiving the ICAR's Sardar Patel best Agricultural University award. He spearheaded preparation of the Accreditation Report on the basis of which UAS has been accredited by the ICAR.

As an Agricultural Economist in CGIAR institutes of IFPRI and IPGRI he contributed to concepts of value chain and IPR issues. He was the Visiting scientist at the IRRI, Manila, University of Reading, University College of Wales Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, ICRISAT, Hyderabad, and facilitator at German foundation for International Development (DSE), Germany in agricultural marketing. Currently, he is the Vice President, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. He has served as the Vice President of the Agricultural Economics Research Association, New Delhi for four years.

Dr Chengappa was selected for the prestigious National Professor of the ICAR in 2007

With his rich teaching experience and administrative acumen, he was instrumental in bringing coveted extramural international research funding for projects from USAID in collaboration with IOWA State and Purdue Universities, on (i) developing sustainable agricultural models to meet the challenges of the 21st century challenges and (ii) Biotechnological approaches in improving rural nutrition, worth more than Rs. ten million. This project benefited several poor villagers and farmwomen through improvement of their nutritional status

Growth
The University began its academic activities by offering in degree programs in Agriculture and Veterinary disciplines. Later degree program in Fisheries science was added with the establishment of Fishery college at Mangalore. Due to need for horticulture specialization, degree program in Horticulture was added with the establishment of Horticulture college at Mudigere. The degree program in Dairy science was added by starting the Dairy Science College, at Hebbal. The Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation was newly created which commenced the degree program in Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation. The new college of Forestry in Ponnampet, South Kodagu, offered the degree program in Forestry, the new college of Sericulture at Chintamani offered the degree program in Sericulture. The Chintamani campus also offers BSc(Agri) program from 2007. The Department of Agricultural Engineering offered the Bachelors degree in Agricultural Engineering. This heralded ruralization of education utilizing the facilities in the already existing Agricultural Research Stations.

Currently the recently and newly created Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University with headquarters at Bidar, is offering the Veterinary science, Dairy science and Fishery science degree programs.

Registrar Message
The hallmark of an ideal educational institution is to provide quality education. It should consist of a series of enhancements each raising the individual to a higher level of awareness, understanding and kinship leading to wholesome development of an individual and thereby contribute to the productive development of the state and the country.

In pursuit of this the University of agricultural Sciences Bangalore a premier institution of learning in India has made remarkable studies in the spheres of providing quality education productive research and effective dissemination of technology through extension services transforming the development of agriculture in Karnataka.

The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore offers courses in the discipline of Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, Agricultural Marketing & Co-operation, Forestry, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Biotechnology and Food Science, knowledge is imparted in these courses through highly qualified staff who follow a structured syllabi.

The University has state of the art of Laboratories, Hostels, Playground and Library. Emphasis is given to improve skills of learning and wholesome personality development. The students of this University have excelled in academics, sports and cultural activities. In recognition of these achievements the University was adjudged the best in the country.

The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore would be the best option to seek a career in Agricultural sciences. The child would be in the best environs nurturing a dream.

My best wishes for those who seek to be a part of this University which is on a mission to strive for Agricultural development.

Directors Message
The research programmes of the University are mainly applied in nature for solving problems of farming community of particular location coupled with overall increase in agricultural production of the State. Emphasis is also given to basic research supportive to applied research for tackling fundamental problems. Adaptive research is also undertaken for developing and refinement of newly developed technology under farmers' field condition, validation and ensuring acceptance. Further, the research programmes of the University are oriented towards improving potentiality of various crops and related inputs and resources in agriculture. Research activities of the University are carried out in six zonal and 15 Agricultural Research Stations located in six agro-climatic zones of the state covering 15 Southern districts of the State besides, seed production activities in field as well as horticultural crops. At present, a total of 289 research projects, including 32 ICAR Coordinated Research Projects and the remaining 257 Adhoc Projects funded by ICAR, Government of India, Foreign agencies, Government of Karnataka, Short-term Projects sponsored by Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, other funding agencies and the University are in operation at different Research Stations.

