Friday, March 22, 2013


LUDHIANA, MARCH 22:--------

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has taken a lead in the country by bagging maximum number of research projects, approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Among the farm universities of the country and other varsities of the region, having research and technology generation agenda, the PAU has bagged 28 research projects at the national level.

The Vice Chancellor of PAU, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, congratulated the University scientists for this remarkable achievement and exhorted them to continue with their vigorous efforts of taking PAU to greater heights in future as well. The PAU undertakes research in need-based problem solving areas identified as per its vision document for futuristic research, he added. Special emphasis is being laid on evolving crop varieties for agri-diversification, technologies for climate resilience and adaptation, efficient management of natural resources for sustainable agriculture, eco-friendly pest and disease management technologies, crop residue management, and refinement of agro-processing and value addition.

The Director of Research, Dr. S.S. Gosal said that the PAU has once again emerged as a leader in farm research at the national level. The University is contributing immensely to agri-research and is an active player in the national agricultural research system (NARS), he highlighted.

Among the farm varsities of the country, the PAU has topped in the country by bagging 28 research projects, followed by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore (16); Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana (9); Panjab University, Chandigarh (9); Panjabi University, Patiala (6); Thapar University, Patiala (5); Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (4); and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Jammu (3).

Dr Gosal said that the faculty is motivated to develop winning research proposals in the identified areas. He further told that the UGC approved projects are concerned with the involvement of biotechnology in crop improvement and management and biotic stresses, application of nano-science and technology in agriculture, eco-friendly and bio-intensive approaches for crop pest management, development of climate resilient technologies, processing and value addition, socio-economic development in Punjab, technologies for functional foods, etc.
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