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College of Hill Agriculture, Chirbatiya

Prof. Vinod Prasad Khanduri 
DEAN, College Of Forestry, Ranichauri
P.O. Ranichauri, Distt. Tehri Garhwal – 249 199,
Uttarakhand, India
Phone:+91-1376-252080 (O) , Fax:+91-1376-252128

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Prof. V. P. Khanduri has got significant experience in teaching and research in the field of forestry. He did his master’s and doctorate in Forestry from H.N.B. Garhwal University Srinagar, Garhwal. He has been recipient of Gold medal during M.Sc. and thereafter consistently working on the various aspects of forestry research and management. He started his career as a researcher and worked on ecological and silvicultural aspects of several temperate and sub tropical forests of Garhwal Himalaya. Later, he joined, Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun as Post Doctorate Fellow and worked on quantitative and qualitative aspects of Delhi Ridge Forest. Dr. Khanduri joined Mizoram University (a central University established by an act of Parliament), Aizawl as Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Forestry in the Department of Forestry and become Reader/ Associate Professor Forestry in 2007. Here, he worked on different aspects of pollination and reproductive biology of important tropical tree species, viz. Teak, Gmelina, Mesua, Lagerstroemia, Erythrina, Schima, Bombax etc. in a research project funded by CSIR, New Delhi. The outcome of the study was published in reputed international Journals i.e. Aerobiologia, Brazilian Journal of Botany, Grana, Nordic Journal of Botany etc which is referred by the international scientific community. Further, in August 2012, he has joined VCSG Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry as Associate Professor Forestry (Silviculture) and was given the responsibility of Head, Department of Forestry with additional charges of Coordinator Admissions for University Entrance Test and subsequently also assigned the duties of Associate Director Personnel and Registrar. Besides, several responsibilities at University level, Dr. Khanduri has also handled a coordinated research project on Hippophae funded by DBT, New Delhi. He became Professor Forestry (Silviculture) in June 2018. Dr. Khanduri has guided three PhD students and has published 01 Book, 05 Book Chapters, 09 articles and 70 Research Papers in different Journal of International and National repute, viz. Annals of Botany, Journal of Forestry Research, Plant Reproduction, Progress in Natural Science, Trees-SAF, Current Science, Indian Forester etc. He has been reviewer of various national and international journals and was awarded as potential reviewer by Journal of Forestry Research.

The College of Hill Agriculture (CoHA) is the third constituent college of VCSG Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry which is spread in an area of 8.09 hectare at an altitudinal range of 1900-2300 m above mean sea level. The college is about 40 km away from Rudraprayag, 180 km from Rishikesh and 188 km from Dehradun. The geographical and climatic conditions of the region are considered to be suitable for cultivation of temperate fruit crops (walnut, apricot and chestnut), potato, medicinal & aromatic plants, etc. Presently the college at Chirbatiya is under construction, so, the classes of students registered in B.Sc. Agriculture (Honours) degree programmee are being held at the College of Forestry, Ranichauri, Tehri Garhwal. Apart from teaching the college is also involved in research and extension activities.


Agrarian conditions in hills are far different from those in plains. Recognizing the importance of hill agriculture in the state, the College of Hill Agriculture was inaugurated by then Hon’ble Agriculture Minister Dr. Harak Singh Rawat at Chirbatiya, Rudraprayag on 24th September 2013. The land for this purpose was transferred by District Horticulture Department of Rudraprayag to the University on 21.09.2013. From November 2013, one year diploma course on Mali Training started at Chirbatiya and continued for two successive years. After this, B.Sc. Agriculture (Honours) degree programmee of College of Hill Agriculture started at College of Forestry, Ranichauri. At present, due to lack of infrastructure and other facilities at Chirbatiya, the degree programmee is running at Ranichauri.



The construction work is under progress. The classes of the students are presently carried out at College of Forestry, Ranichauri.


  • Administrative Block
  • Orchards
  • Research Blocks
  • Guest House
  • Residences
  • Temperate Fruit Plants Nursery

Under Graduate programmes

At present, College of Hill Agriculture, Chirbatiya is offereing four year Under Graduate degree programmee in B.Sc. Agriculture (Honours) at College of Forestry, Ranichauri.