IMAGES 2016: PAU’s YEAR MARKED BY MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENTS
LUDHIANA, DECEMBER 25:
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.
VISITS OF VVIPs and VIPs
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.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
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
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.
NEW VARIETIES DEVELOPED/RECOMMENDED
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.
INTERNATIONAL PROJECT BAGGED
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
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-
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.
STUDENTS’ ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN ACADEMICS, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND
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
Dr Kuldeep Singh, Senior Molecular Geneticist, PAU was appointed as Director,
ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, for a period of
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
MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING (MoUs)
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
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.
NATIONAL SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS/ BRAIN STORMING SESSIONS
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-
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
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.