Ludhiana, June 12, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has appointed Dr Mahesh Kumar Narang as Head, Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering for a period of four years. The appointment was approved during the meeting of the Board of Management, held under the chairmanship of Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU.
Dr Narang is working as Principal Extension Scientist in the Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering. He has completed seven research projects as Principal Investigator (PI)/Co-PI on spraying, resource conservation technologies, mechanical paddy transplanting, mechanical harvesting of chickpea, design and development of indigenous tractor operated spading machine, diffusion and assessment of paddy straw management technologies: a farmer participatory approach under Sri Ratan Tata Trust, Department of Science and Technology, National Food Security Mission and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, etc.
He has been working in different projects under All India Coordinated Research Project on Farm Implements and Machinery.
Dr Narang has also evaluated/popularized various technologies, namely, straw balers, planting of maize on beds, backpack type electrostatic sprayer, mat type nursery cutter, super seeder and high clearance multipurpose sprayer. These technologies have been adopted by farmers and are commercially available.
Besides, he has published 17 research papers in peer reviewed journals, four books, six book chapters, six full length papers/abstracts in the national level conferences/symposia, 96 extension articles and eight extension bulletins/manuals. One patent on an autonomous system for two-wheel paddy transplanter has been filed.
In addition, Dr Narang has taught one postgraduate and 27 undergraduate courses. He has guided one Ph.D, four M.Tech and 10 B.Tech students as major advisor. He has also developed instructional material for the mechanic in agricultural machinery under CTS.
Apart from this, Dr Narang has conducted 135 field demonstrations, 130 field days, 96 exposure visits and organized 106 exhibitions in various extension workshops/Kisan Melas. He has made five documentaries for the benefit of students and farmers as well as extension personnel.