Ludhiana, December 4, 2023 (Yes Punjab News)
A senior official Dr PK Chhuneja, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), was given a warm send off upon his superannuation. Presiding over the farewell function, Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, Vice-Chancellor, lauded Dr Chhuneja for his commendable services and illustrious career in the University.
“Leading by example, you have played your innings extremely well and your stellar accomplishments will always be remembered in the years to come,” said PAU VC to Dr Chhuneja, while extending him best wishes for the post-retirement life.
Dr CS Aulakh, Dean, College of Agriculture, stated that Dr Chhuneja has been an able administrator, eminent apiculturist, academician par excellence and a good orator.
His batch mates Dr OP Choudhary, Former Librarian (retd.), PAU and Dr Paramajit Singh, Former Director, Regional Research Station, Kapurthala, said that Dr Chhuneja has been instrumental in giving numerous technologies in bee husbandry, bee pathology, bee parasitology, bee nutrition, bee products, queen bee rearing, bee flora and pollination, etc.
On the occasion, Apiculture Unit, College of Agriculture, students of PAU, and former and present Presidents of PAU’s Progressive Beekeepers Association, felicitated Dr Chhuneja for his remarkable contribution to academics and apiculture.
Highlighting the meritorious career of Prof Dr Chhuneja, the Head of the Department of Entomology Dr DK Sharma said this dedicated apiculturist was a recipient of a Commendation Letter from the ICAR for his outstanding contributions to apiculture at the national level. “Having highly brilliant academic and professional career, he has more than nearly 33 years of post-doc experience of working in entomology discipline (chiefly in apiculture) at PAU,” he added.
“During his service career, he has the experience of working on apiculture research, teaching as well as in out-reach programmes. He has handled 12 research projects, made 33 national level recommendations in apiculture and 18 non-chemical/bio-rational recommendations against insect-pests, published 134 research papers in journals of international and national repute, written 208 extension articles, organized 35 apicultural workshops, participated in 308 trainings and delivered more than 2,000 lectures, and guided 10 M.Sc and five Ph.D students,” he informed.
Accompanied by his family, Dr Chhuneja extended his sincere gratitude to PAU VC, other senior officials, faculty, staff and students of PAU for their unwavering support and cooperation that had enabled him to climb the ladder of success.
Present on the occasion were senior officials, staff and faculty of the University.