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, Statistics, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and English.
At present, the Department is offering M.Sc. programmes in (Agri) Microbiology, (Agri) Statistics, (Agri) Plant Physiology and (Agri) Biochemistry along with Ph.D. programmes in (Agri) Microbiology and (Agri) Statistics to gear up the basic and applied research in these disciplines. The department has an excellent infrastructure and is actively involved in teaching of both the colleges along with specific research and extension activities. The department has undertaken various research projects and schemes of current importance. We take pride in the fact that our students have been suitably placed in leading national and international universities, ICAR research institutes, industries, government departments, banks etc.