Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) scientist Jasvir Singh Gill has been conferred with the “High Impact Innovation Award for Punjab Agriculture-2014” for the development of Lucky Seed Drill Mounted Automatic Sprayer.
Sarwesh Kaushal, chief secretary, government of Punjab presented the award to Gill, who is district extension specialist, department of agronomy, PAU
The award carries a Rs 50, 000 cash and a citation. Dr Gill belongs to Ghawadi village located on the periphery of Ludhiana. He began his agricultural studies at Khalsa College, Amritsar. Thereafter, ICAR awarded him junior research fellowship of Rs 1.5 lakh during his post graduation at PAU.
Presenting the award, Kaushal lauded Gill for his innovative work, which will go a long way to check the yield losses caused by the weeds in various crops and reduce extra ordinary load of agro-chemicals in the environment. On the other hand, the resultant cost of spraying with this innovative machine is zero, which will aggrandize the net income of the farmer.
PAU has already filed patent for this machine. This is a competitive award given at the national level, where ten best innovations were shortlisted in first phase from the applications received from different national institutes including IITs, central institutes and universities.
Thereafter, two high impact innovations are awarded with this prestigious recognition after thorough judgement made by high-level jury during second presentation phase.
This award has been constituted by the Punjab State Innovation Council under the aegis of Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh.
PAU vice-chancellor BS Dhillon congratulated the young scientist for bringing laurels to the university.