Saturday, March 19, 2011


LUDHIANA, MARCH 19 (Anmol Singh)

Students of the first batch (trimester system) of 1964-68 of College of Agriculture of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organized their third meet, at Faculty Club (Sukhdev Singh Bhawan) on the University campus, today. A large number of old students hailing from different parts of the country participated. Some came with their spouses and kids also. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice Chancellor of PAU.

In his remarks, Dr Kang described the meeting in which his classmates and hostel mates participated as immensely nostalgic. He shared with his class fellows old reminiscences, showing them his old photo portrait and highlighted how he could successfully translate his ideas in the University through innovation , collective support and team spirit. \"Excellence is doing ordinary things in extraordinary way\" said he adding that this had been his philosophy and that the output has been well recognized by others. He attributed the \'Best Agri varisty Award 2011\' that PAU has recently been bestowed by Mahindra & Mahindra to the efforts of PAU scientists, employees, students , field workers and farmers. He said that recently implemented 6-year B.Sc (Agriculture) and 6-year B.Sc (Home Science) programmes for rural matriculates have led to enhance rural students in these programmes to 95% adding that over the years the seats to these programmes had to be enhanced.

Dr Kang said that PAU has entered into agreements with prominent universities and research institutes at the global level in the cutting-edge area of research, teaching and technology dissemination. He apprised the alumni in the meeting that the School of Information Technology (SIT), Electron Microscopy and Nano Science (EMN) Lab and the School of Agricultural Biotechnology (SAB) have now been known as landmark facilities, where self financing programmes have been initiated. \" I got a chance to serve my alma mater and I was able to deliver the goods effectively with the support of one and all\", said Dr Kang adding that the alumni of PAU are its ambassadors in the rest of the country and abroad. He thanked the participants for their coming to PAU and sharing their experiences.

The old alumni participating for the first time were presented with trophies by Dr Kang. They included Rattan Pal Sharma, B.K.Kaushal, Col. Anil Gulati, Gurtej Singh Teji, Krishan Kumar Kaushal, Kuldeep Singh Kapoor, Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, Daljit Singh Sidhu, Madal Lal Chadha, Ramesh Kumar, etc. The atmosphere became charged with emotional outbursts as they shared their reminiscences. Daljit Singh Sidhu said that he led his friends to the College of Agriculture (COA) building and bowed their heads in respect to their alma mater. Col Gulati says that he always carries the College Colour, that the COA had awarded him during his student days, with him whenever he attends any important function. Mr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu expressed that he always longs for the gathering as meeting old friends and classmates is a rejuvenating experience. The alumni praised PAU for its role in transforming the food scenario of Punjab and congratulated Dr Kang and his team for recently ushering in new programmes at PAU and for fetching the Best State Agricultural University Award.

Dr Gurdev Singh Deol, while welcoming the guests and dignitaries said that in a recent general body meeting of the Association of Agricultural Graduates, 1964-68 batch (Regd.), office bearers were elected. Dr. Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU is the Patron while Dr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Dr. Lall Singh Brar, Dr. Gurdev Singh Deol and Dr. Jagdish Chand Thakur are President, Vice-President, Secretary and Cashier, respectively. The association has Dr. Jangjeet Singh Toor, Dr. Joginder Singh Brar, Dr. Jaspal Rai, Dr. Kuldeep Singh Sidhu and Dr. Manmohanjit Singh are members.

Dr. Deol said that the meeting is an occasion for the participating old students to share reminiscences of student life and thereafter. He added that the batch mates are settled in different parts of the country in different professions and that the meeting is a nostalgic experience to for them. He said that a directory of members was being prepared. On behalf of the Association, Dr. Deol expressed great pride in that PAU with the support of the Punjab Chief Minister, S. Parkash Singh Badal and the stewardship and visionary administration of Dr. Kang remarkable achievements could be made at PAU for Punjab farming community. Earlier, respects were paid by observing two minute silence to those who, from amongst them, left for their heavenly abode.

Dr Gurdev Singh Hira highlighted about the activities of the association and presented a book authored by one of the alumni, Dr Sukhdev Singh Malhi. He said that alumni must also take part in social work as they have enough time after retirement. Dr J.C Thakur presented the audited report of the Association.

Gurdit Singh Kang, an eminent writer and father of Dr Kang while speaking on the occasion said that he felt pride in that under the leadership of Dr Kang PAU is making the desired progress for the upliftment of farmers and farming of Punjab. He added that PAU has contributed greatly in nation building through its alumni and that it was a matter of great delight that old students are gathering to share experiences.

Presenting vote of thanks to the Chief Guest Dr Kang, Mrs Dr Neeta D. Kang, and all participants, Dr Lall Singh Brar said that the meeting of the 1964-68 batch will be a regular feature after the March Kisan Mela, every year.

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