The department of Seed Science & Technology is a new department under College of Horticulture. It was formed during 2013. It became functional as Seed Production Section in 1981 under the aegis of HPKV, Palampur. Thereafter it became a section under Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in 1985. This section was elevated to the level of Centre as Seed Technology and Production Centre in 1996 with the grant of National Seed Project by the ICAR. With the inception of this project, the mandate of the Centre was broadened from seed production to seed technology research. The centre started post graduate degree in 2010 and Ph.D. degree in 2012 in the discipline of Seed Science and Technology. In 2013, the centre was elevated to a department. Presently, the department is engaged in teaching, research and extension activities in the discipline of Seed Science and Technology. Besides, the production of breeder, foundation, certified and truthful label seed of vegetable, spice, oil seed and pulse crops is also being done. The department carries research under ICAR ‘Mega Seed Project’ and other adhoc and departmental projects. The department has 15 hectare irrigated farm area for research and seed production. The department assures good quality seed in sufficient quantity with better health to meet out the requirement of the farming community of the state.


  • Teaching, research and extension education in the field of Seed Science and Technology.
  • Standardization of cultural practices for seed crops and postharvest handling for quality seed production.
  • Standardization of management practices for seed borne diseases and insect pests of vegetable, spice, oil seed, flowers and pulse crops.
  • Maintenance of genetic purity and production of breeder/ foundation/ certified/ truthful seed of important varieties of vegetables, spices, oil seed, flowers and pulse crops.
  • Dissemination of technology to the farmers through various extension activities.

Area of Specialization

  • Seed Biology
  • Seed Quality
  • Seed Production
  • Seed Health

Head of Department Contact Detail

Dr. Manish Kumar
Professor & Head

Department of Seed Science & Technology
College of Horticulture,
Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry,
Nauni, Solan 173 230. Himachal Pradesh INDIA

Phone: +91-1792-252323 (O), 94181-47791(M)
Fax : +91-1792-252844,