Images 2016: Pau’S Year Marked By Magnificent Achievements

By Punjab Agricultural University on 26 Dec 2016 | read
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The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) achieved new strides in the year 2016. It was

an eventful year, full of magnificent achievements and hectic activities. Research,

teaching and extension were the priority areas. The University also remained abuzz with

visits of VVIPs.


 The University saw the visits of Sh Narendra Modi, Prime Minister; Sh V.P.

Badnore, Governor of Punjab; S. Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab;

Sh Shivraj Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh; Sh Radha Mohan Singh,

Union Minister of Agriculture; Sh Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State for Micro,

Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME); Sh Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister

of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs; and Sh Vijay Sampla, Union Minister

of State for Social Justice and Empowerment. They presented National MSME

Awards, inaugurated PAU Kisan Mela, highlighted national agricultural scenario

and inaugurated ‘Integrated Beekeeping Development Centre (IBDC)’ at PAU. Dr

Manohar Singh Gill, Former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former

Chief Election Commissioner of India, also visited PAU to lay the foundation

stone of Girls’ Hostel (west block), for which he donated Rs 60 lakh out of

MPLAD fund grants. Sh Suresh Kumar, Former Additional Chief Secretary,

Punjab, also inaugurated Girls’ Hostel in the University.


 Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, was conferred with the “Lifetime

Achievement Award” by the Punjab Science Academy during the 19th Punjab

Science Congress, held on February 7 at SUS Institute of Engineering and

Technology, Tangori.

 The Punjab Agricultural University was allocated Rs 1 crore under Krishi Karman

Award for its Open Air Theatre. 

 The Department of Agronomy, PAU was conferred with the “Best Centre Award”

of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Weed Management for the

year 2015-16. The award was bestowed on PAU in recognition of its outstanding

contributions to the weed management in the Punjab state. The team of PAU

agronomists comprised Dr M. S. Bhullar, Senior Agronomist; Dr Simerjeet Kaur,

Assistant Agronomist; Dr Tarundeep Kaur, Assistant Agronomist; Dr Navjyot

Kaur, Assistant Plant Physiologist and Dr Pervinder Kaur, Assistant Chemist

Residue. The award was presented to the PAU agronomists during the 23 rd

Annual Review Meeting of AICRP-Weed Management, held at Jalgaon,

Maharashtra from April 28-30.

 Mansuran village, situated on Ludhiana-Pakhowal road in Ludhiana district,

became the ‘First Gajar Booti Free Village’ of Punjab with the combined efforts of

PAU and residents of the village.

 The Apiculture Centre of PAU received the “Best Centre Award” of AICRP on

Honey Bees and Pollinators. The award was presented to the University

entomologists during ICAR’s Biennial Workshop of “AICRP on Honey Bees and

Pollinators,” held at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni,

Solan on October 16.


 The University developed/recommended several new varieties: PR 126 (rice);

PBN 346 (napier bajra); ML 2056 (mungbean); LD 949 (desi cotton); PC 6

(African sarson); RLC 3 (raya); PSH 1962 (sunflower); Punjab Gaurav, Punjab

Sartaj and Punjab Red Cherry (tomato); AP-3 (pea); PPH-1 and PPH-2

(pumpkin); PBHR-41, PBHR-42 and PBHL-4 (brinjal); PG-18 (garlic); Punjab

Shyamli (chrysanthemum); Punjab Glad-2 (gladiolus); Punjab Sweet Pea-1,

Punjab Sweet Pea-2, Punjab Sweet Pea-3, Punjab Sweet Pea-4 and Punjab

Sweet Pea-5 (sweet pea).

 The name of radish variety RB-21 was rectified to Punjab Safed Mooli-2.


 A joint “Cambridge-India Network for Translational Research in Nitrogen

(CINTRIN)” was awarded to the team of Indian and United Kingdom (UK)

scientists from National Institute of Agricultural Botany and University of

Cambridge from UK; International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics

(Hyderabad), Punjab Agricultural University (Ludhiana), and National Institute of

Plant Genome Research (New Delhi) from India.

 Besides, several projects were bagged by PAU at the state as well as the

national level.


Under the able guidance of Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU and Head of

the Inter-state Monitoring Committee on Whitefly, whitefly menace was curbed

successfully this year and smiles returned on the faces of cotton growers who received

remunerative price for their produce. The cotton belt’s Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Farm

Advisory Service Centres, Cotton Research Centres; and scientists of Punjab, Haryana

and Rajasthan Agricultural Universities worked collectively to manage whitefly

incidence. In this campaign, Agriculture Development Officers, Agriculture Officers,

District Agriculture Officers, 500 scouts and 50 field supervisors also conducted

surveillance for whitefly.


