Department was initially established in the Department of Agriculture, Government of Himachal Pradesh and became a part of Himachal Pradesh Agricultural College, Solan, in 1962; Himachal Pradesh University, in July 1970; Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur, in 1978; and lastly, the College of Horticulture, Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, in December 1985.
The research funding is mainly through externally funded research projects on crop protection through government and private agencies, viz., ICAR, DST, DBT, NATP, DRDO, ACFRE, NHB, UGC, HIMCOSTE, the Ministry of Agriculture, the World Bank, the European Union, and chemical companies. The department is conducting regular National symposia/conferences, and workshops to have discussions related to horticultural crops and modulate into the latest researchable issues of farmers.
The Department has published more than 1166 research papers, 109 book chapters, 45 books, 24 technical bulletins in leading national and international journals, and over 1225 popular articles for technology dissemination to farmers and entrepreneurs. In its journey of over 37 years, the department has been able to generate useful human resources for the country in the form of 177 M.Sc. and 92 Ph.D. students.
The department offers degree programmes for:
To disseminate various technologies of disease diagonosis and promoting plant health management implementations at grassroot level to the farmers by different communication means for better adoption in the field and enhancing income of farmers, stakeholders and entrepreneurs.
Following State of the art facilities are available with the department: