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PAU bids an emotional adieu to its Research Maestro Dr NS Bains

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Ludhiana, November 30, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
“A walking encyclopaedia, a matchless researcher, guide and administrator, in short a complete human being”, elaborated PAU Director of Extension Education, Dr J.S. Mahal in his welcome address, as the officers, Deans and Directors of the University converged at the Vice Chancellor’s committee room to felicitate the Director of Research, Dr N.S. Bains on his superannuation.

Apart from spear heading PAU’s research programme, Dr Bains is a stalwart in the field of wheat breeding with a wide international exposure. His contributions in University’s wheat breeding programme and its continuous improvement are unparallel. Dr Bains’s work on triticale and durum varieties led to their adoption and cultivation by the major industrial players of the country.

Though formally, the ace scientist has guided 16 MSc and PhD students, his vast knowledge, reassuring guidance and a compassionate persona ensured he was always surrounded by clusters of students, colleagues and staff, who have always been in awe of his dedication, hard work, organizational skills and an endearing smile with which he went around performing his duties on and off the field.

His stint at the unforgiving terrain at Keylong for furthering the wheat breeding programme is well known among the faculty, staff and students who consider themselves blessed to have been associated with the great scientist.

A student of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Dr Bains joined the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics in 1991 as Assistant Plant Breeder. He went on to get his Post Doctoral fellowship at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines. He also attended the ‘Student Centred Learning’ at the Ohio State University, USA. He has to his credit 100 research/ extension publications, besides a strong engagement with farmers, seed growers and extension education faculty for promoting and adopting improved wheat varieties.

“In his remarks, Dr Bains thanked the University, all officers, faculty, staff and students for facilitating his professional journey. “Though retiring from official duties, I am always available for my colleagues and students for any help that I can offer for the betterment of the institution,” said Dr Bains.

The Deans, Directors, viz a viz, Dr MIS Gill, Dean College of Horticulture and Forestry, Dr Shammi Kapoor, Dean College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Dr Ashok Kumar, Dean College of Agricultural Engineering, Dr Sandeep Bains, Dean College of Community science, Dr T.S. Riar, Additional Director of Communication, Dr GS Butter, Dr GPS Sodhi, Additional Directors of Extension Education, Dr GS Mangat, Dr Gursahib Singh Manes, Additional Directors of Research, Dr Parampal Sahota, Librarian and Dr VS Hans, Estate Officer present at the farewell ceremony expressed gratitude as they recalled their association with Dr Bains and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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