Wednesday, May 29, 2013



The Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon today released a book entitled "Jive Jawani," penned by S. Gurpreet Singh Toor, PAU alumnus and an eminent Punjabi writer. The book, published by Chetna Parkashan, is a collection of personal experiences of the writer and provides a deep and unique insight into the human world with focus on the realities of life. The book sheds light on the devastating effects of drug addiction, unemployment, corruption, poverty, illiteracy, black money circulation, lack of motivational and literate environment, unrewarding hard work, etc. on the youth of the Punjab state.

In his remarks, Dr Dhillon lauded the efforts of S.Toor in writing down his experiences, and said that creating awareness amongst the masses about the persisting social evils is the need of the hour. Pointing out that drug menace, female foeticide, and expensive weddings are harming the society, he told "I have been, repeatedly, calling upon the rural population during Kisan Melas to save Punjab by giving up the vices, eating into the vitals of the society." He acknowledged S. Toor's vital contributions to the society as a Police officer and exhorted him to continue serving in future as well, and make the PAU proud through his writings.

Dr Surjit Patar, a renowned Punjabi poet and a Padma Shri Awardee, described the book as the inner voice of the author, S. Toor. He emphasized on bringing awakening amongst the public to battle the social evils in the society.

Observing that the books are man's best companion, Dr S.S. Gill, former Director of Extension Education, said that the real book is that which is of the readers' interest. "Jive Jawani" is one such book, he added.

The writer, S. Toor remarked, "The book is for and of people. It tells us where we stand and what needs to be done for the future generations." He said that the book consists of three sections and some useful suggestions have been given to bring the society on the right track. Owing his success to the PAU, S. Toor underlined the need for making the book reachable to the nook and corner of the state.

S. Gurbhajan Gill, Editor (Punjabi), while welcoming the dignitaries and the guests, highlighted the accomplishments of the author. Stating that S.Toor, in his book, has expressed a concern over the problems being faced in contemporary society, he called upon the public to make joint efforts to curb the social vices. He extended his best wishes to S. Toor for writing the book.

Those present on this occasion included deans, additional directors, heads and faculty of various departments of the University, former directors of extension education and heads of PAU, and well-known Punjabi writers.

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