The University has released several varieties / hybrids of different field as well as horticultural crops for the benefit of farming community. The promising crop varieties were Tanu, KHRS-21, MO-4 and KRH-2 hybrid in Paddy; GPU-28, 26 and 48 of Ragi; NAC-6002, NAC-6004 and NAH-2049 (hybrid) of Maize; Co 7804 and Co 86032 of Sugarcane; KBSH-1, 42 and 44 hybrids of Sunflower; Ullal1-4 of Cashew and TLB varieties of Tomato. The dry farming and watershed technologies, IPM and INM for different crops like paddy, ragi, redgram, sunflower, groundnut and sugarcane etc. and aerobic rice are very popular among the farmers. Efforts are also being made by the University to develop crop varieties resistant to pests, diseases and drought besides with high yields coupled with good quality. Emphasis is being given for farm mechanization, value addition, market intelligence and farming system approach for sustainable agriculture.

University Library
Dr. K. K. Manjunatha
University Librarian
UAS Library, GKVK
BANGALORE - 560 065
Mob: 9449866909
E-mail: univlibrn@rediffmail.com
librarian@uasbangalore.edu.in

The University Library came into existence during the year 1966-67. From its intial collection of 26,000 volumes of books and bound periodicals, it has now grown to 1,69,835 volumes. The University Library moved into its own functional building at GKVK in the year 1976.

The University Library is kept open for 12 hours on working days and for limited hours on Saturday and Sundays. Students and staff of the University can become the members of the Library, whereas bonafide outsiders who come with the introductory letters from their institutions/ ID card provided by our University Library are permitted for consultation only.

The Library has created a database of Books, Journals, Theses, Reports and Reference sources and it's made available through 'OPAC'. The library has also created databases of current periodicals, CD's, on-line Journals subscribed and digitized database of Theses available in the Library.

The Internet Services has been provided at the GKVK library for the Staff and P.G. Students. Eleven Electronics Journals are also subscribed by the University Library . These e-journals can also be accessed at the GKVK Library, Hebbal campus Library and all the colleges and Departments at the GKVK and Hebbal campuses.

Services
* University Library has subscribed several Online Journals, Offline Databases, e-books, e-Journals for the year 2008. In addition to this ICAR under NAIP Programme is providing access to 2100 full text journals related to the field of Agriculture and allied subjects.

* On-line Public Access Catalogues (OPAC) : - Library has created the database of Books, Journals, Theses, Reports and other sources of Information available in the Library. Users can access the OPAC through the Internet.

* Book Borrowing Facilities: - All house keeping activities including circulation and bar-coded. All the members of the University Library are issued with Electronic and Bar-coded membership card with Photograph. Books are issued to user through computer aided system and the user can see his / her status of membership and also his / her account on-line.

* Users can make on-line enquiries and also make reservation of books that are already issued and the user will be intimated by e-mail after the book is received in the Library. Database of Current Periodicals: - In order to provide up to date and latest Scientific information to the users, the Library is getting 394 Periodicals (print) including 56 Foreign periodicals.

* E- Journals: - Library has subscribed to Springer Agriculture package of E-Journals available 'on-line' for the benefit of its users. Only the members of the Library can access these journals through LAN.

* CD-ROM Databases:- The University Library has added several CD-ROM Databases.

The important CD-ROM Databases are: -
CAB - CD ROM - 1990 - 2006
Horticulture CD ROM - 1973 - 2000
Veterinary CD-ROM - 1973 - 2000
AGRIS CD - ROM - 1975 - 2000
NUCSI etc.

* Theses Database: - M.Sc, Ph.D theses available in the Library are included in the OPAC. However, some theses abstracts are digitized and given access to the users through the LAN.

* On-line Current awareness Service: - New books, Journals, Theses Reports, and Other information sources added to the University Library will be intimated to the UAS Scientists and Teachers through the e-mail and these can also be accessed through the UAS Website.

* List of CD's available in the Library: - Some of the National & International Institutes CD's are added for the benefit of users of the Library.

OTHER FACILITIES
1. Text Book Bank General & SC / ST Book Bank:- To cater to the increased demand for prescribed Textbook, a separate Book Bank for General category of Students and SC/ST students have been created.Students are provided with two textbooks per student, per semester.

2. Inter Library loan: - Publications that are not available in the Library and are requested by users can be obtained on loan from other Institutes, likewise publication will also be lent out on a reciprocal basis to other Institutes.

3. Reprographic Service: - Xerox / Photocopying service is made available in the Library at a nominal cost.

4. Reference Service: -Library Professionals are pleased to help the users in locating and disseminating information from the available sources in the Library.

