Punjab Agricultural University gives warm send-off to actor-satirist Jaswinder Bhalla
Observing lockdown norms, the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) fraternity bade an e-farewell to noted Punjabi film star and head, department of extension education, Jaswinder Bhalla, which was live-streamed on the Facebook page of the legendary artist.
The farewell ceremony was led by vice-chancellor (V-C) BS Dhillon.
Dhillon, while wishing for Bhalla’s long and healthy life, lauded his hard work and dedication due to which he proved himself as a perfect blend of an artist and agricultural scientist.
The V-C said the university will always look for Bhalla’s support and hoped the latter will stay in touch with the institution.
Highlighting the role played by artists in helping Punjab tide over various kinds of challenges, Dhillon called upon the film, music and stage artists as well as writers to lead from the front in the social reconstruction of the state.
Former V-Cs KS Aulakh and MS Kang were also present online and appreciated Bhalla’s impeccable management of his dual professions.
In his address, Bhalla gave credit to the university for giving him a conducive platform and professional guidance to realise his personal and professional dreams.
Bhalla’s journey to stardom started as a student from the stage of PAU in the I980s. He joined the university as a lecturer in the department of extension education in 1989.
For more than 30 years, Dr Bhalla not only ruled the Punjabi film industry as a fine artist, he was the ambassador and face of PAU in the eyes of public. On stage, he could keep audiences entertained for hours with his wit and humour during the university’s kisan melas. Notable works among his film career are Punjabi movie series “Jatt and Juliet” and “Carry On Jatta”, and “Sardaar Ji”.
Apart from senior officers of the university, executive members of the teachers and non-teachers’ associations and Bhalla’s fans from around the world came online to wish him on day of his retirement.