Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India headed by Dr B S Dhillon, an Internationally acclaimed Scientist

Apr 23 2017

 

Baldev Singh Dhillon, an internationally renowned agricultural scientist is the Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University.

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The Punjab Agricultural University was established in 1962 to serve the state of erstwhile Punjab. It was inaugurated by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Prime Minister of India on July 8, 1963. On trifurcation of Punjab in November 1966, Haryana Agricultural University was carved out of PAU by an Act of Parliament in February 1970. Later, in July 1970, Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidalya was established. In 2006 the College of Veterinary Science was upgraded to become Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU) at Ludhiana. The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is located in Ludhiana city (Punjab State) in north-west India at a distance of 316 km from New Delhi. It is well connected by road and rail with the national capital. Situated on the Ludhiana - Ferozepur Road, the University covers an area of 1510 acres on its main campus and 4615 acres at the regional research stations. Modeled on the pattern of land grant colleges in U.S.A., the PAU performs the integrated functions of teaching, research and extension in agriculture, agricultural engineering, home science and allied disciplines. The University have well equipped laboratories, library and lecture rooms and elaborate farm facilities. Hostel accommodation is available in the university hostels for single students. Married students, if accompanied by their family members, will have to find accommodation outside the campus.

The PAU has played a key role in increasing food grain production in the Punjab State several folds share its reputation and ushering in an era of Green Revolution in India. It has also made notable contributions in increasing livestock and poultry production. In recognition of its outstanding achievements in agricultural research, education and extension, it was adjudged the Best Agricultural University in India in 1995.

The Punjab Agricultural University now has four constituent colleges, viz. College of Agriculture, College of Agricultural Engineering, College of Home Science and College of Basic Science & Humanities.

At present the University, through 35 departments in the four constituent colleges, offers 43 Master's and 29 Ph.D. Programmes besides 4 under-graduate programmes at Ludhiana and outstations. The course curricula are constantly revised and restricted to keep pace with the latest developments in agriculture and allied fields.

Achievements

 

The PAU is a pioneer state agricultural university (SAU) in India for research, education and extension in India. The university has played a pivotal role in making the country self-sufficient in food grain production and is known as "Mother of Green Revolution".

Punjab, with 1.53% geographical area, contributes about 60% wheat and 45% rice to the central food grain kitty. This is the result of path-breaking research at PAU backed by world-class teaching and extension services provided at the door-step of the farmers.

  • The university has recommended 791 varieties/hybrids of different crops out of which 161 have been released at national level.
  • PAU produced the first hybrid grain pearl millet in the world.
  • Presently about 95% area under wheat and 60% area under rice in the state is under improved varieties recommended by PAU. The PAU varieties have been popular in many other states of the country.
  • The PAU is leader in conservation agriculture as it recommended conservation tillage way back in late 80s. The direct-drilling of wheat in combine-harvested rice residues by PAU Happy Seeder is a classic example of conservation agriculture in the country.
  • The university is pioneer in apiculture leading the state to produce 37% honey of the country. It is pioneer in successful introduction, establishment and development of Italian honey bee (Apis mellifera) in India during 1962 to 1964
  • The PAU is leader in farm mechanization and has facilitated the state as a 'Farm Machinery Hub' for the other states as well.
  • The university research scientists have made possible the crop cultivation in non-conventional seasons (moong, maize, sugarcane, groundnut, mash).
  • PAU is a world-renowned university with active collaborations with CGIAR institutes (CIMMYT, IRRI, ICRISAT, ICARDA, CIAT), AVRDC, University of Wisconsin, WSU, Pullman; OSU, Columbus; KSU, Manhattan; Purdue University, USA; Olds College, Alberta, Canada; University of Western Australia, ACIAR, Australia.

Recognitions

  • Based on its contributions, PAU was declared as Best state agricultural university in 1995 by ICAR.
  • The ICAR has set up five centers of Advanced Studies at PAU (of these 3 are now in GADVASU).
  • PAU was the first university to get special grant of Rs 1.0 billion by the Central Government in 2006-07, as an acknowledgement of its role in eliminating food shortages and alleviating hunger.
PAU WINS AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD 2015
PAU GETS ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFIED
A NEW FOOD INDUSTRY CENTRE SET-UP AT PAU
PAU TOPS AMONG INDIAN AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITIES
PAU WHEAT VARIETY PBW 550 BECOMES POPULAR IN BIHAR, WEST BENGAL AND EASTERN U.P

Source: www.pau.edu

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