Ludhiana, February 26, 2015: Amidst the gathering of distinguished scientists from across India, USA and Canada; the "3rd Alumni Meet of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU)" and "52nd Annual Meet of the Alumni Association of the College of Agriculture (COA)" began in the University today. Dr D.R. Bhumbla, the oldest alumnus of PAU and COA, and former Vice-Chancellor, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar; presided over the meet. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU chaired the inaugural session.
On the occasion, Dr Rajinder Singh, oldest alumnus of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology; Dr APS Mann, oldest alumnus of the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (COBS&H); and Dr Kantha Kumari Sharma, oldest alumna of the College of Home Science (COHS) were honoured with shawls and mementos. Besides, former PAU VCs, Dr G.S. Kalkat, Dr Khem Singh Gill, Dr Amarjit Singh Khera, Dr Manjit Singh Kang and present GADVASU VC, Dr A.S. Nanda graced the occasion with their presence.
Dr Bhumbla lauded the work done by PAU in agriculture and allied fields. Sharing his experiences of farming, he said that agriculture has always been the top priority for the country. He stated, “I feel proud to have association with the institution that has earned recognition globally and historically.”
Dr Dhillon apprised the alumni of on-going research projects, newly released crop varieties, farm mechanization, seed and nursery production, and water conservation technologies. Besides, he said that PAU has come up with multi-grain flour and vegetable washing machine, and is focusing on bio agents and bio fertilizers. Dr Dhillon highlighted that as many as 37 students from 12 foreign countries have been enrolled in various academic programmes of PAU.
Dr Nanda said that PAU and GADVASU have same roots and will continue to work jointly for agriculture development.
Earlier, Dr H.S. Dhaliwal, Dean, COA welcomed the dignitaries and the PAU alumni. He said that the College has produced 44 Vice-Chancellors of various Universities since inception. The alumni of this College are recipients of many prestigious national and international awards and honours, he added.
Dr P.K. Khanna, Registrar, PAU proposed the vote of thanks while Dr P.K. Chhuneja, Secretary, Alumni Association, COA, anchored and coordinated the programme. The alumni and present scientists recited poetry highlighting the achievements of PAU. Dr Bhumbla released “Agalumnus” (alumni association publication) and “Bohranga Gulab- Dr S.S. Johl” penned by Dr R.S. Tambar, former Additional Director Communication.
The dignitaries honoured the alumni, elevated to coveted positions. They include Dr Ashwani Kumar, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education; Dr J.S. Sandhu, Deputy Director General (Crop Science); Dr A.S. Nanda, GADVASU VC; Yurinder Hayer, Commissioner Police, Jalandhar; Dr P.K. Aggarwal, Director, National Agricultural Science Fund, ICAR, New Delhi; Dr Tejinder Kaur, Chairperson, Punjab School Education Board, Mohali; Dr V.R. Sharma, VC, Sant Baba Bhag Singh University, Jalandhar; Dr U.S. Sadana, National Consultant (Soil Science), Ministry of Agriculture; and Dr Gurkanwal Singh, Director of Horticulture, Punjab.
Besides, Dr S.K. Sharma, Executive Director, Nahar Spinning Mills Ltd; and Mr I.J. Dhuria, Director (Material), Vardhman Textiles were also honoured. Dr Jaswinder Singh, Agriculture Development Officer, Moga and Dr Jaspal Singh, Horticulture Development Officer, Bhunga, Jalandhar were awarded for best extension workers.
Among the foreign alumni from USA and Canada, M.S. Grewal, Dr G.S. Villing, Dr T.S. Sahota, Dr G.S. Sidhu, Dr J.S. Cheema, Dr D.S. Padda, Dr K.S. Kooner, Dr J.S. Brar, Dr D.S. Ladhar, Avtar Singh and Dr Lal Singh Brar were felicitated. Retired alumni were also honoured.
In addition, PAU officials namely Dr R.K. Dhaliwal, Dr Balwinder Singh; Dr R.S. Sidhu, Dr H.S. Dhaliwal, Dr J.S. Mahal, Dr J.S. Brar, Dr Ashok Kumar and Dr P.S. Aulakh were honored. Dr B.S. Dhillon, Dr G.S. Buttar, Dr H.S. Thind and Dr S.K. Sandhu were also honoured on the occasion. Teams of Best Research Centres of PAU including rice pathology, chickpea and integrated farming systems were presented mementos.
During the meet, students of COA, COBS&H and COHS were honoured for excelling in academics, sports, NCC and cultural activities.