Sunday, March 17, 2013


LUDHIANA, MARCH 17:--------

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), which is known for its pivotal role in ushering in an era of green revolution in India, is still contributing significantly in research at the national level. It is an active player in the national agricultural research system (NARS). This was stated by the PAU, Director of Research, Dr. S.S. Gosal, while highlighting the role of PAU. He said that there are 45 All India Coordinated Research Projects (AICRPs) on different crops, operating at PAU. He disclosed that the research output generated by the scientists working in different AICRPs at PAU centre has been recently recognized at the national level, adding that the AICRP centers of Wheat, Rice, Vegetables and Rapeseed Mustard, have been adjudged as best centers of coordinated projects.

The Board of Management of PAU in its 259th meeting held on February 28,noted these remarkable achievements with a great satisfaction. The PAU Vice Chancellor, Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon, while congratulating the scientists for bringing national laurels to the University, exhorted them to continue with their efforts of taking the premier institution to greater heights in future also.

Giving details about the recognitions, Dr. Gosal said that PAU centre on Rice got the Best AICRIP Centre (Team) Award for 2011-12 based on overall performance. It has been conferred with certificate of excellence and the best AICRP Centre Award from among 47 centres of agricultural universities and ICAR institutes for excellent research on rice. PAU has so far released 35 rice varieties including 12 basmati varieties and has the strong bacterial leaf blight resistant breeding programme in the country. The seeds of PAU varieties are in great demand among the neighboring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

The Wheat centre of AICRP got the Best AICW&BIP Centre (ICAR Chaudhary Devi Lal Outstanding AICRP Award 2011) on account of its contributions, he said. Wheat improvement programme at PAU is one of the most dynamic and productive and commands a major share in varietal release and adoption at the national level. During 2006-07 to 2010-11, eight varieties including five of bread wheat (PBW 533, PBW 550, PBW 590, PBW 596, PBW 621) and one each of durum(PDW 314) , triticale (TL 2942) and barley (PL 751) , were released for wheat zones NHZ, NWPZ, CZ and PZ of India. PAU centre has done landmark research on developing wheat resistant to Karnal bunt and rusts. It has by far the most extensive breeding programme in India, said Dr Gosal, adding that PAU has also an elaborate programme on molecular marker assisted breeding for pyramiding genes conferring resistance to major diseases.

In vegetables, PAU got the Lt. Amit Singh Memorial Award for Best AICRP Center at the group meeting held at G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar from Jan 13-16, 2012. PAU was selected for this award from among 29 centres of agricultural universities and ICAR institutes for distinction in research and dissemination of technologies among farmers. So far, PAU has evolved and released 146 improved varieties/hybrids of different vegetables, 31 of which have been identified under AICRP in different regions of the country. Recently, two PAU hybrids of brinjal (PBH-3 and PBHL -51) were identified for Zone IV and VI of the country, said Dr. Gosal.

On the basis of the research, publications, conduct of trials, breeding material generated and the overall support to the AICRP (Rapeseed mustard) programme, the PAU centre was rated as the best centre, informed Dr Gosal. He further shared that for promoting use of zinc in Indian agriculture soil, the PAU scientists working under the AICRP have been recognized with International Zinc Association-Fertilizer Association of India (IZA-FAI) Award (2012).
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