A PhD student of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), ZA Bhatt, has won the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Young Scientist Award of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the year 2013.
The award was given to him by the union agriculture minister during a ceremony held at NASC complex, New Delhi, on Tuesday.
Bhatt has been given the award on the basis of his research work on “molecular characterisation and hybridisation studies in pear”.
He did his PhD under the supervision of WS Dhillon, professor, horticulture and director, Punjab Horticultural Post-Harvest Technology Centre, PAU.
The award has come to the department of fruit science after a long period of 28 years. Vice-chancellor BS Dhillon; dean postgraduate studies Gursharan Singh, and head of department of fruit science Dr MIS Gill congratulated Bhatt and his advisor for the achievement.
According to his research, fine scale characterisation of pear genotypes at genetic level through SSR markers supplemented with phenotypic characters will help in improved selection efficiency, precise cataloguing (true to type), efficient germplasm conservation, maintenance and utilisation of the existing genetic diversity for future breeding programmes, besides avoiding ambiguities.
The results demonstrated that any undesirable off-types could be excluded from the breeding programme at an early stage, thereby saving time, space, labour and other economic expenses.