5. Internet Service: - Internet service is available for all categories of users of the Library.

6. User Education: - As a part of the Dissemination of Information the Library professionals in the Library will be pleased to explain in detail the following: -

* Varieties of Information sources available in the Library of different subjects in Agriculture and in allied subjects.

* The Value and Importance of Information and how to access the Information through various Information sources and explain the organization of information sources in the Library.

* Introducing Rare & valuable sources of information available in the Library and also secondary sources of information i.e., Abstracting and Indexing journals and also tertiary sources of information i.e., Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Bibliographies etc.

* Further, explain to the students how to collect the required information from the above sources to find out research topics, methodology for research and also preparation for seminars.

* Further, explain how to access required Information through e-journals, CD-ROM, Internet and open access journals.

This service is provided to under graduate and postgraduate students as and when required, as part of their curriculum with assistance by the concerned Teachers in the subject.

Professional Staff
* Sri. Devaraj
* Sri. T.K. Puttaswamy
* Mum. K.R. Gayathri
* Sri. V. Srinivasa
* Smt. S. Lalitha
* Sri.M.Pape Gowda
* Sri.B.N. Vasu
* Sri. K.S. Sridhara Murthy

Stuff


Media coverage of University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka, Karnataka

Governor sacks agri varsity Board member for fudging travel bills

A member of the Board of Management of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, has been dismissed from the Board for making a false travel allowance (TA) claim.

According to highly placed sources, Governor H R Bhardwaj, who is also the Chancellor of UAS, has issued an order removing Dr Challaiah from the Board despite the latter confessing to his mistake and tendering an apology.

Challaiah was appointed as a member of the Board in May 2010, by the Governor under the category of eminent educationist as provided under Section 12 (2) (ix) of the University of Agricultural Sciences Act, 2009.

For one of the meetings of the Board, Challaiah, who is a resident of Bangalore, had claimed taxi charges from Bangalore to Raichur. But some one complained that the member had made a false claim, as he had travelled by train to attend the meeting.

Following this, a notice was issued to Challaiah seeking an explanation. An inquiry revealed that Challaiah had indeed travelled by train in a second class sleeper coach and had falsely claimed travel charges stating he had travelled by taxi. The university authorities had obtained information from the South Central Railway authorities to support their findings.

V-C admits

In his explanation to the Vice-Chancellor, Challaiah admitted that he had made a false TA claim and apologised for it. Accordingly, the V-C sent a report to the Governor. But, the Governor did not take it lightly and decided to initiate extreme action against him and opined that his continuation as a member of the BoM was not in the best interest of the university.

Exercising his powers under Section 12 (3) of the University of Agricultural Sciences Act, 2009, read with Section 16 of the Karnataka General Clauses Act, 1899, the Governor ordered the removal of Challaiah from the Board by withdrawing the pleasure of the Chancellor.

10 Bangalore students injured as bus topples, 3 serious

Bangalore: Ten students of a city college were injured, three of them seriously, when the bus that was taking them to Kodagu for a study trip toppled at West of Chord Road on Saturday morning.Forty students of Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra (GKVK), along with seven members, of the college staff were in the bus. Three of the 10 injured have sustained fractures, one on hands, one on leg and one on neck. Except these three, all other injured were discharged after treatment in the out-patient department of a hospital. The police said all of them are out of danger. The driver is absconding.But the GKVK authorities sought to play down the accident. When sources contacted the GKVK vice-chancellor on Saturday evening, he said he did not know about the incident as he was not in Bangalore. Other officials of the institution dismissed the accident as nothing serious. B Malik, dean of University of Agricultural Sciences, said the students are covered under medical insurance from the college.

The accident took place about 7.55am, when the bus was passing through the underpass near MC Circle. The bus driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed it on the median of the road and hit the electrical pole. The speeding bus toppled sideways. The local people and commuters shifted the injured to a nearby hospital.

The bus driver managed to escape from the spot after the accident. The bus belongs to city-based Sam Travels. Kamakshipalya police have seized the bus and registered a case against the driver and the travel agency. The police said the preliminary investigation suggested that the accident occurred because of the bus driver, who failed to control the vehicle as he was speeding. The police said the drizzling too might have contributed to the accident.
Traffic was affected at West of Chord Road for more than 30 minutes after the accident. Fire department personnel and the police rushed to the spot and the bus was taken to the police station.

