This Department, earlier known as Department of Floriculture and Landscaping,was carved out from department of Vegetable Crops and Floriculture in November, 1987. The Department is actively engaged in Teaching (Undergraduate &Postgraduate level), Research and Extension education activities pertaining to Floriculture and Landscaping.The department has made significant progress and ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) has recognized it as National Repository for Carnation and lead Centre for Chrysanthemum and Alstroemeria by the ICAR under under All India Coordinated Floriculture Improvement Project.
The research activities are mainly carried out under funding by ICAR; DST, NATP, NHB, HIMCOSTE, NABARD, PPVFRA, Ministry of Environment & Forests etc. The technologies developed from time to time are being disseminated to the farmers for adoption.
The Department has published more than 300 research papers in leading national and international journals, 30 book chapters, 20 books and manuals and more than 200 popular articles for technology dissemination to the farmers and entrepreneurs. Department in its journey of over 36 years has been able to generate human resources for the country in the form of 182 M.Sc. and 47 Ph.D. students who are well absorbed as scientists/ officials in various SAU’s/ ICAR Institutes, State Horticulture Departments, education Departments (Vocational teachers) and many work in seed companies, floriculture production units, landscape managers in India and abroad and some run their own floriculture nurseries and units.
The department offers degree programmes for:
The Departmentis engaged in conductingtraining programmes under different projects, delivering lectures to the farmers and officers/ officials visiting this university as well as training programmes organized by other agencies as and when required. Delivering Radio and TV Talks, diagnostic visits, exposure visits and publishing popular articles, technical bulletins etc. are other extension activities of the Department.
Besides this, the department is involved in coordinating exposure visits and field visits of students/staff of schools/colleges/universities under various programmes organized by universities/state department of horticulture & agriculture.