 Dr Manpreet Singh, Assistant Agronomist, PAU’s Regional Research Station

(Abohar), was awarded prestigious “Jawaharlal Nehru Award 2015” by ICAR for

outstanding doctoral thesis research in agricultural and allied sciences.

 Dr T.S. Thind, Adjunct Professor and former Additional Director of Research, was

honoured with ‘Y.L. Nene Outstanding Plant Pathology Teacher Award 2016’ by

Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology. 

 Dr G.S. Buttar, Additional Director of Extension Education, was awarded “ISA

Gold Medal 2014” by Indian Society of Agronomy in recognition of his

outstanding contributions to agronomy.

 Dr (Mrs) Praveen Chhuneja, Senior Molecular Geneticist, was conferred with “Dr

Gurdev Singh Khush Distinguished Professor Award” by PAU for a period of

three years from March 1, 2016- February 28, 2019.

 Dr M.S. Hadda, Professor, Soil Science, received “Gold Medal Award 2015” from

Soil Conservation Society of India, New Delhi, in recognition of his valuable

contributions and achievements in soil and water conservation.

 Dr (Ms) Gaganjyot, Assistant Residue Analyst, Department of Entomology,

received “Best Ph.D. Thesis Award” during National Symposium on

“Agrochemicals Research and Education in India: Appraisal and Road Map for

Future,” organized by Society of Pesticide Science, India at ICAR-Indian

Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi from November 15-17.

 Dr Rajan Bhatt, District Extension Specialist, PAU’s Farm Advisory Service

Centre, Tarn Taran, bagged “Student Incentive Award 2015 (Ph.D research)”

from Soil Conservation Society of India in recognition of his significant

contributions to research in soil water dynamics and water productivity in rice-

wheat system.

 Dr Gulshan Mahajan, Senior Agronomist (Rice), was elected as Fellow of

National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi, for his vital

contributions to agronomic development in rice.

 Dr S.S. Kukal, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant

Health Management), was awarded Fellowship of Indian Society of Soil Science

for his outstanding research work in soil and water management.

 Dr H.S. Rattanpal, Senior Fruit Scientist, was awarded prestigious International

Fellowship under Netherlands Fellowship Programme for attending a course on

“Horticulture Sector Development in Emerging Markets,” organized by

Wageningen University, The Netherlands from May 9 to 27.

 Dr Vikas Jindal, Assistant Entomologist, received “Raman Fellowship” from UGC

for post doctoral research in USA.

 Dr Monika Choudhary, Assistant Professor, PAU’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra,

Sangrur, was conferred with “Nestlé Research Award” in recognition of her

outstanding contributions to nutrition.



 Mitaly Bansal, a Ph.D student of School of Agricultural Biotechnology, was

conferred with “Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career

Award” for her excellent research achievements.

 Karminderbir Kaur, a Ph.D student of School of Agricultural Biotechnology,

bagged “Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholarship” from the

University of California, Davis, USA.

 Hament Thakur, a Ph.D student of Vegetable Science, received “Prime Minister’s

Fellowship” for doctoral research.

 Ashok Babadev Jagtap, a Ph.D student of School of Agricultural Biotechnology,

bagged “Prime Minister’s Fellowship” for doctoral research.

 Yogendra Kumar Meena, a Ph.D student of Vegetable Science, attended the

Summer School on “Desert Agriculture, and Plant Epigenetics and Gene

Expression in Changing Environment,” organized by Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv,

Israel, from June 30 to July 27. He was awarded “Full Scholarships for

Outstanding Students from India 2016” under the Manna Centre for Food Safety

and Security Fellowship Programme for attending this course.

 Ravneet Kaur, a Ph.D. student of Biochemistry, received a research grant from

the Department of Science and Technology under Women Scientist Scheme A

(WOS-A) for pursuing doctoral research.

 Two students namely Nishant Sachdeva and Yograjdeep Singh cracked

Common Admission Test (CAT) and made it to the Indian Institute of

Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, India’s top B-School. Nishant Sachdeva has

passed out B.Tech Food Technology from PAU while Yograjdeep Singh is a

student of B.Sc Agriculture.

