Friday, March 1, 2013



The microbiology expert of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr P.K. Khanna, and the horticulture expert, Dr H.S. Dhaliwal joined as the Registrar and Dean, College of Agriculture of the University, respectively, today. The Board of Management, in its 259th meeting held yesterday at Mohali under the Chairmanship of PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, approved both the appointments.

The newly appointed PAU Registrar, Dr Khanna has made outstanding contributions to mushroom research and technology. He has been instrumental in the introduction and evolvement of varieties of medicinal mushrooms. Dr Khanna pursued his M.Sc and Ph.D from PAU in 1977 and 1980, respectively. He attended post-doctoral training at International Research Institute, France, from 1981-83. A recipient of several national awards and honours, Dr Khanna joined PAU as an Assistant Professor (Microbiology) in 1983 and worked on 13 research projects. He has the publication of nearly 300 research papers, book chapters, and extension articles in reputed national and international journals to his credit. During his tenure at PAU, Dr Khanna has been serving in various capacities such as Technical Advisor to PAU Vice-Chancellor; Additional Director of Research (Food Science, Nutrition and Engineering); Head of Microbiology Department; Coordinator of Research (College of Basic Sciences and Humanities); and Director of School of Information Technology.

The newly appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr Dhaliwal has made significant contributions to research, teaching and transfer of technology activities. He obtained his B.Sc Agriculture (Hons.), M.Sc (Horticulture) and Ph.D (Pomology) from PAU in 1984, 1986 and 1991, respectively. Dr Dhaliwal holds a brilliant academic record and has remained a scholarship holder and a gold medal winner as a student of the PAU. He acquired skills in latest molecular biology techniques during one-year training at University of Florida, USA. He has made 22 recommendations including two new crops (banana and aonla) for cultivation in Punjab, one root stock of different fruit plants, and nine crop varieties. Besides, he also recommended package of practices for containerized nursery production of kinnow mandarin under protected conditions. Dr Dhaliwal played a key role in the establishment of Virus Free Kinnow Plants Nursery which has been accredited at the national level. Earlier, he has been serving as Additional Director of Research (Horticulture); and as officer in-charge of NCC of College of Agriculture, PAU. Apart from being actively involved in teaching under-graduate and post-graduate students, he has also been guiding Ph.D students.
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