The Department of Basic Sciences was started in 1982-83 as a part of College of Agriculture, Nauni, the erstwhile Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishva Vidyalaya, Palampur. After the formation of Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in 1985, it remained a separate department and has since been consolidated and strengthened considerably. Currently, the Department of Basic Sciences is a part of the college of Forestry and has five major disciplines:

  • Microbiology
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Plant Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • English


At present, the Department is offering M.Sc. programmes in the disciplines of Microbiology, Statistics and Plant Physiology along with Ph.D. programmes in the discipline of Microbiology and Statistics to gear up the basic and applied research in these disciplines. The department has an excellent infrastructure and is actively involved in teaching and research activities in both the colleges of University. The faculty of the department has undertaken various research projects/schemes, which have been successfully completed. During the academic year 2014-15, the department offered 162 credit hours to postgraduate students and 70 credit hours to undergraduate programs of the university. Presently, the department has 4 research projects funded by UGC and ICAR in addition to long term Network project. Students are encouraged to participate in scientific activities not only as a component of their formal studies but also as a cooperative contribution to the life of the University and its surrounding community. We take pride in the fact that our students have been suitably placed in ICAR Research Institutes, leading universities, industries, government departments and banks etc.


  • To impart teaching, research and extension activities.
  • To generate human resources in the field of Basic Sciences.
  • To carry out theoretical and applied research in various fields of Basic Sciences.



  • Bioconversion of pine needles and other cellulosic forest residues to value added bio-fuels by using a developed microbial technology that may also help to minimize forest fire incidents.
  • Biofertilizer technology developed and recommended for different crops: apple, peas and cauliflower.
  • Proposed alternative approaches for optimum stratification for various sampling schemes.



  • Trial-cum–demonstration on the use of Biofertilizers / PGPR on vegetables, ornamental and horticultural crops.
  • Transfer of technology on the use of biofertilizers, enriched compost and PGPRs in vegetable, floricultural and horticultural crops through All India Radio and Krishi Darshan programmes of Doordarshan.
  • Lectures on use of Biofertilizer/PGPR and Javik Kheti in advanced and general training programmes, Kisan Mela summer/winter school organized by different departments of the university and other institutions of the state and the country at farmer’s field on vegetable and horticultural crops.



  • Farmers and orchardists are provided bio-fertilizers for trial-cum–demonstration on different crops: apple, peas and cauliflower.
  • Expert consultancy in Planning, Designing and Analysis of experimental data related to Forestry & Horticulture field experiments.
  • Training on statistical software SPSS.


Head of Department Contact Detail


Dr (Mrs) Nivedita Sharma

Professor and Head
Department of Basic Science
College of Forestry
Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry,
Nauni, Solan 173 230 Himachal Pradesh, India
Mobile :+91-94188-28483