 The 31 st North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival 2015-16 was held at PAU

from January 14-18. Dr Om Gauri Dutt Sharma, Deputy Director General,

Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar was the chief guest of the inaugural session

while Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema, Education Minister, Punjab was the chief guest

at the prize distribution ceremony. Spectacular performances were given by the

participating students of 29 universities in 26 events. The PAU students won

Silver Medal in the installation event and Bronze Medals in debate, cartooning,

rangoli and clay modeling events.

 The PAU students won Gold Medal in traditional ladies songs; Silver Medals in

slogan writing, cartooning, photography, debate; and Bronze Medals in one-act

play, mono acting and geet gazal during the Punjab State Inter-University Youth

Festival, organized by Punjab Art Council, Chandigarh at Baba Banda Singh

Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib from January 21-23.

 The PAU students won Gold Medal in group song Indian, Silver Medal in patriotic

group song, and Bronze Medals in poster making and quiz events during the 16 th

All India Inter-Agricultural Universities Youth Festival 2015-16, organized by

ICAR, New Delhi at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology,

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) from February 1-4.

 The installation team of PAU won Silver Medal during the 31 st Inter-University

National Youth Festival 2015-16, organized by the University of Mysore, Mysore,

Karnataka from February 15-19.

 Asish Kumar Padhy, a student of College of Agriculture, PAU and National

Secretary (Inter-State Coordinator), All India Agricultural Students’ Association

(AIASA), bagged “Student of the Year Award 2015” for his outstanding

contributions to the students’ welfare activities and for empowering the youth in

agriculture in Northern and Eastern India.

 The PAU students won Basketball (Men), Volleyball (Men) and Badminton (Men)

events during the 16 th All India Inter Agricultural University Games and Sports

Meet 2015-16, organized at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore from

February 22-26. In addition, students won six medals in athletics, runners-up

trophy in Badminton (Women) and an Overall Trophy in Team Games (Men).

 An Inter-College Youth Festival 2016-17 was held at PAU from November 3-11.

The College of Agriculture lifted the overall trophy.  

Apart from this, 11 travel grants to the scientists and the students, and 56 merit

scholarships to the undergraduate students of PAU and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary

and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) were awarded by Dr Gurdev Singh

Khush Foundation for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences at PAU. One team

award was also bestowed on Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala for excellence in transfer

of technology. 


 Dr Kuldeep Singh, Senior Molecular Geneticist, PAU was appointed as Director,

ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, for a period of

four years.

 At PAU, Dr Tarsem Singh Dhillon was appointed as Director (Seeds); Dr (Mrs)

Parveen Chhuneja as Director, School of Agricultural Biotechnology; Dr Jagdish

Kaur as Additional Director Communication; Dr Babu Singh Brar as Head,

Department of Soil Science; and Dr Manjeet Singh as Head, Department of Farm

Machinery and Power Engineering.


 The Annual Convocation of the College of Agriculture, PAU was held on January

25. Professor Ramesh Chand, Member of NITI Aayog, Government of India, was

the chief guest. A total of 421 students of B.Sc. Agri. (Hons), B.Sc. Biotechnology

(Hons) and B.Tech. Food Technology (Hons) received degrees. Three students

won University Gold Medals and seven students other medals. Three students

won the Academic Roll of Honour while 79 students were awarded Merit

Certificates. Twenty nine students of B.Sc. Agri. (Hons) 4- and 6-year

programmes won prizes for having achieved academic distinctions during their

degree programmes.


For commercialization of technologies, PAU signed memoranda of understanding with:

 M/s Kalash Seeds Private Limited, Jalna (Maharashtra), for producing and selling

the seeds of chilli hybrid CH-27, brinjal hybrids PBH-3 and PBH-4, muskmelon

hybrid MH-27 and onion variety PRO-6.

 M/s Nu-Tech Dairy Engineers Private Limited, Ambala (Haryana), for

manufacturing and selling of forced circulation solar dryer.

 M/s Star Agriseeds Private Limited, Jaipur, for producing certified seed of

University developed moong variety SML 668 for seed distribution by University

to Punjab farmers.

 Khalsa College, Amritsar, for berseem seed production.


 Delegations from Afghanistan, Angola, France, Germany, United Kingdom (UK),

USA, etc. visited PAU to have an overview of Punjab’s agriculture as well as

University’s research, teaching and academic programmes.

 Professor Garry Fehr, Director, Agricultural Centre of Excellence, University of

Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Campus, British Columbia (BC), delivered a talk on

“Addressing Agricultural Challenges through Technology” at PAU on March 17.

