Thursday, February 28, 2013



A warm send off was given to Dr D.S. Cheema, Dean, College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), today upon his superannuation. A farewell party was organized here today wherein the University deans, directors, heads and faculty members wished Dr Cheema a happy, healthy and wealthy post-retirement life.

During the party organized earlier, the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, lauded Dr Cheema's 30 years of significant contribution to research, teaching and extension activities. His long association with the research and development of vegetable crops, especially, in the field of vegetable breeding, speaks volumes of his dedication, devotion and earnestness, he added.

The newly appointed PAU Registrar, Dr P.K. Khanna and the deans of the four constituent colleges of PAU namely Dr H.S. Dhaliwal, newly appointed Dean, College of Agriculture; Dr PPS Lubana, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology; Dr R.S. Sidhu, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities; and Dr Neelam Grewal, Dean, College of Home Science, also shared memories of their association with Dr Cheema. They acknowledged his supportive, sympathetic, and gentle nature during his tenure as the Head of Vegetable Science Department and as the Dean of College of Agriculture, PAU.

In his welcome address, Dr M.S. Dhaliwal, Head, Department of Vegetable Science, highlighted Dr Cheema's accomplishments and said that he has played a pivotal role in the development and release of high yielding varieties and F1 hybrids of different vegetables viz. tomato, carrot, pumpkin and colocassia for commercial cultivation. He has also been instrumental in the development production technologies for off season production of vegetables, he informed. Dr Cheema, a recipient of several national and international awards and honours, has been actively involved in the teaching of under-graduate and post-graduate courses on vegetable crops and with the technology transfer programmes.

In his remarks, Dr Cheema thanked the University for recognizing his outstanding contributions and meritorious services to the PAU and the field of agriculture. "I owe my success to my teammates who have always stood by my side and given their kind cooperation in the need of the hour," he stated. He also expressed his gratitude to his team leader Dr. K.S. Nandpuri who is considered as the father of Vegetable breeding in the state.

A warm send off was also given to Shri Vishnu, Security Guard to PAU Vice-Chancellor, today upon his superannuation. A farewell party was organized and employees of the University wished Shri Vishno a happy, healthy and wealthy post-retirement life.

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