Jagatguru Shankarayacharya Swami Amritanand Devtirth Ji alongwith VC SKUAST-Jammu Prof. J.P. Sharma interacting with scientists
Emphasizing on prioritization and promotion of Basmati and niche crops for the socio-economic upliftment of farmers of Jammu region, Jagatguru Shankarayacharya Swami Amritanand Devtirth Ji of Shrimad Jagadguru Sharda Sarvagya Pitham, Kashmir visited SKUAST-Jammu today. During his maiden visit, Swamiji visited various units of the university. He was accompanied by Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu, Prof. J.P. Sharma, Director Research, Dr. Pradeep Wali and scientific staff of the university. At “Sanjeevani Tapovan” Dr. L. M. Gupta, Head, Division of Agroforestry apprised Swamiji of the various multipurpose and medicinal species conserved in the garden. Swamiji took keen interest in the Nakshatra and Navgraha Vatikas and explained the Vedic importance of medicinal and aromatic plants to the students and staff members. He advised the scientists to make the students and common people aware of various medicinal plants and their uses in day to day life. Swamiji appreciated the leadership of Vice Chancellor, Prof. J.P. Sharma and the scientists of the Division in conserving the important medicinal and aromatic plants of this region. During his visit to School of Biotechnology, Swamiji was apprised of its different research activities and facilities. Swamiji stressed upon the scientists and research scholars for the conservation, promotion and popularization of local Basmati and niche crops such as Kala Zeera, Saffron and mushrooms. At bee keeping unit of the agrivarsity, he was shown various products of the unit such as honey, bee wax, designer candles etc. which he appreciated the most. Swamiji impressed upon the speedy dissemination and adoption of such viable and promising enterprises among the farmers for their upliftment and entrepreneurship development through organization of regular training programmes for them. Swamiji also visited Farming System Research Centre; where Dr. N.P. Thakur, Chief Scientist and functional Incharge, FSR briefed him about various activities of the centre especially farm waste recycling with respect to farm waste converted into wealth. Swamiji lauded the FSR team to develop such farm oriented viable model at the university. Swamiji appreciated Prof. J.P. Sharma and his team for working tirelessly in their endeavour for the sustainable agricultural development of Jammu region in particular and UT of J&K in general.