Friday, February 25, 2011



A two –day Dr MS Randhawa flower show and competition concluded here today. The show was organized by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping (DFL) in association with the Department of Family and Resource Management, College of Home Science, PAU. With 2500 entries for the participation, the show received an unprecedented response from the public.

Speaking on this occasion, the chief guest Dr M.S.Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU, said that flowers are the source of joy, bringing smile and prosperity to all. He added that the floriculture has become a full-fledged industry and many farmers were exporting flowers to the foreign countries. He appreciated the innovation of the participants who used wide variety fresh and dry flowers of different shapes and sizes and lauded efforts of the university in organizing the flower show in the name of Dr M.S. Randhawa, who had great love for flowers.

The guest of honour, Dr SS Johl, former Chairman, Agricultural Costs and Prices Commission, said that flowers send a message of peaceful living. The sight of the blooming flowers all around was an enriching and delightful experience, said he, adding that the flowers find a respectable place in all the stages of life.

Dr Kushal Singh, Head, Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, PAU, said that nine varieties of gladiolus and four of hybrids were at display. The flowers, arranged in the shape of a peacock, Indian map, etc., were the main attraction at the show. Healthy competition was seen among the students from various city schools and colleges, who showcased their creative abilities in decorating the flower arrangements with the themes like 'Beauty and the Beast', 'India of our dreams,' 'Aim High…. Reach High, For sky is the limit,' 'Different stages of life,' 'Eternal beauty,' etc.

Various city schools and colleges including DAV Public School, BCM School, Sacred Heart Convent School, Guru Nanak Public School, Greenland Public School, Government College for Women, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Guru Nanak Girls College and university students, amateurs and nurseries made an active participation in this event. Maximum number of prizes were fetched by BCM School, Shastri nagar, and DAV School, BRS nagar, informed Dr Kushal.
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