|DR. Y. S. PARMAR
UNIVERSITY OF HORTICULTURE AND FORESTRY, SOLAN
The University is engaged in various aspects of biotechnology including teaching, research and extension services. Biotechnology courses at M Sc. and Ph D levels are being conducted, as well as some courses taught at the undergraduate level. The main focus of research is plant biotechnology with special emphasis on in vitro conservation/multiplication of medicinal and aromatic plants. Besides, the University is engaged in active research on identifying, isolating, and characterising active ingredients of the medicinal plants of western Himalayas. Specific trainings in micro-propagation, biopesticides and biofertilizers to rural youth and women are routinely conducted besides providing consultancy and advisory services to private and public sectors.
The Bioinformatics Centre at the University has filled the void for exchange of available information within and between intended users. The centre has made it possible to scan and collate enormous information available on medicinal and aromatic plants of western Himalayas and has plans to develop a species diversity information system. The centre has proved to be of immense benefit to the researchers and postgraduate students not only on their ongoing projects but also for objectively formulating the research plans for the future. The centre is concentrating in creating facilities for access to scientific information to support research activities involving micropropagation, conservation, induction of genetic variability, biofertilizers, biopesticides, etc.
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