The department of Vegetable Science was carved out of the erstwhile Department of Horticulture in the year 1976. It was one of the important departments of Agricultural complex at Solan under Himachal Pradesh Krishi VishwaVidyalaya, Palampur. Subsequently, in the year 1985 the department of Vegetable Science became a part of Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan and placed under College of Horticulture. Vegetable Crops being one of the major components of horticulture produce, the importance of this department is well understood. Himachal Pradesh is known for the production of off-season vegetables and seed production of temperate vegetables. The department has developed many varieties and hybrids of vegetables and is concentrating further in developing high yielding varieties resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses in different vegetable crops. Moreover work on exotic, under-utilized vegetables and spice crops for domestic and export markets are also in progress. The department is pioneer in contributing the improved technology for cultivation of vegetables under protected cultivation, organic farming and major off-season vegetable crops. The Centre of Advanced Studies in Horticulture (Vegetables) was also sanctioned by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research during VIIIth plan to this department and is still continuing.
The department offers specialization in the following areas at the post graduate level:
Dr Hem Raj Sharma
Professor & Head
Department of Vegetable Science,
College of Horticulture,
Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry,
Nauni, Solan 173 230. Himachal Pradesh