Thursday, August 30, 2012



Dr Wasakha Singh Dhillon, Senior Horticulturist, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), and working as Director, Punjab Horticultural Post-harvest Technology Centre (PHPTC) has been appointed as an Assistant Director General (Horticulture-I), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, for a period of five years.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, congratulating the scientist for this remarkable achievement, exhorted him to continue with his consistent and vigorous efforts and make vital contribution to the field of horticulture as well as nations' food kitty. He wished him all success in his professional career ahead.

Dr Wasakha Singh Dhillon has made outstanding contributions to the horticultural research, in terms of crop improvement and post-harvest technology. His scientific findings led to the development of 10 varieties, one root stock and 25 technologies on different fruit crops, which are included in the Package of Practices of the PAU. He has been the Principal Investigator of four research projects, facilitated by ICAR, University Grants Commission (UGC) and other agencies. Earlier, he has served as a Director of Fruit Research Station, Gangian. A leading scientist, known for carrying out research on pear, pomegranate and phalsa fruit crops, he has the publication of 179 research articles, 78 technical articles, three books and one extension bulletin and booklet to his credit.

Besides, the scientist has contributed significantly to the field of education. He is a recipient of Shri GL Chadha Memorial Gold Medal, Fellowship by Horticultural Society of India, Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports and many other awards.

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