Monday, March 7, 2011


LUDHIANA, MARCH 7: (Anmol Singh)

Students of the first batch (trimester system) of 1964-68 of College of Agriculture (PAU) are holding their third meet on the PAU campus on March 19, at 11.00 a.m. at Sukhdev Singh Bhawan. 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. According to Dr. Deol the association feels 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 have made remarkable achievements.

They congratulated S. Badal and Dr. Kang for the honours that PAU has bagged recently in terms of its being awarded a mega project on genome research in wheat, best institute award by Mahindra & Mahindra, FAI Award for being the best University in transfer of technology, etc. PAU has released 65 varieties of different crops during the last four years and has generated technologies that did a favourable impact to the state government revenue. Dr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that Punjab government during 2009-10 got an additional income in paddy, wheat and cotton to the tune of rupees 4755 crore from the market arrival of these commodities considering the overall revenue it increased from rupees 3200 crore to 4780 crore during 2008-09 to 2009-10. He attributed this economic gain for the state due to the policy initiative of Punjab government and technical support of PAU. The implementation of PAU suggestion of delaying the transplanting of paddy after June 10 by enacting the \'The Punjab Preservation of Sub Soil Water Act\' huge benefits accrued to the state in terms of saving in electricity due to the implementation of the Act estimated at 276 million units, accounting for about rupees 122 crore per year. The association said that the PAU has made policy initiative of inducting rural students in its educational programmes. Over the last three years, there has been encouraging influx of rural students in B. Sc. (Agriculture) and B. Sc. (Home Science) six year programmes of PAU. This will have an impact on rural development and agricultural promotion in the times to come, observed the executive of the association.

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