The College is situated at Thunag which lies on the way to Tourist destination Janjehli, an unexplored lush green beautiful hidden valley also famous for Shikari Devi Temple. Shikari Devi is situated at an elevation of 3359 meters above mean sea level. The area is enriched with floral wealth, important species of trees found in the area are Deodar (Cedrus Deodara), Rai (Picea Smithiana), Tosh (Silver Fir), Rakhal (Taxus Baccata), Kail (Pinus wallichiana), Kharsu (Brown Oak), Mahoru (Green Oak), Rhododendron, Maple, Chestnut, Walnut. Besides this there are lot of medicinal plants and Guchhi being one of the most important. The valley is also known for its delicious crunchy apples, vegetable cultivation (popular for its pea and potato cultivation) and a hub for protected cultivation of Carnation.
College of Horticulture and Forestry was established on 8.3.2019, It is now the fourth constituent college under Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry. Earlier, it was established as Regional Horticultural and Forestry Development and Extension Centre Thunag at village Panicha on 11.9.18 and further established as College of Horticulture & Centre of Excellence for Horticulture Research and Extension on 8.3.2019. The Research station was started in Panchayati Raj Training Institute building. Located in temperate zone at an altitude of around 1900 meters, the weather mostly remains cool throughout the year and winters experiencing snow quite frequently. Thunag is 59.2 kms (approximately 2 hrs and 30 minutes) from Nerchowk and one has to take diversion from National Highway 21 at place called Dadour in Nerchowk. Thunag is situated on Nerchowk-Janjehli road and is 14 kms short Janjehli. From Mandi or Kullu one has to reach Pandoh and from Pandoh, Thunag is approximately 42 kms (1hrs and 30 minutes). The first batch of Bsc. (Hons.)Horticulture 4 Year Programme will start in August, 2019 with the capacity of around 69 students. The College is temporarily being run in Panchayati Raj Building with all the necessary facilities like well-equipped class rooms, Library, Conference Hall, Laboratories, Play ground, Badminton Court, boarding and lodging facility, Dining hall. Later the College will be shifted to the proposed site. The College will run under the supervision of Dean, College of Horticulture, Dr Y C Gupta Former Head of the Department, Floriculture & Landscaping, Nauni Solan.
Distant View of College Building with Hostel Buildings, Academics and Residences
Local Diety, Mata Hadimba Temple in the vicinity
It is widely acknowledged that education contributes significantly to the economic development of a nation. In India, the scientists and the science based technological inputs have been the major drivers of economic development especially, economic growth in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and other allied sectors since the times of green revolution. Self reliance in food security with reasonable degree of resilience besides foreseeing the sustainability issues of natural resources are to the credit of farm education and research. However, with the dawn of 21st century agricultural education and research especially in disciplines of horticulture are facing several challenges, particularly the sustenance and optimal harnessing of natural resources in view of global climate change, competing land uses, factor productivity, global trade and IPR regime vis-à-vis quality human resource. Our understanding of their impact on humans and other bio-physical resources based on current state of knowledge is inadequate and needs colossal effort both at policy and implementation levels, the professionally competent human resource being at the forefront. In order to be globally competent, it is essential that target human resource is capable to understand and assimilate such impacts as well as prioritize, formulate and implement improvement programmes to further the science of horticulture.
Increasing number of eligible youth aspiring for higher professional education, emerging needs to develop technological innovations in horticulture and other allied sectors, besides meeting the national goal of enhancing access to and enrolment of students in the professional education by 2030, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry established its 4th constituent college, named "College of Horticulture & Forestry, Thunag (Mandi)" on March 8, 2019.
Himachal Pradesh with diverse agro-climatic zones from temperate to subtropical, and high altitude cold deserts has a vast potential for cultivation of a wide range of agricultural, horticultural and forestry crops. For improving production and productivity of these crops, the university is actively engaged in human resource development, and generation of eco-region specific technologies for ensuring remunerative returns to the farming community. To promote horticulture in the subtropical areas of Himachal Pradesh, the College of Horticulture & Forestry, Thunag (Mandi) was established as the fourth constituent college of the University with the mandate of imparting quality undergraduate teaching along with improvement in research and extension facilities for meeting the demands of growing population for safe and nutritionally rich food under the changing climatic scenario.
|Shima to Thunag via Nerchowk||176Kms||6.15 Hours|
|Mandi to Thunag via Pandoh||62 Kms||2.30 Hours|
|Chandigarh to Thunag via Bilaspur||231Kms||7.15 Hours|
|Delhi to Thunag via Chandigarh||470Kms||11.30 Hours|
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