HAR­VEST OF RICHES

PUN­JAB AGRI­CUL­TURAL UNIVER­SITY | ES­TAB­LISHED IN 1962

India Today - - STATES - —Asit Jolly

SOW­ING THE SEED

While study­ing at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, US, Pratap Singh Ka­iron, chief min­is­ter of Pun­jab for eight-and-a-half-years, wit­nessed ‘land grant col­leges’ wherein lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties con­trib­uted land for agri­cul­tural and other ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes. Set up on an ex­ten­sive, 1,510 acre cam­pus on the Lud­hi­ana-Ferozepur high­way, PAU repli­cated that model when Jawa­har­lal Nehru for­mally in­au­gu­rated it on July 8, 1963. Ini­tially headed by P.N. Tha­par, a se­nior In­dian Civil Ser­vice of­fi­cer, PAU has since had some of In­dia’s best known agri­cul­tural sci­en­tists at its helm. Mo­hin­der Singh Randhawa, a civil ser­vant as well as a renowned botanist, was re­spon­si­ble for set­ting the univer­sity’s hugely suc­cess­ful course.

CROP OF FU­TURE PLANS

Agri­cul­tural needs, says PAU’s vice-chan­cel­lor Baldev Singh Dhillon, have changed dra­mat­i­cally over the years. “The chal­lenge now is to strike the right bal­ance be­tween eco­nomic suc­cess and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion. Agri­cul­ture can no longer be about brute pro­duc­tion.”

FARM­ING TAL­ENT PAU VC Baldev Singh Dhillon

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