Saturday, November 19, 2011



Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has been honoured with, "Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award for Science and Technology." The award was recently bestowed upon him by Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation for Science and Technology during the Award Giving Ceremony 2006-11, held at India International Centre, New Delhi, on November 15.

Dr Dhillon was awarded in recognition of his contributions to the field of agriculture and allied sciences and for ably assisting ICAR in planning, facilitating, coordinating and monitoring research in cereal, millet, fodder and under utilized crops at the national level and for the work on rice genome sequencing project. He received the award for the year 2006-07.

Dr Dhillon has made significant contributions to improved methodology of plant breeding, especially, for open pollinated crops like maize. Advances in biometrical genetics were efficiently mobilized by him for the new techniques of breeding. Using these methods, Dr Dhillon developed sixteen maize hybrids. Some of his works on the improvement of maize have been related to the cultivation of the maize crop in North-Western India during the non-traditional winter season. He is one of the leading scientists in the evolution of the new technology for the maize crop. The elite germ-plasm of maize coming from his group has been used by the plant breeders in India and abroad and the breeding methods and mating designs developed by him have been widely cited in plant breeding literature.

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