Thursday, February 24, 2011



Flowers, the nature's jewels, are the emblem of bright and better land and spread joy, gaiety and mirth everywhere. The multitudes of various varieties of flowers in myriad of hues, presented a rich feast to the eyes of the viewers at Punjab Agricultural University flower show and competition, dedicated to Dr M.S. Randhawa, former Vice-Chancellor, PAU, who was a great lover of beauty in flowers. Maintaining its tradition, a two-day flower show, has been organized by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping (DFL) in association with the Department of Family and Resource Management, College of Home Science, PAU.

Inaugurating the show, the chief guest, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said one's heart soars high to see the blooming nature at its best. Flowers, being tender and beautiful objects of Nature, act as a curative for mind of the viewer. Besides adding to the beauty, they provide unique happiness and calmness to all. Dr Kang appreciated the ingenuity of the students who beautifully decorated the flower arrangements on diverse topics such as inflation, world cup cricket, harmony, spring winds, global peace and prosperity and assigned beautiful captions like 'simple living high thinking.'

Dr Kushal Singh, Head, DFL, remarked that the show is a big attraction not only for the staff and students of PAU but also for all city schools and colleges. Flower lovers and people from different walks of life come to have the glimpse of the show. He added that it is a yearly event and is dedicated to Dr MS Randhawa, who had a passion for flowers and plants. Referring to the competition, Dr Kushal divulged that about 2500 entries have been received. He elaborated that students from various schools and colleges have demonstrated their talent and creativity by tastefully decorating the flower arrangements. The participants have made maximum use of gladiolus, carnations, candytuft, roses, etc., said he.

Fresh-cum-dry flower arrangement, arrangement of fresh and dry flowers and flowers grown in pots were on display. Different varieties of flowers developed by PAU such as sweet william, phlox, petunia, verbena, pansy, marigold (french), were also displayed. Use of flowers creatively for making garlands, ear rings, bouquets, wrist bracelets, etc. were an attraction in itself. On this occasion, a floral tribute was paid to Dr. Randhawa by Dr. Kang and other dignitaries. An exhibition on the research based technologies for floriculture and landscaping developed by PAU was organized. The manufacturers of garden equipments and landscape material put up their stalls. The Centre for Communication and International Linkages, PAU put up Book Stall on the occasion that drew huge rush.

Besides, students, housewives, city residents, the deans, directors, additional directors, coordinators of research, heads and members of faculty of various PAU departments also participated in this occasion.
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