Trip turns into tragedy

The students were en route to Kodagu to attend a two-day conference in Ponnampet. The trip was cancelled after the accident. The trip comprised students of MSc (crop physiology) and PhD.The journey started from GKVK’s Hebbal campus at 7am.The injured students were identified as Sanjeevan, 30; Guru Murthy, 35; Parvathi, 27; Basavarajeshwari, 27; Narendra Kumar, 24; Imran, 21; Pruthvi, 21; Bhavitha, 30; Raja Lakshmi, 30; and Debina Sanasam, 22. Basavarajeshwari, Imran and Debina sustained fractures in the accident.

Krishi Mela to begin tomorrow; 10 lakh farmers expected to visit

Bangalore: The annual Krishi Mela, to be held from November 16 to 20 this year, is going national and is expected to be visited by about 10 lakh farmers.

At a press meet held on Monday in prelude to the Mela, the vice-chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), K Narayana Gowda, said it is for the first time that the varsity is organising the fest at national level.

Like every year, the event will be held at GKVK campus. Gowda said this year, emphasis would be given to organic farming, agricultural processing and machinery.

L Ramakrishna Rao, senior professor at UAS, said there would be more than 650 stalls this year, against 500-odd stalls in the previous edition. Various crops that will be exhibited include high-yielding variety of sugarcane that has high sugar content, high-yielding castor that can be grown on dryland, paddy than can be grown in short duration and other special crops.

Agriculture scientists will be available to answer farmers' queries. Nationalised banks, too, will take part in the mela and give information on availing farm loans. Awards will be given to 236 people over the five days.

Then there are the usual programmes like demonstration of farm equipment, vermicompost production technologies, watershed management, information on drought-resistant crops, integrated nutrient management and integrated farming. Also, there will be facility for farmers to buy newly developed seeds and other products.

The UAS V-C said special buses would be plied for farmers. During the mela, buses to GKVK campus will be available from Majestic. Buses would be plied even from taluks to the venue for the convenience of the farmers.

Ten-day book festival starts from today

Bangalore: The festivities just don’t end in the city. After all the fasting and feasting, the city will be presented with yet another treat from September 2—World of Books, 2011—touted to be an unprecedented book festival.If the performance of large book festivals in the past is anything to go by, millions of books could be sold at this event where Indian and International publishers, bookstore chains and stores will spread their fare in 250 stalls.

Organisers say books worth more than Rs 5 crore will be picked up by 700 educational institutions under Bangalore University along with the department of Public Libraries, University of Agricultural Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Bangalore University Library and others.“Book a family day out” for this festival, says programme director BS Raghuram. There will be 80 stalls with Kannada books, 140 with English, about five to 10 stalls selling e-books, he informs.In terms of scale, this is one of the largest book festivals that has been organised in the city.

“In terms of volume, we are talking five to six million books,” says Raghuram, who represents Indya Comics, which is partnering with Bangalore University to bring the fair to the city. The book fair—with more than 100 people managing the event—is not just about displaying endless titles on all kinds of subjects that interest book lovers, he points out.

“It is very contemporary too with stalls selling teaching aids, toys, multimedia presentations, various applications. There is something for everyone from grandchild to grandmother,” he says.Although libraries—both new and old—are relevant and enjoy the patronage of Bangaloreans, fairs like this are attractive because books are not “prohibitively expensive”. Special fair discounts will give people more reasons to walk in, he says, adding that everyone, “from KG to PG”, will find something of their interest.Considering that the young population is looking for skill enhancement, there will be workshops for students of all age groups.Supported by the dept of Public Libraries, Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation, RGUHS, department of Agricultural Sciences, colleges affiliated to BU, it will go on for 10 days till September 11.

Now, roses to discipline traffic offenders

Bangalore; After BMTC's Bus Day became a hit with a large chunk of city commuters using public transport, citizens now want motorists to behave. They will resort to Gandhigiri by offering roses to people who violate traffic rules by jumping the signal, not wearing helmets or parking vehicles at wrong places. Like Bus day, Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA) will launch a Traffic Day from June 9.

"We, as citizens, will observe the day for one hour across the city by politely dealing with people who violate traffic rules so that it pinches them to follow the rules," said Seetharam Vishwanath, general secretary, ORRCA.