 Dr Kuldip Kumar, Senior Environmental Soil Scientist, Metropolitan Water

Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, USA, interacted with the postgraduate

students, research fellows and faculty of Department of Soil Science, PAU, on

March 28.

 Dr B.S. Ahloowalia, an ex-staff member, Agriculture and Food Development

Authority, Dublin, Ireland, delivered his talk on “Punjab Agriculture and its

Problems” at PAU on April 4.


A total of 14 Kisan Melas were organized in March and September 2016 with seven

Kisan Melas each at the main campus of PAU, Ludhiana; KVK Rauni (Patiala); KVK

Nag Kalan (Amritsar); Regional Research Station (RRS) Faridkot; RRS Ballowal

Saunkhri, RRS Bathinda and RRS Gurdaspur. A large number of farmers from Punjab

and adjoining states participated in these melas. As many as 10 progressive farmers

were honoured during the PAU Kisan Melas. The seeds of improved varieties of crops,

vegetables and fodders; saplings of fruit plants and farm literature were sold to the

farmers in these melas. In addition, exhibitions on other farm inputs including fertilizers,

pesticides, implements and farm machinery were also arranged.

Apart from this, a Kisan Mela was organized at PAU’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra

(Samrala) under the aegis of ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research

Institute (ATARI), Zone-I, to mark the birth centenary celebrations of Pandit Deen Dayal

Upadhyay on September 25.


A number of trainings programmes were conducted for farmers, farm women, rural

youth, agriculture officers, agriculture and horticulture development officers, district

extension specialists and KVK scientists. Besides, trainings were imparted to the

farmers of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Manipur states. Trainees were

apprised of agriculture related enterprises; integrated pest management in various

crops; crop production; seed production of vegetable crops; production and post-harvest

management of fruits, vegetables and flower crops; cultivation and processing of

tropical mushrooms; beekeeping; machinery and its safety for different farming

operations; use of drip, sprinkle irrigation and poly-houses; field crop experimentation

design; textile waste management in homes; tie and dye etc.

Training camps for the members of PAU Kisan Club, Progressive Beekeepers

Association, Seed Producers and Nursery Growers Association, and Tree Growers

Association were also organized. Apart from this, field days, awareness campaigns and

exhibitions were also organized.


Following seminars, workshops and brain storming sessions were organized: “Research

and Extension Speiclists’ Workshop on Kharif Crops” (February 24-25); brainstorming

session on “Strategies for Fostering Mushroom Production in Punjab” (February 25);

National Seminar on “Market Imperfections, Farmers’ Distress and Agrarian Crisis in

India” (April 7); workshop on “Irrigation Systems in Different Spring Crops of Punjab”

(May 4), the Central Sector Scheme’s 10 th Annual Workshop on “Monitoring of Pesticide

Residues at National Level” (May 25); 24 th Annual Workshop of “All India Network

Project (AINP) on Pesticide Residues” (May 26-27); “Research and Extension

Specialists’ Workshop for Vegetables, Floriculture and Sericulture along with Post-

Harvest Management, Farm Power and Machinery, Food Technology and Agricultural

Economics” (May 30-31); dialogue meet on “Water Resources in Punjab - Availability

and Management” (June 16); “Research and Extension Specialists’ Workshop on Rabi

Crops” (August 16-17); brain storming session on “Agrochemicals and Spray

Technology” (November 22); XIV Biennial Workshop of All India Coordinated Research

Project on Agrometeorology” (December 5-7); and “Research and Extension

Specialists’ Workshop for Fruits, Mushroom, Agro-forestry along with Post-harvest

Management, Farm Power and Machinery, Food Technology and Agri-

Economics”(December 21-22).


 The 53 rd Annual Meet of the Alumni Association of the College of Agriculture,

PAU was held on February 26 and 27. Alumni from Australia, Canada, Mexico,

UK, USA and India attended the meet.

 The Alumni Meet of the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, PAU was

held on November 17 in which 500 students and alumni participated.

 The Alumni Meet of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology,

PAU was held on December 17 in which more than 300 alumni from across the

world participated.


 The 20 th Annual Flower Show and Competition was hosted on February 25 and


 The 50 th Annual Athletic Meet of PAU was organized on March 9 and 10.

 A two-day Chrysanthemum Show was held on December 8 and 9.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, wishes the senior officials, faculty, staff

and students of PAU a very happy and prosperous 2017.