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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

PAU's Rock Garden cries for care

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu  Ludhiana, February 25, 2014
First Published: 19:33 IST(25/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:36 IST(25/2/2014)

For the past many years Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has turned a blind eye towards the condition of 'Nek Chand Rock Garden' which was established on its campus in early '70s by its second vice-chancellor MS Randhawa, who actively involved Nek Chand, creator of Rock Garden in Chandigarh.

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Created with an aim to introduce the art and talent of Nek Chand to the university students and faculty members, the rock garden which is located just behind the students' home unfortunately stands in mess today. It clearly seems that the PAU authorities are least bothered to take care of the rock garden.

Built with exotic rocks of different sizes with a fountain and pond in the centre, rock garden became famous not only on the campus but also in the entire Ludhiana.

"The rock garden has been ignored since early '90s. It remains littered most of the time, and sadly, the fountain which functioned every morning and evening has also been out of order for the past many years. It is unfortunate that the PAU authorities are not serious towards the creations of former V-C Randhawa, as the museum of rural life which was founded by him also cries for care," said a source in the university.

Students on the campus feel sad to see the poor state of the Rock Garden. "I am in the university for the past three years and since then no one has ever paid attention to the Rock Garden. We all students often discuss about its poor state. However, need of the hour is to look after it," said Shaminderjit Singh, a student of BSc (microbiology).

"I can say without doubt that former V-C Randhawa, who has a huge contribution to the university, must have never expected that his creations will be ignored one day. No one likes to go there because of its sorry state. I hope the authorities start working on it soon," said Gurwinder Singh Sran, a student of MSc (Botany).

When contacted, PAU estate officer Jaspal Singh Mahal said he and his team would look into its maintenance in the coming days.

"We are busy these days with some landscaping work outside the students' home, and the moment we get from it, we will come over to the Rock Garden. Of course, we are serious to care for the garden."

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