Wednesday, October 31, 2012



The Cotton Research and Development Association of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hissar, has conferred the "Life Time Achievement Award," upon Dr Harjit S. Kalsy, former Director of Faridkot Regional Research Station, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Dr S.K. Dutta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Dr K.S. Khokhar, Vice-Chancellor, CCASHAU, recently felicitated the scientist at New Delhi, in recognition of his significant contributions to cotton research and development.

Dr Kalsy made significant contributions in the establishment of Cotton Research Station, Faridkot, in 1970 and served there till his retirement in 1998. The development and release of first early maturing American cotton variety, F414, from this station in 1977, was lauded as a remarkable achievement of great commercial value. This added a new dimension to the agricultural economy of the state, through successful adoption of double cropping pattern i.e. cotton –wheat rotation. Subsequently, five more early maturing, high yielding and superior quality cotton varieties namely F286, F505, F846, F1054, F1378 and F1861 were developed and released from Faridkot station. Dr Kalsy also made key contribution in the development and release of LH900, LH886, LH1134 and LH1156 cotton varieties, which became popular in Punjab and adjoining states of Haryana and Rajasthan during 80s and 90s.

A recipient of several awards, Dr Kalsy was also instrumental in establishment the biggest University Seed Farm of 1220 acre in Bir Sikhanwala village at Faridkot in 1991.

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