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Alumni meet begins at Punjab Agriculture University, scientist and students honoured

Amidst the gathering of distinguished scientists from across India, USA and Canada, the third alumni meet of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and 52nd annual meet of the Alumni Association of the College of Agriculture (COA) began in the university on Thursday.

punjab Updated: Feb 26, 2015 18:43 IST
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Amidst the gathering of distinguished scientists from across India, USA and Canada, the third alumni meet of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and 52nd annual meet of the Alumni Association of the College of Agriculture (COA) began in the university on Thursday.

DR Bhumbla, the oldest alumnus of PAU and COA, and former vice-chancellor of Haryana Agricultural University, presided over the meet. Baldev Singh Dhillon, vice-chancellor of PAU chaired the inaugural session.

On the occasion, Rajinder Singh, oldest alumnus of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, APS Mann, oldest alumnus of the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (COBS&H) and Kantha Kumari Sharma, oldest alumna of the College of Home Science (COHS) were honoured with shawls and mementos. Besides, former PAU V-Cs and GADVASU V-C Dr AS Nanda graced the occasion with their presence.

Bhumbla lauded the work done by PAU in agriculture and allied fields. He said that agriculture had always been the top priority for the country. He added, “I feel proud to have association with the institution that has earned recognition globally and historically.”

Dhillon apprised the alumni of ongoing research projects, newly-released crop varieties, farm mechanisation, seed and nursery production, and water conservation technologies.

Besides, he said PAU had come up with multi-grain flour and vegetable washing machine, and was focusing on bio-agents and bio-fertilizers. Dhillon highlighted that as many as 37 students from 12 foreign countries have been enrolled in various academic programmes of PAU.

Nanda said PAU and GADVASU have same roots and would continue to work jointly for agriculture development.

Earlier, Dr HS Dhaliwal, dean of COA, welcomed the dignitaries and the PAU alumni. He said the college had produced 44 vice-chancellors of various universities since inception.

PK Khanna, registrar of PAU, proposed the vote of thanks while PK Chhuneja, secretary of Alumni Association, COA, anchored and coordinated the programme. The alumni and present scientists recited poetry highlighting the achievements of PAU.

Bhumbla released 'Agalumnus' (alumni association publication) and 'Bohranga Gulab-Dr S.S. Johl' penned by former additional director communication RS Tambar. The dignitaries honoured the alumni elevated to coveted positions.