Postgraduate classes in Horticulture were initiated in 1945 under the administrative control of Professor (Agril. Botany) with the teaching staff of one Asstt. Professor, one lecturer and one Demonstrator. In 1960 separate department of Horticulture was created with 15 acres of garden for practical/instructional purposes. In 1962 one hectare area was allotted for nursery for practical training of Horticulture students. The college of Agriculture was upgraded to U.P. institute of Agril. Science in 1969 and the same were upgraded as university in 1975.
The staff is mainly engaged in imparting teaching to graduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. students. Besides teaching, research work is also being carried out leading to M.Sc. (Ag.) and Ph.D. thesis requirements. In horticulture, students are taught about fruits, vegetable, ornamental horticulture, preservation of fruits and vegetables, medicinal and aromatic crops and plantation crops. Every year 12-15 students in M.Sc. (Ag.) and 2-3 students in Ph.D. programme are admitted.
Foliar application of 200 ppm of NAA in mid October alone or followed by deblossoming is very effective in reducing mango malformation.
Aonla cultivar Banarasi proved good pollenizer for cultivar Francis and vice-versa.
To get heavy & quality winter crop and to avoid rainy season crop spray of 16.0 per cent urea or shoot pruning (upper 30 cm part) in Ist week of May proved useful.
In pomegranate, cultivars Ganesh, Dholka and Kandhari have been found more suitable for growing under Central UP conditions.
To improve quality and post-harvest life of guava fruits, pre-harvest spray of zinc sulphate at 0.4 percent, 20 days before harvest proved effective.
20 g of Aspergilus niger (Pusa mrida) as well as Trichoderma viride mixed with 20 kg of F.Y.M. per plant applied in the month of July has been found effective against the wilt disease of guava.
In the month of July application of slacked lime (1.8kg) in Ganga Katri area and zypsum (3.0kg) per tree in uplands at root level has been found effective against the wilt disease of guava.
Foliar application of NAA (20ppm)+ potassium sulphate (2.0%) + zinc sulphate(0.4%) at fruit setting stage proved most effective in reducing fruit drop & increasing yield, quality and shelf life of ber fruit cv. Banarasi Karaka.
In tomato cv. Angoorlata proved to be best for colour retention in prepared juice and use of sodium benzoate found to be superior as preservative.
In case of gladiolus cv. Eurovision, 500 ppm GA3 applied as dipping of Corm +spraying of plant after 45 days of planting was found most effective, with regard to growth, flowering and Corm production.
In rose Rosa bourboniana proved superior as rootstock in influencing growth and flowering of budded cultivars.
In strawberry cv. Chandler, foliar spray of 0.4% ZnSO4 found most effective in improving yield and quality characters.
In strawberry cv. Chandler, foliar spray of GA3 at 100 ppm at flower bud initiation found most effective in improving growth, fruiting, yield and quality parameters.
In sweet lime stem cuttings treated with IBA 1500 ppm+PHB 1000 ppm exhibited improved shoot and root development as well as success and survival per cent.
In peach cv. Saharanpur Prabhat cuttings treated with IBA 2000 ppm + PHB 1000 ppm + boron 50 ppm exhibited significantly improved rooting, survival per cent and vegetative characters.
In Isabgol, application of 100 kg N/ha and crop sowing on 15th Nov. improved plant growth , delayed flowering and crop maturity and gave higher seed and husk yield.
In aonla cv. Banarasi pre-harvest spray of 1.5% Calcium nitrate improved physico-chemical composition. The maximum PLW(%) and spoilage (%) and maximum TSS , ascorbic acid and minimum acidity were also observed under 1.5 per cent calcium nitrate reatment.
In strawberry cv. Chandler application of Azotobactor at 6kg/ha resulted better growth and higher yield of quality berries with more propagating materials.
In phalsa cv.Sharbati, spraying of of GA3 at 50 ppm increased yield and quality parameters and Ethrel at 1000 ppm resulted early and uniform maturity.
In Gaillardia, application of 300 kg N/ha and planting at spacing of 30×20 cm (high density) improved the flower and seed yield under central U.P. conditions.
Participation of the department in training programs of agriculture/ horticultural held at Directorate of Extension of this University and other places.
Visit to different orchards as and when required and advice is offered regarding better unkeep and for effective plant protection measures.
Transfer of proven Horticulture practices (Technology) from lab to land through Television, Radio, and News papers, Gosthies etc.
Participation in the flower shows, exhibitions, Kisan mela etc. form time to time.
Organizing flower shows/exhibitions.
Organizing Malies training.
Imparting advice to the city flower lovers regarding growing and maintenance of flowers and planning landscape.