Ludhiana, August 15, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) celebrated the completion of 75 years of India’s Independence with great zeal and zest. On the occasion, Dr Shammi Kapoor, Registrar, PAU, unfurled the national flag.
In his address, Dr Kapoor said that on August 15 in 1947, India got independence from the shackles of 200 years of British rule. Afterwards, during post-partition, there were was a big challenge of food deficit in which PAU made a monumental contribution by bringing in Green Revolution, thus, making the country food surplus. Dr Kapoor paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of India as well as saluted farmers and agricultural scientists for filling the nation’s godowns with food grains.
Referring to PAU’s research and extension efforts during pandemic, he lauded the University scientists for holding Virtual Kisan Melas and disseminating the latest agri-technologies via. Information and Communication (ICT) tools that received an unprecedented response from the farming community.
Agricultural sustainability in terms of conservation of natural resources was need of the hour, he observed, while mentioning the PAU developed short duration, early maturing, high-yielding ‘PR’ varieties that have captured the entire Punjab, leaving Pusa 44 behind, in the current crop season.
Stating that collective spirits were needed to promote crop diversification in the state, Dr Kapoor suggested the adoption of agro-processing and value addition for remunerative returns. The Registrar urged the Punjab farmers not to burn paddy straw in the coming months as it was hazardous for human, animal and soil health.
Earlier, Dr GS Buttar, Director Students’ Welfare, welcomed the dignitaries, senior officials, faculty and students of PAU. India @75 equally needs freedom from the social evils, prevailing in the society, he stressed, while calling upon the youths to lead a disciplined life.
Mr Gurpreet Virk, Welfare Officer (Boys), proposed a vote of thanks. The programme concluded with a National Anthem.
Present on the occasion were Dr Ajmer Singh Dhatt, Director of Research; Dr Ashok Kumar, Director of Extension Education; Dr Jaskarn Singh Mahal, Estate Officer; Dr MIS Gill, Dean, College of Horticulture and Forestry; Dr Sandeep Bains, Dean, College of Community Science; Dr Rajendra Singh, Associate Director (Seeds); and other senior officials and heads of the departments.