Horticulture has promises for the welfare and health of the society and nation as well. It has been recognized as one of the most important enterprise for improving the economy of nation in general, and of hill region in particular, besides generating self employment. With this fact, Department of Horticulture was established in H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar with the approval of U.P. Government in 1982 with the objectives: to impart education in the field of this discipline; to undertake research activities based on regional needs and to initiate Horticulture Extension Services to the rural masses.
The Department runs Undergraduate, Postgraduate, as well as Doctoral degree programmes. The under graduate course being run by the Department is a four year (8 semesters) course as B.Sc. (Horticulture). The Department has also established a Horticultural Research Center (HRC) for providing field facilities for practical training of students of various courses.
The activities undertaken by the Department on regular basis include plantation of various Tropical, Subtropical, Temperate, Minor fruits, Plantation crops, Wild fruits of Himalayan region; Production of different Tropical, Subtropical and Temperate vegetables including off-season and protected cultivation of vegetables suitable for hilly region; Plantation of several species of ornamental trees, shrubs, climbers, herbs, pot and indoor plants; Plantation of different kinds of medicinal trees, shrubs, herbs and aromatic plants. The research activities includes Bioregulators’ affects on growth, flowering, yield and quality parameters; Standardization of nutritional requirement for horticultural crops; Work on standardization of propagation techniques in fruits and ornamental plants; Germplasm resources collection of rare horticultural plants for crop improvement programmes; and Varietal selection and suitability of vegetables under Srinagar valley.
The extension activities includes supply of plant materials to the farmers and poor people, demonstration on production technologies, Horticultural extension lecturers in villages, meetings and short trainings for farmers on different horticultural aspects. The Department has also undertaken Avenue plantation and overall beautification of Chauras Campus of the University as an activity of Landscaping.
During the year 2011-12 the faculty members have published 08 research papers and have participated in 08 Seminars/Workshops/Conferences. The department has also organised 02 training/extension programes.