About the SHRD

      The Society for Horticultural Research and Development (SHRD), Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh, India), came into existence on 22 May  2013 and subsequently registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The primitive idea of the  SHRD was nurtured by Dr. Gautam Kalloo, Prof, P L Saroj, Dr. T Janakiram, Dr. Balraj Singh, Dr. Vishal Nath, Dr. B S Tomar, Dr. Arvind K Singh, Dr. P K Singh, Dr. J K Ranjan etc.

       The Society is fully committed to the furtherance of all research and developmental activities, including education in all branches of horticultural sciences. The main aim of the society is to spread horticultural science among all stakeholders, consisting of students, scientists, researchers, research managers, policy-makers, farmers, entrepreneurs, etc. who can reconcile horticultural science as an organized industry. The society has grown to a different stature and provided a vibrant platform for research under the National Agricultural Research System, globally the biggest arena, India is blessed with.

      The decision to start a research journal was a milestone decision of the society, with the result, the journal popularly known as Current Horticulture, took its origin into reality. The journal is dedicated towards the advancement of Horticultural Science. The Journal got the NAAS rating of 4.53, it is going to be enhanced very soon. The objectives of the Current Horticulture are: advancement of basic and fundamental research in horticultural science amongst horticulturists, and to  promote scientific exchange and interaction amongst researchers in a mission-mode module.

      The SHRD entered into a new role by convening its maiden academic events, the first edition being the Indian Horticulture Summit-2020, held at the  Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, and the 2nd  Indian Horticulture Summit-2022 at the Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat.   Both the Summits have been grand success in the dissemination of horticultural science among stakeholders across the country.

      The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, and other Government scientific organizations sponsored an adequate amount of grants for convening the Summits. Now, our society is going to organize its 3rd Indian Horticulture Summit-2024 on Technological Intervention for Boosting Horticultural Production at Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. With the perpetual demand and popularity of SHRD, this Summit will be an International event.

      Recognizing the labour-yielding significant contribution of horticulturists in various branches of horticultural science, the Society instituted different awards. The awards are:

  • Dr. Gautam Kalloo Award for Excellence in Horticultural Research
  • Lifetime Achievements Award in R& D in Horticultural Sciences
  • Leadership Excellence Award in Horticultural Research
  • Distinguished Horticultural Scientist  Award
  • SHRD Best Thesis Award in Horticulture
  • Young Horticultural Scientist Award
  • Outstanding Horticultural Scientist Award
  • Shri Kamala Rai Memorial Best Innovative Farmer/Entrepreneur Award in Horticulture
  • Choudhary Gangasharan Tyagi Memorial Best Farmer/Entrepreneur Award in Horticulture
  • Honorary Fellow of the Society
  • Fellow of the Society and
  • Best research paper published in Current Horticulture Award

The recipients of these awards are judged by our high-profile committees.

Thus,  I sincerely hope that SHRD will gain more popularity and distinction in the years ahead.

Dr Som Dutt


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