The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a farewell function to bid adieu to BS Sohal, professor of biochemistry and controller of examination, who attained his superannuation today. On the occasion, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, vice-chancellor, PAU; senior officials; and faculty of the university shared their recollections and wished Sohal a happy and prosperous post-retirement life.
Punjab Agricultural University vice-chancellor BS Dhillon hailed Sohal’s 31 years of commendable service in the university. He said, “ Sohal has served in various capacities at PAU and discharged his duties diligently. He has maintained the dignity and integrity of his office as controller of examination.”
Dhillon further described Sohal as an excellent teacher, efficient administrator, and an active member of various organisations.
Gursharan Singh, dean, postgraduate studies, highlighted the achievements of Sohal, and shared that he was a PAU alumnus who had also served as additional director communication of the university.
Sohal, who was accompanied by his family, expressed his deep regards for the university officials and members of faculty. He thanked everyone for being supportive and cooperative, and for appreciating his dedicated services at Punjab Agricultural University.
It may be mentioned that Sohal has worked in the area of biogasification and biochemical basis of disease resistance in field crops.
He was the first to introduce e-lecture series in modernising teaching at Punjab Agricultural University and his passion for teaching fetched him Meritorious Teacher Award 2002-03 of Punjab Agricultural University.
A national fellow of Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists, Sohal has been actively involved as Secretary of Society for Advancement for Academics, Sports and Cultural Activities (SAASCA) and Punjab Agricultural University Science Club.
He has rare qualities of achieving excellence in sports and was adjudged as best athlete of College of Basic Sciences and Humanities in 1978-79 and fastest man in the niversity in 1978-80.
He acted as technical official twice at the Asian Cycling Championship, held in 1989 and 2005 in India.