IT professionals are leading this drive to bring down traffic violations. And to achieve their end, they are reaching out to citizens for support through social networking sites.

"We thought of implementing the initiative on Outer Ring Road in the beginning, but now with the massive response we are getting, we want to make the whole city take part in Traffic Day. Already mails are going around in 225 IT companies and roughly 400 techies and 300 families and lot of volunteers have agreed to join us," said Vishwanath.

To make the campaign a success, he is trying to gain the support of Bangalore traffic police. "We have already approached them. If the movement is carried ahead by citizens alone, there is no need for protocols. But police department has to follow protocols. So I am planning to inform them before going ahead," he said.

Praveen Sood, ACP, traffic, said any contribution from the right-minded people was welcome. But he made it clear that the plan should not be misread as an initiative by Bangalore traffic police.

"I support this initiative although it might not transform the behaviour of motorists overnight. But these volunteers are taking time off from their busy schedules and contributing to discipline people and to teach them road manners. This is symbolic and it will reach out," said Sood.

Vishwanath said he, along with ORRCA members, will check whether traffic rule violations have come down as the campaign progresses. "Somebody told me export quality roses are available at University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Hebbal for 50 paise each. So I plan to buy roses in bulk from there for this purpose," he said.

He also plans to shoot short videos to drive home the message to motorists to follow traffic rules and also promote Traffic Day. The association also plans to offer gifts and prizes for those give punchy lines for their banners to promote the day.

GKVK Road: Ex-VC told to suggest plan

Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed Dr K. Dwarakinath, former vice-chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) to suggest a plan for implementing the road project which will cause minimal damage in the varsity campus and the least possible disturbance to research work.

Several former vice chancellors had approached the court seeking a direction to stop the ongoing construction of an expressway by BBMP bisecting the UAS campus as they felt it would lead to an ecological disaster.

We had planned to go straight through the campus but taking into account the impact on the varsitys research and other activities, we did not do this, said K.N. Puttegowda, counsel for BBMP. He informed the court that the proposed road was 100 feet wide which was reduced to 80 feet. Almost 59 percent of the road work is complete and 15.9 crore has already been invested to lay the 3.9 km road, he said.

We have been given 24 acres of land but we require another 12 acres, he said. The counsel for the varsity submitted that they had never assured the BBMP land for the project. The 24 acres was obtained by BBMP despite protests by the varsity board with the principal secretary, department of agriculture forcing them to part with the land, he said. The counsel added that the varsity, which hosts several biodiversity hotspots, should be left untouched.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice A.S. Bopanna lashed out at the petitioners saying You are responsible for the felling of trees. If you knew that they were demanding more land, why did you not file an injunction? The matter has been adjourned to April 12.

STATE JUSTIFIES LEVY OF TOLL FEE

The state government has in its statement to the high court, justified its decision to levy a toll fee of Rs.500 per vehicle per trip carrying more than 16 tonnes on the national highways excluding machinery carrying vehicles irrespective of the axle weight limit.

The state had on October 15, 2009, issued orders proposing to levy toll on vehicles carrying mines and minerals, granite, timber or ordinary sand at the rate of Rs.1,000, Rs.500 and Rs.200 respectively.

After the announcement made in the state budget, it issued fresh orders dated July 1, 2010 limiting the toll to `500 per vehicle per trip carrying more than 16 tonnes weight.

Later, several transporters challenged the toll fee contending that the state order ran contrary to the provisions of the Karnataka Highways Act 1964 and the Karnataka Highway Rules 1965. They further alleged that there was no rationale behind the decision taken by the government.

The petitioners further alleged that the state government does not have powers or jurisdiction to pass such orders. The state, however, asserted that the iron ore tonnage has been taken into consideration for imposing the toll.

PLAYGROUND PIL ON THE HOLD

The high court on Tuesday directed the petitioners to keep on hold a litigation seeking to restore a playground where the Judges quarters has been proposed.

The bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice A.S. Bopanna, was hearing a petition by HSR Layout Residents Association challenging the construction of Judges Colony on the place earmarked for the playground.

The bench said: We will keep the matter pending till they hand over possession of the new quarters.

There may be a slip between the cup and the lip. The petitioners said that conversion of the playground is a violation of the zonal regulations and several SC orders. Meanwhile, HC has directed the state to pay the contractor Rs.2.5 crore, which he has spent on the work to construct the colony in two months.

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