The Department of Entomology came into being as a Section of Entomology in the then Himachal Pradesh Agricultural College and Research Institute, Chambaghat, Solan in 1966 - an affiliate of Punjab University, Chandigarh. With the creation of Himachal Pradesh University in 1970, became a full-fledged department of this University and later on Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidayala, Palampur in 1978. Finally in 1985, the department became a part of the Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry.

The Department is engaged in imparting education in the field of applied Entomology and Nematology at graduate and post-graduate levels. It is playing an important role in the development of human resources for scientifically managing various insect and non-insect pest problems and apiculture. The department is also engaged in developing management practices for insects and nematode pests of fruits, vegetables and ornamental crops. The old recommendations pertaining to pest management are periodically reviewed and replaced by alternatives. Multi-location field testing of new phytochemicals, optimized use of eco-friendly pesticides with minimized toxic hazards are some of the important research areas. In addition, efficacy of different bio-control agents and bio-pesticides for suppressing various pests in different ecosystems is also being explored. The department is also pioneer in the introduction and establishment of Italian honeybees in the state and has developed management practices for hilly regions through migratory beekeeping being widely followed by the bee keepers of the state.


  • Train manpower with specialization in the field of entomology, pest control and apiculture through resident instructions at undergraduate and postgraduate degree level.
  • Evolve ecologically sound management strategies for agro-horticultural ecosystems and ornamental plants with regard to insects, non-insect arthropod pests and plant-parasitic nematodes.
  • Conduct research on conservation and management of honey bees and other beneficial organisms like insect pollinators, natural enemies of insect-pest species and insects of industrial importance.
  • Conduct research on bio-efficacy of pesticides and monitor their effects on agricultural produce and the environment.
  • Provide advisory services to farmers and orchardists in pest and pollinator management and beekeeping and extend technical know-how to the extension functionaries of the state governments and other developmental agencies.


Area of Specialization

The activities of the department are coordinated through six sections. Each section is headed by the section incharge who enjoys full functional autonomy and discharges his duties under the overall supervision of the Head of the Department.


  • Fruit Entomology
  • Vegetable Entomology
  • Biological control
  • Toxicology
  • Apiculture
  • Nematology


Head of the Department Contact Detail

Dr Divender Gupta

Professor and Head
Department of Entomology
College of Horticulture,
Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry,
Nauni, Solan 173 230. Himachal Pradesh
Tel: +91-01792- 252240(O), 94184-63659(M)